Saturday, January 17, 2015

Question 2



Question 2: Would you like to be famous? If so, in what way?

I don't know that fame is really what I'd want but I'd love to excel in my work and be recognized for it. I've had a bit of that being on a national TV program, being featured in major magazines and news papers and having my work decorate the Today show set. Can't say that it made me happy but it did occasionally increase my income. And it is nice to be recognized for something you've worked so hard for. Still, I do recall a few incidents where publicity actually caused people to treat me differently and that wasn't always a good feeling. I've had friends become angry at me and say that I sold out. I've had strangers greet me with an admiration (?) or something bordering on awe? That didn't make me proud; it made me terribly uncomfortable. There was no human interaction or converse. Instead, I felt a bit like an animal in the zoo...."Oh, my! Isn't she fascinating." No, not really. So, even though my bouts of fame were very short lived, it is not a state I would like to live in all of the time. Still, I'd love the publicity because it sells my work. lol

Friday, January 16, 2015

36 Questions

I just read an article in the New York Times....how's that for news media name dropping lol. It was about a study done several years ago in which a doctor said that he could make two strangers fall in love by asking 36 intimate questions of each other. Earlier this year, I was asking questions of all of you. My intent was not to make you fall in love with me, lol, but to learn more about my friends, even or especially those separated from me by long distance. So, now I'm going to start asking questions again but the doctor's questions this time. I think this will be fun. smile emoticon

Question 1: Given the choice of anyone(living) in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

I've given this some thought and most of the famous people I admire are deceased. It seems the people we consider noteworthy these days are more in the celebrity genre than someone actually worthy of note. I saw an interview with inventor Dean Kamen last weekend and he said that kids could name any number of sports figures or entertainers but not one scientist. Dean Kamen has made a lot of money from his inventions but he uses so much of that money for good. He's created bionic arms and upright wheel chairs for soldiers who have lost limbs. He runs scholarship programs and promotes science with competitions in robotics in grade school. He developed portable water purification systems for third world countries so all can have readily available clean water. He is definitely a man to be admired and not just for what he's famous for, invention of the segway. But would I want him as my dinner guest? He is fascinating but more than a little intimidating at the same time. No, the person I'd most like as my dinner guest would be my dear friend, Pamie. She is always entertaining, fun and just a joy to spend time with and I haven't seen her in several years. So, she would be my choice. I can be informed by books and media but for an enjoyable evening, I would always choose a dear friend that I can talk to.