While I was in Maine, I stumbled upon a book at the Brit Girl's called If...(Questions for the Game of Life) by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell. It is essentially a collection of hypothetical questions ranging from the mundane to the morally challenging and the book can be used in any scenario from self-reflection to a cocktail game.  I thought it would provide good fodder for my poor, neglected blog and since Maine Coast Book Shop didn't have a copy in stock and had to order one for me, I jotted down a handful of questions to get started. And while there are no rules on answering, I tried to go with my gut instinct on each one rather than overanalyze everything to death as I am prone to do. 

 

If you could be guaranteed one thing in life besides money, what would you ask for? 

Someone to grow old with and to share the rest of my life with.

 

If you could forever eliminate one specific type of prejudice from the Earth, which would it be?

Toss up between racism and misogyny.

 

If you could change one of your personality traits, what would it be?

I wish I wasn't so MEMEMEMEME all the time. I hate needing to always be the center of attention.

 

If you could relive one romantic date from high school, just as it was, which would it be?

I didn't go on one, single, solitary date in high school. True, pitiful story. 

 

If you had to give up all sexual activity for one year, how much money would you demand (minimum) in return?

WAIT?! Someone is willing to pay me for the last year of my life?

 

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

Ringleader...center ring...natch.

 

If you could eliminate one thing you do each day in the bathroom so that you never had to do it again, what would it be?

Floss.  I do it but man do I detest it.

 

If you could have prevented one event in history, what event would you eliminate?

The Holocaust.

 

If you could eliminate any one type of insect permanently from the Earth, what you get rid of?

Giant Japanese Hornets.  Especially the ones that torture me.

 

If you could assassinate one famous person who is alive right now, who would it be and how would you do it?

Instinct says Nancy Pelosi: death by Jawbreaker but conscience says Mel Gibson by whatever lethal weapon I can get my hands on.

 

If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick?

Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Solely for the wardrobe. And the chance to smooch George Peppard.

 

If you were to have your entire wardrobe designed for you by a single clothing designer for the rest of your life, who would you select?

Hubert de Givenchy. (See also, above.)

 

If you were to drown in a liquid, other than water, what would you want it to be?

Very cold white wine or a vat of sweet tea vodka. Either or and I am sure I would die happy.

 

If you had to identically repeat any single year of your life to date, without changing a thing, which year would you relive?

Sounds strange but this one. It's no doubt been the hardest year of my life. But I've also learned so much about who I am and what I am capable of - I wouldn't give that up for anything.

 

What about you? 

3 Comments

Excellent answers. I especially like the last one. So very raw.

If you could forever eliminate one specific type of prejudice from the Earth, which would it be?

Prejudice against the poor. I think that so much of what is wrong with this country and this world are because of prejudice against the poor.

If you could assassinate one famous person who is alive right now, who would it be and how would you do it?

Osama bin Laden. Hanging.

If you could have prevented one event in history, what event would you eliminate?

The First World War. Besides the 25 million who died from the war, and the spreading of the flu that killed another 75-100 million, it led to the communists taking over Russia and Hitler taking over Germany.

Snort-romantic dates in high school? Sure. Those existed. One bf tried once and I laughed and laughed and laughed. I thought a room full of candles was cheesetastic.

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