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2015:  The Good Lie

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21 July 2019

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!

Questions from The Book of Questions

1. Do you think the world will be a better or worse place 100 years from now?
Ask me again after the 2020 election.

2.  Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again.
LOL...again, ask me after the 2020 election!!!

3. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30 year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
Watching my mother's brain gradually eaten away by Alzhemers (she will be 100 in a month), my choice would definitely be the mind of a 30 year old.

4. What would constitute a “perfect” evening for you?
A good dinner at a nice restaurant and then home to relax with a night of good TV.  Alternately, an evening with the family (like we had in Santa Barbara last week), with lots of good chit chat.

5. Whom do you admire most?  In what way does that person inspire you?
I have two.  For "celebrities" it would be Michele Obama, who, I think, was a gracious, productive first lady who made a difference in the country during her time in the White House, and is constructively living her "retirement."  For a "non-celebrity," my sister-in-law who is an amazing woman who knows everyone, is comfortable in any situation, and who has been a great "Auntie Nan" to our granddaughters.  I wish I had her ability to talk to strangers...or to anyone, really.

6. Do you prefer being around men or women?  Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?
Well, at this point in my life, I don't have many close friends, but the ones I do have are women, though I get along fine with men as well.

7. If you could use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone you chose, would you?
I'm a nice person and would like to say I wouldn't hurt anyone, but if there were a chance I could jab someone currently living in the White House, I might give it a try.

8. What is your most treasured memory?
There are so many treasured memories, but the one that pops up whenever I see this question is a celebration I arranged for an actress who was retiring about 40 years ago.  She had been performing with The Lamplighters for years and nobody thought of doing anything to mark her retirement, so I convinced th company to "do something."  They did an honor to her from the stage and then we went to the reception.  I was decorating cakes at the time and made 3 sheet cakes, each with a picture of her in one of her most famous costumes.  She never knew I made the cakes and I don't think anybody else did either, but I get all warm remembering how I felt standing back, watching people making over her and her cutting those cakes and the big smile she had.  I love that memory.

9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?  Is there anything you hope to do that is even better?  (Let’s exclude raising children, if you have them)
I am proud of having "made a difference."  I think of all the foreign students that I placed in homes with families and how many of them had their lives changed as a result, in addition to those who stayed with us whose lives were changed and who changed our lives.  I am proud of taking care of ~100 dogs who eventually found forever homes, and I'm proud of the book I wrote with my friend Alison Lewis...such a thrill to look myself up in the Library of Congress, though very few people ever read it.  It's the sequel to the book three of us wrote 10 years before.

10. If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it, even if it sounded strange and not very appealing?
Oh, I'm such a wimp when it comes to "sounding strange and not very appealing."  I'm not sure how I would handle it.  A taste, sure, but eating it?  I don't know.  I still remember the night we went to dinner at the home of friends and they were so pleased that they had made an onion quiche for dinner (which was delicious).  Walt HATES onions but he ate everything they served him.  I was proud of him that night!

11. Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
About the same age, with just a few years one way or the other.

12. How do you feel when people sing Happy Birthday to you in a restaurant?
I hate it.  I still remember when my mother took me to a Mexican restaurant and I had to don a sombrero while the whole restaurant sang.  I wanted to die.

13. When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it?  If so, why?
Embellish slightly.  If you tell the same story many times, you have to make it interesting for yourself as well as for others.

14. If a friend were almost always late, would you resent it or simply allow for it?  Can you be allowed to be on time?
I have always been very strictly on time--comes from having a father who worked on the railroad.  Walt was always...always....late and when we were dating, I had to make the decision about whether I could live with his tardiness or not.  Obviously I could, though he has gotten much better over the past 54 years and I have gotten a little less strict about being on time.  My being a theater critic has made us both aware of the importance of being on time.

15. If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, or personal secretary, which would you choose?
I didn't even have to think about it -- definitely a chef.


The other people we ate with at Konditorei
ordered this cream cheese pastry.  I want to go back and have one!

Photo by Char


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