Who do you take for granted?
At some level, maybe everyone who has died who I expected to be around a lot longer, from my parents to my friend Norm Nissen. Put differently, I don’t take ANYONE for granted.
Short, knee, or ankle skirts?
Haven’t worn skirts in years, but if I did, surely ankle.
Do you wear a hat?
Always. Hat, cap, or in lieu of those, an umbrella to use as a parasol. I’m really susceptible to the sun on my pate; I have a rational fear of skin cancer.
Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Popeye, I suppose. He got me to eat spinach. More than that, he had a pretty long fuse. But at some point. “That’s all I can stands, ’cause I can’t stands no more.” I think there’s a bit of me in that.
Does break dancing impress you?
Yes, but I don’t want to do it and have never tried.
Are you a miracle?
Sure, why not? But aren’t we all? Or at least most of us.
Have you ever eaten tofu?
Yes. I think that people processing it have gotten better at it because I used to hate it.
Does the moon have an effect on your mood?
Not so as I [howls at the big thing in the night sky] have noticed.
Many people will say that the Harry Potter books are pure fluff with no literary value. Do you agree?
That’s just silly. If nothing else, it has gotten a ton of people to read enthusiastically.
What are you doing next Wednesday?
Actually, going to my Dad’s group at church.
Elvis won’t leave the building
Why do so many people think Elvis is still alive?
Elvis fulfilled some need for something mythic. I mean, he just COULDN’T die that young, and in such a pedestrian manner, so he’s been willed back to life.
Are your hands cold?
No, but my wife’s hands often are.
Have you ever given blood?
Only about 174 times, as I noted here. There was a stretch of about two decades when I was giving at least five times a year. I give less frequently now because scar tissue has developed on both arms in the locations from which they had traditionally drawn.
What SCI-fi books do you read?
I’ve tried. Asimov, LeGuin, Herbert. I think the only science fiction book I ever finished that wasn’t a children’s book was Stardancer by Kelly Sedinger. Unless you count 11/22/63 by Stephen King. But I did read short story sci-fi when I was younger. And I read comic book adaptations and watch television and movies.
One TV show that oddly came to mind recently was called Life On Mars. It was a 2008 US drama that was based on a 2006 UK series. Apparently, the British version was better, but I’ve never seen it. “A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s.” It starred Jason O’Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, and Harvey Keitel, but only lasted a season.
Have you ever belonged to a sorority or a fraternity?
No, but my wife did.