I don’t usually participate in “blogger award” Q&As, but this time I did.  It came to me via The Confessions Of A Music And Book Addict:

1.Do you think that aliens exist?

I hope so! The thought that we are all alone in this vast universe is horrifying. Whoever else is out there, I hope they’re nice.

2.Do you believe in ghosts and paranormal stuff?

Yes.  I have seen a few things that defy conventional explanation.

When I was a boy I woke up in the night to find an enormously fat woman sitting cross-legged in the middle of my room staring at me.  She opened her mouth wide, then slowly faded away.  I don’t dismiss this as Just A Dream because, years later, I learned my little brother had seen the same woman.

When I was a younger man I used to suffer from terrible insomnia, and would go for walks in the early hours of the morning.  Once I saw a young boy playing with a dog in the park, dressed in knickers and suspenders like it was 1930.  I took a few steps and realized a small boy should not be out at 2:00 in the morning.  I went back and looked for him, but never found him.  I suppose it could have been my mind playing tricks on me, but it certainly seemed real.

And, when I lived in Houston, I used to regularly find blood in the bathroom sink.  The first time it happened I grabbed my cat Alice and looked all over her for wounds.  She was fine, I was fine.  I have no explanation for where the blood was coming from, but it reappeared dozens of times over the three years I lived there.  That one can’t really be chalked up to sleeplessness.

3.What movie can you watch over and over and not get tired of?

Can I name two?  Harold and Maude, and Waking Life.

4.If you could get a paid three-day break from the hustle and bustle of life, where would you spend your vacation?

My dream vacation would be to visit ancient ruins:  Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, the pyramids of Mexico.  Entire civilizations rose and fell, and we’re trying to piece together what their lives were like by looking at walls and a few shards of pottery.  It’s humbling.

5.What “old person” things do you do?

Trick question:  I am old.  The first Old Person thing I caught myself doing was making that groan/sigh noise when I got up from a chair, so I make an effort not to do that.

6.What’s the funniest joke you know by heart?

“Two peanuts walked into a bar.  One was assaulted (a salted).”  I like really, really stupid jokes.

7.What’s the most ironic thing you have seen happen?

Whenever America bombs somebody, they say it’s to bring peace to the region.  Then when it doesn’t happen, they blame the people who live there.

8.What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?

Equitable distribution of goods and services.

All of the world’s problems have one root cause:  self-centeredness.  There’s enough of everything for everybody– there really is.  There’s a relative handful of money-hoarders that ruin it for everybody else, and far too many people who think that’s okay.

9.What’s your favourite video game?

I like RPGs, Role Playing Games.  I cut my teeth on Nethack, lately I’m playing Zorbus.  (They’re both free, if anyone wants to try them.)

10.What would you like to say to your younger self?

“Notice and and appreciate the little things more.”  Kurt Vonnegut put it nicely:  LINK

11.What is one thing that you love about yourself?

I roll with the flow.  Sometimes there’s a little kicking and screaming, but eventually I get there.


(Instead of tagging people, I’ll just invite anyone who wants to to play along.  Leave a comment if you do, and I’ll link it here.  So far Mona has joined in.)



  1. markonit

    …I will roll with #11 … as to the paranormal… everything is energy and all energy is vibration… and those can never be destroyed…


  2. Prutha Pimpalgaonkar

    Wow! You gave great answers! The paranormal activities are terrifying 😨😨


  3. oh wow! this is super cool! I love your answers, too!


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