About You

Dearly Beloved Reader,

As you might have noticed, I have an “About You” page on this blog in addition to the usual “About Me” page that you see on most every blog these days (if you have not actually noticed the “About You” page yet, I would ask that you and I get genetically tested to see if we’re siblings).

By posting on the “About You” page, you will help me to visualize who I am writing for.  It seems that every writer consciously or subconsciously images an audience when he or she writes something.  I have recently become aware of the possibly alarming fact that I myself have been up until now subconsciously imagining my audience was an undetectable leprechaun farting invisible rainbows beneath my cottage window.  Consequently, I wish to update my view of who reads this blog…um…just as soon as possible!

You would really be helping me out if you could take a moment to post about yourself!

You are free and under absolutely no obligation to use any of the questions I’ve listed below.  But please do introduce yourself.

Please do it as soon as you can!

All the best,

Paul

Here are the promised suggestions to get you started — feel free to use some, none, or all of these:

  • How would you characterize your sense of humor?
  • How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
  • What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
  • What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
  • Do you have a favorite post on this blog?  If so, what is it? What’s your second favorite post?
  • What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
  • What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • When is the best time to go fishing?
  • At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
  • What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
  • What have you done for a living in the past?  Include past lives, if you wish.
  • What do you do for a hobby?
  • What blog post topics do you like most?
  • What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
  • Where are you from?
  • What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
  • What other blogs do you read besides this one?
  • How would you describe your politics?
  • Were you a favorite child?
  • In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?  Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
  • Complete the sentence:  “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me  ______________.”
  • What are your favorite foods?
  • If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself?  And how would you deal with it?
  • Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling?  And, if so, what was the trick?  How did he or she take it?
  • What post topics would you like to see written more about?
  • What was the best job you’ve ever had?
  • What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
  • What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
  • What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
  • What are your four major strengths as a person?
  • What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
  • In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
  • What is the funniest post (or posts) you’ve read on this blog?
  • In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
  • Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
  • What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
  • What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
  • Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when _____________.”
  • In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
  • Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?  If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
  • What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
  • Which blog posts on Café Philos have been most helpful to you?  How?
  • Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once?  By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
  • What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?

83 thoughts on “About You”

  1. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Poor, I have a sense of humor most closely allied with Deep Blue

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    I stumbled across it several years ago, I’m rather sparse in commenting, but occasionally, something jumps out at me.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Well, beauty is a very complicated idea, and anything can be beautiful in some way, that being said
    1&2) I would have to say a rather large blue butterfly of the Morpho genus (it was one of the three blue varieties) fluttering through the rainforest in Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio). Both the rainforest and seeing such a rare butterfly were beautiful on their own…
    3) An terra cotta morph eyelash palm pit viper (Bothriechis schliegelii) wrapped around a Heliconia flower.

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    1) Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts–Feynman
    2) You live and learn. At any rate, you live.–Douglas Adams
    3) “I do not trust anyone that says one cannot be moral without religion”–my wonderful girlfriend

    What do you do for living?
    Generally, I eat, sleep, and breathe…

    When is the best time to go fishing?
    Depends upon the fish species

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    Funding

    What do you do for a living?
    I am employed as a sys admin for a large private school

    What do you do for a hobby?
    RC aerial photography, Android development, and building an UAV.

    Where are you from?
    You should ask your parents about where other people come from.

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Scientific: Bach.Sci. in Biology primarily studying Genetics
    Religious: Well, my parents are Cafeteria Catholics, I would say that at about age 12, I was agnostic, and after searching for any factual basis of the religious stories until I was in college, I would say I was a strong atheist (>95% certainty that gods are fictional, although new evidence could change my mind)
    Philosophical: Naturalist (Scientific, Metaphysical, and Ethical)

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Many, but the top ones include: Tetrapod Zoology, Evolving Thoughts, Pliny’s Hodgepodge of Anything That Strikes My Fancy (Formerly “Pliny’s Home for Wayward Skeptics”), We Beasties, Pharyngula, Greg Laden’s Blog

    How would you describe your politics?
    Others describe me as “Social “left-of-Stalin” liberal, fiscal moderate”
    My political ideas are much more complex than this, the short list:
    1) Industry does require regulation.
    2) Airport security is mostly there for show, how about having something for security…
    3) Single-payer health insurance.
    4) Close the loopholes in the tax code that allow large corporations to pay less in taxes than I do.
    5) Teachers should be educated in the field they teach, not in “education.” I am convinced many people with degrees in education and minors in the field they teach are complete morons.
    6) Education reform that works for EVERYONE.
    7) Get the Luddites and warhawks out of government.

    Were you a favorite child?
    Until I was 7 (I was an only child until then…)

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Calculated

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.”
    when I sequenced my genome…

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    I do have a phobia, it is of hornets (I am deathly allergic to them). I generally keep a few cans of wasp spray handy.

    What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    The one I currently have.

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    Is there something else to like about it?

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    The conspiracy theory that the moon landings were faked…

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Actions; the best of intentions, when coupled with actions not well thought out, can be incredibly harmful

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197e749
    For the joke to still be funny? 0

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Against them

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    It was more of a sudden realization when I was driving to my apartment one day after a molecular genetics class…

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once?
    No, I just ignore some of them…

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    1. Thanks for the interesting and witty replies, Jared! I am grateful to you for having read this blog for such a long time.

      It’s true you don’t comment on this blog all that often, but I’ve noticed that when you do, it’s almost always useful and informative. I feel fortunate there are folks like you in this blog’s audience.

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  2. How would you characterize your sense of humor? Wry at times, and at other times potty-related. Nothing like a good fart joke!

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? Outer Blogness, and not very long.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    The smile on the face of a child, my two dogs practically jumping out of their skins with joy, the snow-capped mountains on the horizon on a sunny summer day while I was in the pool with my sister & our husbands.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    I don’t want to be.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Foxy Pink Cheetah, Cognitive Dissenter, Runtu’s Rincon, Quirky Girls Read

    How would you describe your politics?
    Indescribable. 🙂

    Were you a favorite child?
    I was, until my little sister came along, and I stepped aside to let her reign.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Stubborn, loving, quirky.

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.” the day I taught myself how to burp on demand while hanging my head out the window and swallowing air whilst driving down the street. Thank heavens no one was injured or killed.

    Did you really play that trick on your younger sibling? Oh, hell yes. And, if so, what was the trick? I told him that the mixture I’d made of dirt and water in an old milk jug was chocolate milk, and he drank it. The first swallow was my fault, the rest was his own. I told my mother if he was too stupid to realize after one swallow it wasn’t chocolate milk, then he deserved to get sick. Both my mother and my brother disagreed with me, and I got my butt busted.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? hot pink bra with hot pink boy shorts undies. (Be kind to me–I only quit wearing garments a month ago.)

    What are your four major strengths as a person? Stubborn, curious, hard-working, diligent.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person? stubborn, lazy, know-it-all, argumentative

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses? I think I just try to balance everything out. There are times when being lazy can be a good thing. I’m just sayin’.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? I always try to be true to myself.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? I think actions need to be intentions with common sense. So it all goes together.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? 723.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? With the gods.

    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    Dave. I didn’t marry him because he didn’t want to marry me. See, he had teh gay. And no, I wouldn’t still want to marry him. I would want him to be happily married to another man.

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? Last Friday I got my ears pierced again, so now I have two holes in each earlobe. I felt deliciously sinful.

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    1. Welcome to the blog, Faith! You seem like a very enjoyable person. I’m pleased you found this joint.

      I took a quick look at your new blog and I was rather pleasantly impressed with the start you’ve made. You’ve got several good reads there!

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  3. Oh cool, a sandbox! I want to play too! Here goes:

    * How would you characterize your sense of humor? Weird. Normal is so overrated. I make fun of everyone, but I make the most fun of myself. I tell the most embarrassing stories about myself.
    * How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I don’t really remember. But most likely from a comment posted on PZ Myer’s blog or something like that. I’ve been here for years. Hi Paul!
    * What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? The birth of my children (that makes 3), the sight of the trees in my country whenever I fly home.
    * What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes? Live and let live. Be nice.
    * What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? Hmmm, I’m not artsy type, but I do like to read, even though I don’t do it as much as I’d like to (having 3 kids may have something to do with this). I really like some of the books I’ve read from my country, but they won’t mean much here. I (relatively) recently read “Lonely Planets” by David Grinspoon, and it was the most fun read I’ve had in a while. I also recently read “Hume’s Fork”. That was fun.
    * What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? Where to start? I was a wild an crazy teenager.
    * What do you do for a living? I’m a scientist.
    * When is the best time to go fishing? I’ve never been fishing, I have no clue.
    * At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I love them more than I can express. And I don’t hate anyone.
    * What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? I don’t care enough about being powerful, rich or famous.
    * What do you do for a living? Didn’t we cover that? I’m still a scientist.
    * What do you do for a hobby? Jigsaw puzzles. Dance.
    * What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? Criminal? I dunno. I break traffic rules all the time, and I surf the internet too much while at work. But I don’t think they qualify as criminal. I’d have to check with my attorney friends on that one.
    * Where are you from? Tiny, tiny country, not so far away.
    * What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? My dad was a scientist/politician/self-declared atheist. My mother was raised catholic, and I guess I’d call her agnostic. I was always told that I could make whatever religious choices I wanted for myself. And to be kind to others. I’m a die-hard liberal.
    * What other blogs do you read besides this one? I’ve listed the ones I frequent on my blogroll. That’s how I access them.
    * How would you describe your politics? Did I mention I’m a die-hard liberal?
    * Were you a favorite child? Nope. My mother clearly preferred my younger brother. And she was right to. He never broke any rules/regulations. I was a terror. My father didn’t have a clear preference.
    * In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms? All of the above. Depends on the time of day, day of the week, week of the month, and month of the year.
    * Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me at birth.”
    * What are your favorite foods? Anything I’m familiar with. I don’t like strange food. Nope not adventurous at all.
    * If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it? Hate. I hate hate. I stay away from it, and have as little to do as possible with people who hate anything or anyone.
    * Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it?
    * What was the best job you’ve ever had? Being a scientist.
    * What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? I always wear the absolute minimum amount of clothes I can get away with. But my favorite were the skimpy shorts I had on when I accompanied a boyfriend to church. It was fabulous. All the sinners were staring at me!
    * What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? What does the author look like? I like the author’s insightfulness, I like that he thinks before he writes, and that he makes me think too. About things I otherwise wouldn’t think about.
    * What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? That I’m good looking.
    * What are your four major strengths as a person? I try to be kind, I try to be a good mom, I try to be a good wife, I try to be a good scientist.
    * What are your four major weaknesses as a person? I often fail to be kind, I often fail to be a good mom, I often fail to be a good wife, I often fail to be a good scientist.
    * In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses? I’d like to think the strengths win, but who really knows. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this.
    * In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? I try. I guess, yes.
    * Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? Actions definitely matter. They speak louder than words, and their outcomes are visible long after the words have faded, or the intentions forgotten.
    * What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? 2,000
    * What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? My skin is not transparent, my accent is funny.
    * In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? Definitely against. They’re one big joke.
    * Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her? My first boyfriend. Nope. There’s a good reason he’s an ex-boyfriend, and the reasons are still valid. But at the time I was heartbroken. We still keep in touch. He’s turned out to be a good friend.
    * What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner? I couldn’t stop smiling when we were together. Or laughing. He still is the funniest person I know.
    * What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos? You’re kidding, right? You want only two? Ok, I really, really miss, Monday’s Nude bloggging. That was always nice. Bring it back please. I also like his stories about people Paul meets. Either he meets people way more interesting than I do, or he sees the interesting things in everyone.
    * Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? Yep. My daughter is the master of questions. The author of this blog is put to shame by my daughter.
    * What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? Stick around. It’s fun here. And be nice.

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    1. Hello, old friend! I really like the answers you gave, but I have one dispute with them. You claim that you are not good looking. I must call that a “blatant untruth”!

      You forget that I’ve seen your photos, Makita, and you are one beautiful lady. So, you can’t pull a fast one on me. And if I’m any judge at all of character, you also happen to have a razor sharp mind and an appealing kindness and generosity of spirit. If you wickedly deny those things are true of you then I will have no other recourse than challenge you to an arm-wrestling contest to sanely determine who is right.

      By the way, I love knowing you were a crazy, wild teenager. I can imagine that your tendency to challenge authority has served you quite well as a scientist.

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  4. * In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Currently I’m reticent, hungover, with ringing ears and a strange taste in my mouth. But generally I’m laid-back, lost in thought, lonely, prone to happiness, skilled in procrastination, affectionate, frustrated in a few ways, and confidently unsure.

    * Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?
    When I was five, it Eric. I didn’t marry him because his family moved away when I was six. When I was 15 it was Aaron. I didn’t want to marry him so much as at least date him. But he moved away too.

    * What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?

    “A witty saying proves nothing.” – Voltaire (Any Voltaire is good.)

    “The happiness that life affords is less often the good we have reason to pursue than the good that befalls us unexpectedly.” – Charles Larmore, on challenging the idea that a life is something to lead and plan.

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  5. •How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    A friend’s wife who wasn’t fluent in English at the time summed it up this way, “Alan, funny man.”
    •How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    You posted a comment on my blog and I’m always curious to see what exceptionally good looking authors I have tricked into commenting on my blog.
    •What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    One to three pairs of breasts.
    •What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    It completely changes with the setting but for this set of questions, this comes to mind:
    “You can’t handle the truth!”
    •What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Top Gun – I have always loved jet fighters and dreamed of being a pilot and then I realized that I would have to be in the military . . . new plan.
    Princess Bride – Seriously, this has to be on everyone’s top ten movie list. “Give him a break, he’s been mostly dead all day.”
    Heat – Pacino versus De Niro. ‘Nuff said.
    Emperor’s New Groove – “Boom! Baby!”
    •What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    She is probably still in despair and thinks I will never grow up.
    •What do you do for a living?
    Stuff.
    •When is the best time to go fishing?
    During business hours.
    •At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    What am I going to care? I’m going to be dead. I just hope they don’t think I didn’t care.
    •What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    My personal ethics code. Dammit!
    •What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish.
    Stuff.
    •What do you do for a hobby?
    Think. Blog. Laugh. Mock journalists. Laugh some more.
    •What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    Isn’t everything pretty much illegal at this point? It’s probably illegal to even have free time.
    •Where are you from?
    Quite possibly, from a different dimension.
    •What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Computer programming, atheist, The Good is constant and universal, and Santa Clause ethics (be good for goodness’ sake).
    •What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    The Blue Door: http://theinnerdoor.wordpress.com/
    Going Off Script: http://goingoffscript.blogspot.com/
    That’s pretty much it. Time is tight at the moment.
    •How would you describe your politics?
    Peace.
    •Were you a favorite child?
    Exactly the opposite, thankyouverymuch for bringing that up. Want to kick my dog too?
    •In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    I think you have summed it up nicely, except that you missed “exceptionally good looking author.”
    •Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.”
    . . . when I returned to college and realized that most humans don’t actually know how to think. If I were to abandon morality, it would open the door to my becoming King of the Universe. Damn you ethics!
    •What are your favorite foods?
    Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food.
    •If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    Medomalacuphobia. I blog to take my mind off of the fear.
    •Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it?
    Yes. When he was a detective, I put a chalk outline on the carpet of his office.
    •What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    I haven’t had it yet but I have an application in with Victoria’s Secret, so that could change.
    •What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    Vibram Five Fingers. If not constricted by a dress code, I’m in VFFs.
    •What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    That you posted that the current political system “is the most ridiculous thing [you] have ever heard of.” I haven’t gotten much further than that.
    •What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    “Social Contract.”
    •What are your four major strengths as a person?
    You make it sound as if each person has four major strengths and only four major strengths. Here are four of mine (but not the only four):
    1. Questioning stuff
    2. Ability to “wing it”
    3. Individuality
    4. My Johnson (not necessarily listed in order of strength)
    •What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    It would be easier to list my four major weaknesses as a dog:
    1. Sense of smell
    2. I have to go to work
    3. Can’t get overly excited about dry crunchy dog treats
    4. Can’t lick my own balls
    •In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    As a person or a dog?
    •In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    I believe I listed this as one of my person strengths. Aren’t you paying attention at all?
    •Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” –Milton Friedman.
    •What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    For my daughters, I actually did a twist on the chicken and the road joke. I changed the question but the answer they needed to figure out was the same answer except the last word, which rhymed with “side”. For example:
    Q. Why did the lizard cross the playground?
    A. To get to the other slide.
    “No more rhymes! I mean it.”
    “Anyone want a peanut?”
    •What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    Because I was a police officer. I know what they know and what they do.
    •In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    If they are laughing at my jokes, then I’m laughing with them. If they aren’t laughing at my jokes, screw ‘em.
    •Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    I married the person that I wanted to marry and I would do it again.
    •What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    I found someone where I could be myself and she didn’t run off screaming in terror.
    •What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos?
    I’ve only read the latest two so, by default, it’s those two, but I will be going back to see what else has been posted and reserve the right to change my answer, in the case that something better was written, fingers crossed. =)
    •Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    Do you ever feel like someone answered way more questions that you had intended? By any chance, is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of another blog?
    •What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    My blog addy? http://successwarrior.typepad.com

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  6. Here goes:

    How would you characterize your sense of humor? Dry. Very dry. Shaken, not stirred.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I found your blog after you commented on mine.

    What are the two to [four] most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? My babies (2), nature in general, Alaska.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? Took the car after my parents told me not to then got into an accident and wrecked it.

    What do you do for a living? Lawyer (sorry).

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I loved them.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? Too many stupid people to recognize my true identity. ; )

    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish. Fast food “hostess.” Ugliest polyester orange uniform ever.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? Criminal mischief.

    Where are you from? Utah. No, I’m not a Mormon, although I was once upon a time.

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? Heights. And how would you deal with it? Stay low.

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? The Mormon religion is true.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? Yes.

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  7. I can’t keep up with all the questions, so that says something about me. Wry humor. Poets Galway Kinnell, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shibab Nye. I’m a psychologist, therapist and I like to write flash fiction on my blog, though since Fukushima about half my posts are anti-nuclear essays and I’ve been writing a letter a day to Obama to come out against nukes. I believe the future of our planet is at stake and I worry about my children and future grandchildren. I have been reading this blog since I found it a couple of years ago through our dear departed Gingatao, who led me to many fine bloggers. That’s all I can keep in my brain right now.

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    1. Thank you for a lovely introduction, Squirrel!

      I hope you don’t mind my blurting out that your flash fiction blog is among the best blogs I’ve yet come across on the net. Of course, I’ve told about a dozen bloggers that. But then, I’ve read about 1000 blogs in the past four years.

      Beyond that, Galway Kinnell and Mary Oliver are two of my favorites too. It’s refreshing to see I’m for once in good company with my tastes.

      I was not aware that Gingatao had passed away. I’m sadden to hear that.

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  8. Hey, this page is a cool idea! Since you “stole” one of my posts, I’m going to steal this idea. By the way, feel free to “steal” a post anytime.

    About Me – This month marks the fourth anniversary of my deconversion enlightenment, and I’ve been blogging on the atheosphere for about 3.5 years. And I really, really, really want a T-shirt!

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    1. Thanks, Chappy!

      Well, turn-about is fair play, so you’re more than welcome to the idea.

      About your enlightenment: I’m surprised it’s only been four years. You’ve come a long way in a short time, then. I’ve always admired the intellectual honesty and integrity you displayed in leaving the clergy when you could no longer agree with the notion of god. All too often, I think, our peculiar species of super ape finds it easier to rationalize sticking with our pocketbooks and social positions than to surrender either for any reason.

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  9. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Sarcastic, dark, and random. Most of my humor is reliant on the fact that I don’t use humor very often and it comes out of nowhere.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    A few months now.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Not sure. Refer to the question on pieces of art, I suppose.

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    “Extraordinary claims require extraodinary evidence.” -Carl Sagan
    “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.” -Jack Handey
    “A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”- Warren Buffett
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -George Bernard Shaw

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Pretty much all art by Bouguereau. Dude can paint.
    Pretty much all art by Claude Monet, especially Woman with a Parasol, The Cliffs at Etretat, and the Magpie. Great impressionist artwork, and there’s so much to examine in each picture.
    School of Athens by Raphael. The scale is impressive, and I like the interpretation of Plato and Aristotle.
    David by Michaelangelo
    Bleach Manga- I love the minimalist exaggeration and pacing.
    Myth of Sysphus by Albert Camus- I kind of needed it at the time.
    “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down- Not a fan of the band, but this was the first song on their first album, and I love it.
    “Psychosocial” by Slipknot. I love playing it in my car and people get confused because they don’t expect me liking this heavy music.
    Most music by Evanescence and Disturbed
    Disney Movies- particularly Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled. I love the animation and the warmth.
    Miyazaki movies- also love the warmth. His movies rival those of Disney.
    Dark Knight- great villain and directing.
    Fight Club- Love the script, the acting, and the anti-consumerism, and the fact that anti-consumerism is taken too far.
    The Matrix- love laurence fishburne and hugo weaving, and everything else.
    Cowboy Bebop series and the movie- Great characters and character development.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    My parents despaired that I was too grown up.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    Their memories do not concern me.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    I’m made of meat, and meat is fragile.

    What do you do for a hobby?
    Watch movies, play sports, contemplate philosophy, study economics, and debate.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Sam Harris.

    How would you describe your politics?
    Social Democracy.

    Were you a favorite child?
    Yeah.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    I kept the ones that apply from your list and erased the ones that don’t: Playful, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, romantic, sensual, personable, driven, goal-oriented, laid-back.

    What are your favorite foods?
    Veggie stir fry.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    lingerie?

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    That you write so warmly and personally, and put humor into posts.

    What are your four major strengths as a person?
    I’m intelligent, thoughtful, excellent with money, and affectionate.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    I’m vain, apathetic, bad at concentrating, and not very good at having fun.

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    Strengths.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    For the most part, yes.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Intentions, but both are important.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    I need a lot of metrics to answer that question, like length of joke, dimensions of said road, volume of average chicken, average chicken velocity, packing behaviors, etc.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Against them. But I’ll show them one day!

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    Well, I was strongly attracted from first eye contact, but I realized it was love during the first time I went to his place and it seemed like I knew him for years.

    What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos?
    The Wild One series

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  10. A quote that works for me:

    “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

    The years pass, but I still love HAROLD AND MAUDE and CASABLANCA.

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  11. Coming up on my second blogging anniversary and just can’t help myself; as a blog magpie, I’ve got to whisk this sparkly idea back to my nest!

    I’m a newbie to Cafe Philos, who wandered in on the tail of one of your thoughtful comments elsewhere among my blogging colleagues. Picking and choosing a couple of your excellent prompts, hoping to keep this spare enough to be intriguing,

    Sense of humor: so dry, it crackles.I fear that wit gets missed entirely by many of my readers who then shoot me kind, puzzled notes of concern for my well-being when all I was doing was kvetching acerbically. Can wit be successful if everybody just thinks you’re a suicide risk? Might need to rethink this.

    My mother feared that I might have no interest in politics. Hers was so primary, so active, and so flamboyantly conservative (I’ve coined an oxymoron!), my only hope of survival was to be not only apparently apolitical, but to have no opinions whatsoever about anything she could name. As an only child, I had two options: think as my mother thought or stew silently, cultivating my own and composting them in strict secrecy.

    When she died on July 4th, 2011, the state GOP made it front page news in our local paper: “GOP Fireplug Passes!” or something equally sensitive. I made the mistake at her funeral of asking if anyone would like to speak of the departed, so the local candidates turned the whole thing into a stump.

    Eight years later, I began blogging, let a few opinions of my own slip, and now there’s no stopping me. Turns out, I had a few things I needed to get off my chest.

    It’s a joy to join the conversation here and thank you for the opportunity! Thank you, too, for turning up on my turf to move the talk along. You’re a most welcome addition to my neighborhood.

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    1. Thank you for a very interesting introduction, Nance! And thanks for the kind words.

      I’m amused to think of people sending you notes of concern after misunderstanding your humor. Also, yours is a very interesting reason to have gotten into blogging.

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  12. My sense of humor is indifferent and lessening. I’m depressed. Q_Q
    I found out about this blog when I searched up a question related to teenage porn and men…
    The two most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life is a cup of coffee cooling down in the winter wind.
    My favorite quote: “The love that lasts the longest is love never returned,” and “Suffering comes from attachment.”
    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? I enjoy My Chemical Romance, Piano-composed music, Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” painting,. and Shrek, the movie… They all formed my childhood memories…
    I have remained a quiet child… I don’t say much, or reveal much.
    I’m a student in high school!
    The best time to go fishing is at night time.
    At the end of the days, I want my loved one to remember that I’m still with them.
    I am not the King of the Universe because I am passive and indifferent.
    In my past life, I would have been a rabbit, or some insignificant animal.
    As a hobby, I play piano..
    A recreational criminal activity that I would do in my spare time is cereal murder. xD
    I am from Asia…
    I am an Atheist, but partly Buddhist and Christian.
    I do not care for government!
    I hate playing favorites.
    I am an emotional, indifferent, sometimes angry, and passive individual.
    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me when I became diagnosed with major depression.”
    My favorite food is peanut butter and coffee.
    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?

    I like to wear funny wigs during Halloween.
    I like the success of this blog which is attractive.
    The most absurd thing in my life that I have heard is that coffee helps against depression.
    I do not have any major strengths.
    I dot not have any major weaknesses.
    I try to be indifferent to be balanced as a person.
    I behave to my true self.
    Intentions matter more to me than actions.
    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    I’ve never been in love.
    I don’t mind the questions, but I feel as if I can’t provide the answers that fit in!

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  13. NOBODY has ever asked me that many questions about myself, not even my many therapists. (I have a new one every year, because one so tires of them after a while. Sometimes I have two at the same time, which is nice, but one may grow a little pressed for time, especially with psycho-analysis, which of course is 5 sessions a week.)

    I got exhausted right after the first question. But I’ll answer that one, at least, to show my people pleasing nature. I really do go to far pleasing people, I’m afraid. Just can never say no!

    Sense of humor: none. I abhor humor. Wit is so tedious, mostly. My current lover is witty and it annoys me dreadfully.

    Now I am quite tired.

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  14. Hi Paul. It’s nice to internetically meet you. : ). This is s little out of my comfort zone, but you asked so nicely, it’s too tempting to ignore. My apologies for not answering the questions, but I’m a little too serendipitous for the structure. I’m pretty simple, I blog for me, for enjoyment. I appreciate interesting, insightful views, all of which I don’t have to agree. If shared in openess and respect, I will try to give those gifts back in kind. I don’t follow a ton of blogs, honestly because I don’t have time to read that many, and I don’t like or follow blogs for numbers. I enjoy commenting, and it appears to be welcome. I’m looking forward to reading and being challenged and encouraged through your philosophical writings and views. It’s fun to meet at the cafe for the inspiring chat.
    I lived in CS for -10 years, and do occasionally miss the beauty.
    That’s me. My name is Deanna. : )

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    1. Deanna! Thank you so much — lady of the beautiful name — for sharing a bit about yourself! There is absolutely no need to apologize for not responding to any of the questions. Absolutely none! They’re really mostly there to get folks thinking about themselves.

      You lived in Colorado Springs, too! I agree with you the land here is beautiful. I’m sometimes a little uncomfortable with the city itself — the politics and potholes, and such — but I love its setting near the mountains.

      I’ve been enjoying your blog, especially your poems. I have a long list of blogs I read because I am so enthusiastic about discovering people’s views and takes on life. I read as many as I can, basically. Which means in practice that I check each blog for updates about once every 2-3 days.

      I think you’re spot on about blogging for yourself, for enjoyment. That’s the main reason I blog, too. But a secondary reason for me is to offer my audience something enjoyable, helpful, or inspiring to read.

      Thanks so much for sharing a bit about you! And thanks so much for being a regular commentator on my blog! The sounds of your name, by the way, conjure up images of nature in my head.

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  15. Dear Paul

    Please find enclosed my responses to your recent research paper. In my defence I was insane at the time of completing.

    How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Evil, twisted, warped.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    You kindly started to visit my blog Paul and leaving comments, which led me here. So glad I found you.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Most of life is beautiful. It is difficult to put it in any order.

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    Only one comes to mind, ” Laugh at laugh cos one day it’s gonna laugh at you.”

    Do you have a favorite post on this blog?  If so, what is it? What’s your second favorite post?
    I am just working through your posts Paul, but I do love the late night reflection series.

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Yes to all of the above.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    Continue to breathe

    What do you do for a living?
    Visit blogs and answer questionnaires.

    When is the best time to go fishing?
    Never. The hooks bite you and the fish just lie in the water and laugh as you bleed profusely. That’s why I always shake my fists at fish before I eat them.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    For me- that I managed to write at least one good poem.
    Loved Ones- My will has lots of money in it.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    Apparently I am next in line. Would you believe it? (Queen would be my preferred option)

    What have you done for a living in the past?  Include past lives, if you wish.
    Made London a safe place to live for 30 years
    Drove an Oil Tanker around the Gulf of Mexico for a few months
    Wound teachers up at school (that was my favourite)

    What do you do for a hobby?
    Spending time with my beautiful wife, although she may have a counter argument to this.

    What blog post topics do you like most?
    Ones that shake the old grey matter and create debate and conversation. I also enjoy ones that contain humour.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    Now I have retired from the Police I act as a consultant and run workshops for people considering careers as criminals. On another note, most people say my poetry borders on the criminal.

    Where are you from?
    I don’t like this question. The thought of eternity hurts my head.

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    I am shamanic in my religious views. Being brought up a Catholic and nearly becoming a Lay Minister have distorted my views on organised religion. I respect anyone’s religious beliefs as long as they don’t inspire hatred.
    On other topics I am very broad minded.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Mainly blogs from other poets. I like this blog as it gives a different perspective on writing and the mind.

    How would you describe your politics?
    None. Most politicians in the UK are egotistical, profit seeking, power crazed maniacs.

    Were you a favorite child?
    What do you think?

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?  Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    One word – “Davy”

    Complete the sentence:  “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me  ______________.”
    When I got my first school detention at the age of 5. The teacher didn’t believe me until his brief case mysteriously exploded whilst he was reading Humpty Dumpty to the class.

    What are your favorite foods?
    Sauages and any DEAD fish.

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself?  And how would you deal with it?
    Wine – I would have to keep drinking until I overcame it.

    Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling?  And, if so, what was the trick?  How did he or she take it?
    She has not been seen since, so wouldn’t know her thoughts on that one.

    What post topics would you like to see written more about?
    Just keep them coming Paul. I am enjoying the flit between madness and academia.

    What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    Being a Poetician (It is apparently frowned upon to call yourself a poet. You have to have the title bestowed on you (yeah I know) so I have invented my own word.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    All clothing is scandalous. Apart from keeping you warm, dry and comfortable, what purpose does it serve?

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    Still struggling to get past the good looks. I faint every time I start reading the posts. So working through them slowly under medical supervision. Initial thoughts, the way the posts work your mind.

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    That I am a poet (the poetry police will be after me for this one).

    What are your four major strengths as a person?
    Empathy
    Kindness
    Responsible
    Trustworthy

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    Being diagnosed as a compulsive liar on four occasions.

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    In honesty, I feel I play more to the audience.

    What is the funniest post (or posts) you’ve read on this blog?
    No one in particular but the late night reflections do leave me chuckling.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    Yes and no

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Actions all the way.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    6. I discovered this whilst performing school crossing duties as a young police officer.

    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    Because I am a retired Police Officer.

    Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when _____________.”
    I took off my boxers and, my now wife, stopped laughing.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Oh!!!!!!! with them.

    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?  If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    I married her and am still in a dream (this is serious by the way)

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    Her legal team.

    Which blog posts on Café Philos have been most helpful to you?  How?
    I am going to work through them like a crime scene Paul, and will report my findings as I proceed.

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once?  By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    There are no questions, only enquiries of the mind.

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    Paul, in all seriousness, thanks for this, it was a joy. What I like about your blog are the thoughts they provoke and I always have to come away from a post and think for some time before responding. I don’t think I can offer anything constructive other than stay true to yourself. I am looking forward to many more deep conversations (and a bit of fun along the way).

    Blessings and gratitude.

    Davy D.

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  16. Hey Davy! Thank you so much for posting something about yourself on my “About You” page! Pretty fascinating, too! You had me laughing from the start with your jokes! I could start listing everything I love about your sense of humor, but I’d end up just repeating your jokes, because none of them so far has fallen flat with me.

    One thing I really liked that was not a joke was that you are so obviously in love with your wife! What a wonderful thing! And not all-too-common these days, either.

    I’m also deeply grateful for your words of encouragement.

    One of the details you mentioned about yourself is that you are empathetic, and I think that accords well with what I’ve seen of you here and on your own blog. I think your empathy must have served you well at times during your career as an officer, but I wonder whether it might have been a two-edged sword also. I mean, with all the horrible things officers witness during their careers, was empathy something you ever wished you didn’t have?

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  17. A great question Paul and one that there is no easy answer to. There was always a feeling that you could have done more for victims of crime. On the other hand there was also empathy for a lot of the perpetrators of crime. Once you got to hear their life story you knew there could not have been any different outcome. It’s been four years since I left the police and I still carry some of the pain and horrors I witnessed during my service. Writing the poetry provides a release and protects what is left of my sanity.

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    1. “Once you got to hear their life story you knew there could not have been any different outcome.” That’s fascinating! I’ve been noticing something similar to that myself. Not with criminals, but with “ordinarily” dysfunctional acquaintances.

      One woman, for instance, that I know of cannot seem to hold down a job for longer than a month or two. She’s also drama-prone, and tends to get into quite unhappy relationships with men. But, you see, she was raised by an only marginally more functional mother. I’ve often looked at her mother and her only to think, “Well, she could be a whole lot worse off, given her upbringing.” I’m not saying she’s anything like the people you are referring to — in terms of what happened to them in their lives — but only that there seems to be quite a bit of truth to the notion that at least some of us are unfortunate enough to more or less have our lives decided for us in some vital ways by our upbringing, etc.

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  18. How would you characterize your sense of humor? – A cross between a jester and a drunk 😀

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? – Started reading this year, you recommended it to me!

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? – When me and my family were travelling to go skiing i saw the Blue Mountains and it was mesmerising! Like a thousand mile wall of ice protected by deep blue magic! Another beautiful thing i can recall is when i accepted beliefs that i did not accept before, and transformed; i felt like a butterfly coming out of it’s cocoon 🙂

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes? – “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ― Albert Einstein

    Do you have a favorite post on this blog? If so, what is it? What’s your second favorite post? – There are so many posts i love, and it took me a bit to find two, but i did it! “How to Overcome Naked Terror” and “Mixing Adults with Youth”.

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? – Popol Vuh – Seligpreisung, i can’t pinpoint what i love about the album, except that it’s very heartfelt and “air-light”. Dragon Keeper was the first book i truly loved, it’s a fantastic journey, i loved every bit of it 🙂 Close Encounter of the Third Kind is one of my favourite movies, the intrigue and mysteriousness atmosphere of the movie really makes me enjoy it. For some reason i love this piece of Gustave Dore’s art: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/2b/08/78/2b0878c2f5145a8de0e9cfaeabf80add.jpg The lack of colour, his brooding face, entering the psyche of the Big Bad, Satan himself, is something i love.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? – i don’t know the answer to this, at least not yet.

    What do you do for a living? – Part time uni student full time slob 😀

    When is the best time to go fishing? – I could never fish, and if i did, i’d let the fish go.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? – I have no idea, but i hope it’s positive!

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? – Because there is no such thing!

    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish. – I was an extra-terrestrial who sought the knowledge of the universe!

    What do you do for a hobby? – Making jokes 😀

    What blog post topics do you like most? – People and stories, although all topics are equally interesting in their own respects.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? – to creat my own LSD dungeon of course 😀

    Where are you from? – Sydney, Australia!

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? – I’m a pantheistic panentheistic Monotheistic-ish Hindu Theist 😀

    What other blogs do you read besides this one? – Only this one as of now 🙂

    How would you describe your politics? If it’s good for the earth and beneficial for people, that’s the politics i’d go with. left right shenanigans isn’t what matters.

    Were you a favorite child? At one point, but i was demoted to second favourite by one of my sisters. It’s a relief, no need to impress 😀

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms? – Playful, sincere, shy, light-hearted, personable, laid-back, creative, voracious, thinker, forgetful, delicate.

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me by my raw unadulterated larger-than-a-skyscraper ego 😛

    What are your favorite foods? – Pasta, rice, grapes, olives, bananas.

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it? Arachnophobia, and to deal with it, i’d buy a flamethrower.

    Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it? I completely fabricated a story she thought was real, and when she found out it was the battle of the ages 😀

    What post topics would you like to see written more about? – Love, metaphysics, stories (although there are plenty of that) and scientific discoveries!

    What was the best job you’ve ever had? – Me and my sister had to move my bookcase to another corner of the room, and it was very fun 😀

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? – Scandalous? Never! I am purity incarnate!

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? – The experience and reliabilty of the author 😀

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? – That coffee is delicious 😀

    What are your four major strengths as a person? – Laid back, i’m not offended easily. Open to ideas, i hate being narrow minded. Compassionate, i love helping people. Mediator, my calling.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person? – Lazy, never get much work done. naive, i generally see no reason why people would cheat or lie to me. Think too much, i overheat my brain with insignificant things, absent minded, happens enough to notice.

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses? – Strengths, i leave my weaknesses alone.

    What is the funniest post (or posts) you’ve read on this blog? – The April Fools one hands down 😀

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? – Not as much as i’d love to.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? – Actions.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? – At least 3 or 4, the 5th one didn’t make it.

    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? – I dunno, you tell me officer!

    Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me was when i tempered steel in a legendary forge, and women got a different idea 😀

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? The gods are my friends,i would love to laugh with them!

    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her? i was born two decades late!

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner? I care much for him, and he seems to reciprocate my feelings 😀

    Which blog posts on Café Philos have been most helpful to you? How? – All the authenticity blogs 🙂

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? Ding ding ding!

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? I’m a 20 year old gal 😀

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    1. Brilliant humor and highly interesting details, Teresums! Thank you for so much for sharing a bit about yourself. There was much I didn’t know, despite that we hang out in the same chat room. By the way, I think you’d make a great mediator. You’re very impartial with people.

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  19. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Sarcasm. Self depreciating wit. Exaggerated self praise.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    Like all good things, I don’t know how I stumbled onto this gem either.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Clouds below me when I looked outside the aeroplane window.
    The last few pages of every Agatha Christie novel I’ve read
    A picture of the Three Bridges

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    You’re going to have non believers, but when you’re beyond belief, you probably shouldn’t wonder how- Eminem, Phenomenal
    Sometimes I wanna drop a tear, but no emotions from the king – Lil Wayne, Anthem of the Kings
    Not all those who wander are lost- Tolkien
    I dreamt of being that cool kid even if it meant acting stupid – Eminem, Beautiful
    Maybe one day we’ll wake up and this will all just be a dream- Eminem, Mockingbird
    I may disapprove of what you say but I will defend to death your right to say it – Voltaire.

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Beautiful, song by Eminem. Captures the problems of adolescence, the need to fit in and be accepted.
    The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Philosophical, well described. Epic fantasy at its best.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    That I always planned to stage my death and see their reactions, so I’m probably hiding behind some curtain and watching them.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    I believe in a democracy. Given the vastness of the Universe, it’s taking a while to get the polling booths organised. Plus there are allegations that I’ve hired a hit man to take out all other political candidates, though I assure you those are baseless accusations. You wouldn’t happen to stand up in the elections, though, would you?

    What do you do for a hobby?
    Sell meth. That Walter White’s been screwing up my business though.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    Serial killing.

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Atheist. Not spiritual. Love philosophical arguments.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    A lot.

    How would you describe your politics?
    I generally support conservative ideologies, though I may disagree with them on certain issues.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    Taciturn, contemplative, fiddler of abstract thoughts and ideas.

    What post topics would you like to see written more about?
    How I’m the best chance this world has and they have only about 300 years to utilise the opportunity before I grow old.

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    His humor.

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    The flat earth theory.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Varies

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    I don’t know. Ask the zebra crossing.

    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    They think the protein powder I’m carrying is cocaine. Stupid officers. Everyone knows that the cocaine is in the preworkout jar.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    At them.

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    My blog. It’s pretty cool. I answered so many questions. Had to do a bit of self promotion, didn’t I?

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    1. Hey Aayush! Guess whose “About You” post got stuck in my spam folder until I noticed it today? Yeah, that’s right! Yours! Sorry about that. It almost never happens, so I almost never check spam.

      Great post, though. Really great.

      Your blog, The Vacilando, is a good one, and if anyone is interested, it can be found here.

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      1. I also replied to your comment on Morality of Capitalism, though you neither liked nor replied to it so in light of acquired information I suspect it was spammed or something as well.

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      2. Actually, I saw that you’d responded to my comment on your post, The Morality of Capitalism. However, I’ve been seriously backlogged and haven’t had time to pay it any decent attention yet.

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  20. How would you characterize your sense of humor? Dark and sarcastic or stupid and full of puns.
    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I think you found me? Not long, a few months.
    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

    You’ll shoot your eye out!
    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? Everything, probably.
    What do you do for a living? It’s not a living, but I work in a warehouse. I’m returns, noncornforming products, inventory count, error tracker, and occasionally a picker of orders.
    When is the best time to go fishing? When it is overcast and raining a little.
    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I cared about others, plants and animals.
    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? Beer.
    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish. Too long to list! Some odd ones: precious gemstone sorter, cemetery groundskeeper, horse farm worker.
    What do you do for a hobby? Ugh, again a lot. Read, write, draw, garden, fix things, play bass guitar, paint.
    What blog post topics do you like most? I’m good with most anything that expands my knowledge.
    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? I drink too much. Used to do a lot of LSD. OH! I drive like a bat out of hell. Speed limits don’t apply to me.
    Where are you from? Born in NJ, grew up in FL, made Cleveland OH my chosen home until I moved to a tiny town in Ireland and now this is where I will die.
    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? Atheist since about age 11. Wanted to be a zoologist but couldn’t afford college after one year (3.8GPA, six classes and working too). I’m still angry about it.
    What other blogs do you read besides this one? A hell of a lot of them!
    How would you describe your politics? I wish Bernie had been the option, but I wasn’t stupid enough to vote for anyone but Clinton as I saw how bad things were about to get.
    Were you a favorite child? Nope. And out of two that says a lot!
    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms? Sarcastic.
    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.” when I learned I could control my dreams to stop having nightmares all the time as a child.
    What are your favorite foods? Salty umami chewy ones, like crab or lobster or scallops. And cheese. And very rare very lean good steak. And garlic.
    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it? I’ve fought against the two I have, so I wouldn’t wish them on anyone!

    What was the best job you’ve ever had? Probably the horse farm. It turns out I speak horse. And my boss was a black man named Elvis who respected me, it doesn’t get any better than that.
    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? I don’t really know what scandalous means, as I don’t think that way. I used to dress pretty crazy, and would still if I looked good enough to carry it off at my age. I mostly wear my beat to hell steel toe Caterpillar boots. But I have some awesome New Rock demon boots that I love.
    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? Your brain, baby. Never seen yer mug 🙂
    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? That I should shut up and not argue with my boyfriend at the time because the Equal Rights Amendment failed. What the actual fuck? Surprise, 30 years later he is still single and wants to be my FB friend. Nope!
    What are your four major strengths as a person? Good in an emergency, intellect, green thumbs and fingers, and being able to ease someone else’s mental torture.
    What are your four major weaknesses as a person? Seriously bad temper, can be violent, drink and smoke too much, prone to depression
    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? Probably not.
    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? Have to think on that one.
    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? Infinite!
    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? My driving.
    Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when _____________.” I made a man cry with one hand.
    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? Against.
    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her? Hell, been engaged five times and married three. No, I don’t regret the ones I left behind. Still friends with one of them.
    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner? The movie Amelie.
    Which blog posts on Café Philos have been most helpful to you? How? Still too new here!
    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? Most people do that to me, here, when they hear my accent. Been here nearly 12 years and still get taken for a tourist, or asked if I miss ‘home.’ This IS home.
    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? I love cats. Like, really really love cats. They are my little furry soulmates.

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    1. Thank you for a wonderful “self-portrait”, Herethere! It really struck me that you couldn’t afford college. College costs are obscene, and even piss me off, though I no longer have any skin in the game.You sure do have a lot of fun hobbies, though! By the way, I’ve got a pair of steel toe Caterpillar boots, too. I used to do some carpentry.

      Do you ever blog much about such things as growing up in Florida, or the differences between living in the US and Ireland?

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  21. Sheesh! What a long scroll to get to the bottom!!

    • How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Well… I’m a father, so…

    • How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    I’ve been reading your blog on and off since you persuaded me to start – I don’t know how long ago! I’ve always enjoyed my conversations with you, and I do love your thoughts on many subjects, even if occasionally I don’t agree. In fact, I’d say that they’re even more valuable when I don’t agree because it makes me think about what I think…

    • What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Number 1, my daughter. I finally met her when she was three years old, and that moment will be forever etched in my memory.
    After that, I don’t know if I could rank any, but watching the sun rise over the Pacific after having been up all night definitely ranks up there.

    • What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    “Remember this, son, if you forget everything else. A poet is a musician who can’t sing. Words have to find a man’s mind before they can touch his heart, and some men’s minds are woeful small targets. Music touches their hearts directly no matter how small or stubborn the mind of the man who listens.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind. (This one is especially for you, Paul)
    “These atoms speak, and call themselves my name” – Jane Roberts

    • What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Sheesh! What a question! These are ranked in order I think of them, not in order of preference:
    1) Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. I wish I could read this for the first time all over again.
    2) Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind, and Wise Man’s Fear. Simply amazing writing, and a story that seems so real
    3) The Fountain. A film I saw only because Clint Mansell created the soundtrack (you may be familiar with one of his other soundtracks – Requiem For a Dream).
    I guess I like a sense of the kind of magic that doesn’t seem to far removed from reality. The first is mostly telepathy, the second is like a science-based magic, and the third is a magic of life – a magic of a story that takes place across several lifetimes.

    • What do you do for a living?
    I’m a student! I study music – classical, jazz, composition, and musicology. Still trying to figure out a degree, but I hope to use it to teach at a secondary school level. When I’m not studying, I work part-time as a waiter at an Italian restaurant in town

    • When is the best time to go fishing?
    When they bite!

    • What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish.
    I have worked in a supermarket, run a produce department for a food-service warehouse, worked at a tourist park, and on dairy farms

    • What do you do for a hobby?
    Reading. Though I get a lot of reading to do for my studies, and don’t much have time for pleasure reading, I have a bunch of books to get into, come the breaks between semesters. I also enjoy playing piano, and drawing. Cooking and baking is something I love to do too, especially if there are others to make food for. If it’s just me on my own, I’m quite happy to have toast and eggs for dinner, but if we have company, I’ll try to make it really special.

    • What blog post topics do you like most?
    Those that make me think! I think it’s less about the topics, and more the quality content, and the questions posed.

    • Where are you from?
    Wellington, New Zealand. I have lived in a few places around this country, and this city quickly became my favourite shortly after moving here 6 years ago or so. Still is!

    • What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    At school I always did well in math-based subjects, and took chemistry, physics, calculus and statistics. As I was at a Catholic secondary school, I had to take religious education class too – which if you ask me, was a great waste of time! When I first went to university I took human health sciences – anatomy and physiology, but never really enjoyed them so I quit studying to work and figure out something I could really get into. I also tried some philosophy papers while there, but while I enjoyed the discussions in class, the sort of work required wasn’t so much fun.

    • How would you describe your politics?
    “The measure of a great society is that which takes care of its most unfortunate citizens” – paraphrased, source unknown. I read it in a book a long time ago

    • Were you a favorite child?
    Haha, for two years I was, then I got a brother. Then two years after that, my sister was born. I think she was the favourite, at least with mum. Just quietly, she’s my favourite, too.

    • In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    Of those, probably ideological and laid-back. I can be outgoing if need be, but tire of it fairly quickly. Definitely somewhat analytic too.

    • What are your favorite foods?
    I love food! There is very little I won’t eat, but if I had to pin a few down as something I could eat any day? Pork roast. Can’t go past a good pork roast, with crackling. I also make a damn good baked almond and onion chicken. Equally, a baked chicken with tomatoes and olives. Lasagne is a top 10 meal for me, too. I like to make it with a layer of leeks in white sauce in the middle. I love curries too – coriander chicken is one of my favourites.

    • If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    Something unlikely – perhaps snakes is a good one, because we don’t have snakes here in NZ, so I guess I really wouldn’t need to deal with it. Who knows, perhaps I already have a phobia of real snakes, and just don’t know it yet!

    • What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    I think that’d have to be the one at the tourist park. I loved interacting with the hundreds of people we’d see every day. They came from all over, had so many different stories!

    • What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    My shoes! I have a particular pair of shoes, that are so comfortable, that even if they’re falling apart, I can’t seem to let go. They have become my round-the-house slippers that I can use outside too (though… not so good in the wet, any more)

    • What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    I think the variety of things you post about. It’s nice to have something new to read every other day.

    • What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    That people actually believe some of the things they say – anti-vaccination groups, for example.

    • In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    I do. I have learnt that being other than my self neither helps me, nor anyone else. If people like “me” when I’m not being true, then I can’t really trust that they’d like the “true” me, so I’d have to continue with the façade. If there are people that don’t like me when I am being true, then that’s their loss, not mine. Now, I think, in life we have different masks we wear when playing different roles. I have a “boss” mask, for when I was running a produce department. I have a “waiter” mask, for when I’m at work now. I have a “student” mask for at school, and a “friend” mask, for when I’m with friends. In part, they are my own creation – the facets of my self I like – or need – to show when I’m performing different roles, but they are perhaps more like a highlighter, to bring to the fore those aspects I need at the time. Now, some – like my boss mask – are somewhat thicker than others, like my friend mask. My friends get to see more of my self than people who work with me. The other part of the creation of those masks are the people who observe me. I read something once, that went something like this: “there’s a different version of you in every other person’s mind”, and I think that’s part of the masks we put on. Some people only ever see you with a “co-worker” mask, and what they see in that mask comes from their own backgrounds, their prejudices, their feelings toward you – all sorts of different things influence their perception. I think though, even though it is a mask (maybe a costume is a better description?), it comes from a true part within you. No co-worker wants to see your “lovers” costume, after all….

    • Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Hmm.. I think that has something to do with how well I know a person. If I know someone really well, I probably know his or her intentions to begin with. With strangers, I can’t know their intentions right of the bat, so that’s where action matters most.
    • Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    I do. And yes!

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    1. Thank you so much for a brilliant self-description, Meth! I learned a lot of fascinating things about you even though I’ve known you for years.

      I was especially intrigued by how you brought up roles in relation to authenticity! That strikes me as an uncommon association. Most people, I suspect, think of roles as quite the opposite of being authentic, but I think I can see your point: Each role reveals something true about you, and is to that extent, authentic.

      I so agree with you about the “measure of a great society”. It could have been Franklin Roosevelt who said it, but I don’t really recall. It seems strange to me that view is ever in dispute.

      Your comments on what you like about Cafe Philos were quite helpful. Thank you so much for those!

      I assume that once you’ve graduated with a degree in music you will look for a teaching job in the Wellington area, but I’m curious whether you would accept a job elsewhere if none were available in Wellington? Which comes first? Wellington or teaching?

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      1. I think, at this stage, I’d like to stay in Wellington regardless – I can always teach privately! But who knows, perhaps that’ll change. What if I were to land some big record deal while I was studying? (LOL!)

        I did have more to say on authenticity, but it’s gone now. Perhaps I’ll have to go back and respond to some of your more authentic posts :p

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  22. Hey Paul, I just wrote a huge comment and then I lost it!!!! So, if somehow it turns up in your spam you’ll know it’s just that kooky new reader you have in Australia that occasionally loses things in WP and real life.
    So, I’m sorry that I’m not going to answer a lot of your questions but what a great idea anyway, to get to know your readers this way. Love it.
    Here’s a bit of a run down of me. I’m 51 and live on the outskirts of Melbourne Australia. I’ve been blogging for two years and started my blog at the encouragement of my then 14yo son who said I should take my travel writing out to the world. Previously I’d just written for travel mags in Australia. So I started writing travel blogs thinking it’d be a nice way to journal and share a bit about Australia. Then mum got sick and my writing got a bit more personal. She had brain surgery which all went wrong and eventually lost the ability to talk and walk. She’d always said to me that I should do something other than just travel writing. So when we got sick I started writing more intensely, about her journey, about how we were coping. I’d take my pieces in to her and read them to her and I could see she was understanding. She changed me and allowed me to find my voice. I lost her last year but my writing since then has morphed into something a little more inspirational. I write from the heart (which I guess we all do) and hope that maybe my words might just touch someone else out there.
    I’m the youngest of three kids, brought up by Italian parents. I was a bit of a rebel in my late teens and although I’ve settled now, there’s still very much a part of that in me. I have a wicked sense of humour which doesn’t often come out in my posts, but who knows, life’s too short to be anything but ourselves isn’t it.
    I love anything to do with travel, love checking out new places, people, even though I’m a bit of an introvert in some ways. Love eating anything really, but especially Thai spicy food, love a good glass of red, dark chocolate. Love dancing up a storm and a good one on one conversation. Yep, I love a lot of things.
    So that’s kinda me in a small nutshell. Could keep going but I’ve probably bored you enough.
    Cheers Paul and look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. So very sorry to hear about your mum! How tragic! I hope your memories of her provide you with some measure of consolation.

      It seems to me you have a remarkable love of life! That’s not just remarkable but admirable too.

      I was the rebel in my family too. Us rebels gots to stick together! I hope to learn a lot about Australia from you. It’s one of my top favorite countries, though I’ve never been there.

      I checked the spam trap thinking that’s where your post went — because such a thing has happened before, but alas! No post! I have no idea where it is now.

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      1. It’s gone into the unknown, never to be seen or read. 🙂 Doesn’t mater, it was nothing earth shattering …
        Thanks for the kind words about my mum. She was a remarkable woman and very brave. And yes, I have lots of very happy memories which sustains …
        Rebels stick together, love it. You’d never know it from my posts though would you? Still, hope I can show you a bit more of my home land if you visit occasionally, it’s not a bad place to live. Actually it’s pretty damn good. Cheers

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      2. It just occurs to me that I don’t recall ever hearing anyone who has visited Australia say they wouldn’t go back if they could.

        Your mother sounds like such a wonderful person. Do you intend to blog a bit about her in time?

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      3. Oh absolutely. Funny you should ask that Paul as I’ve just finished writing a Mothers Day post in honour of her.
        And you’re right, I don’t know of anyone who’s ever been to Oz that didn’t want to return either. So, when are you coming over? 😎

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  23. How would you characterise your sense of humour?
    – Warped, quirky with a side of snark sarcasm and laugh out loud feel-good.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    – You found me, yesterday.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    – My just born children (they are still beautiful now too).

    What are your two to six favourite sayings or quotes?
    – I wouldn’t like to use bad language here.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    – Laziness.

    What do you do for a hobby?
    – Create jewellery, and just lately, alcohol inks.

    Where are you from?
    – The best part of Tasmania (just south of the Island Continent)

    How would you describe your politics?
    – “Stick-my-head-in-the-sand” as I distrust them all equally is my usual response to anything to do with politics. Thank you for the mouthful of sand with my coffee!

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    – Scandalous ended 2 decades ago for me.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    – Yes, but it’s an ongoing corrective process.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    – None, they all ended up as roadkill before they got to the other side.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    – I just laugh – it keeps me from breaking things/people..

    What was the thing or event that made you first realise you were in love with your partner?
    – It was actually when I first met him and he made an outrageous remark. It was a real “I know you” moment, and the moment said “Trouble” but I chose to ignore it.

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    – I only have 9 toenails! If you really want to know, go read here: https://ceenoa.com/all-about-me/

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    1. What a delightful introduction, Claudette! Thank you so much for it!

      I think your remark that being true to yourself is an “ongoing corrective process” shows great wisdom. That’s exactly what it is!

      Alcohol inks? I’ve got to look at your blog to see if you’ve written about how you create them.

      I’m off to read your “About Me” now!

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      1. mmm, probably haven’t written much about the inks, maybe I can do that sometime. Thanks for your kind words Paul, it is a lovely idea to have that section on your blog.

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  24. What, talk about me? That’s an invitation which is impossible to resist.

    Sense of humor:
    Sometimes dark, sometimes eccentric, often childish. A good typo can leave me rolling around on the floor, clutching my aching stomach, yet unable to stop laughing.

    How did I find this blog? I found you when you found me, and I thank you for that.

    The two to six most beautiful things? (apart from my children and grandchildren)
    my mother,
    the first skeleton leaf I ever saw,
    my best friend from Art College,
    a small woodland in Sussex where I lived in a tent for six months,
    the way the sun made the roof of the tent glow orange when I woke up in the mornings, outlining the shadow of the trees.
    the largest Van Gogh painting that hangs in the Louvre – it shows his genius for painting light,

    What caused my mother to despair?
    I wrapped chewing gum round my neck after she warned me not to, (she had to cut it out of my hair and scrub it from my skin) ate unripe blackberries when she warned me not to (they made me sick) ate three candyflosses at the fair when she warned me not to (THEY made me sick, too), put on a baby dress when she told me not to (it had to be cut off me), got in my little sister’s high chair when she warned me not to (dad had to get the saw out that time). Other than that, I was reasonably well-behaved – except when her back was turned.

    The best time to go fishing? When hell freezes over, or when I’m senile.

    What do I want my loved ones to most remember? The times we laughed together
    The reason I’m not Queen of the Universe? I am, but owing to a clerical error, I’m in exile.
    Previous jobs? Attaching collars to shirts, nursing, making spare parts for pre-war gas cookers, dress designing, dressmaking, ecclesiastical embroidery, nursing, sorting educational materials into boxes, play-leading, charity shop managing, 20 years of owning and managing the coolest shop in my home town, gardening, cleaning holiday lets, and Queen of the Universe – but, as I told you, that went wrong.

    A hobby? I’ve run through tons of hobbies in my time; the list is longer than my list of paid jobs, and that’s not complete, These days I have no time for hobbies; I’m too busy writing. I don’t even have a TV, since there would be no point.

    Blog topics? I like to read poetry and some flash fiction. Sometimes something else catches my attention. I really enjoyed your post about human nature/politics.

    Recreational criminal activity? I want to be a highwayman, but there’s not much call for it these days. For a while I consoled myself by clambering onto the roofs of banks and fantasising about robbing them. These days I don’t think I break any laws, but I would be willing to, if I felt I had just cause.

    Where am I from? I was born about nine miles from where I live, in Barnstaple, a town which is believed to be the oldest Borough in the county of North Devon, in the South West of England.

    My scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? I could write a book about this. My father was a rabid atheist with a high IQ, but a narrow arrogant view. My mother was a kind, intelligent free thinker who looked at the world from every angle. My father appeared to dominate, but my mother inspired
    .
    Politics? I used to call myself a Green Socialist, but the word ‘Socialist’ means different things to different people. So I suppose Green egalitarian would be more apt.

    Favorite child? Probably. After my early mistakes with chewing gum and baby dresses, I listened to my mother. She appreciated it, and I learned from it.

    General description? Yes, to contemplative, and ideological. I’d add compassionate and chaotic. My friends say I’m eccentric. but it’s not a word that means anything to me.

    The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me while I was peeling potaotes, watching my mother peel hers so much faster than me. At that moment I realised two things:
    1. I would get better at it, but
    2. I would never be as fast, as graceful, as intelligent, as compassionate, as all-seeing as my mum, since my mother had mated with a mere earthling.

    Favorite foods?
    Cheese, cheese and cheese. Unfortunately I have a health condition which precludes the eating of cheese, but there are the following consolations: un-dried tomatoes, olives, avocados, mushrooms, parsley sauce, nuts’ seeds, sweet potatoes, brown rice and plenty more brilliant ingredients, all of which could be made into delicious meals if I could stop writing for long enough. Oh! and chocolate cheesecake (don’t ask me how I get away with that).

    If I had to have a phobia? I’d be terrified of spiders. I’d deal with it while I was lying in bed, in the dark. I’d deliberately think about how, if they crawled over me as I slept, I wouldn’t know anything about it. Therefore they are harmless, and I shouldn’t fear them. After ten years of carrying out this exercise, I’m still scared of them.

    Did I really play that trick on your favorite sibling? Yes I did, and I was so convincing that she really believed I could read her mind, so she confessed to stealing it and gave it back. Over 50 years later, she probably hasn’t realised that I wasn’t reading her mind at all; I just knew her character.

    What post topics would I like to see? I’m not fussy about the topic, but I like it when post makes me laugh like an very laughy person.

    Best job? My little retail business. I was my own boss, I had an instinct for buying, a reputation for not selling anything to anyone unless I thought it would benefit them, I made friends with loads of young people who came to me with their troubles and their happy results, and I achieved a weird kind of popularity – fame, almost. I was recognised wherever I went, within a radius of about 200 miles – in a country where 200 miles is considered quite a long distance.

    The most scandalous article of clothing? I’ve been known to wear my hat at a jaunty angle. Oh, yes, there are hidden depths to me.

    The most attractive thing about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? What’ was the question? Sorry, I was distracted by the mirror. Lately, I’ve been so obsessed with my own writing, I haven’t found the time to learn more about yours, but I think it will be the humour that holds me here.

    The most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? It’s hard to match the absurdity of a man whose face resembles nothing more than a green book clutched in a pair of hands, against a night sky, saying that he’s exceptionally good looking, but how about this:

    I once met a ridiculously bigoted man who said that we should sling all immigrants out of the UK, since the British are a pure race, and we don’t want ‘them foreigners’ coming over here interbreeding with us (and taking our jobs, naturally).
    Maybe they didn’t learn history in the school he went to.

    My four major strengths? Compassion, independence of thought, sense of humour, the ability to get up after being knocked down

    My four major weaknesses? Anxiety, a tendency to rant and rage, intermittent agoraphobia, obsessiveness (which can also be a strength sometimes)

    Do I play more to my strengths, or try more to compensate for my weaknesses? It depends on my current state of mind, but that’s a boring subject.

    The funniest post (or posts) I’ve read on this blog? I haven’t had time to read much on your blog – I’ve been too busy reading your hilarious comments – and the other kind which make me feel like I’m a reincarnation of Christina Rossetti.

    Do I feel I behave true to yourself? Yes, but I only learned to do that over the past few years.

    Intentions V. actions? My two youngest children are both in recovery from addictions which blighted half of their lives. Those years taught me a lot. Once, I would have said that only actions matter, but here is a quote from one of the Families Anonymous support group advice sheets:
    “All people are always changing. If I try to judge them, I do so only on what I thin I know of them, failing to realise that there is much I do not know. I will give others credit for attempts at progress and for having many victories which are unknown.”
    Intentions often eventually lead to action, and whether they do or not, some credit is always due.

    The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when I reached sixty and all the male octogenarians in the neighbourhood began sniffing around me.

    You ask: who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her? He knows who he is. I fell in love with him when I was in my teens, and he loved me back, even though he married someone else. I still love him, and I’m confident that he still loves me. I wouldn’t want to marry him; that would be a sure-fire way of destroying the love. I belong on my own.

    Do I ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? Yes.
    By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? No.

    What else can I think of sharing with my closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? There is little I hide. I’ve written pretty much all of my small glory and my glaring shame, and tossed it into my blog to be devoured by scavenging rats, or supped by faithful friends.

    However, I’ve talked too much about myself already. so I leave it at that.

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    1. I don’t know if we can talk too much about ourselves, so long as we talk intelligently, honestly, etc. Humans are intrinsically interesting to other humans. But what puts us off is bragging, mostly.

      At any rate, thank you for a great “About You”. If was honestly interesting from beginning to end. In fact, I became interested in when it would end shortly after it began. Just kidding! I couldn’t resist. Sorry about that.

      “What do I want my loved ones to most remember? The times we laughed together”

      That struck me. That’s what my mother wanted, and it’s what I want too.

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  25. Curious to see if this holds my interest…

    Sense of humor:
    Persistent. Unafraid to blend in the absurd. Also, enjoy utilizing in too-serious contexts.

    How did I find this blog?
    From a link from that other guy’S link who I linked to because of a link…

    The two to six most beautiful things?
    My son’s voice in the bathtub; An orphanage in Africa; That amazing mosiac of Christ’s visage, partially lost or missing pieces, in the upstairs chamber of the Aya Sophia cathedral in Istanbul; The design of the human body (I favor the female, but let’s be inclusive.); Seeing my way through my first math proof when I was 7 or 8; Arvo Part’s music; Sarangi music; Sunset on a ferry boat ride from central Hong Kong to Lantau Island; Her face that time at the sea…

    What caused my mother to despair?
    Despair isn’t right… she was a fighter, pragmatic, found next steps to take. Likely she was nervous about my tendency to go my own way, demonstrated in early youth.

    The best time to go fishing?
    Apparently late April, early May. I live by this gorgeous bend in a river, and every year now, a wandering old fisherman comes round soon as the mountain floods quell and pulls out 10 or 12 inch trout. He’s absent rest of year.

    What did I have for breakfast?
    (Did I mention that I might interpose my own questions on a whim??) Oatmeal with mueslix, raspberries, nuts and almond milk, maybe some maple syrup too.

    What do I want my loved ones to most remember?
    How interesting and sacred life is, how conversation is sweet, how certain it is that we persist beyond this lifetime.

    A hobby?
    Hmm. Tend to cycle through them with intensity for a few years, then they morph into something else. Was: a juggler, a solo world traveller, interested in waeving, observing nature, music – music – music. Maybe writing is something like a hobby too in a way.

    Blog topics?
    They must flow naturally from the mind and passion of the creator.

    Recreational criminal activity?
    Do they still have freight train hopping available?

    Acendant/Sun/Venus on Natal Chart?
    Aquarius 1, Scorpio 8, Sagittarius 10 (numbers are the house positions)

    Where am I from?
    Milky Way & NJ

    My scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Hmm. I liked science as a child and was into genetics and astrophysics during university, but eventually science lost out to the humanities in my magic carpet ride: it was just a matter of relevancy, I think. Religion: something to overcome, which I did by age 8 or 9, but glad for the introduction in the first place. Religion needs to be replace, within the individual, by deep spiritual inquiry minus external authority figures of any kind. It’s a mistake to go in the other direction and adopt atheism, expecially zealously. Philosophy: analytic philosophy more or less sucks. The main thing to be gotten hold of is how and why we can develop or claim any degree of certainty about anything. Some have decided we cannot, which is a mistake or a lack of nerve or imagination (as Arthur C. Clarke might have put it). Doggedly pursuing one’s own epistemological researches, which implies heavy use of subjective experience (1st person) is the right direction for healing the rifts in the present worldview fabric. But people have been trained to distrust this. Also recommended: Virtue Ethics.
    .
    Politics?
    well, pragmatic would be good for a start. Nothing driven by egotism or bizarrely distorted personality cults. In my lifetime, democrats have made more sense than republicans, especially lately. Democracy needs to be seen as a civic process, not a kind of popularity contest for ideas or arguments. Sane district boundaries must be implemented instead of what we have by virtue of gerrymandering. Also, money must be drastically curtailed as an influencer in the process. I propose a kind of draft… everyone does political service for 1 or 2 years (in lieu of military). No career politicians. Libertarians are wrong-headed. We obviously need central planning approach for many aspects of our existence.

    Favorite child?
    I was first. After I reached ‘hippie’ phase by age 13 they clamped down on the other two bigtime. I think in some ways I was favored, but I also was the most independent.

    Blondes or Brunettes?
    Brunettes. And don’t even get me started on redheads.

    General description?
    Nah. Just try my blog for starters. Skirmishes With Reality. Dot Net.

    Favorite foods?
    In terms of cuisines: Indian, Portuguese, Italian, Middle-Eastern, Thai and Viet. really good peaches or nectarines, harer to find, vegetarian dishes in Turkey — god the choices! — German sauerbraten, varied salads with slamon. Asparagus. dark chocolate. Spinach, onions, rice, eggs. Halvah.

    If I had to have a phobia?
    Sleeping amidsts crocodiles.

    Best Job?
    During software career, it was a kind of liaison role, half developer, half linguist, at a company which strove to create translation software, documents from German to French and so on. Some consultant gigs where I had free reign to design and build databases were fun too. But outside of professional life, I really liked running my own newspaper route via bicycle in my pre-teen years and making silk screen designs once for a small operation, just me and another deluded romantic type. There were also those times I acted as an informal sex therapist…

    The most scandalous article of clothing? For 20 years, I insisted on wearing sandals with socks to software jobs. Very comfy. Tried to tone down the sock colors after a while.

    The most attractive thing about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    Oddly, I’ve not read it yet, Came because I wanted to check out the ‘Against The Next War’ idea. I hope this is not scandalous.

    The most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    Philosophical Naturalism, especially materialism and physicalism.

    Beloved Traditional Irish tune?
    “Parting Glass” especially the harp version by Robin Williamson. Also, check out O’Carolan’s two melodies called “Captain O’Kane” and “O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music”. Positively haunting.

    My four major strengths?
    Inventiveness in pickles, kindness. Intuitiveness, occasionally to excess.

    My four major weaknesses?
    Chore resentment. Fondness for non-goal-oriented behavior. Intelligent ladies.

    You ask: who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?
    Sometimes I wonder if I should have married the arts at some early point in my life, maybe music, or writing, or acting.

    Pet Peeves?
    Health care in U.S. and quality of medical/pharmaceutical profession in general. Also: how can any reasonably awake person not see that personal flying drones is the stupidest idea since pocket A-Bombs? And why does nobody speak out against the travesty of their undoubted coming natural impact, on wildlife, birds, noise pollution etc. Also, the belief, resignation really, that privacy is no longer defensible or possible or worth caring about.

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  26. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    It’s wicked. I think so anyway. Others may have a different opinion

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    I blame Jane Basil and the pirate lurking in the comments of one of her posts. I was either hijacked or kidnapped. I am still not sure which.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Only 6? Every glorious sunrise or sunset that paints the sky

    What do you do for a living?
    I don’t. I’m blissfully retired.

    When is the best time to go fishing?
    Only the one time I caught the biggest whiting on board. A never to be repeated experience which will continue to live as a triumph in the annals of history.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    That I loved them

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    What? I am!

    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish
    So very much.

    What do you do for a hobby?
    Create in oh so many ways – art, stories, poetry, crafts galore….

    What blog post topics do you like most?
    My tastes are eclectic, at times exotic, sometimes ordinary

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    I’m boringly uncriminal at all times

    Where are you from?
    Star dust. this time around born in Finland. Migrated to Australia as younglin. Currently live in Adelaide

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Raised a Lutheran. Reborn as an irreverent alternative theist. Definitely a believer – but not in Justin.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Oh so many – especially Making it Write. She and I are united in sisterhood.

    How would you describe your politics?
    I don’t

    Were you a favorite child?
    But of course. The youngest babies always are.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    i don’t do pithy

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.”
    I have always known that to be the case. How could it not be!

    What are your favorite foods?
    Strawberries, chocolate, blue vein cheese,herrings, dark rye sourdough bread – oh heck, most things edible.

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    Phobia of getting a phobia. So I won’t

    Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it?
    Never! I will never admit to it, even under extreme torture.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    Lambswool slippers, It’s cold here

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    I can’t get past that good looking, irreverently sarcastic author

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    That there are no space aliens

    What are your four major strengths as a person?
    I’m doubly loveable and huggable

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    What’s that?

    What is the funniest post (or posts) you’ve read on this blog?
    I’m looking – I promise you, I am

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    Always

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Actions

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    there’s a maximum ?

    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    Do they? Really? I’ll have to stop peeking in through windows….

    Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when _____________.”
    Seriously?

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Always with them. They have a great sense of humour

    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    “My Precious” has never left my grasp.

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    You mean after I could breathe again and my heart stopped pounding?

    Which blog posts on Café Philos have been most helpful to you? How?
    Not sure about helpful – that irreverent pirate lurks in the most unexpected places.

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    Oh the questions, the never-ending questions!!!!

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    This About You page is a fascinating read. Clever you 🙂

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  27. If I may be so bold as to introduce myself in such a fashion as to combine some questions and give an over all, short statement—I’m a usually straight-laced Eastern Orthodox Christian with an unfortunate leniency towards dark humor. I also amuse myself with scandal of yesteryear. My insecurities get the best of me, and when I’m not transcribing works for my literary blog, I’m reading others’ works, as so many writers on here provide great inspiration and incredible original voices. I’m hoping to break that insecurity through said inspiration. I look forward to reading more of your works, especially. You seem to have your own (incredible) compendium of diverse literature.

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    1. A hearty welcome to the blog, Ann. Thank you so much for dropping by and introducing yourself! I take it you suffer from writer’s block? I hope reading my posts might inspire you a bit.

      I love your blog by the way. It provides such good insights into what people once thought and did.

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      1. You’ve caught me. Writer’s block is my worst enemy sometimes. Thank goodness I can hide behind transcribing others’ works (ha ha).

        Thank you for your kind words, I sincerely appreciate them. I hope their words can inspire you, too, if needed.

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    2. I love butting in on Paul’s dialogues! It makes me really happy when people I’ve found find Paul, or vice versa.
      Ann, you’re the coolest. Give yourself permission to be a hack, and then post really terrible original stuff. That’s what I’m doing to everyone else and it seems to be working out great.
      Please, I’m your most ardent fan and I’ve only seen one original poem! Cut me a break! 😀

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      1. Oh good heavens, you’re too kind. I’m glad I found the both of you, as well. I’m so looking forward to reading more of your content! I especially love the drawings you include at the end of several of your poems. You’re very talented.

        A lot of my original poems can be found over at vitabrevisliterature.com (shameless plug), if you’re interested—just poetry. Anyway, I wish you all the best and a good rest of your week!

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  28. Dear Ten-Years-Ago Paul,
    Oh. My. God. I thought you were Mr. Overkill NOW but my how you’ve mellowed! SO MANY QUESTIONS.

    How would you characterize your sense of humor? ~~ dark, absurd, slapstick, satire
    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes? ~~ “Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity” …or something along those lines. “He who practices Tao daily diminishes… and doesn’t overthink herself trying to pinpoint her identity answering interview questions unless she feels it will make another happy” …or something along those lines.
    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? ~~ I was an old soul, precocious, so this was no issue
    When is the best time to go fishing? ~~ In the dead of night so I don’t need sunblock and can accidentally drop my bait in the water, and have no choice but to watch the stars
    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? ~~ I want them to laugh remembering me, and maybe know how much I valued them.
    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? ~~ I’m not???
    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you ~~ I was a cute little ginger clumsy-ass Sonic carhop who kept wiping out on her roller blades and spilling people’s drinks. I upset and concerned a lot of diners.
    What do you do for a hobby? ~~ EAT
    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? ~~ Criminal? Does bad driving count? I have pretty good willpower but I know there’s a klepto deep down inside me.
    What other blogs do you read besides this one? ~~ WAY too many now, it’s starting to take up a lot of time O_O
    How would you describe your politics? ~~ turning off the TV with great irritation
    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? ~~ Pain in the ass
    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.” ~~ I always knew. My parents were clearly aliens.
    What are your favorite foods? ~~ Chocolate. Watermelon. Tea. Anything smoked. Anything made from scratch by my sister. Stinky cheeses. Homemade warm bread. Homemade warm cookies. …I don’t have a favorite.
    Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it? ~~ No, I was the youngest, so I was the butt of my sister’s cruel barbie stories. We got really fucking dark with those barbie stories, you have no idea man.
    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? ~~ Nothing, this is a purely physical relationship
    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? ~~ That Trump was elected president
    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? ~~ C’mon, let’s not put barriers around the chicken jokes
    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? ~~ I keep making grabs for their junk
    Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when _____________.” ~~ I asked if he came and he actually said yes, whaaa?
    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? ~~ I laugh both ways at the same time which would appear to the untrained eye as complete psychosis, do not be fooled.
    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? ~~ Soul Gifts told me that Paul is a pirate in disguise, so please, please use caution in your interactions with him.

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    1. Loved the quip about your parents being aliens! But I’m shocked to learn we have only a physical connection. I guess that does shed light on your request for “a carrot dance” (Gawds, but that sounds dirty!).

      You really cracked me up about making grabs for cops’ junk. 😀

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  29. Why the hell am I doing this? ENJOY!!!!

    How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Sarcastic.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    You commented on my blog.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    The first day I made my future wife laugh. Holding my daughters the day they were born. My very first best friend. Lessons I learned from my dog, Copper.

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other?
    Book: IT. The best character driven novel I have ever read. I use that book as a learning guide. Song: Here’s Where the Story Ends by the Sundays. Powerful memories from my past. Movies: The Sure Thing. One of the most honest teen flicks ever made.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    My grandmother raised me so of course I’ll be using her. I was always starting over. Jobs. Girlfriends. Friends. There was a stretch in my 20’s where this was a common thing for me.

    What do you do for a living? The wife makes the cash. I deal with the kids and hopefully, fingers crossed, I make some money writing books.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? I didn’t let things get me down. Stuff will always come into our lives that we don’t like but that doesn’t mean they control us.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? Limited supply of rainbow polyester bellbottom pants.

    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish.
    Cook. Waiter. Host. Paint salesman. Tool salesman. Jewelry professional (long story), Office grunt (loved it), office specialist (another long story/hated it).

    What do you do for a hobby?
    I use to collect old sporting events. Click on youtube and type in some old NFL game. Chances are they came from me. I was part of a group that looked for those games. Now that we’ve found pretty much found everything it looks like I need a new hobby.

    What blog post topics do you like most?
    Two things will catch my eye: 1) Things that can teach me. Either writer, blogging, promoting. Things like that. 2) Observation. Things that we do or say that we may not realize we’re doing.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    If I could pull off a heist in a major European city while saving the baby and impressing the beautiful lady, I’d be cool with that.

    Where are you from?
    I have lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1994. I was born and raised in Burlington, Washington.

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Open to everything controlled by none.
    How would you describe your politics?
    Moderate.

    Were you a favorite child?
    I was an only child. I was the favorite and the disappointment all rolled into one.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    I have a habit of making you the center of the universe as the universe crumbles around you. On a side note: I’m the one creating the crumbling. Games. It’s all games.

    What are your favorite foods? Cherry PEZ. Life is good.
    What post topics would you like to see written more about?
    Things that teach me and things that make me laugh.

    What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    Back in the 1980’s I worked in a little Sea Food restaurant. It was a non-stop soap opera. Loved it!!!

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    I live in Eugene, Oregon. College town. Home of the Ducks. They hate the Washington Huskies. I was born just north of Seattle, home of the University of Washington. I own Husky hats and shirts. The locals could legally shoot me.

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    I’m all about the hotness. It begins and ends there.

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    Trump is a gift from God. It was a serious conversation between two elderly women in a coffee shop. Eugene is a liberal town. I’m not sure how they snuck in.

    What are your four major strengths as a person?
    I could do the norm and create a nice list but after being on this earth for 50-plus years the one thing that we all need is to listen to that inner voice. That inner voice is one of a kind and it applies only to you. If you follow that voice you’ll do good things.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    Not four but one: A follower.

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    Depends on my mood. Never on Tuesdays.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    Yes. But it took me forever to figure that out.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Intentions. It goes a long ways.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    For reasons I can’t explain the number nine just won’t go away.

    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    The Bazooka tied to my back and the orange knee high socks.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Laugh with the sinners cry with the saints. Play the game and you’ll do no wrong.

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    When she walked all the way across campus to wish me luck on the final.

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    Hell yes. Why the hell am I doing this???

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    Who’s up for a joy ride down the Baja????

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    1. Thank you so much, Bryan!

      I once worked as a waiter. Thought it was the third funnest occupation I’d had in my life after owning my own business and fire fighting.

      “Trump is a gift from god” I’m never going to understand those people. Never.

      I think it’s quite common for we humans to take a long time figuring out what all is involved in being true to ourselves, let alone doing it.

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  30. • How would you characterize your sense of humor? Dark or giggly/cheesy, there’s no real in between.
    • How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I found it through a comment through my friend’s blog. I’ve been reading about a month.
    • What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? The love shared between my grandparents, poetry, a ‘camp house’ in the woods behind my grandparent’s house.
    • What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes? ‘Lost as Alice, mad as the Hatter’ ‘I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.’ ‘You know my name, not my story.’ “I can’t stop wondering if what he said was more than nonsense, if loneliness alone can make somebody crazy.” ~Damaged by Amy Reed.
    • Do you have a favorite post on this blog? If so, what is it? What’s your second favorite post? Better Loves Than We Had is my favorite, second is pending.
    • What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Notebook, Any music with good lyrics, all of Tyler Knott Gregson’s poems. Why? I don’t know. Beauty I guess.
    • What do you do for a living? Read, Write, Study, and listen to music.
    • When is the best time to go fishing? Just after dark.
    • At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I cared and did my best to keep them happy.
    • What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? Because I can’t stand ignorance.
    • What do you do for a hobby? Read, Write, Draw, Music.
    • What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? Breaking into abandoned places.
    • Where are you from? Born in Canada, raised in upstate new York and Florida.
    • What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? Not religious. Realist or atheist? Not sure.
    • What other blogs do you read besides this one? Random poetry blogs.
    • Were you a favorite child? HAHAHAHAHA no.
    • In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms? Yes.
    • Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me when I walked into a pole, gave myself a black eye and discovered that I can move poles.”
    • What are your favorite foods? Watermelon.
    • If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it? Don’t need to choose. Forget clowns. Nope.
    • What post topics would you like to see written more about? Mental illnesses.
    • What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? Grey crop top, I’m boring.
    • What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? Haha, the exceptional good looks of its authors writing.
    • What are your four major weaknesses as a person? All of the above.
    • What is the funniest post (or posts) you’ve read on this blog? The line about people having pimples on their butts.
    • Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? Intentions?
    • What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? Six.
    • What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? Social anxiety. I wear a lot of hoodies and black so they think I’ll steal.
    • Complete this sentence: “The completely unsuspected fact that I am indeed the world’s greatest lover was revealed to me when I leaned in their ear and whispered ‘never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down’.”
    • In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? What gods?
    • What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner? They witnessed a panic attack and stayed.
    • Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? Yes and yes.
    • What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? I have no friends. Be my friend?

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