Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

Interview Meme XL5

fattyc interviewed me.

Not sure if these are actual question neither am I sure that the tone is right, it is rather difficult to restrict to 5 questions . But as I am new to this journalling I hope you will forgive and protocol or etiquette breaches.
I'll forgive you any breaches -- but I don't think there have been any serious enough to worry about.

1) The seven deadly sins, describe your best/worst (depending on your outlook!) experiences of them.
Well, by nature I'm not sinful. There are a number of these for which I haven't had experiences worthy of note, so I can't really answer for ENVY or WRATH or PRIDE or GREED (by which I assume you mean avarice). So that leaves the remaining three -- and I practice those three frequently.
SLOTH -- it's true, I am extravagantly slothful. The h**s*w*rk never gets done. I get behind on correspondence, I don't write LOCs, I stay in bed all day if I don't have something to get up for ... Here's a story for you: it's sloth that prompted the beard. With a beard, I don't shave. If I save four minutes a day -- two hours a month -- 24 hours a year -- so once a year I can spend all day and all night doing nothing -- and I haven't wasted any time at all.
GLUTTONY -- guilty as charged. Other readers may not know that this is the sin with which fattyc and I charge each other most often. When I visit fattyc in his office, I'm greeted by his dulcet tones crooning gently "who ate all the pies ..." and I can't take my lunch within sight of his desk because of the stream of constant abuse from him about how much I eat. The best story I have concerning gluttony and it's consequences isn't told against me, however -- it's told against someone else. So I won't repeat it here. Suffice it to say that I was there, I witnessed the whole thing, and it really was as horrible as I make it sound. But yes, I'm gluttonous.
LUST -- This is the sin that's come closest to losing me friends, closest to getting me into trouble, because there are people who have been unnerved because I've lusted after them. I'm not given to turning this lust into action, which means that my submission to this particular sin doesn't turn itself into amusing stories for this answer, to the disappointment of some and the relief of others. But yes, I suffer from lust. And I do mean suffer. And, unfortunately, it's made other people suffer too, if only inside their heads. I wish it didn't. And the one thing that's worse than inappropriate lust is ... inappropriate lust wielded by someone as compulsively honest and open as me. So I'll shut up now, before I say something. The people who've been unnerved by me know who they are.

2) Your Desert Island Disks. Name 5 pieces of music that remind you of an event/feeling/time in your life or that motivate you.
There was another question about music recently, and my answer was all about choral music and Bach fugues.
Mozart's requiem was the first piece of choral music I sang, at the age of about ten. That's one of them. There's a particular fondness for Brahms's German Requiem -- I think because it talks about relationships: "Ich will euch troesten, wie einen seine Mutter troestet". I had a dream once, that I was singing in Handel's Messiah -- I woke up, and it turned out to be true. There's a musical by Paul Field and Graham Kendrick called "Hopes and Dreams", which was the last production that Anne and I were both in together. And stepping off the stage and into the audience for a moment, I'll have "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes", because the lyric is superb:"She was physically forgotten, then she slipped into my pocket with my car keys. She said you've taken me for granted because I please you". I want never to take any one for granted ever again.

3) If you were omnipotent for a day , what would you change about human nature ?
There was a meme: "If my life were a TV show ..." which had a question about the sort of AU I'd write. There's the same answer. People would communicate properly with each other. They'd say what they meant. They wouldn't hide their feelings. No more deception, no more shyness, no more second-guessing.

4) Your legacy. Morbid I know but If you were to shuffle of your mortal coil, how do you perceive you will be remembered? Write your own obituary
I don't know how I'll be remembered. It's a question better put to other people. My obituary? "He was honest. And it scared us all witless." I like to make people think. It's a delight when they face -- and conquer -- issues which they find difficult. If I get remembered as the sort of person who made people think hard about themselves, I'd be pleased.

5) Do you have heroes? Who are they and why?
Not really. I don't have people as heroes. I have memes as heroes, if you will: Honesty and openness; good clear communication; the scientific method; faith, hope and charity; compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness and patience; Self-control; love, joy and peace; persistence, and the will to overcome. If it's not clear why, then I've been wasting my time these last 37 years.

Quoting previous players in this meme:
If you want me to interview you, post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.

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