1. What movie deserves a sequel? I always want to see "the rest of the story". Many of my favorite movies should stand on their own, without a sequel, like IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, or JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO. I would like to see what would happen next in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. I think the ending would be hard to top, but I think it would be great to see Mr. Smith's next term.
2. What is your favorite kind of cereal? I used to love Cookie Crisp. Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? When I "grew up", I liked Raisin Bran. Now, as a diabetic, I have to be more careful. I eat "low sugar" oatmeal every morning now.
3. What is one thing you always wanted as a kid, but never got? My brother, sister, and I used to go through the Sears Catalog Wish Book every year and pick out all the things we wanted. Every year, I marked the Coke fountain machine, thinking that, if I got it, I would have a never-ending supply of Coke to drink. I never got it. I guess Santa didn't think I needed it.
4. What is your favorite potato chip flavor? Easy. Baked Lays. I don't care for any other flavor other than regular chips.
5. If you could project yourself into the past, where would you go? I know I have a romantic vision of what the Fifties was like, but I really feel drawn to that era. It's probably fueled by Happy Days. I'm the Richie Cunningham of my generation.
6. What is the best sports stadium/arena you've been to? No question, PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the nicest stadium in baseball. It sits on the banks of the Allegheny River right in downtown, with a gorgeous view of the skyscrapers in right field, just beyond the river. If you go, sit on the third base side.
7. What historical figure would you most like to have a discussion with? I hate to pick the easy ones, but they are the individuals who intrigue me most: Jesus and Abraham Lincoln.
8. If you could be on the cover of any magazine, what would you choose? Easy. National Geographic. Hopefully somewhere exotic.
9. What makes you really sleepy? Being awake. No, seriously, staying up too late gets to me, especially knowing I have to get up early.
10. What one thing annoys you most at a restaurant? I don't care for restaurants where the tables are too close together, so close that you can hear the conversation of your neighbors clearly, and they can hear yours.
11. To what would you like to devote more time? I wish I had more time to travel, to write, and to sleep.
12. What is the scariest scene you remember as a kid from a scary movie? Two movies had a major impact on me when I was younger (and I was at least 12 years old before I saw them both): THE EXORCIST and POLTERGEIST. They both freaked me out.
13. What is the greatest pain you've ever experienced? Physically, the worst was when I broke my shoulder after slipping on the kitchen floor and landing on it. Whew! That hurt! Emotionally and mentally, it was the death of my wife. Nothing has compared to that.
14. Who is the most famous person you've ever met? I've only met a few celebrities, so I don't have many to choose from, and some people may not think of them as being very famous. I met Peter Tork of the Monkees, and Donny Most (Ralph) and Anson Williams (Potsie) from Happy Days. I also met Tippi Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS.
15. What language would you like to master? I would like to know Japanese. That way I'd be able to understand what they're saying in all of the Godzilla movies I like to watch, but I could also read the instructions for putting together new furniture and appliances.
16. If you were directing a movie, who would be your leading man and woman? I'm surprised they never did a movie together... John Cusack and Sandra Bullock.
17. Aside from lettuce, what are your two favorite salad ingredients? I love mushrooms and cucumbers and grape tomatoes and black olives.
18. What is your favorite event in the Winter Olympics? I love curling. It fascinates me. I also like downhill skiing.
19. What profession have you always admired? I really wanted to be an air traffic controller at one point, and I actually looked into doing it. It didn't work out, so I wasn't able to follow through with it, but I always wondered what would've happened if I had done it.
20. What is the furthest place you've ever visited by car? I've driven across the country twice, once by myself, and once with my wife. They were awesome trips!
21. What is your favorite kind of donut? Boston Creme. I can't eat them anymore, but the combination of cream and chocolate is delicious!
22. What is one thing you know more about than anyone else in the room? I tend to be the expert on geography, particularly US geography.
23. What insect disgusts you the most? Mosquitoes. I hate them. There is no good thing about them. I hate that they seem to love me.
24. What is the MUST SEE movie out right now? GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! What a fun movie! Go see it if you haven't seen it.
25. What is the wildest thing you would do to your hair? I actually considered shaving my head when my mother was going through chemotherapy for her breast cancer when she lost her hair. My brother and I were going to do it. Mom talked us out of it.
Have a great evening, everyone!
P.S. - Here are my three things I'm thankful for on Day 2:
- I'm thankful for my wonderful, supportive parents. I don't know what I would do without them. They helped me so much after my wife died, and helped me to get my life back on track. They've also taught me so much. I wouldn't be who I am without them (literally!).
- I'm thankful for diners. I love diner food, and the atmosphere and nostalgia of a classic diner. Breakfast at a diner can't be beat. And I judge every diner by their hot turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes.
- I'm thankful for my pastor(s). I have so many in my life, I can't narrow it down to just one. So George, Mark, Tom, Dick, Sandy, Moussa, Lisa, Tim, and Jim... thank you!
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