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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Where Would You Go For Three Days

I like fantasy or day dream questions. I always have. When Son Alex was a boy and then a teenager we would ask and answer fantasy questions at dinners. It was fun if his friends were with us each, in turn answering the questions. The Lovely Sharon and I ask and answer fantasy questions from time to time, but I don’t think she gets the same enjoyment as I do from the exercise. There are an unlimited number of fantasy questions and the beauty of it is thinking up a new one. Some of my favorite questions are:

- Who would you like to have dinner with- can be a living person or a historical person?
My Answer- Winston Churchill

- If you had to live somewhere else for six months, where would it be?
My Answer – London

-If you were going to operate a small business, not for money but for pure pleasure
My Answer – a book store.

-What is your favorite hotel?
My Answer – The Berkley in London

If you be fluent in a foreign language, what would it be?
My Answer - French

What is your favorite period of history?
My Answer- 1930 to 1950

What President would you like to be personal friends with – living or dead?
My Answer – Bill Clinton

Who would you like to hear pontificate on any subject – living or dead?
My answer – Conservative author, columnist and commentator William F. Buckley. Although I am not a conservative, I loved this guy’s brain and ability to put words together.

What actress do you have a crush on living or dead?
My Answer- Audrey Hepburn

What food do you wish you were an expert chef for?
My Answer - soup

I love these fantasy questions and I like to hear the responses of people to the questions.

Here is a fantasy question for you. If you could spend three days somewhere, all expenses paid, where would it be? Your three days are exclusive of travel to and fro. Your destination could be near or far. It could in a foreign land or in the good old USA. Your visit could be during any season, summer, autumn, winter or spring. Three days gives you enough time to get a feel of or experience a place but not long enough to do “10 countries in 10 days” type of stuff.

My answer is Paris. Paris in springtime. I have never been to Paris. I want to go to Paris. I want to stroll the banks of the Seine and observe young and old lovers holding hands, embracing and kissing. I want to kiss the Lovely Sharon on the Banks of the Seine. I want to drink strong coffee while sitting in an outdoor café. I want to sip wine and nibble on French bread in an outdoor café while watching people walk by. I want to browse in the Shakespeare and Company Book Store. I want to go to the Louve. I want to go to mass in Notre Dame on the Ile de St. Louis. I want to hum “every little breeze seems to whisper Louise” in a phony French accent imaging that I sound like Maurice Chevalier.  I want to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I want to walk the streets of Paris and think of Hemmingway; imagining him during his time in Paris.

I bet you have a place you would where want to spend three days. I would be interested in your response and I would also be interested in your fantasy questions.


  1. I only get three days? :( I'd rather have somewhere near seven, but I'll take what I can get!

    I'd go somewhere tropical and hot where I could lay on a beach somewhere with no two year old to chase around, boogers to wipe away or diapers to be changed. I'd sit on a beach all day long drinking pina colada's and reading a great book.... *sigh*

  2. I remember your questions! It was one of the many reasons it was so fun to go to dinner, or a Utes game, or Snowbird with your family. Hope you’re well, Bud! — Stephen Coles