As requested by Geof, here are my responses to a set of questions/challenges that mostly resemble the ones he got from his friend. I say mostly, because I decided to mess with a couple of them and downright refused to answer one or two. *shrug* It’s my site. 🙂 I’ll tentatively tag Amy, with the understanding that her brain is totally involved in organizing PHE right now.
0) What’s your name and website URL? (optional, of course)
My name is Jeffrey Heath McClure. Welcome to Sliding Constant.
1) What’s the most fun work you’ve ever done, and why? (two sentences max)
Easy: volunteering with the technical operations staff at DragonCon. I now spend every Labor Day weekend helping organize technical assistance for convention programming in one of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta‘s large ballrooms, and it’s the hardest work I’ve ever loved. 🙂
2) A. Name one thing you did in the past, no longer do, and wish to do again. (one sentence max)
I still keep hoping I’ll once again blunder into a group of people with whom I “click” who make music I deeply enjoy and have a Jeff-shaped hole in their vocal harmony.
B. Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do but keep putting off. (one sentence max)
Always? I don’t think I have anything that applies. The biggest thing I keep putting off is getting in shape.
3) A. What two things would you most like to learn or be better at, and why? (two sentences max)
I’d love to learn to play piano, and I would like to be better at dividing my concentration across time and subject. The first would allow me to be my own accompaniment, and the second would probably help ease the frustration of many friends.
B. If you could take a class/workshop/apprentice from anyone in the world living or dead, who would it be and what would you hope to learn? (two more sentences, max)
This one sounds an awful lot like “Who is the one person you most look up to?”, and I truly believe I have no answer to that question. I’ve come to realize that when it’s working right, most of what I manage to learn tends to come as absorbing different bits of knowledge and wisdom from different people. I find myself quite amused to realize that my philosophy, ethic, etc., is probably a composite of the little parts that I have most admired in many many others. I kind of like it that way.
4) A. What three words might your best friends or family use to describe you?
I, like Geof, hesitate to answer this one, but I have some guesses. I’ll let my massive readership judge their accuracy… perhaps: “distant”, hopefully: “consistent”, vainly: “perceptive”
B. Now list two more words you wish described you:
I think “athletic” is stretching it even as a wish. Let’s go for “fit.” For the second: “creative.”
5) What are your top three passions? (can be current or past, work, hobbies, or causes; three sentences max)
There’s no way the answer to this one has any kind of shelf life if I answer it with work, hobbies, or causes. Let’s go with three principles, the pursuit of at least one of which tends to drive any particular of my various passions/obsessions: mastery, consistency, novelty.
6) (sue me) Write–and answer–one more question that YOU would ask someone (with answer in three sentences max)
I’m skipping this one. You gotta tell me who “someone” is. Sue me. 🙂
[Bonus: What is one question you wish people would ask themselves?]
If the visible effects of me acting on my (faith/belief/conviction) are to engender hatred, exclude people, and dictate the behavior of others, is it possible I missed the point somewhere?