On Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton concludes his always interesting interviews with actors by having them answer a list of questions originally posed by a French television host named Bernard Pivot.
As the opening to my Blogiversary week, I submit this, my first Open Call. Here are the questions and my responses.
1. What is your favorite word? Joy (or Dinner)
2. What is your least favorite word? Hate
3. What turns you on? Sunrises and sunsets, woods and beaches, artful words and images, food and drink, bird song and music, flowers and trees, warm air and few clothes, family gatherings, and Mrs. P (yes, Scarlett, especially wearing one of my shirts).
4. What turns you off? Closed minds and closed hearts
5. What sound or noise do you love? Laughter
6. What sound or noise do you hate? Power mowers. Jesus God, but I detest power mowers. I hate them.
7. What is your favorite curse word? Can’t beat fuck, except on those occasions when shitfuck is in order.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? This one is difficult. It might have been fun to be a major league ballplayer, but their careers are so short. It would be fun to be a baseball broadcaster, but I have to admit that I’m too much of a homebody to put with all the travel. Being a travel writer, like Lea, sounds appealing, but, again, I’m a home boy. I love cooking, but am too undisciplined to want to train to be a chef—and have lousy fine motor skills to boot.
I think I’d like to be a gardener, to be able to devote my time to planning the balance of colors and textures, the science and the spirit; to executing the plan and watching my plants grow and flourish; and to living with the cycle of the seasons.
Or musician. I’d love to be able to make music.
But, really, I want to simply have the time to do what I want: read, write, walk, cook, think, take care of family. That’s the profession I would like to profess.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Another difficult decision, as there are so many. Soldier is a strong possibility. So is politician. But I think I’ll go with salesman.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “You did alright. Oh, and it’s nochebuena every day here, and your mother and brother are already at the table, sitting next to each other and laughing. And Leo was right: great baseball, too.”*
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* Leo was our fish man back in Massachusetts. He told us a joke about two friends who loved baseball and wondered if there would be baseball in Heaven. They made a pact that whichever one died first would come back and let the other know the answer to that question. When one died, his spirit appeared to his friend that night. “I have good news and bad news,” he said. “The good news is there is baseball in Heaven, and it’s magnificent baseball—perfect baseball. The bad news is that, tomorrow, you’re pitching.”
Responses to the call, which I believe covers all of them (nothing implied by the order):
Let me know if I've missed anyone!
joan h. (sorry I didn't get this one in sooner, joan!)
Divorce Bard (at his Sandbox)
Stacey Youdin (in his comments)
Huge thank you's to ALL of you!
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