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Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Kind of Proust Questionnaire

  • Your most marked characteristic? Curiosity
  • The quality you most like in a man? A firm handshake and the ability to look you in the eye (for me it's "eye", as I can't see through both at the same time)
  • The quality you most like in a woman? Compassion
  • What do you most value in your friends? That they give a crap on those rare occasions when I need someone to give a crap
  • What is your principle defect? A limited attention span
  • What is your favorite occupation? Working in the yard
  • What is your dream of happiness? Living on the beach
  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? Being falsely accused and convicted of a crime
  • What would you like to be? Content...and about ten pounds thinner
  • In what country would you like to live? A warmer version of Sweden (where people spoke English)
  • What is your favorite color? Dark red
  • What is your favorite flower? Lilac
  • What is your favorite bird? The Cardinal
  • Who are your favorite prose writers? I don't think I have one
  • Who are your favorite poets? Emily Dickinson & Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Unless Bill the Cat counts, I don't have one
  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction? I don't have one
  • Who are your favorite composers? Lennon & McCartney, Difford & Tilbrook, David Gates, Anderson & Ulvaeus
  • Who are your favorite painters? Monet, Leonardo da Vinci
  • Who are your heroes in real life? Anyone serving overseas in the military
  • Who are your favorite heroines of history? Mother Teresa (does that count as history?)
  • What are your favorite names? Garrison, Katherine, Kay
  • What is it you most dislike? Peanuts and peanut butter
  • What historical figures do you most despise? Hitler & Stalin
  • What event in military history do you most admire? Gen. William T. Sherman
  • What reform do you most admire? The Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • What natural gift would you most like to possess? A photographic memory
  • How would you like to die? Preferably never...but if I have to, on my feet
  • What is your present state of mind? Mildly calm
  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent? That sounds almost contradictory
  • What is your motto? Life is a journey

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