Have you been sick yet this winter? If so, what did you come down with?
I woke up the day after Christmas with a terrible earache — swimmer’s ear from water aerobics. (See yesterday’s Thursday Thirteen Edition #6.) After the antibiotic and drops, I’ve been just fine.
What colors dominate your closet?
Black and some gray in combination with jewel tones: Jade green, royal blue, red, fuchsia, etc. Some pastels, but not too many.
How would you describe your personal “comfort zone”?
Comfort zone: “An environment or situation in which a person feels secure or at ease; also figuratively, an established lifestyle in which a person feels comfortable as long as there is no drastic change.”
I can get acclimated to locations and situations pretty easily, barring unusual circumstances. Obviously, I’m happiest right here in my little house. I’m not a big socialite. I like to go out with my friends or family, but when I run out of energy, I’m happy to get back home. On the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, I am an introvert which people unfamiliar with the criteria find weird because I am outgoing, not shy and usually the life of the party. But the issue is not how you relate to people, but, rather, the source of your energy. So it makes sense: I need to be by myself to get rejuvenated, while extroverts draw their energy from others.
On which reality show would you really like to be a contestant?
I’ve had a lot of experience with the media, including numerous television appearances. I can attest to the fact that everything you see on television has been manipulated, maneuvered, refocused and packaged in accordance with the particular producer and/or director’s goals and visions. I have no desire to make a fool of myself or allow others to make a fool of me via the editing of the film/videotape. In particular, television reporters, with rare exceptions, don’t care about the truth. They care about sound bites that bring ratings. Too often I have spent two or three hours with a film crew carefully answering questions and explaining the facts only to turn on the news and find that only one or two sentences were used — and they were disjointed and out of context.
Fuhgetaboutit. I’ve got better things to do and neither need nor care about the potential earnings.
Which holiday would you consider to be your favorite?
I love Thanksgiving because October-November are my favorite months of the year. I love the crispness in the air, the changing leaves, the light breeze. Thanksgiving always feels good because it is a lazy day punctuated by the Macy’s parade (I still watch at least part of it), a good meal and, hopefully, a nap. I never go shopping the day after, so I look forward to sleeping in and puttering around for the rest of the weekend. There is anticipation in the air which, in my opinion, is often far more satisfying than the actual experience of Christmas. Let’s be honest: It is the build-up to Christmas that we enjoy more than the celebration itself. Thanksgiving signals that it is time to listen to the carols, start selecting presents for our loved ones, and the month of December is punctuated with special concerts and performances which are always a lot of fun en route to a couple weeks of vacation.