If you have a MySpace account, then you are familiar with the Bulletin Board, where you can post something so all your friends can see it and respond if they want. Honestly, I rarely ever check the thing, because the bulletin board gets so cluttered with stuff, and I don't have time to fool with it. But...occasionally I will check out somebody's "survey" and even reply, and it's a lot of fun. Here's a reply to one that my buddy JohnBoy posted. They are the same questions he had answered, but the replies are all mine:
Do you miss the way things used to be?
There are many ways things used to be, and I miss many of them. I miss being a child and standing on the couch looking out the window...I miss being an active duty Marine...I miss college and all the friends I had then...I miss seminary at Emory University...but I'm continually looking forward to new things, even while relishing the way things used to be.
Who is the oldest person on your top friends?
Cris (my wife).
Who is the youngest?
Angel Grace (my sweet Angelita).
Last person you gave/received flowers to/from?
Cris (my wife)...but I've also given flowers to my daughter, Elizabeth; my friend, Terri; my mother in law; and my sister in law. I haven't received any, but I'd like to!
Would you ever live with anyone on your top friends?
I already do...Cris, my wife. Also with my son, Patrick, and my daughter, Elizabeth.
Is there anyone you wish would just fall off a cliff?
Osama Bin Laden and every terrorist, every dangerous ideological extremist, and every street thug out to pop a cap in somebody for fun...and I'd help push to get them started.
Last fast food you ate?
I don't do fast food anymore except under duress, but I'd have to say a fish sandwich at Burger King a few months ago.
What's the most fun you've had lately?
Being with the "young people" (don'tcha hate that term!) at the Hopewell lock-in a few weeks ago playing games and acting silly the whole night long...playing with my grandson, David...and getting to hold my new grandson, Storm, this evening.
Do you have text messaging on your phone?
Don't have a cell phone anymore, but I used to have it -- and, by golly, I know how to use it too!
No...but they are kinda cool, in that 60s nostalgic sort of way.
When you drive, do you use your rear view mirrors?
Yes...and the windshield and windows too!
Do you miss anyone?
Do you miss anyone?
Lots of people -- especially my mama!
[Mama & me in 1993]
A pretty good one...but I'm sort of frustrated at all I need to get done.
Are you tan?
Some places yes...most places no.
Have you held hands with anyone in the past three days?
Of course I have...my wife, and my grandson
What do you think your best friend is doing right now?
I haven't the foggiest idea.
What is your favorite thing to eat?
Yogurt and raw spinich salads (not necessarily together), from a sheer nutritional standpoint, but one of my all-time favorite meals is fried salmon patties, mashed potatoes, and English peas.
Have you kissed anyone in the past three days?
I sure have...I kissed a girl, and I liked it! :)
Do you like your hair?
It's okay. Sometimes I look like Einstein, but it's okay -- I like Einstein. All of us geniuses have to have weird hair!
Is there someone on your mind that shouldn't be?
Yes...probably...oh, I don't know...it's my mind, why shouldn't somebody be there if I want them to be!
What do you think of people who smoke?
They're human beings just like the rest of us -- they just don't smell as good.
Do you prefer warm or cold weather?
Nice crisp autumn weather, or the first hint of spring in the air after a cold winter.
What was the last thing you laughed really hard about?
Something funny my grandson, David, did -- I can't remember what it was...he's so amazing, he's always doing things to make me laugh.
Could you go a day without eating?
Sure...but I wouldn't like it. And you wouldn't want to be around me!
Have you ever kissed someone and never saw them again?
Yep...and that's all I'm gonna say about that!
Are you still best friends with the same person as the beginning of the year?
Of course I am! Why wouldn't I be? I'm a fantastic friend.
Do you think a lot of people think bad things about you?
I'd like to think not, but I'm sure some people do, but they probably have no reason to. There's a lady at church who for years refuses to speak to me, treats me very rudely whenever I see her there or elsewhere, and generally acts like I'm invisible to her. It hurts, and I've racked my brain trying to remember if there was anything I ever did to her to make her hate me so...but there's nothing I can think of. And if there was...there's no way it was intentional. This has gone on for years, and it always hurts just as badly -- and there have even been times I considered leaving our church because of it. It's a very private pain.
What are you excited about?
Several things: being a grandfather several times over, sculpting and writing projects, getting re-aquainted with some old friends on FaceBook, and making lots of new friends.
What was the first thing you said when you woke up today?
I am exhausted! I barely slept at all last night!
Have you ever had a best friend who was of the opposite sex?
Most of my best friends are and have been of the opposite sex. For some reason I have always been more comfortable relating to females.
Was your morning good and why?
No...I slept like crap and was exhausted -- the house smelled like something dead was under it (and I didn't have a chance to go under there and check till tonight -- and sure enough, there was...a very dead cat!). Tomorrow's got to be better!