Melanie starts our first week in April with a freshly squeezed set of Share Your World questions. (She also asks for some suggestions for new ones, which I will put at the end.)
1. Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule?
Usually the morning is the best time for me to tackle work and chores, but sometimes if I’m not feeling great early in the day, I can get revved up for a burst of productivity in the afternoon. For creative writing, generally the words flow better later in the day, sometimes even late into the evening. Theoretically, it is possible to change, but most people don’t/won’t/can’t, and I don’t know if I could reset myself to clean the house at midnight or write poetry at 6AM.
2. What’s the biggest vehicle you’ve driven? If you don’t drive, what’s the biggest vehicle you’ve ridden in?
When it was time to take my youngest up to Berkeley to start college, I rented a small SUV. That’s what I told them I wanted anyway. But when I went to pick it up, they proudly presented me with a YUKON! I’d been upgraded against my will (for the same price). Most people would be thrilled, I guess, but I was horrified. How would I drive this enormous tank? As it turned out, the Yukon had lots of storage space, which was great for fitting in all the stuff she needed to take, and my older daughter loved driving the massive monster, so she basically sat behind the wheel the whole way there and back. I’d like to say I got used to driving the behemoth and it was fun, but I didn’t and it wasn’t.
3. What songs would be played on a loop in hell? (Suspend disbelief for this one, it’s cool not to believe in Hell, but let’s use our imaginations to answer. Of course one can always skip the questions they find odd too. And yes, I took into account that individual tastes will influence individual choices.)
It’s funny ~ in a serious discussion, I will say I’m an atheist and don’t believe in an afterlife or anything supernatural, but I always enjoy a fun, suspension of disbelief “what if” chat about heaven, hell, dragons, magic, genies, vampires, or whatever thing. So… what music would play in “my” hell? That’s a tough one because I don’t really hate any particular form of music, not even heavy metal or rap. They aren’t my preferred choice because I usually can’t understand what they’re saying, but I can easily tune out music if it’s not grabbing me. But there are bands I dislike, such as Rush. I appreciate the intelligence of their lyrics, but their music grates on my nerves and Geddy’s voice is so screechy it drives me bananas. Barbra Streisand is my second choice. Her voice is so high-pitched it breaks my brain.
4. (Deep and chewy philosophical question): What does it mean to be a person? What constitutes “personhood?” (there may be some diverse opinions, but we’re all mature adults in here, so be respectful of others please).
I saw Sandman say “cogito ergo sum” (I think; therefore, I am) and that basically is my view as well. I don’t believe a first-trimester fetus is a person (you know we’re going there) simply because it’s human with a beating heart. However, I also don’t think it is morally OK to terminate a healthy pregnancy after a certain point. What is that point? I don’t know. Isn’t it refreshing to hear someone say that after all the people who think they do know? They don’t. This is why it’s best to leave the decision up to the woman actually carrying the pregnancy, along with her doctor. Yes, I used “woman” and “her,” so please feel free to unfollow me if that gets your panties in a twist. Also, defining personhood is tricky when someone is in a coma or otherwise unconscious. How long do we wait after measurable brain activity ceases before we say their “personhood” has disappeared? I don’t know the answer to that either! More than a minute, less than a year…
5. How were your spirits (mood) over the past week?
The work week was just OK (had a lot of headaches), but the weekend went well. I didn’t go out much or overextend myself, so I had a chance to catch up on sleep and tasks. I feel pretty good right now.
Here are some possible future questions for Melanie. What’s your opinion on RSVPs? Obviously, formal occasions require them, but what about invitations to dinner/movies and the like? If a friend invites you to something, are you obligated to reply? What if you say yes and change your mind? How much notice is enough? Is it OK to simply no-show to a casual social event you’ve already agreed to?
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