Friday Fives – a melange of fluffy content

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What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?

Probably Railay beach in Thailand.  After that, maybe the Amazon river running through the jungle in Peru.  Lastly?  Your sister!   

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What is your greatest dream in life?

To live the life I am living.  Bonus?  If was a professional writer instead being a cubicle monkey. That is nobody’s fault but my own. I didn’t hustle enough. I love writing, and I never wanted it to be a chore.

 What is the best book you have ever read?

Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland

*** that was not a set up to talk about Alice, I swear. But since you brought it (technically, they did.  The nice people over at Live Journal did.  I just picked up yet another edition of the book.  It is illustrated by my favorite painter, Salvador Dali!!!!!!!

It just came out a year or two ago, and I am SO tickled.  Like Steadman, Dali is the perfect mind and visionary for this sort of stuff.  I now have several different illustrated editions:  there is the one you have, which is the official one.  It was illustrated by John Teniel.  Then, I got one which is the writer himself, Charles Dodgeson Lewis Caroll..  That one isn’t too good, and you see why he hired that job out.   THEN… I knew about a Ralph Steadman one, but it was my white whale.  I looked for it for 30 years and finally found one.  The book that arrived was so very clearly a school textbook that was stolen.  It is beautiful.

You know Ralph Steadman, right?  He is this guy, the guy who does all Hunter Thompson’s books.  I have spent time with Ralph, he is a goddamn delight!

and now I have the Salvador Dali illustrated one.  I am quite pleased.  I have a big fat annotated one, too.  I prolly mentioned this before, but did you know that my first tattoo will be an Alice in Wonderland one?  I made myself wait to get a tattoo until I was 40.  That way, I would not regret it.  I picked out this piece.  It is Ralph Steadmans’ drawing of the White Rabbit

funny thing is, I am now 48 and still haven’t gotten it done, yet.  I have no wavered one second on what the tattoo will be, I just don’t where were to pit

What is your most cherished childhood memory?

I have a LOT, and they are all good.  I am too tired to get sentimental, though.  Let’s see if I can find the story about lab Maury girl almost destroying Christmas.  It’s a great story, and I am mostly sharing so I don’t have to type out a new anecdote.  Plus, the ones that a real personal?  I ain’t sharing that with you!

Found it!  This truly is a great, and 100% true, story.   Rather than embed, and make this piece any longer than necessary, here is the link.  It just takes you back to this page, but back many years when I wrote it.

A Christmas Story of dogs, disasters, and a Christmas Miracle!

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What is your best character trait or strength?

I believe myself to be kind, funny, and decently interesting.  Doesn’t mean that I am… just that I hope I am… and think I am.

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