First, Roger’s questions, all based on Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.
What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real? I guess it would be this guy in our neighborhood who always gave me crap, for no apparent reason other than I was younger and smaller than he was. I remember I was walking down the street one day and I could see him down the block, and when he saw me he came charging down the street. I was sure he was going to plow into me, so I jumped into a doorway and let him run past me. I remember looking down the street to make sure he wasn’t getting ready to run at me from the other direction, and he was just walking along, laughing.
Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop? I used to eavesdrop on my mother all the time, because she would talk on the phone to all her sisters and would tell them things she wouldn’t tell us.
I do remember a time when I was at the airport waiting to get on a plane, and there was a guy across from me talking on his cellphone. After a couple of minutes, I could tell that he was from a competitor and he was talking about a sale that both his and my companies were bidding for. At the end of his conversation, I handed him one of my business cards. Nice guy, and he gave me a copy of his resume to give to our personnel folks. I don’t think he ever got hired, or I would have made $1000.
Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator? It’s been quite some time. It might have been my last business trip, when I rode down an escalator from the concourse level to the transportation level. You know what’s a real trip? Walking up a down escalator. It’s actually easier than you think.
Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out? I’m sure I have, but I don’t remember when.
And now to Melanie’s questions…
Do our fears start with our DNA? I suppose you could say so. Fear causes the adrenaline to start pumping, and your DNA, which determines a lot of how your body reacts to stimuli, certainly has a part in determining where that is. If you mean was I born afraid of water heaters and Emergency Broadcast System tests, of course not. Speaking of which…
If you could have your hair any color for 24 hours, what color would you choose? Red. Not crayon red or maroon or anything, just red like most of my cousins on the Holton side. Mom always said I should have been a redhead.
When do you think a person gets old? When their "get up and go" gets up and leaves.
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