July 03, 2005

I managed to avoid this for a while, but...

That cursed retrospective-psychoanalytical series of questions has made it to me (thanks, Lance).

Question number 1: What are three of the stupidest things you've done in your life?

a) Well, there was that whole knee thing. (If you want to see the photo of Tigger, click the "Family" section of the Gallery referenced in there).
b) The fraternity house I lived in in college had a 3/4-length basketball court in the courtyard, and there were always pickup games going on. I broke a toe one time while playing barefoot. Fine, but that's not so dumb, right? Ah, but then ten years later I was so disgusted at the way the Dodgers were losing to the Yankees in the '78 World Series that I went across the street to my neighbor's house and started shooting hoops, barefoot again. Broke a toe again, too. That, class, is what's known as not learning from one's mistakes.
c) Back in 1982 or 1983 Bank of America's stock price had fallen to about $8 per share, and I absolutely knew it was a screaming buy based on the real estate it owned under all those branches in California. Did I buy any? Nope. Recent price? $48 per share, post splits. The lesson? Have the courage of your convictions.

Question number 2: At the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?

My most recent client, which owes me 4 months pay and hasn't got it.

Question number 3: If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?

a) Martin Luther. I'd ask him what he thinks of evangelical Protestantism today.
b) Bobby Kennedy. I suspect he's a good conversationalist.
c) Jules Verne. I'd ask him what he thinks of space exploration as it currently stands.
d) Mohammed. I'd ask him if he really thinks there needs to be an inherent conflict between Christianity and Islam.
e) Jesus of Nazareth. Same question.

Question number 4: If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?

a) That the currently-being-acclaimed Sandra Day O'Connor had voted differently in Bush v. Gore in 2000.
b) That Koufax hadn't had to retire at 30 due to arthritis.
c) That there were inexpensive alternatives to oil as an energy source (note the word inexpensive).

Question number 5: Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.

a) No decent transportation system other than automobiles (I love subways and ferries).
b) Seasons
a) The H-1 freeway between 0630-0900 and 1530-1800 any weekday.
b) The beaches around a full moon (there's a regular influx of box jellyfish every month).

Question number 6: Name one event that has changed your life.

Taking a typing class in my junior year of high school. Every single job I've held since I started working has made use of that skill.

Question number 7: Is not a question. It's a command. Tag five other people.

I'm holding off through the holiday weekend.

Posted by Linkmeister at July 3, 2005 01:08 PM

I like your second wish.

But your first one brings up a quesiton. Have you seen any articles or op-ed pieces about O'Connor that bring up Bush v. Gore? It's the most important bad decision she made yet I haven't come across any mention of it.

Then again I missed the fact that her husband has Alzheimer's.

Posted by: Lance Mannion at July 3, 2005 02:02 PM

She's mentioned, but I think Kennedy was the swing vote in that decision. I heard somebody (probably Jeffrey Rosen; he's been everywhere since the resignation was announced) say that she had no doubt about her vote in that case.

Posted by: Linkmeister at July 3, 2005 02:16 PM

Which is why I lost so much respect for her.

Posted by: Lance Mannion at July 3, 2005 02:37 PM

Linkmeister -- sorry so many of your "mistakes" resulted in doing physical harm to yourself! The "knee" story kind of makes me nauseous....yikes.

Posted by: blue girl at July 4, 2005 10:28 AM

Name one event that has changed yor life.

Taking a typing class is certainly the best class I have ever taken in high school. While I may have gotten a "D" in typing, memorizing the keyboard by touch has certainly allowed me to get the words into the word processor. And since we haven't developed a computer that can yet respond to voice commands (A la Star Trek), I'd say the keyboard is going to be with us for a very long time.

Posted by: Eric A Hopp at July 4, 2005 10:51 AM