The Here-to-Serve 16 Questions*
1. Which is worse? Being gossiped about or being lied to?
A. I would prefer not to have either happen, but I think being lied to (not counting little white lies that are more social convention and manners than actual lying) is worse than being gossiped about. People are going to gossip anyway and at some point it will be your turn to be the topic of the day. But big liars have a special place in hell reserved for them.
2. What is your favorite "Starbucks" drink? Or if you have better taste, Dunkin’Donuts?
A. I don't go to either establishment. And Krispy Kreme is the better donut.
3. Name an embarrassing moment (Make it good).
A. I was at a funeral visitation and I went to introduce my mother-in-law to someone. "This is so-and-so," I said. The woman raised up on her heels and her face practically turned red with indignation. "I am blah-blah!" she exclaimed, and strode off. Oops. In my defense, they do look a lot alike.
4. Is it hard for you to ask some to forgive you when you have wronged them?
A. No. I practically ooze "I'm sorry" simply for existing to everyone I meet.
5. Who do you wish you could meet?
A. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This is a quote from her: "So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that."
6. Best food comes from which country?
A. I am not a food connoisseur, so I am not able to answer this question.
7. Do you like small talk, or deep conversations?
A. It depends on the person, venue, time of day, and topic. Small talk has its place. Deep conversations belong on the table as well, and in my opinion, we need many more of them.
8. Who do you most want to encourage this year?
A. It sounds selfish, but myself most of all. I have had a hard time the last three years with health issues and I would like to reach a point of acceptance of my situation and a feeling of moving forward. I also want to encourage my husband as he heads toward retirement. And I have friends who need a prompt or two, which I will give them as I can.
9. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?
A. They would tell me to write, I think. They would be correct. Doing something about it is part of the answer to #8.
10. How often do you get real sick?
A. I never get fake sick so I suppose every time I am sick I am "real" sick. But I am very sick about twice a year, if we don't count chronic pain issues.
11. Are you a person who has a whole lot of acquaintances, or just a few very close friends?
A. Mostly a few close friends. I have over 500 Facebook friends but they are acquaintances and if not for Facebook they wouldn't even know I existed, and vice versus.
12. If you could cure a disease, or heal a sickness, which one would you choose?
A. Cancer, even though that is not what is troubling me. It is, though, the thing that most needs to be cured. Unfortunately I think it will take a major change in society to create that cure, as our medical system is not set up to encourage cure or wellness. People make more money off of sick people than they do healthy ones. Curing cancer would mean changing the way we work, our stress levels, ensuring that we all have basic needs met to decrease anxiety, and that we eat well, which means, not Pop Tarts for breakfast.
13. What was your favorite book of 2016?
A. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, followed by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
14. What was one of your biggest accomplishments in 2016?
A. I have stuck with physical therapy and made improvements in my health. Nothing life changing, but still improvement.
15. If you could be guaranteed a spot on the reality show "Survivor", would you go?
A. Yes. I wouldn't last more than a day, but I would go.
16. Which is worse? Shopping for jeans or a bathing suit?
A. A bathing suit.
17. How old was your oldest living relative (still living or in the past)? [editor's note: I haven't got a clue as to what this question means either. That's why it's perfect...]
A. My great-aunt, Pearl, on my mother's side, lived to be 107. She passed away in 2007. My grandmother on my father's side is 93 and still alive. She has outlived all of her children except my father.
*There was actually 17 questions; the original post had two #4s on it. I changed mine.
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