1. Have you ever felt like you were expected to set a good example for others?
Not really. I was the 6th of 7 kids, so I was only an example to my younger sister, and look how SHE turned out (heh...she doesn't read this blog).
2. What keeps you on the right path? For example, why do you think you turned out the way you did as opposed to the nut ball sniper out there?
Guilt. The possibility of being caught doing something bad, something that I shouldn't do. That fear kept me in line. Still does, to some extent, but not as much as when I was growing up.
I think it goes back to the big family thing. Any of my older brothers and sisters would have gleefully pointed to me if I made a mistake, reveling in my misery. (okay, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but still...)
Why didn't I turn out like the nutball sniper? Because I know that what s/he's doing is wrong, and I'm not all about the power.
3. Sometimes things seem different than they really are. When was the last time you believed something to be one way only to learn you had it all wrong?
Heh. I always believed that people saw the world as I did. It was quite the eye-opener to realize that they didn't. It was never conscious, but an unconscious belief. Like why a friend lets their parent dictate their behavior. They can just say no, right? What do you mean, they can't?
Other than that, I'm always right. So anything else is irrelevant. (heh)
4. Can you recall a time when being alert and observant kept you safe?
Not really. I've managed to life a safe life, even with some travel overseas. I've been lucky that way.
5. Who in your personal circle of relationships do you think is smarter than you? Are they smarter in just one area, or overall? How do you feel about that? How do they interact with you?
How does one define "smarter?" Book-smart? Life-smart? Wise?
Lou is more life-smart than I am. I think it comes from his background and profession.
There are a few book-smarter than me, but not many, I think. Extending the circle to people I don't see weekly, but monthly, nets a few more. Jack is probably the smartest one of our bunch - comes from being an actuary, and having fun with numbers. And he can remember tons of facts and neat things.
Wise? I don't think I'm that wise, so probably a decent amount.
I'm fine with my friends and my interactions. I don't hate them if they're smarter than me, or envy them. I'm fine with myself. Though Lou's starting to get annoyed that I keep asking him things that he doesn't know the answers to, because Ken always had the answer. He was really book-smart, and trivia-smart.
6. Let's daydream a little: Describe in detail the most perfect lazy day, start to finish.
Get up late, stay in my PJs and eat cereal while watching some TV. Then I turn off the tube, curl up on the couch with a blanket, and read a favorite book.
Lunch is whatever's on hand and quick to eat. Also easily edible with one hand.
Maybe I get dressed in the afternoon, but probably not. Put down the book to watch TV while dinner is ordered out, and then back to reading again.
Fall back into bed late, finishing up book and sleeping peacefully.
7. Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what as? If not, how come? What is the most favorite costume you ever had?
Nope. While I love Halloween, we don't get any trick-or-treaters (we're on the third floor of a house converted into apartments), we just don't bother anymore.
It also doesn't help that Lou isn't really into Halloween. I get all excited, and get an "eh?" in response, which helps kill the mood, unfortunately. He's not discouraging me, but when he doesn't get into it as much as I do, I lose interest.
I dressed as a gypsy many times for Halloween when I was younger. Borrowed lots of Mom's jewelry, put on a flowing skirt and a blouse top, lots of scarves, etc. It was simple. I'm not a big one for costumes.
BONUS: Come on baby tell me what?s the word?
Grease? Bird? Pick one, any one.