1. What are your favorite indoor activities? Reading, crafts, listening to music, storytelling. (The latter two could also be outdoors, too.) In non-pandemic times, going to restaurants with friends and going to museums.
2. What are you favorite outdoors activities? Walking, going to baseball games.
3. How do you feel about plastic surgery? I have no desire for it, but I have no objections to people getting it if they think it will improve their lives. For example, consider the song “Dance 10, Looks 3” from A Chorus Line.
4. What responsibilities do you think the media have, if any?Honesty is at the top of the list. I can deal with media bias if I know the biases of a particular source as long as I know what their slant is.
5. What is your take on organ donation? It is, obviously, a good thing. I do care, however, about it being done with respect to the donor’s body. (For example, Jewish law requires proper burial of organs that are not used.)
6. What do you think about hunting? I am theoretically okay with hunting for food, though I don’t think it is necessary in modern society here. Hunting in less developed places is more acceptable. Hunting for sport and for trophies disgusts me.
7. What places are you really grateful exist? Museums, libraries, bookstores, parks.
8. What does it mean to you to be spiritual? I like to feel connected to Jewish tradition and to what my ancestors struggled for.
9. Do you believe things happen for a reason? Sort of. Sometimes the reason is that people are idiots.
10. What is your take on making mistakes? Everyone makes mistakes. The key thing is to be capable of acknowledging whey you screw up and trying to make things right.
11. Who would you like to trade lives with for a day and why? It would be interesting to be a man for a day and see what sex is like for one of them..
12. How would a stranger that met you at a dinner party describe you? It really depends on who else is at the party. If it were people I know well, they’d probably think of me as loud and outspoken. If it were other strangers, they might see my shy side.
13. How old do you feel? It depends on the day. Most of the time, I feel my age (62). But sometimes I feel 15 and sometimes I feel 90.
14. How has getting older helped you deal with challenges in life?I think I am better at realizing that most of the things that go wrong don’t really make a difference in the long run.
15. When I have a look around my home, it’s very obvious that I… suck at housework.
16. Within the next month I will… spend too much money on household repairs.
17. 5 years ago I never thought… I’d spend a year without traveling.
18. What are you most fascinated by at the moment? my spice rack.
19. What are the three most dominant emotions in your life right now?anxiety, impatience, frustration
20. What is sure to make you cry? Chopping onions? I also sob through movies where one of the romantic leads dies.
21. How does the weather effect your mood? I am really tired of being cold. Beyond that, I actually like some cloudiness, but prefer not to deal with heavy rain and winds.
22. What would you change if you knew you could not fail? Maybe audition for more storytelling shows.
23. If you could get rid of anything on the planet what would it be? Anti-Semitism, since that has the biggest negative effect on me.
24. What would be the ultimate travel experience for you? A cruise through the Northwest Passage.
25. What’s the most recent show you’ve binge watched?I haven’t binge watched stuff in ages. Maybe Better Off Ted.
26. What conclusions did you make about money as a child? That I wanted more? I remember being determined to save up $100, which seemed like a huge sum.
27. What would you like to have less of in your work right now? Not really applicable, since I am retired.
28. What did you love to do as a child? Lie on the front lawn and watch planes overhead. Go to the seaplane port and watch the seaplanes taking off and landing. Read. Play with my Barbies. Draw house plans. Do all sorts of crafts.
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