That old saying about all work and no play making so-and-so a dull one is true. In other words, my OT at work and in life has been keeping me offline and outta thoughts to bloggify. Cue cricket chorus.
In lieu of fresh observations, movie reviews or funny anecdotes, I'll just answer the questions to the "Proust Questionnaire" that appears on the last page of every month's Vanity Fair magazine:
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Jane Austen, because she liked to write and throw down on the wit tip.
Which living person do you most admire?
This may sound shallow, but Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert come to mind first. They are the clown jesters of American politics and are as courageous as they are hilarious.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not speaking my mind enough.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfishness. I think Andrae in season 2 of Project Runway was right. Most of the world's ills can be traced back to someone being selfish.
What is your greatest fear?
I'm afraid to say.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Eating lunch out every day. My palate is as princessy as Paris Hilton. Maybe eating a peanut butter sandwich every day for a whole year in fourth grade has something to do with it.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Doing something creative, while those I love are safe and happy.
What is your favorite journey?
Any trip to New York City (so far).
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Conviction (see current U.S. administration).
On what occasion do you lie?
When it will spare someone's feelings (especially when hearing the truth won't help them).
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Not being in shape.
Which living person do you most despise?
Do I have to pick one? I'd start with the neo-cons.
When and where were you happiest?
Probably during the "honeymoon stage" of my personal Vietnam (before it turned into a protracted romantic quagmire).
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more ballsy.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
That we'd live closer together.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Making and keeping good friends.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Probably some bird. A hummingbird would be cool.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A fabulously wealthy philanthropist.
What is your most treasured possession?
Family and friends.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
Wanting to play fair.
Who are your favorite writers?
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
The first one who comes to mind is Jackie Brown as played by Pam Grier in Quentin's film adaptation: a strong, sexy, smart soul.
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is it that you most dislike?
When good people suffer.
What is your motto?
“Things could be worse."