Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Loveliest of lovely things are they On earth, that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
- William Cullen Bryant, American Poet and Newspaper Editor (1794-1878)

Marcel ProustLet’s get to know each other, shall we?

We’ll do it using the famous personality quiz known as the “Proust Questionnaire.” Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, entitled “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.” At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.

Proust answered always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” was found in 1924. It was auctioned on May 27, 2003 for the sum of €102,000.

Whatever yours and mine may be worth, it should be fun to read each others answers at the very least.

Copy the following 20 questions, paste it in a reply, then start plugging in your answers:

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

2. What is your greatest fear?

3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

4. Which living person do you most admire?

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

7. What is your greatest extravagance?

8. On what occasion do you lie?

9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

10. When and where were you happiest?

11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

15. What is your most treasured possession?

16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

17. Who are your heroes in real life?

18. What is it that you most dislike?

19. How would you like to die?

20. What is you motto?

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36 Responses to The Proust Questionnaire

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Sipping a beer while banging a girl from behind.

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    Letting people down.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Ben Franklin – inventor, philosopher, poltician, statesman, ladies man!

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    Tim Tebow

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    My penchant for debauchery.

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Dishonesty.

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    Trying to scrape together $600 / month for my car payments.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    Usually when I say, “I’m not drunk.”

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    The extra 20-pounds around the middle.

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    1992, San Clemente – Nevemind had just come out, had an ocean view from the apartment, making good money with a full slate of music students, was balancing the speed and the booze quite well, and had a soul mate to share it all with.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would learn how do do all things in moderation.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    Little Megan would wake up one day walking and talking.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    The way my music books and lessons have impacted countless musicians, inspiring them to become better players, have a wider understanding of music and deeper appreciation for music as well.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    Sultan of a large harem. I think there’s a real possibility of it too, because I have visions of this life in many of my dreams.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    2008 Nissan Altima Silver Sports Coupe

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Failure – either failure to come through, failure to get the work done, or failure to make the grade.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    Those who put their lives on the line in their line of work – firefighters, police, soldiers, deep sea fishermen, pilots . . .

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    Dishonesty.

    19. How would you like to die?
    I’d like to die of a massive heart attack, the kind where you know you’re a goner as soon as it hits you, but you still have maybe a minute or so, which gives you time to make peace with it, say some prayers and hope that you were worthy to be in the presence of the Lord before you start heading up into the light.

    20. What is you motto?
    Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    To be with my kid at Disneyland, perpetually.

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Failure

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Rodney Dangerfield

    4. Which living person do you most admire?

    My mom.

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    My penchant for procrastination.

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Complaining.

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?

    My Wold of Warcraft account.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?

    Whenever I mistakenly think it will be to my benefit.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

    What’s not to dislike?

    10. When and where were you happiest?

    Summertime when I was a kid in Tustin.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

    I would give myself a dose of ambition.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    I would make them all insanely wealthy.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Keeping a job.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    A fly.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?

    My kid.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Being in a position where I am powerless.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?

    Milton Friedman, Walter E Williams, Ayn Rand, P.J, O’Rourke.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?

    Brussels Sprouts

    19. How would you like to die?

    Heroically, and purposefully.

    20. What is you motto?

    “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” P.J. O’Rourke

    • If there was a +5 button, I would have hit it, that was great Dave, part comical, part common sense.

    • Rodney Dangerfield . . . LOL.

    • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

      A field full of beautiful flowers for me to dance around in~

      2. What is your greatest fear?

      That I will not achieve my ultimate goal in life~

      3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

      Tough one.. I honestly have to say Mae West.. producer, director and the toast of Broadway shows such as Sex and Drag. Not to mention several films~

      4. Which living person do you most admire?

      I admire anyone capable of being true to themselves.. capable of being honest with the world.. and willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of others~

      5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

      Another tough one as I have no regrets. If I had to pick I suppose it would be my hasty decision making skills~

      6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

      Its a tie.. Dishonesty and thieves~

      7. What is your greatest extravagance?

      My notebooks that I write in often~

      8. On what occasion do you lie?

      When it protects another from harm~

      9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

      The usual needing to lose a few pounds~

      10. When and where were you happiest?

      1991.. when I gave birth to my beautiful daughter in Washington State~

      11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

      I would change nothing.. everything I have been through has taught me lessons and only helped me to become the woman I am today~

      12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

      Again nothing.. life lessons are hard but sometimes needed~

      13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

      Giving birth to my daughter.. She is quite the woman herself~

      14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

      I’ve always said a beautiful black cat in a very good home.. purrrrrrrrrr~

      15. What is your most treasured possession?

      My leather bound journal that my life book will be placed in~

      16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

      Not being able to live who you are.. and feeling ashamed for it. This should never be for anyone~

      17. Who are your heroes in real life?

      As stated above.. anyone capable of living honestly and without judgment of others. Those who give more of themselves than they ask of others~

      18. What is it that you most dislike?

      Liars and thieves~

      19. How would you like to die?

      Lying in bed.. listening to soothing music~

      20. What is you motto?

      Blessed is the soul capable of battling the odds.. even more blessed is that soul capable of sharing the story to help another~

  • In reference to question #10: The 1994 Mike Cornelison was my favorite! I’ll never forget those times. It has almost been twenty years since the “Summer of Monterey”. Damn!

    • 1994, yep, right alongside 1992, those were all good years. “The Summer of Monterey”, I like that, what was cool about it is that summer was bangin’ along two or three months before school even got out. That was one long-assed summer.

      (Hit the quiz, man!)

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    I believe in perfect contentment.

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    My greatest fear is the US is going down the commode.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Those who do well even when it’s inconvenient for them, and JFK (a conservative democrat).

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    My mother.

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    I beat up on myself because I have a strong conscience.

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    People who lie like hell and they know you know they’re lying like hell

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    Spoiling friends with gifts.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    Only for good. To save someone’s life.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    Long feet.

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    I’ll have to think about that one. There have been several times.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would be the US President, creating jobs from sea to shining sea

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    Remove personality disorders from extended family members.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    I’ll be 50 at the end of the year. I’m still here, and maintain a wild sense of humor.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    The sun so I could shine on everyone everywhere.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    A wallet my late aunt gave me when I graduated from high school. It still looks brand new because I keep it tucked away.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Self-hate

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    My mother, my late grandmother, and late aunt. The 3 most important women ever

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    People who talk “compost”

    19. How would you like to die?
    In bed

    20. What is you motto?
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I chose the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference

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    • Elegant answers just as I imagined from an elegant woman. Great to hear you’ve had three women, mother, grandmother and aunt, whose influence and love you hold so dear. I like your answer to to greatest achievement on #13, but you can add to that . . . turning 50 and still got it going on – wabam!Victoria Sutton

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Being in a meditative state of reception while listening to Chris Thile’s music

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    That America will disintegrate so quickly that we won’t be able to stop it.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Dorothy Parker

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    Mark Levin

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    That I don’t exert the effort to fulfill my dreams

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Intentionally lying to others, especially boasting through lies

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    having my hair done at the expensive but really awesome place

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    I lie to get away from my father who is a narcissist. This means he is a black hole of need.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    overweight

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    I was happiest when all my friends were single and we played together in a bluegrass band around Chapel Hill, NC.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would want to feel completely energized and refreshed with 8 hours sleep.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    My parents would have divorced long ago.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Escaping corporate slave matrix

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    Oh, I don’t know. Once has been enough. But for the sake of the game…a fulfilled dancer.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    Easy one. My Martin D-28 guitar.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    I was once stuck in a repeating tape loop of an abusive memory. That was the most miserable I’ve ever been. It was worse than the actual abuse.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    I love people who speak their minds clearly and respectfully and fight for the right for others to do so without regard to political stance.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    Condescension

    19. How would you like to die?
    Quickly and painlessly while I’m at home and still have my faculties.

    20. What is you motto?
    I’ve always tried to live by my state’s (NC)
    motto. I suppose it’s also my own. Esse Quam Videris: To Be Rather Than to Seem

    • Was completely naive to both Chris Thile and Dorothy Parker. I’m listening to Nickel Creek right now, very conducive to meditation indeed. I like it.

      #8 I can visualize, not from my dad, but do know that feeling when a subtle hint is not going to work so you just have to come up with some made-up somewhere you have to be as it’s the only way you’re going to get out of there.

      The fact that you played in a bluegrass band and cherish your Martin D-28, now I’m totally intrigued. Where do I go to hear you doing some strumming on that Martin?

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Not having to worry about where the next meal is coming from. Hard work that pays off, and prospects for my family and future that put us in position to pursue our hopes, dreams and aspirations without constraint.

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Dying with unfinished business, or dying having not had the courage to try and stop it.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    My dad; the only historical figure I have a true enough account of to know the context of his qualities and shortcomings. I can’t readily admire someone if I don’t intimately know their shortcomings or if I can admire them in spite of those shortcomings.

    4. Which living person do you most admire?

    Barack Obama

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    (Tie) My inability to feign cordiality, even when necessary & Frivolous spending habits ahead of my being wealthy.

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Hypocrisy. Lacking in self-awareness; self image not requisite with the person staring back at you in the mirror.

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?

    My (not that extravagant) recording studio.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?

    When I am being cheated, bullied, or taken advantage of by a corporation.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

    My teeth – I should have been made to wear braces as an adolescent.

    10. When and where were you happiest?

    January 7, 20111 – the day my daughter was born.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

    I would have kept playing basketball in college.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    My uncle Sunny Joe White would still be alive.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Thea Renee White – the future will hold me giving her the greatest life imaginable.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    A preacher.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?

    My recording studio.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    The idea of losing my family, or not doing enough that we live comfortably.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My mom. My quarterback coach in high school. And my business partner and soon to be hiring manager.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?

    People who ignore context and lack perspective. People who discredit the advantages they’ve had in life to appear more diligent and or awesome.

    19. How would you like to die?

    Exhausted.

    20. What is you motto?

    Go hard or go home. It starts with the man in the mirror.

    • That got me fired up, Damion! Especially #19 & #20. If you stick true to your principles as you laid them out, I have no doubt that Thea Renee will one day be listing you as the person she most admires. Good stuff.

      • Thanks Mike! I tell you, this was a very refreshing exercise, and it has been very interesting and captivating to read everyone’s responses. This line of questioning brings out a surprising calm in venturing out to be so publicly candid and intimate. So much for our lacking attention spans. I’m still reading. 🙂

  • Copy the following 20 questions, paste it in a reply, then start plugging in your answers:
    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Living close to my family, being comfortable financially.
    2. What is your greatest fear? Not living my life to the fullest. There are so many things I want to accomplish before I die.
    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Laura Ingalls Wilder
    4. Which living person do you most admire? My mom
    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I feel a weak person most of the time and let my fears get the best of me.
    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? I have more than one, but I’ll say rudeness.
    7. What is your greatest extravagance? My iPhone I guess
    8. On what occasion do you lie?I try not to lie. But I do if the other person will make a huge deal about something over absolutely nothing.
    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance? Weight
    10. When and where were you happiest? Being a kid still living with my parents. Had no worries then.
    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?I would be a stronger person.
    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? My own family, I wish we had time and money to do more things together. I wish my parents and brothers family lived closer.
    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Surviving motherhood (so far) 🙂
    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A bird
    15. What is your most treasured possession? My daughter. Technically, she’s my possession 🙂 and my cat, Franklin
    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? No friends. No family. 
    17. Who are your heroes in real life?My parents.
    18. What is it that you most dislike?Jealousy, insecurity, unfaithfulness. Had to name 3..
    19. How would you like to die? Peacefully sleeping when I’m old.
    20. What is you motto?
    You never know.

    • Love the fact that your family is so central to all your answers and to your life, family-minded, very loyal, and the fact that your iPhone is your greatest extravagance (!) that right there shows a person who’s humble, modest and doesn’t need a bunch of extravagant things to feel fulfilled, a simple life, kind of like . . . oh, Little House on the Prairie, perhaps.

      I like #8 too, seems a definite case of justified fibbing.

      Q#14 – Hey, I like birds too, because they can fly away when things get too crazy.

      🙂

  • Ha! I do wish I could fly, though!
    That was fun. Thanks!

  • Alainnah:

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Working on an intellectual quest for knowledge
    2. What is your greatest fear?
    Being incapacitated
    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Adam Smith, the pragmatic, realistic Scottish Economist / Philosopher
    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    Anyone who is intelligent, empathetic and compassionate
    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    The crusading urge, which I always nip in the bud
    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    An inflated idea of their own importance
    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    I am NEVER extravagant
    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    Only if I can’t avoid it!
    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    My “spare tyre”
    10. When and where were you happiest?
    I am happiest in the present
    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would be thirty years of age
    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    I accept people as they are so I wouldn’t change anyone
    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Bringing up two self-directed, happy human beings
    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    A male, neutered-at-6-months, treasured, spoiled-rotten Siamese cat
    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    My laptop: because it gives me access to knowledge
    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Losing my mind
    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    People who work hard and make a useful contribution to society
    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    Irrational people
    19. How would you like to die?
    In my sleep
    20. What is your motto?
    Don’t complain! Just get on with it!

    • I like the choice of Adam Smith, there are quite a few politicians I can think of that I’d like force a copy of Wealth of Nations into their consciousness. NEVER extravagant? Translated: VERY practical.

      Q: When and where were you happiest?
      A: I am happiest in the present

      If I were to adopt one attitude from these questionnaires and work it into my everyday being, that should be it. Well done.

      • How did you guess that I am VERY practical. I am a business person, and LOVE business.

        Great quiz, Mike! Great fun! Thanks!

  • . What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    To maintain a quiet mind, and to live 100% in the Present moment.

    2. What is your greatest fear? A noisy mind..

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Jesus

    4. Which living person do you most admire? Jesus

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Excessive Thinking

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? the inability to be Present.

    7. What is your greatest extravagance? My Wife, that or my Vespa.

    8. On what occasion do you lie? when it’s convenient..

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance? My Hair.

    10. When and where were you happiest? Right Now..

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My Hair.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? The DNA the gave me the cause me to have baby fine hair.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Shaving my head.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Me. Always Me.

    15. What is your most treasured possession? My Cell Phone..

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? A life dedicated to anything outside of the pursuit of TRUTH..

    17. Who are your heroes in real life? I honest don’t have any.. I’m my own hero.. Really..

    18. What is it that you most dislike? People that feel more centered within themselves when they’re lying vrs telling the truth..

    19. How would you like to die? Crucifixion..

    20. What is you motto? WINNING!!

    • Ladies and gentlemen, that is the world famous motivational guru, David Olmscheid a.k.a. The President of Facebook. Who would have ever guessed a man who exudes so much confidence has an insecurity about his hair? Personally, I think you look very sexy with your hair close-cropped and the George Michael shades and beard.

      Love #14. Everyone always wants to be reincarnated as something or someone else. Davo says, “Me. Always Me.” Right on!

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    The ability to travel the world a will, and enough time and $ to do.

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    Dying alone.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Captain Chunch.

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    My wife

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    Laziness

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Anger and bitterness

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    My hobby: Building guitars

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    I would lie to protect my family.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    My expanding waistline and my receding hairline.

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    Summers at the shore with my family when I was a kid.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would have taken my education a little more seriously.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    I wish we all got along better.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    My marriage.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    A bird on a tropical island.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    Whatever guitar I happen to be working on at that time.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Slavery of any kind.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Danny Bonaduce…. Okay, just kidding, scratch him off.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    cruelty

    19. How would you like to die?
    On a beach, under a clear blue sky with a drink in my hand, preferably on Maui.,

    20. What is you motto?
    Stay positive.

    • Captain Crunch – LOL. Seriously though, by how many millions is he beloved? I like #13 the best. BTW, you ever build a bass?

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Riding my Harley through the mountains to a river in shorts and a t-shirt, jumping in and riding out…

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    Having to fight in another American civil war

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Churchhill. I see dangers others seem unwilling to admit/confront.

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    American servicemen and women. all of them.

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    Being tired a lot

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Being stupid and/or easily manipulated

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    My Harley

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    I rarely lie

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    blemished complextion

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    in the 80’s racing MX

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I’d sleep better

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    nothing

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Become a Pro MX rider and graduating college

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    I’d come back as a raven. Smart and slick.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    My degree

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Getting decapitated

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    Service men and women, ww2 vets.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    Dumb people…namely liberals.

    19. How would you like to die?
    In my sleep

    20. What is you motto?
    Its not the destination, its the journey

    • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as lived by Darin Driscoll. You are a stark realist, no moonbeam Neville Chamberlain with rose-colored glasses. Answer to 12 tells me you’re blessed. Answer to 20 are words to live by!

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    → ain’t figured that out yet, not really sure what ‘happiness’ is… perhaps solitude in high desert somewhere in southwest US

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    → helplessness (feeling or reality)

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    → Marquis de Sade

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    → Sir Richard Branson

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    → occassional hubris

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    → hubris

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    → over-indulgence @ White Castle… 2-3 dbl cheese, bag of chicken rings, bag of onion chips, X-large Coke (perhaps even cpl fish w/cheese) OR quality, Xtra-dry cheesecake when found

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    → 20 yrs ago, any & all if served my desires… today, never a ‘lie of fact’, only a ‘lie of omission’ to protect another’s feelings or a child

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    → wld prefer 4-6 inches less of waist or 4-6 inches more of height, preferably both

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    → w/caveat to refer back to question 1… a distant memory of flying down an empty street, just after dawn, on my bike w/newly installed, silver sparkle banana seat & head high ‘sissy bar’ (think perhaps 7-8 yo, purchased w/saved ‘chores’ money, installed by me previous evening but not allowed to test ride cuz of darkness)

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    → nuthin… only regret not using my intellect more productively, rather than self destruction

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    → my brother’s suicide or my mother’s health, preferably both

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    → surviving past 30 years old

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    → no idea… ‘cept wld likely be required to go back a couple levels for @ least a couple of reincarnations

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    → don’t have many possessions these days (see questions 3, 8, 11 & 13)… before was lost, ticket stub from Led Zeppelin concert @ Market Square Arena http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/april-17-1977

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    → similar to question 1, not sure… personal xperience: flight from San Fran to Honolulu, back seat of non-smoking against bulkhead (couldn’t recline, yes, I smoke), sandwiched tween two 300+ lbs men

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    → farming & military families

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    → oysters on shell @ a Chinese buffet, intentional ignorance & rap ‘music’

    19. How would you like to die?
    → don’t wanna but if I gotta… doing something stupidly heroic

    20. What is you motto?
    → nobody’s fault but mine

    • One of the highlights of the thread right there, getting some insight to the enigma that is @IndyEnigma! Never would have guessed the affinity with de Sade, a very unexpected revelation in that. #14 & 16 had me laughing pretty hard. I like #19, if you find a cause along those lines, let me know. And I’ll say a prayer for your mother to get well and live a long and healthy life.

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    The absence of worry

    2. What is your greatest fear?
    The death of a loved one.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
    Georges Jacques Danton

    4. Which living person do you most admire?
    My wife Maggie

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    Anger

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    hypocrisy

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?
    Books. I buy books like other people buy chocolate bars. Garage sales come second. I buy stuff for no other reason than because it fascinates me.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?
    To avoid hurting others.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    Nothing. I am content with how I look.

    10. When and where were you happiest?
    Now.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    I would increase my patience level.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    Nothing. I love each of them as they are, faults and all.

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    The life of my daughter and surviving my sometimes carelessly dangerous life to see the birth of my grandson

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    A bear

    15. What is your most treasured possession?
    My marriage

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Despair, which is nothing less than the absence of hope.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?
    The nameless people who get up every day and happily devote their lives to the welfare of others in difficult parts of the world.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?
    child abuse

    19. How would you like to die?
    Quietly, painlessly, a long time from now with my family all around me

    20. What is you motto?
    It is what it is!

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Rare occasions when I’m able to relax in front of, and get mentally lost in, waves crashing on the beach or rocks, preferably with an ice-cold beer. Otherwise, creating something both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
    2. What is your greatest fear? Being disliked (dammit).
    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Paul Revere, warning his countrymen of impending danger.
    4. Which living person do you most admire? A very wealthy, elderly friend who lives in a modestly upscale neighborhood and home, and drives a well-used Toyota pickup (and is married to an attractive woman 30 years his junior).
    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I’ll get back to you when I feel motivated… Okay, procrastination.
    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Hypocrisy.
    7. What is your greatest extravagance? CD collecting.
    8. On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings (which, I admit, is wrong).
    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance? Unfit-looking neck, even at fittest.
    10. When and where were you happiest? Summers on a houseboat from ages of 8 to 18.
    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? To be less critical and more forgiving of both myself and other stupid people.
    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? To make everyone even healthier.
    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising our daughter to be a kind, thoughtful, inquisitive, well-read human being.
    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A soulful blues guitarist with a great voice.
    15. What is your most treasured possession? Material? A Smith & Wesson .38 Special left to me by my father.
    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being stuck in an elevator that pipes in Rap/Hip-hop, Sugarland, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus…
    17. Who are your heroes in real life? Milton Friedman, for his brilliance; Ronald Reagan, for his leadership and moral compass; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for their courage and humility.
    18. What is it that you most dislike? The slow, painful forfeiture of the freedom so brilliantly provided to us by our Founding Fathers.
    19. How would you like to die? I wouldn’t like it very well at all, thanks.
    20. What is you motto? Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

  • 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    The realization that security is a myth and happiness does not come from eliminating words like failure from your vocabulary.

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    That corporations will one day have complete control of ideas, products and government.

    3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Benjamin Franklin. I am with you on this one.

    4. Which living person do you most admire?

    My wife.

    5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Selfishness

    6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Selfishness

    7. What is your greatest extravagance?

    The monstrous home I built on the hill here in Vermont. Yes I hammered the nails and placed every board.

    8. On what occasion do you lie?

    When a cop asks me if I have any pot on me.

    9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

    Crooked nose.

    10. When and where were you happiest?

    On grateful dead tour and in the forest with a bunch of freeks.

    11. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

    If I changed anything I would not be me.

    12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    My family is my biggest supporter. Why change that?

    13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Besides inventing the Jesus toaster? I would say having friends from all walks of life and political persuasions.

    14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    A new cannabis strain.

    15. What is your most treasured possession?

    My grandfathers Martin guitar.

    16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Feeling secure.

    17. Who are your heroes in real life?

    Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson.

    18. What is it that you most dislike?

    Intolerance and lying.

    19. How would you like to die?

    Quick and easy.

    20. What is you motto?

    Weed and no money is better than money and no weed.

    • Would love to see that hand-built monstrous home! I’m visualizing the Monticello of Vermont.

      LOL at #8, good answer. May want to work on getting an proposition on the ballot, it may happen one state at a time, but sooner or later, it’s going to be legal across all fifty states.

      On the crooked nose, don’t regret a thing, it’s worked quite well for guys like Cyrano de Bergerac, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody.

      #16 – I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. Interesting.

      Hey, was that Willie that helped introduce us through my cover of The Party’s Over? Hey, thanks Willie!

      BTW, the man’s not joking about being the world famous inventor of the Jesus Toaster, check it out right here:

      http://www.burntimpressions.com/

      • As far as #16 I will defer to some Grateful Dead lyrics… “When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.” We need misery to keep a check on what really makes happiness and if one is content and secure all the time how is one supposed to appreciate it if one has not had misery to compare their happiness to.

        Case in point:
        My father had two waves of kids. Us early kids grew up poor. Grandparents brought us Christmas trees and presents the day before Christmas because my parents didn’t have the money. My dad sold his plasma to feed us hot dogs. I had to improvise my toys and fun. I had to shovel snow and sell chestnuts to buy my comic books and go to the movies.

        The later kids had everything given to them. (After college, my parents became successful in their careers.) I love my younger brother and sister dearly but can you guess which group is happier and more self sufficient in their adult lives?

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