So, in this post, I answered questions I got from my pal and fellow blogger Ursu about a variety of things in something called the Blog Baton.
I sent my questions to five people, one of whom was Becky at If All the World were Apple Pie. She, in turn sent more questions back to me. I didn’t know that was allowed, but I’m going to answer her questions anyways.
(and then send more questions back to her, as well as her hubby Matt who is starting his own blog Skylines and Bluelines)
So anyhow, Becky queries:
1. You can only eat one meal for the rest of your life – what is it and why?
I’m assuming that this is one specific food, and not one type of food. I would have to choose a food that I like to eat yet provides enough nourishment to keep me going forever. I think I would probably pick spaghetti with meat sauce, especially how I make it, as it contains more vegetables than actual meat.
2. Tell me about the last film you watched. Did you like it? Why/why not?
The last movie I saw in the theatre was Mononoke-jima no Naki. Loosely translated it means “The Crybaby of Monster Island.”
As you might have guessed, it’s a Japanese movie. It’s animated in and was projected in 3D. I’m not a big fan of 3D movies, and would have prefered to have seen it in 2D, but I really liked it.
The story is about a pair of monsters who capture and have to take care of a human boy. One of the monsters (the title character Naki) gets attached to the child and wants to return him to his home while remaining friends with him. It comes from a Japanese fairy tale. Unlike Disney movies, the outcome is never certain as many Japanese fairy tales have tragic endings. I won’t spoil it, but I was very touched by how the film finished.
3. What’s your favourite book of all time? Why do you like it?
Undoubtedly my favourite book of all time in Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. I first read it when I was in high school, and didn’t really understand all of it, but enough to know that it was a brilliant story about what it means to be human. I saw Michael, the main character, as an allegory for the Christ, which impressed my English teacher Mr. Summerfield very much. With each re-reading, I discovered more and more about the context and philosophy of the book and its characters. I think it’s a perfect example of how science fiction uses unreal events and situations to uncover the human condition.
4. What do you value most in a person? Is there something that makes you think less of people regardless of other good characteristics?
The thing I value most in people is intelligence. Intelligence permeates all other aspects of a person. People who show intolerance and unsubstantiated anger are simply showing a lack of understanding. One thing I find very frustrating is when people won’t reconsider their views in the face of contradictory evidence. The most public example, I suppose is bigotry, and how some people hate (with unmitigated venom in some cases) people of another race or belief system without trying to understand them. As good as someone might be in every other aspect of their personality, I just can’t get past that.
5. You win a very large amount of money, enough that you’d never need to work again, but not so much you could buy the planet! What do you do with it?
I think I would devote much more time to creative outlets. I would love to be able to write, draw, paint and other things. I would love to learn some of the Japanese creative arts like shodo and Japanese painting. I would also start playing hockey again, and take up karate with my son.
Okay, those are the answers. Now to think up some good questions…
1. They are making a movie of your life. What type of movie would it be? Would it be realistic, or fantasy? How much of it would be true, and how much fiction?
2. What are three pieces of music on the Soundtrack?
3. Who plays you? Why? (Remember, there might also need to be you in different stages of your life)
4. If you could watch one event from history, what would it be? Why? From what point of view would you see it?
5. What’s your favourite joke? Dirty or clean.
This time, the recipients are:
The aforementioned Becky and Matt.
The guys at the HappyFace Podcast, again.
Julien at these blu eyes
Shaheen at Recession Dodge to Victory