I don't know if these 36 Questions work for falling in love, but I know that technology has really gotten in the way of how we organically do it. I'd prefer sitting down, talking and exploring each other. I wish it would make a comeback. I'd even take encountering awkward moments and stumbling over not knowing how to tell all of our secrets in person over the accelerated intimacy technological connections foster.
I'm an open book, and if you know me, you know I don't shy away from sharing most things, but I'm not going to answer Set 3, and I've marked some of the answers as 'Omitted.' If I answered them, the moments you'd find them out in real life would no longer be intimate ones. I recently met up with someone who I had known something pretty personal about via their Facebook page, and it was so personal that I resent the fact that I didn't have the chance to hear it for the very first time from him, and never will. When he did tell me, I don't think I even responded with the appropriate amount of emotion that I would have if I hadn't already known it.
But, for the sake of this post, I decided to answer some of these questions. If nothing else, I hope you learn a little bit about me. Having read over the questions many times, I don't think it's all-inclusive, and I don't think you'll be in love by the end of the exercise. Unless there's some value in the 240 seconds of eye contact it ends with. Shudder. It skips the little details and experiences that really help you fall in love, like the moment at the movie theater you both reach into the popcorn bag at the same time, the moment in the car you absolutely cannot settle on a radio station to listen to, the time you learn about the most painful goodbye they ever said, and the day you realize there are fireworks even in the moment you are watching SNL together in sweats.
1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Dead: Walter Cronkite
Alive: Monica Lewinsky
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I've long said I'd like to be famous enough to require a baseball cap and concealing sunglasses to get my morning coffee so as to not be recognized. I've often said this situation takes place in San Francisco (it's a place I can see making home and raising babies.) I've also said since being an intern who re-made a cup of tea for an executive, that I'd never be too busy or too famous to make my own beverage. I'd rather forgo the beverage altogether. I'd also like to be famous enough to be stopped for selfies. I hear they're replacing autographs.
3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
Rarely. If it's a professional phone call, I like to have an idea of what I'll say going into it. If it's a personal phone call, I like to spend the next few minutes freaking out over the possibility we'll have nothing to talk about.
4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Not particular on what the mid-day entails (a picnic, a family birthday party, a sporting event?). Prefer waking up with someone I love, making breakfast (I make a great omelette, can be easily convinced to expand my recipe book for a special man) and drinking coffee. Hope the day ends with wine and Italian food, a movie musical (favorites include The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady), sensible amounts of cuddling, and sleep.
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
Often, in the car, to whoever is with me. Surprisingly, rarely in the shower.
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
I don't know if I'd want either. I was going to say mind, because with proper skincare and plastic surgery you can probably always look younger, but I don't know if I'd want the mind of a 30-year-old without the experience that informs the mind I'll have at 90. Those 60 years of memories and experiences are valuable.
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
That we're single currently. (1) And will someday hopefully find each other. (2) And that we will like each other once we do. (3)
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My family. I happen to have the most kick-ass, loving, smart and funny people to call mine. I feel lucky for them every day.
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I wouldn't. That might read as a cop-out but my parents got divorced when I was young, did everything in their power to stay close friends, and it shaped me into the compassionate person I am today who is capable of great love and great friendship (and great friendship even with those I have once greatly loved.) The older I get, the more I appreciate and respect what they did so our family remained a unit. I don't take it for granted.
11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Probably the ability to play a musical instrument. At different times in life I dabbled with flute and piano and didn't stick with either. If I could go back, I'd choose the saxophone. It's the sexiest instrument there is.