Most neighborhoods have at least one place that's (according to lore) haunted. What the haunted place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what's the story?
The Womens' Correctional Institute is reputed to be haunted. It was built on top of a cemetery.
Most neighborhoods have at least one place where some kid (according to legend) did something daring, dangerous, and most likely stupid. What's the place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what's the story?
Most neighborhoods have some lame building (like a bank or a gas station) where there used to be something much, much cooler. What's the place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what's the story?
I do seem to recall a diner that turned into a yuppie coffee shop, which was far less interesting to me. I used to have lamb stew at that diner at 2am because I kept late hours even back in college. This was in the upper west side of Manhattan.
In most neighborhoods of our youths, there are a few places that almost always cause us to say, "That's the place where I _________." What's one such place in the neighborhood where you grew up, and what's the story?
There was that Chinese gangster restaurant I went to because it was cheap. I probably wouldn't recognize it again if I was in the neighborhood.
Where in the neighborhood where you grew up would you most likely run into someone today who knew you when you were a kid?
I don't know. Probably the school if they haven't all already retired decades ago.
Besides plain, what's your favorite way to eat an apple?
In a pie.
Besides plain, what's your favorite way to eat berries?
With ice cream.
Besides plain, what's your favorite way to eat a banana?
Dipped in batter and fried.
Besides plain, what's your favorite way to eat a peach?
Besides plain, what's your favorite way to eat a pineapple?
Pineapple fried rice.
When were you last in ocean waters?
More than a decade ago. I rarely go swimming in ocean water.
When did you last fly over ocean waters?
What ocean sports activity seems like the most fun?
Diving. I'm sure there is a lot of interesting junk to explore on the sea bed.
What are your thoughts or feelings about public aquariums?
I hardly ever go to those.
What are your thoughts or feelings about sushi?
When did you last see a rainbow? Have you ever seen a double rainbow?
The last time I was caught in the rain, there was a rainbow after that. I don't think I've seen a double rainbow though.
Do you know anyone who actually says "OMG" in conversation?
What is the most beautiful natural sight you've ever taken in?
If you had to freak out about something visible outside your window right now, what would it be?
A bear in the yard, perhaps.
Andy Warhol famously wrote that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." What are your thoughts on fame in this new century, where everyday people seem to gain fame at the speed of an Internet connection?
It's only good until the next meme.
What's something good that there are thirteen of?
A baker's dozen, because you get an extra one.
Have you known any black cats?
Among people you know, who seems to have an uncanny knack for games of chance?
It seems to me that while people seem to have all kinds of tokens of good luck, such as lucky articles of clothing or lucky rituals or lucky figurines, nobody has a lucky food. What would make a really good good-luck food, and what would seem to be a bad-luck food?
Chinese New Year food is supposedly good luck.
Ironically, that same place served me bad-luck food too, which caused food poisoning.
Not that any of us believes in luck, but what's something that happened this week that seems to have been very lucky for you?
Saturday, when I found a geocache even though the posted coordinates were wrong.
How picky are you about toothpaste?
Not very. I just go for what's on sale, usually.
What's the best cooked dish you've had that included mint?
Lamb with mint jelly.
How far would you have to go from where you are right now to get a breath mint?
A few feet to the kitchen counter.
Got any gum?
What's something you keep in mint condition?
I have a few coins that are sealed in plastic; this Year of the Dog silver coin, for example.