Today’s 20 Questions is with Peg, over at Peg-O-Leg. Peg was the coordinator of the recent “Better Living Through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups” onslaught that took the world by storm. She’s a terrifically talented and prolific blogger who’s earned a spot as “beloved” among many people out here. She has been described by some (well, her) as “the greatest humor writer of this, or any other, century,” a feeling at least supported somewhat by the WordPress gods, who have freshly pressed her posts on 5 different occasions! Despite despite being rendered catatonic with jealousy at this, I was thrilled she agreed to play along.
So, hey, Peg-o-Leg, Let’s Play 20 Questions!
1. What quality do you most admire in others? Character: both definitions. To be a character (march to his own drummer), and to have character (integrity).
2. What trait do you most dislike in yourself? A tendency to keep score and overanalyze. Like the fact that I got 21 questions instead of 20 means you like me better than everybody else. Or you think I can’t count. (editor’s note: it’s neither. I give people 21 in case one of them strikes them as, what’s known in the interview biz, a “crappy question)
3. If you could come back in your next life as anything, what would it be? An angel.
4. You’re suddenly made the absolute ruler of your country. What is the first change you make? Rename it; AmeriPeg The Beautiful. Has a nice ring to it.
5. With which Peanuts character do you most identify? Lucy. I have an unfortunate tendency to know what’s best for everyone else to do.
6. What 3 songs do you think you’ve listened to more than any others in your life? “Roundabout” by Yes (favorite song), “It Don’t Matter to Me” by Bread (favorite crying/angst soundtrack during teen years), and Happy Birthday (can’t avoid it)
7. If you could relive one day – either keeping it the same, or changing something – what would you choose? March 15, 1969. My ventriloquist act snagged first place in the grade school talent show. It also set my feet firmly and irrevocably on the path of “nerd” for my entire school career.
8. What is your biggest fear? Not to make a mark
9. What would you like the title of your biography to be? “Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead”
10. What movie or book has had the biggest impact on you? “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
11. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Getting to write for an audience, and forging friendships with that audience.
12. Least favorite thing about blogging? How important it has become to me.
13. Which superpower would you choose if you could: the ability to fly, or to turn invisible at will? Invisible. As a kid I had a recurring fantasy about this that involved being able to walk into Kresge’s and take any toys I wanted. This assumes the power comes with the ability to suspend the usual rules of right and wrong. See question #3.
14. Which of the 7 Deadly Sins are you most guilty? Dopey
15. What public figure (past or present) are you just sure you’d be friends with, if you ever met? Erma Bombeck. Or Oprah if she’s reading this and considering giving me a job as a writer (call me, Oprah!)
16. What public figure would you really like to sit down and give a good talking-to? To explain why they’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Depends. Do I get to use violence to get my points across?
17. If you could spend a year in any time and place, when and where would you choose? 1815 England, but only if I were really wealthy
18. If you could “steal” the creation of any book, album or movie – to just suddenly be the creator of it, what would you choose and why? “Harry Potter.” The books are so very well written. They were also moderately successful.
19. If you could be any TV detective, who would you choose? Mattie on “Moonlighting”. She was smart, sexy, sassy, got to flirt with Bruce Willis and had enormous shoulder pads. Or Miss Marple – same reasons.
20. What would you most like people to say about you after you’re gone? If you mean gone as in dead then, “she was honorable.” If you mean gone as in left the room then, “Hey, Peg, wait up! You forgot this huge sack of money.”