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 in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.
1) What book have you enjoyed the most during the last 12 months?
While it is most unfair to the several excellent new books I've read, the winner is Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I loved it when it came out, but rereading it years later was even better.
2) What three current events are you following most closely and why?
1) The ongoing battle between Japanese owned corporation Glacier Northwest and a stinging swarm of environmentalists, NIMBYs, concerned residents, legislators and lawyers who don't want them to reopen and then greatly expand the gravel mining operation they own on Maury Island. While I am interested in the outcome of the struggle, my real fascination is with the arguments made pro and con, and some of the bizarre leaps of logic necessary to understand why what's legal may not be what's reasonable, and that both sides have validity.
2) The blizzards hitting the Midwest and East Coast. I've lived there most of my life, and now I'm in a place that so rarely sees snow that they don't even have any plows (not that plows would help on these hills...).
3) I can't help but keep a weather eye on the USA Presidential race. Part dismay, part entertainment, all worrisome - but I don't plan to do any more than cast my own vote when the time comes.
3) Of which local landmark are you most fond and why?
I really like the giant boulder about 200 feet from my driveway. I don't know if that counts as a landmark - but it's a marvelous moss covered rock.
4) Pick an important first in your life and tell us about it.
My first science fiction convention was Windycon 3 in 1976. A whole crowd of high school students were led there by one member of our Science Fiction Club, who got us booked into a hotel room, registered at the convention, and then vanished, no doubt knowing that many of us would have followed him around like lost ducklings. At the convention I met a great number of the people who would inspire many of the decisions I've made with my life.
5) If you could step into a film and play any part, which would it be?
This one stumped me - I got hung up between imagining *being* a character and imagining being an actor playing a character. So I asked my kidling. He swiftly replied "the short guy pirate from Pirates of the Carribean". With that fine example and more thought, I'll go with the hyperactive girl student in Real Genius (except, of course, that I'm far too old).
Thank you, scarlettina, for your inspiring post.