1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson...who would you most like to meet and why?
2. What's your favorite chain restaurant?
Chili's hands down. One of the reasons that I knew that I couldn't stay in Charleston, SC permanently was they didn't have one. I waited five long years. They never came, so I left. ;)
3. When you look back on your life, do you imagine you'll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say: it was good? (Question borrowed from Bears at Home.)
One of my favorite fictional characters is Mame Dennis as portrayed by Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame. I took her motto to heart. "Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death."
If I felt strongly about following a life path, I have put all of my effort into doing it. Whether it was ballroom dancing, moving to Texas, or going to seminary. I could have had a nice house with a stable job, but I came to a point in that job when I couldn't face it anymore.
One of my greatest fears is of wondering "what might have been" if I didn't give it a shot. Not everything has worked out "as planned," but it has been an adventure. I'm still waiting for my romantic lead to show up, but you know, I don't think that aspect would have been any different if I had played it safe.
4. Grapefruit-take 'em or leave 'em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?
Grapefruit can smell nice, and it can look pretty, but I think that I would starve if it were my only food option. May I have a well chilled sectioned orange, please?
5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?
When I packed it up to move. The only problem now is that my closet isn't arranged the way I'd like, but it's functional. I say "good enough." lol
6. You get to have lunch with three famous people...who would you like to see round your table?
I gave this a lot of thought because it's not just the interesting people. If all four of us are having lunch together, there has to be some compatibility among the others too. I really had to work keep my Anglophile tendencies in check. I was not entirely successful. Here's who I came up with. They may not all be immediately recognizable as "famous" to you, but they would be in my circles.
- N.T. (Tom) Wright: He is a retired Anglican bishop who is now a professor, but he is my favorite Christian author. He will play an important role in my story of how I became a Christian (my Thursday blog series) through his book The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary. But, more than anything, he has a writing style and a way of thinking that effortlessly connects with me.
- Desmond Tutu: You might have heard of him. :) Despite that he rose to the position of Archbishop in the Anglican Church, every time I see him being interviewed, and everything that I've heard about him, indicates that he is a really down to earth fellow. The way that he went through Apartheid South Africa and helped to guide Truth and Reconciliation there after the government change. To have seen the suffering and the violence and come through the other side as a man who can smile and giggle and appear as such a gentle soul. Lord knows, he could not have been that way with all the parties through that process. I would love to meet this person.
- For my third choice, I tried to expand my circle, and my choice is Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of Pakistan. How is it possible that a woman could do that in a country, where we perceive great sexual discrimination, when a woman hasn't been able to be elected president here in the United States? If she had not been assassinated (2007), it was likely that she would have won the election that was upcoming at the time (2008). She was not a perfect ruler. There were charges of corruption. Nevertheless, I am in awe of her accomplishments. I remember when she first took office in 1988 (yes, 1988), I was astounded. I'm still astounded.
7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?
Currently, about a 7.5 because I don't have to do it on a regular basis anymore. The day I drove my mother's Tahoe around Washington D.C., a 10. I was stupendous if I do say so myself. :D
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Have you ever sat back in an executive desk chair facing the ceiling with your eyes closed and spun around? It's almost as good as a ride at Disneyland (or insert your favorite amusement park).