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Old 08-10-2006, 03:37 AM   #1
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Break from whatever, Part whatever

1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?

10. Do you cry easily?

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist?

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?
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Great idea. Don’t know if I can do it justice though.

1. I’ll list an accomplishment. There are two images that will always move me. One is earth seen from the moon. The other is that short clip of the unknown Chinese man who stood in front of the tanks in Beijing in 1989. For a moment he seemed like such a ordinary character standing there with a plastic shopping bag in hand but what followed made it the most heroic deed that I have ever seen. He did not carry a gun or move the masses with his refined arguments. He merely stood his ground and made the might of the Chinese dictatorship turn away. Considering what happened later he is probably dead but his legacy is surely of the greatest kind: That for a short moment he granted us the hope that the world can be made a better place.

2. Rapunzel

3. I think there is a tendency in society to view having a strong will and being rebelliousness as masculine qualities. I think I’m fairly strong-willed and have a certain irreverence but I envy men the right to act in an overtly wilful way without drawing stares or comments.

4. Maria Callas – far too many of her arias leave me in tears.

5. There are a few thing that I would wish hadn’t happened but overall I can’t look back at my choices and regret them because there are so many other things that wouldn’t have happened.

6. Well, I recently took up the cello. Don’t you have to know someone fairly well before you can be surprised by them?

7. I try. I think that the difference between knowledge and wisdom is that true wisdom requires you to accept the knowledge you have about the nature of the world to such an extent that it becomes ingrained in your behaviour. I think that tolerance is one of the greatest virtues but I don’t always display a great deal of tolerance – especially if my blasted up-stairs neighbour keeps me up at night. So I’m not a very wise person.

8. That goodness will always win in the end. Oh, and that brevity is the soul of wit

9. I have a basil plant that I’ve raised from seed. Favourite pet: Rattles, an ungodly Labrador, Irish Setter, Border Collie, and Cocker Spaniel mix.

10. Oh yes. See point 1 and 4.

11. I suppose it depends on the art. Sometimes.

12. Books. I love books. It’s not just what’s in them but also the look and the feel of handling the book. I’ve been permanently banned from bookstore visits when I’m of somewhere with my family. I could disappear for days and only emerge when the cooking book section reminded me of the concept of hunger.
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These are tough for so early in the morning, but I'll come back to them

1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

Have to think more about that one

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

I don't know, maybe Rapunzel. I had long hair in my childhood.

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

This is a generalization and does not apply to all men, but I'd say the ability to downplay and ignore hurt and emotions. Of course that's not healthy, so I might have to come up with another answer for that one.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)

Johnny Cash
Bruce
Michael Stipe
Ray Lamontagne
Andrea Bocelli
Sarah McLachlan

They usually make me calm, happy, relaxed, temporarily in another world



5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

Some sort of career working with animals.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

Hmm, dangerous question I will have to get back to that one. I'm sure things I don't care to share here would surprise people, but no worries-it's not anything illegal

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

I do my best, some days I don't feel up to it though. Will come back to that one

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do? People will always return kindness with kindness. Experience taught me that isn't true.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet? Heather. I can't pick favorites among my dogs, they have all been so special to me.

10. Do you cry easily? Yes

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist? Honestly I usually don't know all that much about artists, if I like their art I will find out more about them

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect? I collect enamel pins, t-shirts. At one time I collected Beanie Babies and I still have them. Autographed books. I have a few other autographs but I don't collect them in some EBay/professional way, it's just a random thing.
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)
I don't know if this counts but the sense of togetherness worldwide in the aftermath of 9-11.


2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story) Hansel und Gretel

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom? Easy, men don't have periods, childbearing, or menopause


4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)
Sting...he has such a range for emotion in his voice. Go from Message in a Bottle to Invisible Sun to Everything She Does is Magic to Every Breath You take.

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?
I guess being more of an athelete...I should have tried out for track or softball, but I felt they took up too much time when I had other passions as well.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?
.....I've considered leaving Interference several times because I'm paranoid that posts here will come back to haunt me...however I keep returning for good discussion.

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?
I try to be as kind to others as possible, no matter how unkind they have been to me or others...simply the golden rule.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. I learned at an early age that this is a load of B.S.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?
My kitty Chloe...she's my favorite so far and I don't know that any pet in the future could ever be more loving or lovable than her.

10. Do you cry easily? Heck no.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist? Not really. I'm not a good observer of art in general.


12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect? Political and U2 memorabilia.


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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

The Internet

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

Anything involving cannibalism

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

Skirts must have better airflow than pants on hot days

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)

Denez Prigent perhaps

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

None yet

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

I have no hands, it doesn't actually have to be true does it?

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

Yes I do, to the point of having catholics threaten me with violence

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

Religion may be a lie but it can make people behave better

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?

Mitzie and Maggie

10. Do you cry easily?

I think I could if I really focused on it but generally no, I prefer a dispassionate ennui

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist?

Yes

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

Nothing/.
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Re: Break from whatever, Part whatever

1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind?

Digital photography, my aunt's invention for breast cancer survivors with neuropathy, hopefully a fake kidney....


2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

Not sure


3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?

The ability to (relatively) quickly gain or lose weight or muscle mass


4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?

Jeff Buckley - this is the one I think of as "haunting"
Lokua Kanza (amazing African artist)
Elton John
Eva Cassidy
The African Childrens Choir (seen them many times, they've been a fave since childhood!)
Any boys choir when they sing Händel or Mozart


5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

Going farther with gymnastics


6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

uh....I've never been to the hospital/broken a bone?


7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

I try to - I conserve by recycling everything, not having a car (walking, biking, carpooling) and I also care for animals by rescuing some and getting mine from shelters. Religion aside, I care about conservation/environmentalism (or at least making a conscious effort to practice it) and caring for animals.


8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

That there is a physical dichotomy between good and evil - that the devil is something that exists being the opposite of good. Now I'm leaning more towards the idea that evil is the absence of good (thought that's too simple a way of putting it).


9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?

Beckham - silver cat
Posh - tuxedo cat
Maximus - orange tabby and white cat
Loki - gray and brown tabby cat

Becks and Poshie are my faves (the other two really belong to a housemate)


10. Do you cry easily?

No, not at all


11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?

Yes, definitely because I'm not really that into art, it seems so arbitrary to me,


12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

I collect PopMart posters and US coins (mostly all pennies and 1940s silver quarters).
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" Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?"

I meant art in the broadest term--art, music, literature, film, drama, etc.
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" Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?"

I meant art in the broadest term--art, music, literature, film, drama, etc.
Hm, that depends. Visual art -definitely. Music - not so much. I'm drawn to the music itself, then would learn more about the artists. Films - either way, I watch films for entertainment, I know they are an art, but I don't really view them as such. For example, on one hand I'll watch a Russell Crowe film simply because I love him as an actor, but on the other hand I'll watch Eight Below with no regard for who was involved in making it, simply because I love dogs.
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Re: Break from whatever, Part whatever

1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

in my lifetime, the internet and how it facilitates international responses to human tragedies like the tsunami.



2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

Hansel and Gretel.


3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?

women seem to do an excellent job at being emotionally sensitive and intuitive, understanding when someone needs support or attention. more choices when it comes to clothing. the ability to cry your way out of a speeding ticket.



4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you? (As always, Bono excluded)

michael stipe; jeff buckley; rickie lee jones; joan armatrading; natalie maines; jonsi thor birgisson.


5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

i would have been more of a theater geek; creative writing.



6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

i am not a neat freak, but no one folds shirts and pants as precisely as i do.



7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

nobody's perfect, obviously, but, on the whole, yes. i volunteer, i live as environmentally friendly a life as possible, and i am relentlessly self-critical.


8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

God has a plan. there isn't a plan.


9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?

they're not my pets, exactly, but the house in which i live has two bulldogs named Bart and Lucy. my absolute favorite pet was a soft-coated wheaten terrier we had when i was growing up. i still can't talk about him, so devastating was his somewhat unexpected death.



10. Do you cry easily?

yes. more at happy things -- joy and redemption make me cry more than sadness and death, for example.



11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?

yes.



12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

no, not really. i suppose i collect books, to an extent, in that i never give away a book after i read it.
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Doesn't anyone else want to answer this

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I'll second that emphatic puhlease.
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1. Hmmm .. this is kind of a hard one ... and then I just thought, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall!! That was pretty spectacular!!! And on a very general note, human beings capacity for compassion and kindness .. especially when the worst of tragedy's occur. Often times, it can bring out the best in people.

2. That's easy ... Hansel und Gretel

3. I dunno .. I don't really envy anything. In my idealist mind, men and women have the rights to the same freedoms (though .. I know that isn't true in some parts of the world). I guess men don't really suffer the same medical/health problems (ie breast and ovarian cancer).

4. I guess I've always loved female singers the most .. that's probably due to me always wanting to be an extraordinary singer myself -sigh!!!- Maybe in my next life-time I think Patti Smith is amazing ... she has this majestic, leonine quality .. she roars!! I also love Janis Joplin, Maria McKee .. loads more.

Luciano Pavrotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' brings tears to my eyes. And Jeff Buckley was extraordinary. He actually had quite an operatic voice, I think.

5. I dunno .. I tend to think that while I'm still on this earth, breathing, anything is possible, if I just put my mind to it. The only thing that I (very) occassionally kick myself for is not going to college/uni. I still dream about studying fine art photography or art history. I'd love to be a professional student

6. I think I'm too new to be surprising anyone!!

7. I think the highest virtue is unconditional love. I like the Buddhist belief on non-attachment too. They're both fairly difficult to practice ... but I'm trying really hard. It's getting easier the older and wiser I become Both ideas as so incredibly free-ing too (IMO).

I also really want to become vegan (see item 9). I've been a semi-vegetarian for years ... but I have moments of weakness where I eat a bit of chicken I feel like such a hypocrite!

8. Hmmmm .. the idea that you can 'save' someone from some sort of peril (ie drug addiction/gambling). I've had experience in both, and, no matter how much you love and try, it's up to them. Though, I would still support anyone through thick and thin.

9. Two dogs in our family Bullet (a mix breed) and Scrappy (a Staffordshire terrier). And I have a kitty called Kitty Lou .. I love her to bits. I'm still waiting for my very favourite pets, haha ... my dream is to have two dogs (a golden retriever .. awwwww .. and a german shepherd) plus a horse would be nice too .. and I think ducks are sooooo cute. It's always been a dream of mine to have a whole farm of animal friends .. I love them.

10. Oh! Bring on the water-works!! I love especially weeping over an amazing film ... I'm so good at it!

11. I usually seem to discover the art before the artist, I guess?? Though, sometimes, in the case of cinema, I love going to see my favourite director's/film makers films. I'm completely fascinated by art and artists. I'd love to be one myself.

12. I think I'd love to be a collector of experience There's so much that I want to do (especially travelling). On a material level, I've spent much of this (southern) winter collecting boots!!! I'm addicted!!!

Wow! That was interesting!
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Re: Break from whatever, Part whatever

1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

Robotic limbs is a great accomplishment. I love that.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

I don't like any of them, to be honest.

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

The ability to listen. Women are better listeners than men, for the most part. Actually, I think women are generally better people than men.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)

Alison Krauss. She soothes a restless spirit.

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

None. I am glad that my songs never rocketed me to rock star fame. Too much crap goes along with that life style. Many good people have been ruined by stardom.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

I have a deep abiding love for the ocean, and want to move to the ocean to be an oceanographer.

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

I hope so. You all know what I preach; I do it loudly enough.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

I don't know about truisms, but I formerly believed something about the nature of Christianity that is taught in many (if not most) churches, that I now believe to be outright heresy. I won't go into it, but that's it for me.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?

My cat's name is Babbette (I didn't name her). She is my favorite, along with my cat Stubbs, who died last year at the age of 19.

10. Do you cry easily?

I cry from grief. Or while watching King Kong movies.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist?

Sometimes. This is the case with U2.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

I collect King Kong related stuff.
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[Q]
[B]1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)[/Q]

I am proud of children. I see children taking notice of the world around them and they do wonderful things to help. It is one of the things that I love about being an educator.


[Q]2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)[/Q]

I love the "Series of Unfortunate Events" The movie totally sucked encompasing the first three books. The books are awesome.

[Q]3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?[/Q]

That is an easy one! Multiple orgasms. Sorry, but middle age is setting in and I envy women for that.

[Q]4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)[/Q]

To this day, I find Ozzy Osbournes voice VERY spooky. I have not listened to his music for much of the last 18 years. It brings me back to a time and place where my life was at a crossroads. I left his music behind and moved on.

[Q]5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?[/Q]

I have two. I quite playing the clarinet and saxaphone around 1987. I had been studying to be a classical musician since the third grade. The principal clarinetist for the Boston Pops wanted me as a student. Two major Conservatories wanted me to attend. I quit. I wonder where my life would have taken me.

I will always wonder could I have played baseball. I loved the game but didn't have time for it. See above!

[Q]6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum[/Q]

I was an intern in Congressman Gerry Studs office for almost two years.

[Q]7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?[/Q]

I would say yes, but the reality of the world causes conflicts in this area at times.

[Q]8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?[/Q]

All you need is love.

[Q]9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?[/Q]

I grew up on a dairy goat farm. I had MANY pets. I would say that I was particularly close to Trouper Babs Dandock Karen. She was my first goat and the first babies I ever delivered were hers.

Surrently, Fenway (dog), Tigger (Cat), George (Cat) and Neptune (Crab) are with me.

[Q]10. Do you cry easily?[/Q]

I am a SAP. I get very emotional when I say goodby to someone. I cry at movies, news, and whenever I see a newborn baby. I do not seem to cry for myself though. (Wife's Quote)

[Q]11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?[/Q]

Yes.

[Q]12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?[/Q]

I collect baseball memorabelia. I also collect photgraphs that I have taken. I have a comic book collection and movies.
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That is an easy one! Multiple orgasms. Sorry, but middle age is setting in and I envy women for that.



men *can* have multiple orgasms, AND they have a G-Spot.

the good Lord did have a plan.













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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)
It's tough for me to answer this one, because I'm not very good at recognizing Defining Big Moments in real life. I think the birth of a child can be like that, and not nearly so me-and-mine focused an experience as you might think. Other than that, mostly the things that make me feel grateful and proud to be human are the "little things"--ongoing and "everyday" displays of fortitude, dedication and compassion from "ordinary" people doing "ordinary" things.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)
Probably Baba Yaga--not really a story, but the main character in a series of Slavic folktales--a witch who kidnaps and enslaves children, ages a year every time she's asked a question, can sometimes help people out if they're not put off by making a deal with the Devil, so to speak...standard witchy stuff like that.

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?
None really. Generally I find that once you really get to know someone, these kinds of collective assumptions turn out to not hold much water, and what looks at first glance like an enviable freedom or strength often turns out on closer examination to be a double-edged sword, or worse. Although this probably sounds pat, I think it's often just confining and difficult to be human, period.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you? (As always, Bono excluded)
Cesaria Evora, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Johnny Cash all come to mind...I don't really tend to favor particular artists, though. It would be hard to identify any common "effect" they have, other than that I immediately forget everything else when I put one of their songs on.

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?
Hundreds of them, but most of these regrets aren't serious I guess, as they visit me only occasionally and not for very long. At the moment I frequently find myself regretting that I never got around to taking any courses in Islam as a student, since I often teach Indian Muslim politics . ( Fortunately, the class always attracts some Indian Muslim students, who've been very gracious and generous in filling in some of the gaps I cannot; I've learned much from them already.) But this much I can change, and I plan to, if/when I come up for sabbatical.

I live to travel, always have, and would need five lifetimes to visit all the places I dream of seeing, but considering the wealth of opportunities my career provides for partially-expenses-paid travel, I hardly feel that I can complain.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?
Hmmm. I don't know that I'm clear enough on what exactly my FYM reputation might be (probably better off not knowing some days? ) to answer that. Being a mod is sometimes rewarding and sometimes not--in many ways it makes me more reticent about contradicting or objecting to certain types of things, as it can add a dimension of "official" reproval whose implications I'm not always comfortable with. And it reduces the time available for posting--though considering how much else I have to do, like the stack of term papers currently sitting by my elbow awaiting grades , that might well be a net time-management benefit.

Perhaps one "surprise" might(?) be that in real life, I'm generally quite taciturn and my participation in conversations is typically limited to one-line observations, more often than not wisecracks--in other words, I'm not nearly so much of a windbag in person. It's really only through writing that I realize the extent of my own opinions about things, and it's been that way for as long as I can remember.

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?
Well I'm not much of a preacher, and I arrive at final convictions on things only rarely and with great difficulty. Parenting entails a bit of preaching I guess, but mostly it's about taking situations as they came; spouting abstracts at children is pretty worthless. I aspire (in no particular order) to be a good parent, a good citizen, a good teacher and a good Jew, but I can't say I have a clear-cut formula for how to be any of these things. "Always try to keep the long-term best interests of all involved first in mind", perhaps--I guess I'd say I generally do a decent enough job, not a stellar one, of following that maxim.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?
"Do what you love and the money will follow"?

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?
We have two cats named Sammy and Lucia, a fish named Algernon, a guinea pig named Hirokazu (one of my oldest son's karate heroes), and "my" dog, a now-blind,-crippled-and-toothless 16-year-old black pug named Falstaff, who I've had since college. I must admit I love Falstaff more dearly than the other four --"favorite" would probably be a tossup between him and a childhood collie named Argos.

10. Do you cry easily?
No, generally those kinds of feelings slide quickly for me into depression, and depression paradoxically numbs you, unpleasant though it is.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?
That certainly enhances my appreciation, however, I can't think of an instance where I became enthusiastic about an artist I hadn't already been been interested in after reading their biography or whatever.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?
Maps and cookbooks primarily; I have embarrassingly large collections of both. If I had the money for it, I'd probably also collect Indian folk art, and add to my stockpile every time I go back; the few pieces I do have are among my most cherished possessions. I generally run a marathon every couple years, which is in a sense a form of collecting, of the experiential variety.




Thanks for doing this, BonosSaint--reading people's responses to these types of threads is always so interesting, and you really do excel at creating them.
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)
The moon landing still leaves me in awe. Especially considering the ancient technology used to accomplish the feat. It was one of the few moments when all of the earth stood united behind a positive event. I hope current generations will have the opportunity for a similar experience.

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2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)
I don’t recall the name of the story, but I distinctly recall listening to an audio tape (8-track – the youngin’s here will need to look that up on Wikipedia) in my parent’s car during long driving trips. The story involved a character who was roasting a chicken and sharpening a knife to cut the cooked chicken. Another character mistook the comments about the upcoming meal as directed towards them as a person, not the chicken.

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To process actions and events through the lens of emotion.

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Honestly, I can’t think of any. Bono included.

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I’m not sure I had a dream to pursue. When I look at what my children have already accomplished, I wish I could go back and experience the same things.

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Considering I’ve disclosed quite a bit about myself over the last 4 year, I guess the biggest surprise would be that I’m just a simple, nice guy.

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To live as an encourager to others.

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That Christianity was false.

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My wife has a cat. Let’s just leave it at that.

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I may be intrigued by an artist because of their work.

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I’ve given up collecting things. In the end, it is very unsatisfying – especially when you accomplish your goal, collect all things, and realize that there is little lasting satisfaction in the collection. I guess the “thrill of the chase” is alluring, but in the end it is meaningless.
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)
This may sound funny, but many of the preserved and restored railway lines and trains I have visited really inspire a sense of pride that people could be so dedicated to history and heritage that they would give so much time and effort to lovingly restore trains that I otherwise would never have had the chance to see or ride (as they were withdrawn from regular service before my birth). The work in restoring NZR K 88 in particular is an accomplishment that amazes me, and the current work going in to restoring NZR RM 5 (Wairarapa) and WMR No. 9/NZR N 453 is just astounding.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)
None. Never really had much of an interest in them.

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?
I would basically echo yolland's comments.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree - he has such a powerful, pure voice capable of transmitting such meaningful depth. Joy Division's Ian Curtis had an incredibly haunting voice too.

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?
I feel I'm too young to give a decent answer to this. I haven't yet had any notable dreams that I have failed to pursue. There are a few missed opportunities, but not unpursued dreams. They still lie in the future. I suppose I regret not more eagerly pursuing my writing, but it's becoming more articulate and meaningful now so I'm not too disappointed.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?
I am a huge railfan, even more than I am a U2 fan. But I don't get much chance to express that on Interference.

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?
I'd like to think so. I tend to preach pacificism, but in practice, I can occasionally have a bit of a temper. In some other ways, I doubt I really live up to what I preach either.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?
Christianity is for braindead idiots.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?
I don't have any pets now, but I was (and I guess still am) deeply attached to my cat Shogun.

10. Do you cry easily?
Depends. I have found it incredibly hard to cry when someone dies. But in less serious circumstances, I sometimes feel I cry too easily.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?
Nope. I tend to be disinterested in the artist.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?
Absolutely. I collect model trains, stamps, books, and also U2 setlists in a sense (not the paper ones, but I view the U2-Vertigo-Tour.com archive as a sort of collection and I certainly maintain it as if it were a collecting hobby). I'd say I collect knowledge too.
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Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of
mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note:
has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be
earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

Dr Victor Chang and his transplant team.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

The Dark Crystal

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

Seriously, peeing standing up.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or
haunting voices and what effect do they have on you?
(As always, Bono excluded)

Lulu, Peggy Lee, Skin (Deborah Ann Dyer), Heather Nova...those who make you feel the music with their voices/through their voices.

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

B. Art Hist. & Criticism, with overseas internship before life took over and I had too much to leave behind.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?



7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day
to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

No, not really. I keep trying to, though. I think that's all we can do.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

That life cannot recover, that people cannot recover. Now I know we can, if we allow ourselves and dont give up.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute
favorite pet?

All of them! Muffy, Tigger, Matty, Jordan, Zoe, Abby, Benson, Angus, The stupid guinea pig who kept escaping when I was a kid and who's name I now cannot recall, Sunshine, the birds in our aviary, the blue-tongue lizard who lived next to the rusty old 44 gallon drum, etc.

10. Do you cry easily?

Maybe.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you
are intrigued by the artist?

Nope. I'm not really intrigued by artists personally.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

Art books. Crime books. Any books.
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