Rory, over at Earthly Comforts, has posed a number of intriguing questions this morning. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally intriguing answers.
What is the best advice you have ever been given, and who gave it?
I don’t remember who gave it to me, but it was “don’t sweat the small stuff.”
What word would you choose to use if you were asked to describe yourself with it?
Do you like to eat mushrooms and what is your favorite culinary dish? If you are not a fan what is it about them you can’t stand?
I love mushrooms and I think that there is little in the way of culinary dishes, other than desserts, that mushrooms don’t enhance.
Do you have an accent? What is it, and where is it from?
I have a generic American accent. No one can guess where I’m from based upon hearing the way I speak.
How many hours a day do you read and do you think that too much reading might be harmful to your health? If so how and if not, why not?
Between the newspaper, magazines, my online newsfeeds, and blog posts, probably around 4-5 hours a day. I don’t know what “reading too much” means, but I can’t imagine how reading a lot might be harmful.
Have any books or films influenced you in any way and how you live your life? In what way? Did they inspire you to take action and change your lifestyle habits?
I have read many books and seen many movies, but I’m not sure any of them have directly affected how I live my life or have caused me to dramatically change my lifestyle.
How aware are you of your surroundings daily?
Do you notice things others miss out?
Are you detail-oriented?
I try to be cognizant of what is going on around me, but my wife often says that I’m oblivious. As far as being detail-oriented, I am, but I also try to see the big picture.
What is your favorite thing about planet earth?
It’s my home.
Have you ever accidentally upset someone you wish you hadn’t because of their strange reaction, and what did you do and how did they react?
Yes. I once said something to someone who worked for me. It was during a performance review and she was less than a stellar performer. She got so upset she started to hyperventilate. I tried to calm her down and to give her some tips on how to get up to speed. She quit two weeks later.
Do you have any regular behaviors or quirks you would like to lose? What are they, and why don’t you want them anymore?
No. I’m perfect just the way I am. 😏
Are you naturally serious or can see the light-hearted to almost everything?
The latter. Although what is going on in American politics is testing my ability to stay light-hearted.
Who do you think is the world’s worst real life boogeyman, and why, or if you wish, who was the worst boogeyman on the movie screen?
That’s a hard one because there are so many these days. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to name two.
What’s the strangest phone call you have ever had?
It was in the mid 90s at about 1:30 in the morning when I got a call from the local police in the town where we lived at the time telling me that my 16-year-old daughter and her best friend were at the police station after being picked up for violating the town curfew for kids under 18. Apparently my daughter had snuck out of the house and rode her bike to her friend’s house to have a “night ride.”
Which country in your opinion has the worst politics and what makes them different to your own country?
I don’t live in another country, so I can’t really answer the question other than to say the politics in my country (the U.S.) is the worst I’ve ever experienced. Even worse than during the Vietnam war era, and that was pretty bad.