Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tag. I'm It?

1) What is your current obsession?
Blogging? Nah, that's too easy. It's actually publication, as in, trying to get a book published! Dammit!

2) What are you wearing today?
Right now, I have an ankle brace on--relapse of the tumble from a few weeks back--grey socks, plaid shorts and a plain white T.

3) What's for dinner?
Dinner was leftover pizza.....cold. Don't knock it!

4) What would you eat for your last meal?
Something spicy, very spicy....Indian or Thai. As long as there was lots of ice cold beer to go with it. No dessert, because i don't really have a sweet tooth.

5) What's the last thing you bought?
Other than the aforementioned ankle brace? A flatscreen TV and an umbrella for the outside dining table.

6) What are you listening to right now?
Show tunes. i know......Gay! But they're doing stuff from Miss Saigon and I love that show!

7) What do you think of the person who tagged you?
Oddly enough i got tagged twice and i don't remember either time.
First up is Lou from The Quiet Life. Excellent blogger, thoughtful, provocative....makes me think. She has some tales to tell about life on the other side of the world. How cool is that?
Then we have DuPree from Chlorine In The Gene Pool who is so fabulously, uproariously funny that I cannot read his blog while drinking anything lest I do a spit-take.

8) If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
I would love a farmhouse in Avignon, among the grapes, so i could make wine and drink wine and live wine. Someplace peaceful and beautiful.

9) If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
New York City. I would never sleep. Love it there.

10) Which language do you want to learn?
I'd like to relearn the French i forgot from high school.

11) What's your favourite quote (for now)?
It's not from a poet or anything like that, but I do love this song lyric from Crowded House: Mostly I want to free myself from the burden of inaction. Mostly I want to raise myself to any plane I can imagine.

12) What is your favourite colour?
Green. Used to be blue, then black, now green. Although I'm told I look dashing in red--I say it's because the color matches my eyes.

13) What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
I have a black wool coat Pea Coat that, for years, I couldn't wear--living in Miami winter lasts about thirty minutes. Up here in Smallville I get to bring it out all winter long and I love it.

14) What is your dream job?
I'd like to be an author, at least in the published sense of the word. I'd also like to help people, even if it is just by listening. There isn't a lot of actual listening going on these days. I could own a bookstore, too, because I do loves me some readin'.

15) What's your favourite magazine?
I get The Advocate, This Old House and Entertainment Weekly. I love them all because they really have nothing to do with one another.

16) If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
Well, that's about $161 US buck-a-roos, so I think that would buy Carlos and me a lovely dinner....if we stick to one bottle of wine. If. We. Stick.
To. One.

17) What are you going to do after this?
Relax and put the wrapped ankle up. The Real Housewives of New York: The Lost Footage is on tonight. Guilty pleasure.

18) What are your favourite films?
All About Eve; anything with Bette Davis. Anything. Same goes for Meryl Streep. Then we can add The Red Violin, Angels In America, and Longtime Companion. The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St Louis.

19) What is your special talent?
I have the uncanny, though friends say annoying, habit of seeing both sides of any issue and understanding them. Not agreeing, mind you, but understanding.

20) What inspires you?
Music. Weather. Carlos. Sounds of life, like my animals purring. So many inspirations, so little time.

21) Your favourite books?
Anything by Armistead Maupin, Caleb Carr, old Anne Rice. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb; How Long Has This Been Going On? by Ethan Mordden; In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse by Peter Mathiessen; I've never really met a book I didn't like.

22) Do you collect anything?
I do not and I have no idea why. Except to say that I like to live simply, so i don't like a lot of "things" around. So, I guess I could say, I collect memories and emotions and experiences.
But then, sitting and thinking and looking at Question 21, I guess I'd have to say I collect books, because I rarely get rid of any of them.

23) What are you currently reading?
I am reading three books because I'm crazy like that. The Mayor Of Castro Street: The Life & Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts; I am also reading Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris; and The Promise Of Rest by Reynolds Price.

24) Go to your book shelf, take down the first book with a red spine you see, turn to page 26 and type out the first line:
“As I've told you, my father said, clearing his throat once or twice, Professor Rossi was a fine scholar and a true friend." From The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Not the greatest sentence, but it is a good book.

25) By what criteria do you judge a person?
Honesty. Fairness. Manners. I look for those things in others so I can make sure to tend to them in my own being. Sometimes you need a guide.
And now, I can tag Joy at Babble On, Charlie at Berry Blog, Stephen at Post Apocalyptic Bohemian and Beth at Nutwood Junction because they are all so interesting and have such things to say.


Jim said...

I've read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and loved it. I'm an avid reader also and will have to check out some of the ones you've mentioned here.

Beth said...

I loved reading your answers, but argh, you got me! I rarely do these, but I don't think I can say no to you. [shaking my fist] Darn you, you crazy kid! I'll work on it.

Berry Blog said...

I really love you and your writing, thinking, ranting and raving, storytelling,researching,your prolific mind,your activism, your capacity to hear and be compassionate to others, your vast rich bank of knowledge, your capacity to share, just about everything about you- but I'm going to spray with WD4 and slip out of the tag. I am complimented to be chosen however.

truthspew said...

Very interesting answers. I especially liked the "My Special Talent" question.

You said it much more delicately than I put it. I say that I have this mythical ability to see through bovine effluvia.

Bob said...

Beth: Hehe. I know, i'm not a big fan of them either, but I had a couple of free minutes and it was a chance to talk about my favorite subject: ME! =)
Charlie: WD40 you say? Hmmmmm
Truthspew: Love it!

Joy said...

You sweet talker you! OK, I'll do it. I owe you since I tagged you for one.

That's the best you can come up with about what you're wearing? I think that's what you have on in your profile picture.

I'd like to come visit you in France. May I invite myself? I don't think I have a special talent, but I do understand yours.

I like your answer to 25 and agree with you. Interesting answers.

Stay tuned.

Mark in DE said...

re: #9, why didn't you join us last weekend???