The Baker’s Meme

Lobster for breakfast, banana split for lunch…

From Sunday Stealing. I thought there would be something about food prep, or at least 13 questions (a baker’s dozen.) Nah, it’s named after someone named Baker.

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?

Thomas Edison. I’d be interested to find out what he thought about how his innovations in illumination, music, and film have evolved.

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

Dogged consistency. 5 years and 9 months, every day. Of course, some of the posts are ones like this one, but as Elwood Blues once said, “What do want for nothin’, rrrrrrrubber bisCUITS?”

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

It becomes more and more difficult. Either I already did, or I don’t want to. Or I forgot about it. Or it’s not worth mentioning – my great crush on my 12th grade English teacher, who was out of college only a year or two – yawn. Or, it’s not time yet. I’m already thinking about my blog for 2012, and there will be four posts (in February, May, August, and October) about things that happened in 1972, 40 years earlier. I COULD tell you now, but what fun would THAT be?

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

I Am Not Ashton Kutcher. Because I’m not.

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

Meeting all sorts of wonderful people, and a couple of weirdos to boot. Sharing with my actual friends that I’ve met my thinking process.

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

Actually, thought about this a lot. Lobster for breakfast, banana split for lunch, write a bunch of codicils for friends to read later, spinach lasagna for dinner, and skydiving for dessert.

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

My father died of prostate cancer. My brother-in-law died of colon cancer. One of those.

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

Guilt is highly overrated, and I don’t buy into the premise. But even assuming that, according to some arbiters of taste, there is some music I shouldn’t listen to, a TV show I shouldn’t be watching, book or magazine I shouldn’t be reading, because it’s not cool, I don’t have time to read about what I shouldn’t be doing.

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie, or TV show?

The Billboard Albums – endless entertainment with obscure pop music info.
Annie Hall, over West Side Story, which is a lesser movie but has great music. The Dick Van Dyke Show, over The Twilight Zone – gotta go with series over anthology.

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?

Baking bread, which my grandmother used to do.

And I get to experience that same smell two or three times a month in front of the building where I currently work. I assume it’s from the Freihoffer bakery a couple of miles away, so the wind must be blowing just right. And I never know WHEN I’ll smell it, coming to work or at the end of the day; it’s always a glorious surprise.

HA! I made it about baking after all!