10 Things…

What’s up with this new Facebook Trend? I have no idea how it got started or why it went viral. Why does anything go viral?

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Well, i am doing my version of the trend. My friend Josh has a blog and he posted this today. On Bravo’s interview show “Inside the Actors’ Studio,” host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions… I think these questions are a lot more telling than 10 random things about yourself.

1. What is your favorite word?

I chose “synergy.” I not only love the way it rolls off the tongue, but I also love the meaning behind it. Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects. Plus, you get words like synergistic. 

2. What is your least favorite word?

I have to agree with my friend Josh, that I too, do not like the word faggot. I believe that is one of the harshest words in the English language. It does nothing but promote hate, intolerance and frankly, ignorance. 

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Creatively: Music. Music. Music. It is how I thrive. Emotionally: I like to take a quote from Dolly Parton as “Truvey” from “Steel Magnolias:” ‘Nobody cries alone in my presence.’ My gift and my curse is being empathetic towards others. It’s sometimes more than I can handle. Spiritually: I would have to resort back to music. There’s just a feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach, that makes your body seem transcendent. It’s that way when I hear “O Holy Night,” “Whitney Houston’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Judy Garland or “Yellow” by Coldplay. 

4. What turns you off?

Hate. There’s nothing worse in this world that a person who hates because of their ignorance, or because that is “how they were raised,” or because their beliefs are different than others. Stop it. There are just so many reasons to love your fellow man, that your excuses are irrelevant! Maybe if we showed a little more compassion and a little less hate, we could get things done more efficiently. 

5. What is your favorite curse word? 

I’m gonna be quick here. I say dammit too damn much.

6. What sound or noise do you love?

There are two. One, I LOVE the sound of an orchestra tuning up right before they begin to play a symphonic masterpiece. Two, I LOVE the sound right after a wonderful snowfall. There is hardly a sound, but that moment in nature is a beautiful one.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

I had thought of the crying of children, by my patience has won over in recent years [or my internal clock slash being a dad yearnings are winning]. So my new least favorite noise is the complaining/whining of people. Come on, seriously? It cannot be that bad! Get over it. And leave me alone!

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

When I am not on the Broadway stage, I am on the Food Network.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Anything that would not deal with people. I love people. I love interactions. Or a garbage man. Great respect for them. 

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

This one is hard for me. Growing up with inclinations of being gay, when I was 12 year old, I was told that God wouldn’t love me. I would burn in hell. That I would never reach Heaven. So if Heaven exists, I would want God to say, “I’m Sorry….”

 

Thanks Josh Hawkins for letting me steal this. Check out his blog here! 

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