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The Bev Sykes Meme

I started to do the End Of Year meme that a few Holidailies folks have done, then I tried my hand at a photographic lookback at 2006, but neither one has been too successful. Then I remembered! Bev created her very own meme, with interesting questions. So here, in lieu of reminiscenses and remembrances, regrets and rejoicing, it is.

The Bev Sykes Interesting Questions Meme

1. Do you think the world will be a better or a worse place 100 years from now?
Better or worse -- depends on what you think "better" or "worse" might be. My hope is that people will realize that there are many paths to God, or Enlightenment, or whatever, that no one path is better than another, and that we can all live together in respect and love. And that there will be better TV.

2. Would you accept $1 million to leave the country and never set foot in it again?
Only if my family could come with me. I don't feel a strong tie to places, but I do feel strong ties to people.    
3. If you could wake up tomorrow having one ability or quality, what would it be?
The ability to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and never gain weight. Bliss!

4.  Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world?    
No. I'm sure there are ways right now to end hunger in the world, but the people of this world don't seem willing to put the energy into making it happen.

5. If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be?
I always had the following "death fantasy": I'm lying in a beautiful four-poster bed in a white lace nightgown, my beautiful long hair spread across the pillow, with my family and friends gathered around to say good-bye. A choir sings "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" in the background. I'm in no pain, but I do cough prettily every once in awhile. Finally, I lift my eyes heavenward, tell everyone that I love them, and then I close my eyes and drift off into the next life.    

6. How do you feel if people sing "Happy Birthday" to you in a restaurant?
I kind of like it, especially if there's free ice cream and cake involved.    

7.  If you found a good friend has AIDS, would avoid him?
Of course not. My best friend did have AIDS -- he died in 1996 as a result. When he called to tell me he was HIV+, he asked if I would still hug him. I said I would kiss him on the lips, and I did. And I'm glad. I miss him to this day.

8. If you walked out of the house and found a bird with a broken wing lying in the bushes, what would you do?
Call animal control. I would have no clue how to care for a bird with a broken wing.

9.  Would you be willing to spend a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting?  Food and shelter would be provided, but you would not see another person?
I could do that, especially if I had a good notebook and pens, and a camera. Yeah, that would be pretty nice, actually.    

10. How do you picture your funeral?  Is it important that people mourn your death?
I want a big-ass party. Hear me? A big-ass party, with everyone I know there, from my family to my high-school buddies to my college pals to my internet friends to my colleagues to my close close friends. There should be plenty of food, and laughter, and juggling, and people telling stories. I don't want people to mourn my death; I want them to celebrate my life.

And on that note, I wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2007!