OK, John over at the Asylum tagged me with this meme and I haven’t had much else I’ve felt like writing about recently so I guess I’ll tackle it:
- If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone?
I honestly can’t think of anything. I’m not the sort to keep my feelings from others, especially if they’re important to me, so I don’t tend to have a lot of things left unsaid. I try to make sure that I tell the folks I love just how much they mean to me on a regular basis.
- If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1 percent of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?
So long as the risks are clearly spelled out ahead of time to the people who would be taking the medication then absolutely. We already have drugs on the market that could have potentially fatal side effects for some people which is why there’s all those disclaimers rattled off during commercials for them. Why should this be any different?
- If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
My mind, no question about it. What good is having the body of a 30 year old if you can’t remember how to use it? Besides, my body at 30 wasn’t all that great to begin with.
- If at birth you could select the profession your child would eventually pursue, would you do so?
I wouldn’t even consider it. Knowing that I’m happiest when I’m working in the profession I love I can’t imagine how I could possibly have the foresight to know what my child may love to do with his or her life. I see a lot of people who have lots of money from their professions, but very little happiness because they hate what they’re doing.
- If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would do? (you can’t stop it)
Assuming that I knew for certain there was nothing I could do to avert it I’d probably end up weighing how likely I am to survive such a war and base my decision on whether to party like there’s no tomorrow or try to ensure my survival on the probability of success. I’m a natural survivor, but there are some things that can happen in your life that you may not want to survive if the after effects are nasty enough.
- Would you accept twenty years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you had to die at the end of the period?
No, I find life more interesting by finding my own way through it. I’m not all that unhappy with how it has turned out so far so I must be doing something right.
- If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it?
I’d go through with the marriage. I take marriage very seriously and if I’ve decided that I’m going to make that commitment to someone it’d take a lot more than that to get me to change my mind.
- Someone very close to you is in pain, paralyzed, and will die in a month. They beg you to give them poison so they that they can die. Would you?
Most likely, though it’s hard to say for sure without actually being in that position. It would depend a lot on how certain I am of their pending fate and if there’s any chance of improvement. I wouldn’t want to spend the last month of my life suffering needlessly and I don’t think it’s right to force anyone else to do so either.
- Given the choice of anyone in the world, who would you want as your dinner guest? as a close friend? as a lover?
Do they have to be currently living? If not then I’d love to have Mark Twain round for dinner one evening. As for a close friend all I can say is I already have the close friends I want to have. I just wish they were a little closer geography-wise these days. I wouldn’t mind having Bill Owen back, though, again assuming we can bring the dead back to life. Now as for a lover… being married already you know I’d be a fool not to mention my wife, but I have to admit that in addition to her I’ve always had a thing for Linda Hunt. I believe I’ve mentioned that before on this blog.
- What is the worst psychological torture you can imagine suffering? (it cannot involve any physical harm to you)?
Being unable to ever use a computer again. I’m a geek and this is my life. I can’t go much longer than a day without checking my email and there are some games that I have a hard time letting go of for any amount of time.
- You and a person you love deeply are placed in separate rooms with a button next to each of you. You know that you will both be killed unless one of you presses the button before 60 minutes pass; furthermore, the first to press the button will save the other person, but will immediately be killed. What do you think you would do?
These hypothetical questions always annoy me because they depend on you having certain knowledge of your situation which you rarely ever do in real life. I’d probably see if I couldn’t find a way to free us both from the rooms within the time limit, but if it appeared that there was no way to do so then I’d press my button. I’m a very clever fellow when I need to be, though, so I’d have to give escape a good try before resorting to self-sacrifice.
- Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow?
If I had to, sure. I’ve no qualms about where my meat comes from. But just as I’d rather pay someone else to change the oil in my car I’d rather pay someone else to slaughter my cows.
- For $20,000 would you go for 3 months without washing, brushing your teeth, and using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone, and there would be no long-term effect on your career. (you are not choosing one, you would have to go without all three).
Depends. Being as I’m currently unemployed I could probably do this with little trouble, though my wife and kid would probably avoid me for awhile. If I’m working then I’d not bother as I’d probably be earning more than that in three months time.
- Which of these restrictions could you best tolerate: leaving the country permanently or never leaving the state in which you now live?
I would probably go with never leaving the state in which I now live. I don’t get much opportunity to travel to other states as it is and I’m pretty happy with Michigan other than its current status of having the worst unemployment in the nation. I could easily live here my entire life without ever going any place else without complaint, though.
- If you could choose the sex and physical appearance of your soon-to-be-born child, would you do it?
Nope. Courtney turned out to be way more beautiful than I could have imagined in the first place. I have good genes. No point in screwing around with them.
- Would you be willing to decrease your life expectancy by 5 years if you could become extremely attractive?
There was a time in my youth when I would’ve said yes, but these days I’m fine with how I look. I’m not so ugly that I scare small children and I’m not so attractive that it causes problems. I like the fact that I can’t rely entirely on my good lucks to sail through life; I have to use my stunningly charming personality as well.
- If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly tell you what they really think of you, would you want them to?
What makes you think they don’t already?
- Would it disturb you much if, upon your death, your body were simply thrown into the woods and left to rot?
Hell no. I’m not going to be around to give a shit about it and that’s a helluva lot cheaper than a funeral. I’ve already said many times that they should just build a big bonfire outta me and have a wiener roast, though I suppose my burning carcass might affect the taste of the hot dogs. I already plan on being cremated only because it’s not legal to just dump my dead ass in the woods.
- Would you like to know the precise date of your death?
Where’s the fun in that?
- Would you be willing to give up all television for the next 5 years if it would induce someone to provide for 1,000 starving children in Indonesia?
Not sure why anyone would give a shit if I watch television, but I could probably do that. I don’t watch a ton of TV as it stands already.
OK, so I’ve done my 20 questions and now I’m supposed to tag three other people to do this, but most of the folks I might tag with it have already done it so I’m going to not bother. If you want to do this on your blog then feel free to grab the list and let ‘er rip.