the Proust questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Relaxing on a beach with the people I love.

What is your greatest fear?
Finding clothing I've donated at the thrift shop where I shop.

What historical figure do you most identify with?

Which living person do you most admire?
That guy who won the Nobel Prize for his work in micro-economics.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
The inability to shut up.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Bad manners.

What is your greatest extravagance?
It would appear to be soap.

What is your favorite journey?
The ride home after a great dinner party.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

On what occasion do you lie?
During conversations wherein the other person is lying.

What do you dislike about your appearance?
My height.

Which living person do you most despise?
That actress who does the Palmolive commercials.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Can I get half a pound of smoked turkey?

What is your greatest regret?
Not ordering what K orders in the restaurant.

Who is the greatest love of your life?
Who do you think?

When and where were you happiest?
The days my boys were born.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd be less sensitive.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My family.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A Buddhist monk.

What is your most treasured possession?
My home.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Finding hair in restaurant food.

Where would you like to live?
In the city.

What is your favorite occupation?
This one.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
A hairless back.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What do you most value in your friends?
Their selflessness.

Who are your favorite writers?
Roz Chast, Maira Kalman, Nora Ephron.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

What is it that you most dislike?
Kiwi fruit.

How would you like to die?

I'd like to slip away quietly in my early hundreds.

What is your motto?

Say la vee.


afc said…
well done! you could certainly grace the pages of VF.
Anonymous said…
I DID find a hair in the restaurant...MORE THAN ONCE. I am THAT kind of person.

I love talking to you, anywhere, anytime. But I have to settle with internet for now...
Anonymous said…
I found a hair in a hamburger from our favorite hot dog stand here in the boondocks. Actually, it's the only hot dog stand here...but I did, I found a hair.
And now I can't ever, ever go back there.
Not ever.
Could you?
Paula said…
I wish the world identified more with the Reubenesque figure, then I'd be all the rage!

Or do you mean the sandwich?
MizMell said…
Just how tall are you?
Anonymous said…
Just a test.
Seems I had a google acct. but put 2 and 2 together and came out with 5, meaning I didn't have to be "anonymous," after all, I just didn't realize it. I wasn't paying attention, as usual.

Voice from the Way Back Files:

"Read and follow the directions, Paula. Paula, did you hear me?" ~~ Mrs. Oliphant, 4th Grade.

Paula (another one)
Caterina said…
Why no kiwi?! I LOVE KIWI!
Unknown said…
Did you know that I was going to do that as a post this weekend?
Weird, right?
KPB said…
You most dislike Kiwi Fruit.

Anonymous said…
Perfect! It reads like a treasure chest full of good things, humor, and unknown surprises that make me want to dive in and find out more.
Wonderful questions and answers and you.