Jan 062014
 

Well here we are, 2014 and it all starts again. As my followers know, I usually do a “Best Of” or “Predictions For” kinda post in the New Year but I was inspired by another idea.

The following post comes by way of Reema Faris, a West Vancouver School District trustee. I stumbled upon her New Year post, while squandering the opening minutes of the day as I usually do, sitting on the couch; coffee in one hand and iPad in another. I thought it was a cool little exercise for an end of the year reflection so my class and I are starting off the year doing our own 11 Facts & 11 Questions. I will post a compilation of the kids work at a later date.

As usual, I hope to stir the pot a bit with this post as I share some brutally honest fragments of my person and ask a little of the same from you. So without further adieu, I give you 2014 11 Facts & 11 Questions.

11 facts & 11 questions.

  1. I have an inherent distrust of authority. Not the police kind, I am a very law-abiding citizen and like civil order. My second fact will attest to this . The kind of authority I am weary of is the kind that wears suits. I can only assume this comes from my blue-collar, union rabble rousing up brining where the family mantra was “Never trust anyone wearing a tie.”
  2. I was almost a Sannich police officer. Actually I shouldn’t say almost… In my last year of university, I went through the initial interview process for the police force and was told “Great! We like you… come back when you have completed your degree.”  I never went back.
  3. I was dropped from Math 11 by my teacher after the first day of class. Somehow during that first 60 minute class, she decided I would be nothing more than a labourer and wouldn’t need math.
  4. I have always wanted to be a writer. Not sure if blogging counts ? Thinking not.
  5. I am fiercely independent. Think this collaboration thing is a crock and just distracts me from what I want to do.
  6. I am more comfortable with the role of functionary. Give me something to do and I do it. If asked to lead the charge I will do it but I am much more comfortable being a minion.
  7. I have been told on numerous occasions that I would make a great politician, which concerns me because I have never thought of myself as being corrupt.
  8. Wish I had become a visual artist.
  9. I was a mistake and my mom makes no bones about it. I got the last laugh though, because It took four kids to finally get it right.
  10. I was labelled as “learning disabled” long before it was cool.
  11. I am a punctuality FREEK! Hate being late for anything.

Answers to Reema Faris’s 11 Random Questions 

  1. When you think back to your time as an elementary and/or high school student, what’s the one thing you wish had been done differently? … Not listen to my teachers. I wasted far too much of my life living down to their expectations.
  2. What’s your favourite movie and why?… Star Wars IV, no reason required the movie speaks for itself.
  3. If you were asked for one piece of advice to offer a first year student at a post-secondary institution, what would it be? Since drop-out would be frowned upon by my superiors, I will say… Make sure you travel and work extensively in the third world for at least a year after university and get a real education.
  4. What was your favourite song of 2013 and why?… Don’t got none
  5. Who would you say serves as the best role model for young people today?… Me!
  6. Think about the work you’re doing now. Is it part of a career you had planned on or are you doing something you had never thought of doing when you were younger?… Planned but I am not sure it is what I would be best at.
  7. If you could pitch an idea for a television show, what would it be?… Reality show on today’s schools. Stories from behind the pedagogical curtain.
  8. On a sunny day, do you make every effort to get outside or do you sometimes prefer to stay at home?… I hate inside. If I am still in the house by noon I go stir crazy.
  9. If you had to choose one animal to best describe who you are, what would it be?… Sea otter.
  10. What do you think is one thing we could do to encourage more young people to vote in municipal, provincial, and federal elections?… Give them a life. We have stolen our kids adult lives by suspending their adolescence well into adulthood. If we don’t let them grow up, why should they vote.
  11. What is one change you hope to make in 2014?… Change? I am change. I get bored with doing the same thing day in and day out. It is one of the reasons I have stopped blogging. Lost interest.

11 Questions For You

  1. Pick one celebrity you think you look the most like?
  2. What would like to do in your next career? (retirement counts as a career)
  3. What is the most annoying thing about you?
  4. Is there any situation under which you would condone and participate in civil disobedience?
  5. Where is your favourite place on the face of this earth? (Other than home)
  6. If you had to choose between living in sweltering heat or freezing cold, which would you pick?
  7. Where can you trace your family roots to?
  8. If you had to pick one for the rest of your life: Sweet or Savoury?
  9. Who are you most like, your mother or father?
  10. Name of the one colleague you most respect?
  11. If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I Challenge the Following People to do their Homework:

Anyone and everyone who wants to play, along with three of my favourite twitter followers.

  2 Responses to “The New Year Begins – 11 facts & 11 questions”

  1. 1. Pick one celebrity you think you look the most like? The way I’m feeling these days: Estelle Getty.
    2. What would like to do in your next career? (retirement counts as a career) Novelist
    3. What is the most annoying thing about you? My tendency to be critical.
    4. Is there any situation under which you would condone and participate in civil disobedience? I would like to believe so although I haven’t had much experience as a protestor.
    5. Where is your favourite place on the face of this earth? (Other than home) Paris.
    6. If you had to choose between living in sweltering heat or freezing cold, which would you pick? Ugh – dislike both, but I think I might have to go with the heat.
    7. Where can you trace your family roots to? Lebanon.
    8. If you had to pick one for the rest of your life: Sweet or Savoury? Sweet, but I expect that would shorten my life expectancy substantial.
    9. Who are you most like, your mother or father? Physically like my mother; temperamentally like my father.
    10. Name of the one colleague you most respect? That is a recipe for disaster.
    11. If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be? None; have always felt comfortable with Reema and identify with it as my name.

  2. Hi Keith,

    I’ll be curious to follow up on some of those responses at another time, in another venue, via another medium, but for now I’ll stick to your questions:

    • Pick one celebrity you think you look the most like?
    Until the beard, Moby. Now, with the beard … I have no clue. But if I could pick someone, it’d be Patrick Stewart. He could pull off an excellent Tobey.

    • What would like to do in your next career? (retirement counts as a career)
    Assuming that ‘Intergalactic Overlord’ is already taken, or perhaps a bit extreme, I think I might be content as a librarian … that’d be keen.

    • What is the most annoying thing about you?
    That depends on the context, but I’d say, by and large, it’d probably be my intensity – sometimes I burn quite hot … other times, quite cold.

    • Is there any situation under which you would condone and participate in civil disobedience?
    Yes.

    • Where is your favourite place on the face of this earth? (Other than home)
    Barcelona, Spain.

    • If you had to choose between living in sweltering heat or freezing cold, which would you pick?
    Heat.

    • Where can you trace your family roots to?
    I’m partial to my Cherokee ancestry. I’m the last with sufficient blood to be recognized – unless I’d married someone with more blood than me …

    • If you had to pick one for the rest of your life: Sweet or Savoury?
    Savoury.

    • Who are you most like, your mother or father?
    Not much like either, TBH.

    • Name of the one colleague you most respect?
    I’m quite impressed with the work of Larry Kuehn, at the BCTF …

    • If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?
    Tupac.

    🙂

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