What is one topic you love to talk about?
I could say dolls. I could say trains but I think the best answer would be that I love to talk about the past. Those good times we had riding on trains, going to concerts, holiday road trips, people we knew and the funny things that happened.
Ask the wonder question. ‘But so, suppose there was a magical wizard standing right in front of you and you could turn your life into anything you wanted, what would you do? ‘ For example: What, who, where, why? ‘ (Short explanation: Suspend disbelief and suppose for a moment that you COULD turn your life into anything you wanted it to be. Answer any or all of those “W” codicils as you wish)
What would definitely be more money in the bank. I’m not one of the “money doesn’t buy happiness brigade”. I’m sure that the people who say that have never had to struggle to make ends meet.
Who would be just the same. I like who I am and don’t feel the need to be a different kind of person. If I were younger, I’d ask for a career doing something interesting. A travel agent, tour guide or maybe an archeologist or historian. I would have to be a slightly different kind of person for those though. More outgoing and confident for the first two and probably fitter to be an archeologist unless I was the kind that stayed at the museum and analysed things.
Where would still be Tasmania or maybe an earthquake free New Zealand. I think that would be a pretty good place to live. Scotland would also be a possibility. I’ve always had a soft spot for Scotland.
Why? Well it would be interesting to have a “Sliding Doors” experience and see what my life might have been if I’d made different choices but by and large I’ve been happy with how things turned out.
(This one has been asked before in various ways)
Could you adjust to life without any internet?
This means the net has theoretically failed and there’s no cyber connection any longer. Things have gone back to the old ways of land-line telephones (because cells don’t work without the ‘Net) and hand written letters. Paper newspapers and magazines. Hard bound books. Having to actually do finances with ledgers, paper and pen or pencil. There are a myriad of things the internet brings with it that I think we’ve all gotten so used to that we now take them for granted. The Millennials and generations after them don’t know the ‘old ways’ at all really in my opinion.
In some ways yes, I could. I liked writing letters, reading books and magazines and I did learn how to do ledgers the old-fashioned way. I hate landline telephones as much as I hate mobiles. I just hate all phones.
However, I would miss things like being able to pay my bills online. I would have to start writing cheques again. I haven’t written a cheque in twenty years. I might have to actually traipse around paying bills in person. That would be annoying. I would miss being able to instantly find the answer to a question that was bugging me and I’d miss blogging.
What do you think is unique about the human ‘animal’ (homo sapien)?
Humans have the capacity to hate. I don’t believe animals have that.
GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
Share some encouraging words that you’d say to someone who was feeling down.
Often when people are feeling down I think they would rather just get empathy than advice on how to “fix” their problems. I think I’d say something like “This must be difficult for you.” or “I’m here if you need me.” and just let them talk. Being British I’d probably offer to make them a cup of tea too.