IN MY OPINION
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I CREATE A MEME
29 December 2006
In 2005 I did 13 different memes. In 2006, I only did 9. I must be running out of interesting questions. Some time ago, my friend Diane gave me a book called "The Book of Questions." I thought I'd make up my own meme and maybe someone else will decide to do it. So here goes:
1. Do you think the world will be a better or a worse place 100 years from now?
The way we are headed now, I'd say worse, but looking back over the last 100 years, we have weathered an awful lot of bad things and still made a lot of progress. I think the best that can be said is that it will be quite a different place 100 years from now. And it's gotta be better: they're running out Bushes to run for office, aren't they?
2. Would you accept $1 million to leave the country and never set foot in it again?
The only reason I say no is that I learned on 9/11, when we were in London and our kids were in the USA how terrible it is to be on opposite sides of a huge ocean from people you love during times of crisis. I don't think I could ever never come back to where my family was.
3. If you could wake up tomorrow having one ability or quality, what would it be?
The ability to keep an attractive home--that means being able to throw away stuff, know how to decorate nicely, the desire to keep things neat and tidy, the energy to do it. In other words, I want to wake up as my mother.
4. Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world?
Don't know where these questions came from, but no. I don't think I could do that.
5. If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be?
Well, in my sleep, of course. No pain. No knowledge. Just go to sleep and never wake up. I suspect that's the death most of us want, and few of us get! (What's that old joke: "I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in the car with him.")
6. How do you feel if people sing "Happy Birthday" to you in a restaurant?
Like I want to be anywhere but there at the moment. I hate being in the spotlight, especially out in public, especially when people are laughing at your discomfort. And if you MUST embarrass me in public don't you DARE put a sombrero or any other funny hat on my head before you sing to me.
7. If you found a good friend has AIDS, would avoid him?
Well, duhhh. I'm choosing the questions from this book and this question was just so ridiculous I had to include it. Of course not. Some of my best friends are living with AIDS. In fact MOST of my best friends are living with AIDS.
One of the things I miss doing is taking all those HIV+ clients to doctors' appointments for Breaking Barriers. It's too bad that gas prices have made that financially impossible.
8. If you walked out of the house and found a bird with a broken wing lying in the bushes, what would you do?
Call Ashley, of course. No--Ashley is dogs. We are fortunate to live in the same city with one of the best veterinary medical teaching hospitals in the country and getting assistance for a bird with a broken wing would be simply a matter of placing a phone call.
9. Would you be willing to spend a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting? Food and shelter would be provided, but you would not see another person.
Only if there is a good Internet connection. Or a big library. It would be a huge adjustment living without the internet, but if there was sufficient interesting reading material, and if it was only a month, it might be rather pleasant.
10. How do you picture your funeral? Is it important that people mourn your death?
I don't much care about my funeral. Based on how things have gone for our after-death plans so far, I am assuming I will be cremated and that there will be a memorial service. I understand the need for people to come together to grieve, so I expect there will be something. As we said after David's death, the thing we know how to do is put on a show--so go for it. Put on a show. I want Steve to be there to sing "save me a seat." (By then he'll be a famous Broadway star and may not want to come, but I'm hoping he'll remember all the little people he stood on to get to the top.)
OK--someone else's turn. If you're quick, you are guaranteed to be only the second person in the world to fill out this meme!
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