Q&A (In Lieu of T&A)


The incredibly talented and fascinating Joss of she-who-hears.net tagged me to answer 11 questions here, then devise 11 of my own and tag some other unsuspecting souls to do the same. Here are my questions and tags for others; feel free to answer (or not answer) as you wish:

Here are the rules:

  • Give 11 questions
  • Tag as many people as you want
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you

My Questions for whoever wishes to answer them:

  • Guys: who’s your celebrity man crush?  Gals: who’s your celebrity woman crush?
  • What was your favorite music video from the days when MTV played music videos?
  • Which of the Saturday detention attendees from The Breakfast Club was closest to your high school self?
  • Same question, but your present self?
  • How old do you predict you’ll be at the moment of your death?
  • Fuck/Marry/Kill: Gilbert Gottfried, Bea Arthur, Imelda Marcos
  • Why do fools fall in love?
  • What is your all-time favorite album?
  • I like New York in June. How about you?  I like a Gershwin tune.  How about you?
  • If someone put a gun to your head and demanded that you define “you” in a single sentence, what would you say?
  • What is your favorite Pop-Tarts variety?

People tagged:

  • Mazmisc (Come on, Maryellen, the people want to know!)
  • Anyone else who thinks it will be fun to answer my questions (a cop-out, I know, but that’s how I roll).

Now here are the questions I was tasked with answering:

1.What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?

White River Junction, Vermont.  Rolling green hills dotted with cottages and farmhouses, it’s straight out of a fairy tale.  That is, until you meet one or two of the local hillbillies who make you long for a return to the  comparative sophistication of suburbia.

2.If you could recommend one book and/or movie to the rest of humanity, what would it be?

The book would be “The Book (On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are)” by Alan Watts.  Does it sound like the height of arrogance for an author to title his own book “The Book”?  It won’t once you read it.  The movie would be “Requiem For A Dream” for anyone who struggles with drugs or alcohol; “A Clockwork Orange” for everybody else.

3. Describe the strangest thing that has ever happened to you.

Once, I was resting quietly in a comforting bed of amniotic fluid when suddenly a blinding light appeared, followed by a pair of forceps-wielding hands that pulled me into a bizarre realm of lights and sounds and people from which I’ve yet to figure out an escape.

4.What poem or piece of writing has had the biggest impact on you?

Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching.

5.Who’s your favorite artist? (Music, visual art, or writing)

I am the most obsessive audiophile you will ever encounter, so narrowing my favorite music artists down to just 1 is incredibly difficult.  I’ll do it, but in a day or two, I’ll wish I had answered differently.  So…for today, 4/21/17 at 12:25 p.m. MDT, my favorite music artist is My Bloody Valentine.  My favorite writer is Kurt Vonnegut.

6.Was there one moment that changed your life in some way? If so, what was it?

Yes, my DUI on New Years Eve, 2011 and the subsequent 20 hours spent in jail.  Every significant stride towards self-awareness, compassion and inner peace I have accomplished in the past 5 years owes its existence to that event.

7.Share a song with us.


8.What are your spiritual beliefs?

Ready for this?  Buddhist/Taoist/Pantheist/Quantum Physics-influenced agnosticism.

9.What do you miss the most? (Person, place or thing)

Person, place, thing: Nikki Nicholas, Manhattan, Stretch Monster.

10.What is your ultimate goal in life?

To jettison the need for having an ultimate goal in life — or any goals, for that matter.  Yeah, I know, that’s not a fun answer.  Here’s the fun answer: to sever my remaining material attachments and live like a hobo, drifting around the country or the world in search of I know not what.

11.What skill have you yet to master?

Listening to someone discuss finance, economics, investments, etc. for longer than 15 seconds without lapsing into a quasi-coma.  To clarify: I don’t really want to master that skill.  I just want people to stop talking about money when they’re in my vicinity.



6 thoughts on “Q&A (In Lieu of T&A)

  1. Ok, here goes nothing.

    1) I feel that because of my orientation, I need to state my celebrity man crush – Pitbull. I seriously cannot stop staring at him when he is on tv because there is just something about him.
    2) Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach. It was totally scandalous for my generation!
    3) I was a mix of Claire and Andrew. Minus the shitty bits of them – I was not a bully and went to school in wrinkled sweatpants and t-shirts. Lipstick was not one of my talents.
    4) Does Carl the janitor count? He speaks my language.
    5) 47. That is why I am getting shit done.
    6) GOOD LORD!! ha! Fuck – Imelda (OMG) Kill – Gilbert (that voice!!) Marry – Bea (But, I WILL NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN)
    7) Because they have no clue who they are and what they deserve!
    8) Alanis Morrisette – Jagged Little Pill. Proudly proclaim her as a fellow Canadian!
    9) Yes, Frank. I do.
    10) Once a floundering fool, I am now a potty mouth who finally gets it and am at peace with myself because I have found my happy. So, pull the trigger if you must motherfucker, I am ready.
    11) Umm. There’s a variety of pop tarts?

    Thanks for sharing your answers to your questions. They furthered my belief that you are one of the most interesting people I know!

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    1. Yay!! I was hoping you would choose to answer my silly questions and as I predicted, your answers were hilarious and fascinating. The only answer you gave that I hope is completely untrue is the guess of 47 for your mortality. I’m 47 and I’m just getting started! I can see you as an old lady, still absolutely cool and independent, like Ruth Gordon’s amazing character in Harold and Maude. So don’t disappoint me!

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      1. To be anything like this incredible character when I am an old lady would mean that I did something right in my life, and I would consider it a massive achievement. Challenge accepted, Paul! Thank you for inspiring me to not only reach for the stars but to continue breathing well past 47, and become a cool old lady! I promise, though, that if I succeed, I will be a much better driver than her – just saying. I too am just getting started and will do all I can, to not disappoint. Thanks for envisioning me this way as a wrinkled old woman, it’s a huge compliment!

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