Thursday, September 17, 2009


I found this series of questions while poking around the internet, ardently avoiding the editing and photocopying required to construct a Unit Exam for my 10th grade English class. The idea of escape was interesting to me, because it's not something I normally think about. I'm a realist. I deal with things that are plausible and likely--I don't often allow myself to dream freely. This doesn't bother me, it just makes the occasional dreaming session out of the ordinary, and in this case, quite fun.

Feel free to join the indulgence...reality will always be there.

1. If you could escape to anywhere in the world where would it be?

Rural England, specifically the western coast a few hours outside of London, would be my first choice. I went here with my aunt four years ago, and the beauty of it was haunting. My aunt now struggles with her health, and I would love to visit her, and the beautiful country in which she lives.

2. What song do you play when you are by yourself in the car?

“Fields of Gold” by Eva Cassidy. It’s so relaxing and peaceful, in a life that sometimes feels so chaotic.

3. If you had a night to yourself, and money was no object, what would you do?

Drive to Cleveland, eat a nice dinner and dessert out, see a Broadway musical at the Cleveland Playhouse, and spend the night at the Renaissance downtown.

4. What is your guilty pleasure?

Watching reruns of television on the internet, because we don’t have live television in our house.

5. What is the farthest place you have traveled away from your home?

Negros Occidental, the Phillipines, which I went to in High School as a service trip.

6. Last book that you couldn't put down?

What is the What? By Dave Eggers, which altered my understanding of the turmoil in the Sudan.

7. When you want to escape into another time, what movie do you watch?

Braveheart. I love the passion in their living, and their simple existence (though I would miss modern plumbing)

8. What is your favorite local escape?

The Amish Door, a quaint inn in Amish country where you can walk for miles undisturbed, or sit on the porch and read in the calming breeze.

9. How do you escape on a budget?

Escape by visiting friends and family where the entertainment is abundant and cheap, and the couch to sleep on is free.

10. Best food you've ever had while on vacation.

Fresh papaya in Hawaii, one of my most vivid childhood vacation memories, or fresh sushi in San Francisco.

...and now, back to work.

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