Took this from Cindy Taylor, The Only Cin – “SUNDAY AND NOT MUCH TO SAY” – an impetus to write today by answering a Proust Questionnaire(?) in Vanity Fair.
What is your current state of mind?
Worried over the possibilities involved with and coming out of my angiogram tomorrow – as most of my gentle readers know.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To have a beautiful woman’s attention. And her cooking.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
So far, Marilyn Eloise Meyer, RIP 5 years on now.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A sensibility of assumed – to the point of casual – integrity.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A sense of humor.
Which living person do you most admire?
Not sure about that – realizing everyone has dirt, everyone is in some way on the take (including myself)… There is probably out there a man or woman who, despite themselves, is sacrificing and dedicating their life for the good of strangers, maybe even former enemies’ children, who we will never hear about.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Premium digital and DVR cable TV.
When and where are you happiest?
When I am biking or swimming, challenging my body to the point I >pop< into a meditative state. Go figure.
On what occasion do you lie?
Would rather not say (but it affects no one reading this).
What is your greatest fear?
To die alone. Physically alone, suddenly.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My apparent inability to just take action to create what I really want.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Psychologically – to have a desire to act to take care of myself and actively work toward my desires.
Physically – to be a normal-heighted man (or taller), with normal-sized, attractive, hands.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
James Pierpont, who wrote “Jingle Bells”, being a starry-eyed social activist but having a difficult, failure- and setback-ridden life.
What is your greatest regret?
Not fathering children (although there still is time…).
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
So far, having come out of unexpected heart trouble and a quadruple bypass – an operation that was apparently problematic – to begin challenging myself to become healthier than I was before.