Vital Stats

As I sit here on the eve of my 38th birthday, I am forced to contemplate my life and the things I have done, or not done, or completely fucked up. That’s what we do as we get older, isn’t it? Judge ourselves on our accomplishments and how far we have come through that battlefield known as youth? I don’t know if it’s useful or not, but I do it every year. Here’s what I know: I am 4’11, and I weigh somewhere between 115-125 on any given day. I don’t have a scale and I haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks so I’ll just have to guess. I have some shade of long, blond hair, and a chronically stuffy nose. And that’s the easy part. Back in 2006 I did the Proust questionnaire right here on this blog, and I thought it would be fun to see if my answers have changed any in the last six years. Here’s hoping I have grown some… (I have decided not to look at my previous answers)

  1. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? – Being unable to help someone in need, watching a loved one suffer or visiting the Czech Foreign Police. 
  2. Where would you like to live? – Anywhere I haven’t tried yet. Ocean, Mountains, city, or country I am game. Bring on the adventure.
  3. What is your idea of earthly happiness? – Being able to live a life of my choosing near people I care for, and being cared for by someone outstanding. Doing a job that I love and having lots of free time to read, watch movies and cook for people.
  4. Who are your favorite heroes of fiction? – Buffy, Wonder Woman, Owen Meany, Satoru Nakata, Scout, Charlotte, and The BFG.
  5. Who are your favorite characters in history? – Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep, Walt Whitman, Walt Disney, MLK, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and Mark Twain.
  6. Who are your favorite heroines in real life? – Any woman who takes life and shakes it up: Meryl Streep, Oprah, Jillian Michaels, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Georgia O’Keeffe come to mind…
  7. Your favorite painter? – This changes a lot, but right now I am in an Edward Hopper, Picasso, or a Renoir place.
  8. Your favorite musician? – Tom Waits or Mozart.
  9. The quality you most admire in a man? – Honesty. That’s an easy one. I have met  many men who lie in order to “save feelings” or to not hurt me. Well, that’s cowardice and bullshit. A real man, a man worth knowing in business, friendship or in love will be an honest man.
  10. The quality you most admire in a woman? – Self reliance. There is nothing that gets my goat more than a woman who can’t or WON’T do for herself. Asking a man, and batting those eyelashes will just get you a lot of trouble.
  11. Your favorite virtue? – My favorite virtue is one found in buddhism called Upekkha. It is a concept of equanimity. It is learning to accept both loss and gain, blame and praise, and success and failure with detachment – for both yourself and others. This one I work on every day.
  12. Your favorite occupation? – Reading, writing, sleeping and singing.
  13. What is your greatest fear? – Regret.
  14. What is your greatest extravagance? – Love. When I love I do it 100%.
  15. Which trait do you most deplore in others? – Selfishness or cruelty. Both suck and both are ugly.
  16. What is your favorite journey? – Well, the last six years sure have been a hoot.
  17. On what occasion do you lie? – I tend to say ‘I’m fine’ when I am clearly not. I will also tell a woman her outfit is cute if she likes it even if I don’t. This is why I don’t go shopping with other women.
  18. Which living person do you most despise? – Just one? Well, a tie between Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Ann Coulter.
  19. Which words or phrases do you most over use? – “sweet”, “nice” and “badass”.
  20. What is your greatest regret? – Being a doormat.
  21. When and where were you the happiest? – No lie, RIGHT NOW.
  22. What is your current state of mind? – I am very positive and productive and very much looking forward to my future; excited!
  23. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? – Well, for starters I would workout more. And I would ask for a new nose and sinuses. And after that I guess I would try and not to get so upset when other people act like assholes.
  24. What do you consider your greatest achievement? – Managing to live in the Czech Republic for as long as I have without being deported. 
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? – Spunk and sass.
  26. What is your most treasured possession? – Le Mutt.
  27. Who are your favorite writers? – Murakami, Atwood, King, Oates, Robbins, Erik Larson, Whitman and… me.
  28. How would you like to die? – Appreciated and loved and peaceful.
  29. What is your motto? – I remember what I wrote last time, and it still applies (“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum”). But, if I had to choose a back up it would be “Hard work! Dedication!”
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