As she did in last week’s edition, Melanie is sharing her Share Your World prompt with Roger Shipp. Roger’s contribution to Share Your World this week is centered around another Harry Potter movie. This week’s movie is “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
As I mentioned last week, I only read one Harry Potter book and only saw one Harry Potter movie. Thus, as a “non-Harry Potter fan,” I was going to skip Roger’s Harry Potter-related questions. However, I think his questions are broad enough that I will take a shot at answering them because they don’t require knowing anything about Harry Potter to answer them.
If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak with and what would be the topic of your first conversation?
There are two animals I’d want to speak with. My dog and my cat. My dog is old (14 3/4) and I’d ask her how she’s feeling. I’d want to know if she’s in pain. If she’s happy. If she’s doing okay.
The conversation I’d have with my cat (who is 12) is simply “WTF, cat?” I will never understand why my cat can be acting like my best friend, tenderly rubbing up against me and contentedly purring one minute, and then, an instant later, can be biting me and swiping at me with his razor sharp claws (drawing blood, I might add) as if I’m his worst enemy. “WTF, cat?”
If your graduation picture could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them?
If you could transform into another being, who you would you choose to be? What would you hope to learn?
I would transform into my dog and my cat, so I could learn the answers to the questions I asked in my first answer.
What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside?
Neither my wife nor I thought it was either particularly dangerous or comical at the time, but I was away on business a number of years back when we were living in New Jersey, and my wife called me up at my hotel room and she was frantic because there had been a big rainstorm and our basement’s sump pump failed. Our basement got flooded with about six inches of water and it doused the pilot light on our water heater. Trying to explain to my wife how, once the water receded enough, to reignite the water heater’s pilot light was, to me, many miles away, rather difficult. She finally did, following my over-the-phone instructions, reignite the pilot light, but she failed to see the humor in the situation. Fortunately, we can both laugh about it now.
And now for Melanie’s non-Harry Potter inspired questions.
How do you think you’ll die? If you do think about it?
Even as a septuagenarian, knowing that most of my life is behind me, I don’t give dying much thought. But I suppose, when it comes time for me to die, I hope it will be at night while I’m in my bed asleep. I will just, one day, fail to wake up.
What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best” might mean the oddest.
I’m actually kind of partial to Fandango.
What’s invisible that you wish people could see?
My answer may offend some, but it’s God. As an atheist, I don’t believe that this “invisible” entity exists. I think that we humans, in our effort to find answers to unanswerable questions, created this God. If people could see that God is not just invisible but non-existent, I think the world would be a better place, since no one would have to die, be persecuted, or go to war because they don’t believe in the same god the same way that someone else does. And if, by some miracle, this invisible God would make itself visible, well that would prove that atheists like me are wrong and I’d jump on God’s bandwagon. All it would take is for the all-powerful
Oz God to make itself visible.
If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?
I think my car would always be the same car that I bought, no matter how many parts were replaced. Consider this. If people have knee replacements, or hip replacements, or heart valve replacements, or other prosthetic devices implanted on or in their bodies, aren’t they still the same people they always were?