Friday, April 08, 2005

The Stick

I must apologize to Suzanne for taking so long to answer her questions. I accepted her stick and I whittled it for a while, then forgot it under a pile of dirty dishes. But, the dishes are now clean and here are my answers.

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
If a book were to be set on fire (perish the thought), I would put any book by Geraldo Rivera at the top of the bonfire. But being that book would give me the willies. It would kill me to be comprised of bluster, pompousness, and probably poor sentence structure.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I had to think a long time on this one, because how boring would "no" be? After contemplating, I remembered Sir Percy Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel. Dashing, rich, a nobleman, and handsome to boot. What's not to like?

Longest lasting crush?

As I first read that book when I was about in sixth or seventh grade, he would fit the bill.

The last book you bought is:

I am not a book buyer usually. I tend to "borrow" from my family, or borrow from the library. I think that last book I actually bought with my own money was the last Harry Potter book, because it was cheap at Costco and I wanted to be hip like all those 12 year olds and read it when it first came out.

The last book you finished:

Digital Fortress, Dan Brown. I have to say that his books start off with a great hook, and then by the end, he kind of loses me. And, from reading The Da Vinci Code, it was very easy to recognize who the "bad guy" would be. That made me mad.

What are you currently reading?

America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Jon Stewart. I have to say that I just started reading it and it is pretty funny stuff.

My Life, Bill Clinton. I have had this weighty tome around for at least 5 months, and every once and a while, I will pick it up and read a few pages. At this rate, I will be done in approximately 3 years.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

I am going to cheat.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare. That alone could keep me occupied for quite a while, especially one without too many footnotes and retaining some original spelling.

The Brothers Karamozov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Again, this one could take quite a while. I could do all kinds of charts as to who was who to keep all the characters straight. It is a great book, but all those Russian surnames can get a bit confusing.

The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery. No matter how many times I read this book, even though I know the entire plotline, I laugh at the beginning and cry at the end. It would also remind me of Mr. Personality, not that he would be far from my thoughts.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. Just seeing the words "DON'T PANIC" would do me no end of good. And, line for line, one of the funniest books I have ever read. And it would remind me of Hubba-hubba, who to my horror and amazement, did not find it all that funny. He doesn't think that the movie "Young Frankenstein" is funny either, but he enjoys "Blazing Saddles" so I will spot him that one.

And, borrowing a practical streak from Suzanne,

Boat-Building and Boating, D.C. Beard. Because I'm getting the hell off that island!

If they are game for it, I would like to pass this stick to:

Mel, Heather, and Cuppa. Let me know, ladies!


Anvilcloud said...

I'll let Cuppa know ... well, I will try to remember to let her know. She won't have much time to read blogs for a few days as we are visiting. So, what am I doing? reading blogs while everybody else and the dog sleeps.

Anonymous said...

Sure. Am I supposed to copy and paste it from here or do I get an official engraved invitation? ;) (It's Mel, but I can't sign onto Blogger. Who knows why?)

Heather said...

Oooohh... I'm TOTALLY with you on the Scarlet Pimpernel! Wasn't he dreamy? I lived in a little fantasy world for MONTHS after reading that book!

I'll try to take the stick, but I'm on my way out of town on a business trip (a short one this time, thankfully), so it might take me a few days to live up to my end of the deal.

Cuppa said...

Hi Gina
I am back from our little trip and am ready to accept the stick.
I am not sure what I am supposed to do though. Do you send me some questions, or do I just answer these quesions on my blog? Let me know.

In the meantime, I am tightening up my running shoes and will do some stretching exercies so I will be ready to run with the stick as soon as I know which direction I am supposed to run in.

WordsRock said...

No apology needed for taking so long! I am pleased to learn you finally have your dishes done. :)

Doesn't it just boggle the mind that anyone would buy a book by Geraldo? I feel sorry for the trees that gave up their lives for his words... lol.

Practicality rocks.
Thanks for humoring me by playing along, Gina!