Monday, January 27, 2014

One of the More Orderly Ways of Learning Every Member of Your Social Circle’s Favorite Color

If you’ve maintained the same personal email account for more than 10 years, try spending up to 30 minutes re-reading the multi-paragraph notes you sent and received a decade ago. What began as a search for a photo someone once shared with me turned into going back over some truly captivating stuff.

More importantly, remember getting these kinds of mass emails? (I updated my answers today, taking everything very seriously):
FWD: Copy (not forward) this entire email and paste it onto a new email that you'll send.
Change all of the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people, including the person that sent it to you. The theory is that you'll learn a lot of little-known facts about your friends. You might be surprised with some of the things you learn about people you think you know...
1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A HOUSE ANYWHERE WHERE WOULD IT BE? Central Vermont
2. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING? Duke sweatpants
3. FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX? Smile
4. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT? Couldn’t say, but I do know the first cassette tape I ever bought was the Beach Boys Greatest Hits.
5. WHERE'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PLACE TO BE? Gynecological exam
6. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE MASSAGED? Shoulders
7. WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT, STRONG IN MIND OR STRONG IN BODY? Mind
8. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? It varies.
9. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE? Coffee grinder
10. WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY ANGRY? You mean who makes me really angry? The unreliable ones, for starters.
11. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Violin
12. FAVORITE COLOR? Lavender
13. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK? George Kelly’s Santa Christina and Her Sled Dogs. My favorite adult book is Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Last year, BuzzFeed released a“28 Favorite Books That Are Huge Red Flags” list, declaring that “People who like The Stranger are the human equivalent of asking the question ‘So What?’ to everything you say as a way of proving a point. It’s obnoxious and we have an unwritten social code not to do it.”
14. THE ONE PERSON FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO? My third-favorite uncle.
I used to hate finding these types of emails in my inbox. Now I just wish people would email more than they text.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Roving Retorter, Thank you so much for mentioning my husband's book Santa Christina and Her Sled Dogs as your favorite children's book. We appreciate it very much :) My husband was thrilled!

    Re your favorite adult's book, The Stranger, that is a tough pick, especially for Americans. Camus was a proponent of the philosophy of absurdism. What is absurdism? I still haven't figured it out. I have long thought that the philosophy a serious person selects is basically an expression of that person's emotional state more than anything else. A psychologist would probably agree with me; a philosopher would surely disagree.

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