About You

Dearly Beloved Reader,

Have you ever wanted fame, recognition, appreciation for who you are — but at no substantial cost to yourself in terms of years and years spent working for it?

Well, if so, then I have fun and exciting news for you!  While I cannot quite promise you fame, I can certainly guarantee genuine recognition and appreciation are now within your grasp!  Best of all, you can have both for the low, low cost of a mere few short minutes of your time!

How does it work?  Well, 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!

It’s a simple thing to do, and I’ve tried to make it even easier by posting a list of suggested questions to get your creative juices flowing when describing yourself.  By no means do you need to answer all of them, or even most of them. You can do that if you want, but if you don’t want to answer all of them, just pick the ones you like and answer those.  Or make up entirely new questions of your own to answer!

Now, I believe many of my readers will naturally wish to know, “Am I welcome to post an introduction to myself on Café Philos while I am nude?”  Indeed, such questions seem all but inevitable.  So, please allow me to assure you that, unlike many more prudish blogs, Café Philos is clothing optional.

By the way, your responses on the “About You” page might or might not be lightly modified to make them easier for people to read by my inserting spaces between paragraphs, etc.  But nothing you write will be changed by me to alter your words or meaning.

Remember, you are free and under absolutely no obligation to use any of the questions.  But please do introduce yourself.  Not only will you gain easy-to-earn recognition and appreciation from me and perhaps other readers, but you will be profoundly helping me to make this blog a great blog to visit!  And you sure want a great blog to visit, don’t you?

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?

55 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • “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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    • 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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    • 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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      • 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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      • 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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    • 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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    • 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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      • 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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    • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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    • 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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