February 25, 2005


Q1: Peppermint Patty... straight or gay?

Q2: Imagine for a moment that you're the President of the United States of America. During a formal White House concert, a very talented and extremely sincere North Korean pianist (whose every move, by the way, is being closely monitored by North Korean chaperones) somehow manages to slip you a note stating that he wants to defect. If you grant his request, important nuclear disarmament talks with the North Koreans will be broken off, which would increase the likelihood of war between the two nations. Knowing that if you do not allow him to defect, the North Korean pianist would return to his country only to be killed, what would you do?

Q3: Taking stock of all of your material possessions, which ones are the oldest, and which have you owned the longest?

Q4: Are there any reoccurring or standalone fictional television or movie characters that you personally identify with? If not, are there any who you wish you could be more like in your own life?

Posted by Mikal at February 25, 2005 7:18 AM | TrackBack


Q1: Peppermint Patty... let's see... well, she is bold, brash, and a bit of a tomboy, and she's always the best football and baseball player on the field... and she did somehow manage to get androgynous Marcie to call her 'Sir' all the time... but do those facts alone indicate that she's gay? I may be wrong on this one, but I'm going to say... no, Peppermint Patty is not gay. Secretly, I think she has a thing for Chuck!

Q2: Under these circumstances, I would allow the North Koreanís defection to the United States, especially if death was a certain result of his return to native soil. The North Koreans have long used any excuse possible to walk away from the negotiation table during disarmament talks, so my guess would be that theyíd be likely to walk away anyway. The message Iíd be sending with granting his request for asylum is that the citizens of the United States of America value freedom and the pursuit of happiness above and beyond everything else.

Q3: My Oldest Possession: Before my Grandmother on my Father's side of the family passed away, she gave me one of my Grandfather's childhood diaries, which dates back to the early-1900s, written entirely in Russian. Owned The Longest: I'm not sure which possession I've owned the longest. Thinking, thinking, thinking... I have no clue. Note To Self: Time to clean out storage unit.

Q4: I hate to admit it, but I sometimes personally identify with "George" on Seinfeld. As for the character who I wish I were more like in my own life... Iím going with the fresh-faced, co-chief medical resident, John "J.D." Dorian on "Scrubs".

Posted by: Mikal at February 25, 2005 8:13 AM

(1) Gay, but every boy has a crush on her, and wishes they could "turn" her.

(2) I agree with you, Mikal. Kim Jong Il will use any excuse to say "Look at ME!" Because of The Daily Show, whenever his name is mentioned, I think of their graphic with the title "Time to Get Il"

(3) Oldest Possession: For her birthday a couple of years ago, I gave my wife a mid-19th Century telephone directory of Salem, MA. It's a long story, but it's probably the oldest thing we own.

(4) When my daughters do something particularly girlish, I identify with Mr. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice (though I don't have 5 daughters). I wish I were more like Sam Waterston's Jack McCoy on Law and Order -- Ruthless, but has a conscience, rides a motorcycle, lives in NY, and beds his ADA's. With the exception of Elisabeth Rˆhm, who we recently found out is a lesbian.

Posted by: Hugh at February 25, 2005 8:35 AM

1) Gay ... I don't really have a crush on her though. I dislike how she treats that poor Marcie character.

2) If his life is truly in imminent peril by returning you'd have to take his request with a certain degree of priority. The US has been a haven for the truly oppressed for... well forever. But I'd probably let the secretaries of state and defense take the lead on it. That would leave some personal wiggle room with the defectee's former government.

3) My Curious George stuffed animal is probably the oldest. I got him when I was two.

4) Chandler from friends. Dunno why.

Posted by: Doug at February 25, 2005 9:04 AM

Q1) Gay. And she's the top.

Q2) Allow them to defect. Call up the Chinese and the South Koreans. Put them on the news, and tell North Korea they have 24 hours to step down or South Korea and China get a whole a lot of new land...with no people to get in their way. (I usually won at Risk because of my willingness to get evil early in the game.)

Q3) OLDEST: I have a small table inherited from my grandparents. It is from Japan and is over 200 years old. One of my great-great somebodies got it while there in the 1850's. LONGEST: A handmade witch ornament that my mother bought for me on my first Halloween. I still get it out every year.

Q4) Hmm. Probably Kathryn Janeway on Voyager. Like her, I'm sentimental, not much scares me, and I'm willing to deal with all kinds of issues and new experiences. And if crossed, I'll invent a nanovirus that will eat your soul and destroy your collective.

Posted by: Jay at February 25, 2005 9:55 AM

Q1: I think that she is just a tomboy. She has always had a huge crush on Charlie Brown, the "sir" thing comes from a superiority complex. But if you really want to take it there, I suppose she could be bi.

Q2: I would send him packing.

Q3: The teddy bear and the little pink dress which I wore home from the hospital (with my initials and date of birth embroidered on it), are my personal oldest possessions. I do however have posession of the family bible and a handcrafted wooden mantle clock both of which have been handed down from generation to generation, it has always been given to the first born in each generation.

Q4: I would like to be a Charmed one, any of the three, I love them all.

p.s. Please change that stupid quote Mikal, I love you to death, but that quote sucks.

Posted by: at February 25, 2005 10:06 AM

1. She definitely has a thing for Chuck, but regardless, why does it matter what her sexuality is?

2. I'd call in 24's Jack Bauer and Tony to straighten it all out.

3. Hmmm, let's see. My oldest possession is probably an antique revolving bookcase that dates back to late 1800's. As for what I've had the longest, if you consider photographs to be personal possessions, family pictures from my childhood would take the honor.

4. Can't recall her name just now but she was the ballerina in the 1977 movie, "The Turning Point" (I think her name was Leslie Browne). If not her, then one of the dancers in "All That Jazz" . . . you can definitely see where I'm going with this. A performing arts dancer of some sort!

Posted by: ZoÎ at February 25, 2005 10:44 AM

1. Asexual

2. Make him return to his country. He should have to follow the same immigration rules as everyone else, and besides, how do you know for absolutely sure that he will be killed? Circumstances can always change. Isn't that what foreign diplomats are good for?

3. Oldest - antique radio and books. Longest - baby photo albums.

4. This is kind of a cheat because it isn't a tv or movie character, but instead a poet. Alfonsina Storni - truly fascinating and moving material. Her voice rings clear and true across cultures almost a century later. If I had to choose a movie character, it would be the main guy, Peter Gibbons, in Office Space.

Posted by: oscarina at February 25, 2005 11:12 AM

A1: She's just a tomboy...
A2: I'd allow him to defect. Kim Jong Il doesn't respect international law (but, then again, neither does the US), and the US can show it continues to value freedom above all else (well...maybe not all the time).
A3: I haven't a clue right now.
A4: I most identify with Jim Craig in the "Man from Snowy River"/"Return to Snowy River". Even though I can personally identify with Jim Craig, I wish I could be more like Robert Redford in my own life.

Posted by: Brad at February 25, 2005 11:33 AM

1. Ooh, hmm...I don't think Charles Shultz was trying to make a statement. I think he just created a character of the times (was it the 60s?). I think she was just one of those strong, independent type of girls, who just wanted to be in love and didn't know how to act...especially around Charlie Brown. But then again, she did have that friend Marcy always tagging along behind her, calling her Sir...I guess she could have gone either way.

2. That's a tough one. Do I put the fate of millions in my hands or the fate of one man? That would be a hard decision, but it's always better to avoid war when possible. And it probably wouldn't be that easy for the man to defect. Too many things to consider.

3. I'm sure the oldest possession I have is a coin from the early 1900s...but not sure where that is. The things I've had the longest...toys, books and stuffed animals from when I was a little girl. I don't throw anything out that has sentimental value. That's why I have such a hard time letting go of things.

4. Not really. I just watch movies and TV for the entertainment value and never consider that I may identify with them very much. I can't think of any I wish I could be more like.

Posted by: Missy at February 25, 2005 11:41 AM

1. At first I thought you were talking about a type of candy and I was all confused, but after looking at the other comments--I have no idea.

2. I don't know. My first impulse would be to allow the pianist to defect, but I don't really know enough to make any sort of decision.

3. The oldest--probably one of those books I bought at a rummage sale a while back. My oldest possession--a sweater.

4. No, to both questions.

Posted by: sya at February 25, 2005 12:35 PM

Off topic: My comment wasn't accepted earlier because my original comment had the words "enough" and "information" together. This isn't the first time my comments have been mistaken for spam--maybe there's something wrong with my writing.

Posted by: sya at February 25, 2005 12:38 PM

(1) A feminist. Now whether she's gay or straight is up in the air. I'd make her bi...

(2)I would "secretly" pass the note to my press secretary to create a buzz around this story and let the media fuel the direction of international policy, as it often does.

(3)My Black Raggedy Ann and Andy pictures that I have had since I was born.

(4) Not that I can think of...


Posted by: btrfly at February 25, 2005 1:07 PM

Hey, no fair! Question 2 is a West Wing plot. :-) I think Peppermint Patty is gay, though.

Posted by: Steph Mineart at March 2, 2005 12:58 PM

1. It's just a phase she's going through. Linus on the other hand...

2. Slip the note to the CIA. Maybe they can kidnap him like the N Koreans kidnapped the Japanese people years ago.

3. Tough choice, but I think it is the 386SX 20MHz laptop from Digital Equipment. A whopping 80MB hard drive, a 14.4kbps fax/modem, a monochrome LCD screen, and Windows 3.11! w00t

4. No to part 1, but being Superman would be pretty cool. Don't have to worry about traffic or parking.

Posted by: Mike at March 3, 2005 4:28 AM

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