Huh! It’s August, which means that it’s once again time for the twice-yearly tradition here, in which I open up the floor to anyone with a question. Challenging questions, deep questions, silly questions, questions about life or the universe or anything…all questions are welcome.
So here it is: Ask Me Anything! August 2012!!!
(This will be the ‘official’ post for posing questions, so go ahead and drop ’em in comments. I always try to keep Ask Me Anything! queries in one place, so as to avoid having any drop through the cracks. I’ll post a few reminders, as always, over the first two weeks of the month. Answers will start appearing sometime on the back half of the month, as per usual. And for those who do not wish to use the comments here, feel free to e-mail, Facebook message, tweet…whatever.)
What's your favorite vegetarian recipe? (If it's good, I'd actually love to know the ingredients, not just the name. 🙂 )
And, if you could have one – just one – superhero ability, which would it be and why?
My question is: Would you rather invent a true blue rose or the next best smart phone? Why?
Should Sally Ride come out as gay sooner, as in during her lifetime? It wasn't a secret to her friends, but some have suggested that it may have been more inspirational.
Here's something I plan to do, so I'll let you try first: come up with a list of the 20 (or 25) most important/influential people in your life. I'm particularly interested in those people who may be out of your life now (a music teacher, a lost friend) who you look back and see their impact.
Do you think the punishment for Penn State in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal was too strong, too lenient, or appropriate? What do you say to those who believe those who did nothing wrong (current students at Penn State, e.g.) are suffering the bulk of the punishment?
What's your take on the whole Chick-Fil-A issue? Would you boycott it over its owner's anti-gay marriage sentiment, and more importantly, expenditures? PBS takes $$ for its children's programming; should they still accept it? And have you ever even eaten at Chick-Fil-A? (I haven't; there nearest ones are 2 hours away.)
In 2013, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens will be eligible for the baseball Hall of Fame. If you were voting, what you you do? Also your votes re: Mark McGwire, Raffy Palmiero, A-Rod and Manny Ramirez (eventually), and, what the heck, Pete Rose?
What do you think of the 1986 Paul Simon album Graceland? I know you hadn't heard the album, but were you aware of the controversy over Simon going to South Africa, albeit to record with black South Africans?
And a more general question: How many times do you need to listen to an album before feel that you know an album? (It's three for me, BTW.)
My final set of questions, based on my own situation:
Have you made any plans for your funeral? I assume your wife knows your desires, but do others (e.g., embalming v cremation, organ donation,) should you and your wife die at the same time?
Not asking who, but have you made a decision where your child should stay should both of her parents pass away? What were the bases – her familiarity with them, their income, their values (religious or otherwise), their politics, the size of their house, their age?
(My daughter currently would go to her grandparents, but they are aging, so we need a Plan B.)
That's probably it for this six months, unless something else comes to mind.
Who will be President January 20, 2013, and why?
If Firefly had been allowed to keep running for several seasons, as it should have, do you think they might have brought back Jubal Early (one of my favorite villains ever) for another episode? We didn't see him actually die so I've always wondered about that. What if you were hired to write the Return of Jubal Early episode? How would you do it?
When do you plan to visit Vancouver, Canada? I notice you've visited Toronto on many an occasion…but Toronto is not the only nice city in our fair country!
I would like to send you a Luckie Loonie coin for all the support you give my blog. Can I have your snail mail addy to do that?
Thought of a question today while reading an answer. I know you have a great love of music, I wish I did, but never have. If you had to choose between them, and one was to be gone forever. Written words or music?