Life in the Boomer Lane is one of those sites that’s particularly impressive for the window it gives in to a specific life experience. The baby-boomers have never been, shall we say, shy about talking about their experiences as a generation, but Renee at Life in the Boomer Lane gives a really clear, witty account of her life, and a sharp sense of her generation that is respectful with out being boastful, proud without being self-indulgent. Also she has a couple books, which she would like you to buy. But before you do that…
… Hey, Renee, Let’s Play 20 Questions!
1. What quality do you most admire in others? Their enthusiasm over my sense of humor
2. What trait do you most dislike in yourself? I’m passive aggressive.
3. If you could come back in your next life as anything, what would it be? Someone tall and athletic who wasn’t afraid of heights and would say things like “Oh, I was so busy, I forgot to eat.”
4. You’re suddenly made the absolute ruler of your country. What is the first change you make? Every child will be loved and cared for and respected.
5. With which Peanuts character do you most identify? Is there somebody really short with really curly hair?
6. What 3 songs do you think you’ve listened to more than any others in your life? Oh man, a new age Native American song which no one has ever heard of. The Theme from Bagdad Café (“Calling You” by Jevetta Steele) which no one has ever heard of (*editor’s note: I remember that song. It is pretty great). And maybe Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.”
7. If you could relive one day – either keeping it the same, or changing something – what would you choose? Fall 1966, arriving on the Penn State Main Campus for the first time. I wouldn’t change a thing.
8. What is your biggest fear? Heights and the religious right and how we continue to destroy the environment.
9. What would you like the title of your biography to be? I don’t know about a biography title. Steven Tyler stole my autobiography title: Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
10. What movie or book has had the biggest impact on you? Guns, Germs, and Steel for books. Them was the first horror film I ever saw. I was seven years old and I still haven’t gotten over it.
11. What is your favorite thing about blogging/primary art form? All the nonsense that’s in my head anyway, now has a place to go.
12. Least favorite thing about blogging/primary art form? I sometimes feel like it’s a complete waste of time and/or a cluster f**k. Then a blogger writes something completely amazing, and I am filled with gratitude for having seen it.
13. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being with my kids, their significant others, and my grandsons. Now Husband can be there, also.
14. Which of the 7 Deadly Sins are you most guilty? I had to Google the 7 Deadly Sins. Envy.
15. What public figure (past or present) are you just sure you’d be friends with, if you ever met? Margaret Mead, Oprah, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jim Croce. Except I’d be catatonic and would never say a word so they would never know how cool I was. I’d love to meet Mary Magdalene, to get the real story.
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. There are so many now. The Koch Brothers are one. They have the ability to have such a huge, positive impact on people’s lives. But, instead, they contribute to groups that work against the health of the planet and the well-being of the people on it. But I wouldn’t talk. I would hire the Mission: Impossible people to set up a virtual reality that would make them understand the impact of what they were doing.
17. If you could spend a year in any time and place, when and where would you choose? I would only do that if I had the power to influence events for the good. Like telling people, “Guys, this is the plague. Pay attention. Do something about those rats.” Or “It doesn’t matter how many treaties you sign. They are going to kill all the buffalo and then they are going to kill you.” Or “That little guy with the mustache: Really. Bad. News.”
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? The Bible, and then I would reveal that it was all made up and we could do better.
19. If you could be any TV detective, who would you choose? I’m watching The Wire now on Netflix and I’m obsessed with it, so one of those people.