1. Are you living a meaningful life? Yes. Every day I try to do good work, and good works.
2. What’s the one thing you cannot live without? Coca Cola. It's that combination of caffeine and sugar that I dearly love.
3. When is it acceptable, if ever, to break the law? I suppose that there are times. But after the disgusting spectacle of January 6 in DC, I am rethinking this.
4. What do you want your final words to be? I'd like to die like my grandmother did. She went upstairs to take a nap, had planned to read a few pages of the Louis L'Amour book she'd checked out of the library before she dozed off. She closed her eyes and died, glasses on her nose, book on her chest. No final words.
5. What do you think are the five most beautiful things in the world? The sky, people's eyes (part of why I never understood the whining about masks; we got to concentrate on the eyes), large bodies of water (like Lake Michigan or the Gulf of Mexico), mountains, Paul McCartney singing "All My Loving" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
6. What makes you feel empowered? Doing a good job. Competence makes me feel empowered.
7. Which is more important–what you say, or how you say it? What you say, although how you say it obviously has an impact.
8. Do you live to work, or work to live? I have a job. While it gives me tremendous satisfaction to do it well, it is no longer as important to me as it once was.
9. How do you think the world will change in 10 years? 50? 100? Maybe The Jetsons were right and our homes will look like this.
10. What is something you’re certain you’ll never experience? Child birth.
11. What one responsibility do you wish you didn’t have? Upkeep of this condo. I am not good at it.
12. What is something you’re embarrassed that you’re so good at? Remembering movie dialog.
13. What’s the one thing you most want to achieve before you die? Peace of mind.
14. What’s something that offends you? People who are smug in their bigotry. At least be self aware enough to know you're ignorant. Try to do better. Don't be so freaking satisfied.
15. What makes you most angry about the country? The love affair with imagined grievance. I read Ginni Thomas' messages to Mark Meadow and she complains about "the elite" stealing the election. The wife of a Supreme Court justice whining to the Chief of Staff of the leader of the free world about "elites." Give me a fucking break. Ginni Thomas and Mark Meadows have enjoyed more privilege and exercised more influence than most of us could dream of. She just chooses to feel like a victim. (Further proof that not all Karens are named Karen.)