1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not. Or, you know -- indicate you want the 5 questions. I'll be nice. If you just want to comment without being subject to infectious memeage, I'll let you out of it. So comment at will and let me know if you wish to spread the infection.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else questions in your own post.
5. When others respond with a comment, you will ask them five questions.
1. In your profile, you jest about your failed Catholic upbringing. Was there any particular turning point in your life that convinced you to head in a different direction?
I'd have to say there wasn't a particular turning point. Just years of being ignored by parents who adopted me. I always had the impression I was sent to Catholic school because I was the "bad seed." My sister, who was adopted as well, went to public schools. I guess I could ask my parents why they split us up. We weren't ever close, and there wasn't anything bringing us together. But my parents don't like to talk about stuff like this. Which is why I do talk to my kids and wife about how we feel, why we do things. The days where I don't tell my wife and kids that I love them are few and far between (and those times where it does occur are just happenstance and unplanned). The oldest daughter is away at school, so we don't talk to her every day, but we're still in contact several times a week.
My parents and my sister only call when there's bad news they need to pass along. And that's always after the fact, after matters are settled. Eh ... I don't sweat it. Life took me to where I'm at today, and I'm happy. That's what counts. Besides, it makes it easier to write about emotions. :-)
2. Do you have an all time favorite book or all time favorite author? What/who and why?
Probably Stephen King. No surprise there. Though I do have other authors I enjoy reading as much. But he's the once and future king, as they say. As to why and what ... it's a three-way tie. The first "adult" book I read was Salem's Lot. I guess I was always wired with an appreciation for genre fiction. When you're raised Catholic, you're supposed to believe the devil and angels and such exist. So the supernatural pump was primed from the beginning. The result wasn't what they expected, but books were all I had when I was 10 and my best friend moved away from the neighborhood. I read The Shining and The Stand shortly after Salem's Lot, and I was hooked. I read Carrie at that time as well, but I didn't like the narrative breaks. Even then I was starting to read like a writer. :-)
3. How old are your daughters?
19 and 12.
4. What do you like most and least about parenting?
Most? It feels good to love someone. Least? I worry. My imagination gets the best of me.
5. In your opinion, what is the single greatest threat to our country at this time?