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questions and answers

The wonderful Myra-Lee left some questions in my guestbook on Friday and at long last, here are my answers: (If you would like me to leave you similar questions in your guestbook, then leave me a message):

1.If you could go back and do something differently in your life, would you?

Oh definitely. If I could relive the years of my life, ages 18-21 I definitely would. If I could go back and live those years with more confidence, more self-esteem, more self-awareness I think that my life would be so different now. And while Iím almost mostly content with my life there are things about it I wish I could change and those things always seem to date back to those particular years when I was an emotional Etch-a-Sketch at the hands of my first major relationship. Sometimes I just wish I could travel back in time and throttle my younger self and tell her: Get out! Get out! Thereís this whole world awaiting you, so many opportunities. You donít have to be with this loser. And actually, I stayed with the loser for many years beyond age 21 Ė but I think if I could have throttled me during that particular time period, things would be a lot different. Then again, I am who I am because of it all, so what good is it to dwell on the what-ifs. Which isnít to say that I donít occasionally dwell, because I do.

2.What one person has had the greatest influence on you?

Hmmm. A very tough question. In many ways I suppose it was my mother Ė the adoptive mother Ė for better or for worse because she was/is the parent whoís been there for me the whole time (well, almost the whole time Ėat least since I was four). But the Ex (see above) definitely had a lot of influence during my 20s (although I cringe at using the word "great" to describe his influence Ö letís just call it "significant") and I feel as if Iím still shaking a lot of that off. Right now Iím trying to be my greatest influence. Which is a lot harder than it sounds.

3.Name three people you consider geniuses.

Just three??? Where to start? Since Iíve been concentrating on my writing so much lately, Iíll stick to that field: Joan Didion, Margaret Atwood and David Sedaris come immediately to mind. I wish that I could write like all three of them wrapped up in one lovely literary package.

4.Who do you think is the most overrated person of our time?

I canít think of just one person Ė so Iíll go with a group of persons: rich people. Rich people are over-rated. Somebody has money and we automatically award them power and influence, admiration and respect. Which I think is a crock of sh*t.

5.If you could suddenly acquire any one skill or ability, what would you like it to be?

To sing and play guitar. I wouldnít even need to have a great voice Ė if I could sing/write/play like Liz Phair circa Exile in Guyville or Whipsmart - Iíd be happy.

10:43 am - 09.01.03

sounds: from through the open window: the occasional sound of a car driving by
words: Pau1 B0w1es
i am: enjoying my three-day weekend

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