Questions & Answers

On Live Journal, they have a daily “Writers Block” question, usually submitted by member. The questions are sometimes trivial but, occasionally, require some thought. Since my postings on Live Journal have slacked off in recent months, I thought I’d post my answers to some of those questions here.

  1. Do you believe in true love? What about love at first sight?
    • I absolutely believe in true love. My parents had it. They were together for 60 years through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, until death did they part. But true love remains.
      I also believe in love at first sight. It happened to me although it took me about 10 months to realize it. But she knew from the beginning. We’ll celebrate our 33rd anniversary in a couple of weeks. And they said it couldn’t be done.
  2. What do you want done with your body after you die?
    • I’d like promession after I die. It’s a process where the body is freeze-dried in liquid nitrogen to remove all moisture. The body is shaken into a powder which is placed in a small biodegradable coffin. The coffin is then placed in a shallow grave and a tree is planted on top of me. I like the idea that my remains would be serving a practical purpose.
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    • I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. I’d also like to visit the places where my ancestors lived so I can try to learn more about them through local records, to walk where they walked, and see where they are buried.
  4. If you could jump in a time machine and travel back to any point in history, where would you go?
    • There are so many times and places I’d like to travel to. To be able to travel back in time to meet and talk to, or at least observe, my ancestors would be a genealogist’s dream come true. Plymouth in 1620-21, Watertown in 1630, Pomfret, Vermont in the late 18th and early 19th century, Sweden, New York in the 1850s. The Dakota Territory in the 1880s, Geauga County, Ohio any time between 1830 and 1910. Connecticut and Western Massachusetts between 1790 and 1830. 19th century Prussia and Slovakia. Oh, just countless times and places to which I’d travel. I could be the genealogical Dr. Who.
  5. Which of the seven deadly sins—sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, and pride—are you most likely to commit?
    • Out of the seven, probably sloth. I’m not ambitious enough for greed, my lustful days are well behind me, and I’ve become too health-concious for gluttony. Anger subsides quickly. I don’t have time for envy and my self-esteem is too low for pride. If sadness (the blues) were still a deadly sin, I might really be in trouble.
  6. Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist?
    • I hope for the best (optimist) and expect the worst (pessimist), knowing that things will probably fall somewhere in between. Am I a realist? A pragmatist?
  7. Do you believe in reincarnation? If your answer is “yes,” describe some of your past lives.
    • I accept the idea of reincarnation and believe in the concept of the soul. I find it hard to believe we only get one chance to get it right, that the soul’s existence is linear—conception, gestation, birth, life, death, Heaven or Hell. That’s it? There has to be more to it.
      I have no recollection of past lives although I’d be willing to investigate the possibility. I think I could learn from past lives and use the lessons to make this existence better.
  8. You’re packing your bag for that magical desert island that happens to have electricity, a TV, and a DVD player—what five DVDs do you take with you?
    • Coupling DVD set (counts as one, right?)
    • Yellowbeard
    • Rocky & Bullwinkle
    • The Corsican Brothers
    • Airplane
  9. You’re packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Complete and unabridged) by Douglas Adams
    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    • The World According to Garp by John Irving
    • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
    • The Teachings of Buddah
  10. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
    • I guess it would be my short stint testing software for Lexis-Nexis. It was the same thing day after day, the same software, the same bugs. It got boring very quickly. I’m not at liberty to discuss the other job in the running.
      The best job I ever had, the one with the most job satisfaction, involved shoveling cow manure.
  11. When it comes to clothes, would you rather be comfortable or fashionable?
    • Not only do I dress for comfort, I also undress for comfort.
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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.