It seems that Raewyn Hewitt was tagged in a meme, but as she is sensitive to the fact that some folks don’t like being tagged (I don’t like being tagged for memes, for the record) she left it up to volunteers. The questions amuse me, and I have nothing else in line for this week, so here you have it! If you want to check out Raewyn’s answers, they are here.
1. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten in public?
Um… this is a harder question than one might think. I ate a penny, once, but that was an accident. If only things eaten intentionally count, it depends on what one considers strange. I’ll leave it up for a vote. The candidates are:
Syrup made from hickory bark
2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why?
Most of you might expect this to be a no-brainer for me. In truth, though, it’s not as easy as it might be.
Despite the fact that “Thyme” is in the title of this blog, elves (even my own elves) would be my last choice. Even in the best of circumstances, I would feel isolated.
Dwarves would be my second choice because, as much as I have in common with them, I am not a Dwarf, and they can be insular. I hope I would be able to break into their good-graces eventually, but that cannot compete with Hobbits.
Hobbits, though not usually adventurous, have a good track-record for not giving up and for rising to the occasion. I have not seen many reckless hobbits, and they share my love of sleep, food, and natural beauty. Also, on the whole, they are more personable and accepting than the other races.
Ideally, of course, it would be nice to have a mix of traveling companions. Can you get a nerdier answer than that?
3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next?
I think my first reaction would be to ask why…
4. If you were given biscotti, would you prefer it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
It depends… is it a good biscotti or a cardboard-like one? If the former? Tea. If the latter, then coffee.
5. In your opinion, who is the funniest man or woman alive today (comedian)?
Tough one. I don’t watch a lot of comedians, but I really like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
6. If you were given thirty seconds on television to say something, what would it be?
I’d probably either ignore the camera or attack its operator…
7. What is your idea of the most romantic date setting ever?
Either the Walls of Jericho or Miller’s Cove on a spring night when the blue ghost fireflies come out beneath the hemlocks like will-o-the-wisps.
8. If you could go on one date with a movie or television star, who would it be and why?
I hate questions like this. The thought of going on a date with any film or television star on whom I actually have a crush is horrifying, so that’s out. Once my brain stopped reeling from that unpleasantness, the first thing that came to mind was Hugh Laurie because he seems to have a high regard for one of my favorite authors of all time (P. G. Wodehouse) which would give us something fun to talk about. Also, I grew up on his Bertie Wooster, and I’d like to thank him for that. Obviously, for multiple reasons, this would be a purely platonic date.
9. What is the worst song you have ever heard?
There are a lot of contenders, but my brain collapses in abject horror every time I encounter this one: Friday .
10. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
Three or four hours’ drive east of where I live now. If I ever find a place that sinks into my bones the way the Appalachian Mountains do, I will be very surprised. I’ve seen some lovely places across the world. Nothing has come close.
11. Who – in your opinion – was the greatest person to ever live?
Jesus, but he is a given, considering my faith. Other than him? Hm… there are too many contenders. I would really love to meet George MacDonald, though. ;)
As Raewyn, before me, I am not going to tag folks, but if any of you want to join in, please do!