I know we were only gone for four days, but it seemed longer. Possibly because every day started very early and ended very late with a lot of activity in the middle. It could also be that we are getting a bit long in the tooth for extended journeys — especially by air.
This one was really important to Garry. It was the first time in several years that all three brothers were together and had time to talk and be family. It was also my first visit to the middle of the country. I’ve been to California — not all of it obviously. It’s a huge state. Most of the time I spent in the San Francisco area and some in and around L.A.
I’ve been up and down the entire Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida and not by flying. We’ve driven it top to bottom. Not all at once, but over the years. Other parts of the country, I just never never had a reason to be there. This time, I did.
I’ll get into some of the details of this insane mess that is now “flying.” All the cozy, friendly messages they send can’t cover the very serious problems of air travel, from under-staffing through over-booking and cancellations without explanation. Not to mention a serious level of hostility by frazzled, overworked staff members. I don’t blame them, but if they were less hostile more things could be worked out amicably. Also, their absolute resolve to never EVER accept responsibility for anything begins to grate on ones nerves. We all worked, even if we aren’t working now. We also had issues to deal with and I’m pretty sure hostility was never an acceptable response.
On with the questions!
Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year?
I would probably be more discourages except I’m one of the people going through that ennui. I’ve been doing this a long time, so I think I’m entitled to a bit of ennui especially coming slowly out of the long withdrawal we’ve been through. I’ve got a lot of ideas popping around in my brain though, so I’m not done yet!
If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger and 2 billion dollars, what would you do? What do you think your doppelganger would do?
Okay. You have me a little confused. I know what I would do, but a doppelganger? Would that be an actual clone of me or just someone who happens to look like me? Because in Jerusalem, there was a woman who looked SO much like me it was scary, but she was not American, had not been raised anything like me, but probably had the same DNA bubbling in her system.
I would have no idea what she might or might not want to do and I was actually not thrilled that she existed. At least we didn’t share a name. I was afraid to find out if we had common family members. It really is a bit eerie when someone else looks so much like you that even close up, it’s hard to see a difference.
So 2 billion dollars notwithstanding, just the whole doppelganger thing is a bit of a freak out.
A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why?
I’d save the child if I could because that’s the way I’m programmed. Life is more important than money. That’s probably why we aren’t rich. I’m sure Garry would answer the same way. He also wouldn’t take bribes or anything that might be construed as a bribe (yes, people try to bribe reporters) and not because he was afraid of getting caught. It was because he simply couldn’t DO that.
Honesty can be a curse these days. Just saying.
What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes?
Meh. My mother loved them, but for me they are okay, but not a big deal one way or the other. I think the only ways I really like potatoes are (1) baked, (2) Home-fries, and (3) really good latkes. Everything else is okay, but that’s pretty much it.
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