Answering James Lipton’s Ten Questions

On his television program Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, at the end of each interview, Mr. Lipton asks his guests ten specific questions. Mr. Lipton’s questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire. Who knew there were so many questionnaires, right?

MicsAt any rate, the Lipton questionnaire is fun and here are my answers:

  1. What is your favorite word?

I have too many favorites. When I was about seven my mother bought a bottle of perfume called Charisma. I tried to work that word into every sentence I could. That was soon followed by Occur and Rapture, both were also names of perfumes.

My most over used word today is probably but. I am the queen of the long sentence but there is always more to the story.

  1. What is your least favorite word?

That would be the F-bomb but only because it has been so over used it’s lost all value.

  1. What turns you on?

A lumberyard. I love the smell of fresh cut wood and looking at moldings and planks of oak sends my imagination into a dizzy. Next to that, any good hardware store will get my blood flowing.

  1. What turns you off?

Mean and selfish people are at the top of the list. In second place I would say television commercials.

  1. What sound or noise do you love?

Again, there are many sounds I love. In no particular order, I like a saxophone, rain, a cat’s purr, bagpipes, a child’s laugh, a babbling brook, panpipes, and, odd as it is, someone typing.

  1. What sound or noise do you hate?

There is a large list of these. On the top would be people arguing; not just a heated debate but the kind of arguing that has the potential to come to violence.

  1. What is your favorite curse word?

The flavor of the month is crap but I can curse with the best of them at a drop of a dime.

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

House Flipping. If I thought I could make some money and if I was twenty years younger I would be all over that game.

  1. What profession would you not like to do?

Everything except, artist, writer, or flipping houses.

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

Welcome. (I can’t think of anything more important than that).

If you have another question for me, please leave it in the comments here or pop over to my Michele’s Musings page on Facebook and leave a comment there. Thanks for reading!

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