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Sep 27, 2006

Me, Myself and I

Phil_pen Nope, today's blog is not about De La Soul but instead a theme suggested (perhaps unknowingly but not without appreciation) by Barry Cambpell who, in fewer than fifteen lines, quotes both Robert Burns ("To see oursels as others see us.") and his wife.

Which is a long way of getting to the sensitive core of this thing -- I want you to write about me.  No wrong answers (just interesting ones sure to elicit some unforeseen emotions).  Many thanks in advance.  This is a weird blog for me but I'm feeling the need for input these days.  That and I'm feeling kind of brave.  For me, anyway.  For now, anyway.

So here's the format.

"If Phil were a car, he'd be a(n): __________"

A few selected questions appear below.  Answer as many as you like.  Feel free to make up your own.  Feel free to make this a meme :-)

1.  If Phil were a car, he'd be _______________.

2.  If Phil were a book, he'd be  ______________.

3.  If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be ____________.

4.  If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be ____________.

5.  If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be __________.

6.  If Phil were an illness, he'd be ___________.

7.  If Phil were a city, he'd be ___________.

8.  If Phil were an attitude, he'd be ___________.

9.  If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be __________.

10.  If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be __________.

Thanky.

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p.s. I learned this Q&A format in a game I played at a birthday party long ago (Jerry, do you remember? I think you were there.)  You start with a group of friends (eight to ten is good) where each player knows at least most of the other people reasonably well.  Everyone sits in a circle and whoever is Leader for that round secretly picks someone in the circle as his Subject.  (Note that the Subject does not know that s/he has been chosen.)  People in the circle then take turns asking the Leader diagnostic questions (like the ones above) to see if they can figure out who the Subject is.  At any time, any player can stop the game and say, "I know who it is" and take a stab.  If the guesser is right, the guesser gets to be Leader for the next round.  But if the guesser is WRONG, the guesser has to sit out the rest of the round (and presumably suffer the penalty of realizing, with every subsequent question, how obvious the right answer was, and how hard it is to now stay quiet).  Ugh.  That was a horrible description of the game.  But anyway, I think you get the idea.  Try it some time.  Especially fun with extended family.

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OK, I'll give it a shot! Mind you I didn't think about this for too long; no rumination was allowed. It was all first impression. Don't ask me to explain, cause I don't think I can.


1. If Phil were a car, he'd be SPORTY.

2. If Phil were a book, he'd be HARD TO READ.

3. If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be BORING.

4. If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be CRUNCHY

5. If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be A SOCIAL WORKER/DETECTIVE/POLITICIAN.

6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be CONTAGIOUS.

7. If Phil were a city, he'd be SAN FRANCISCO.

8. If Phil were an attitude, he'd be INQUISITIVE.

9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be ABSORBANT.

10. If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be IRREGULAR.

Posted by: lastewie | Sep 27, 2006 6:54:17 PM

Note that any reading of this that is taken other than positive or neutral is not accurate.

In other words, I'm not saying you're boring.

Posted by: lastewie | Sep 27, 2006 9:03:59 PM

Okay, Phil . . . I gave it a shot. But I only answered the ones for which the "answer" came immediately to mind.

1. If Phil were a car, he'd be an alpha romeo--small, sleek and cozy.

2. If Phil were a book, he'd be a novel you don't want to put down.

3. If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be a Buddhist--very zen.

4. If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be.

5. If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be __________.

6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be ___________.

7. If Phil were a city, he'd be Boston.

8. If Phil were an attitude, he'd be bright and interested acceptance.

9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be a favorite quirky, warm and bohemian scarf.

10. If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be __________.

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 27, 2006 11:50:11 PM

I just re-read this and am blushing at my answer to number one. For anyone who does not know this, I HAVE NEVER MET PHIL. ;P

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 27, 2006 11:52:12 PM

Well I have known Phil for over half his life and even see him once or twice a year. Thus as an established authority on all things Phil, I can say with confidence:

1. If Phil were a car, he'd be a hybrid import.
2. If Phil were a book, he'd rather be read than dead.
3. If Phil were a religion, it would involve sacrifices of virgins.
4. If Phil were an appetizer, it would be Philling
5. If Phil were a fictional character, the censors would be banning the book.
6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be Phillin' poorly
7. If Phil were a city, he be Philadelphia, of course
8. If Phil were an attitude, he be phlippant
9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be worn out.
10. If Phil were, he'd be in the subjunctive mood.

Posted by: Charles | Sep 28, 2006 1:00:59 AM

Nicely done, Charles.

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 28, 2006 7:04:07 AM

Ok, here we go....First thing that comes into my head

1. If Phil were a car, he'd be in the shop.

2. If Phil were a book, he'd be an encyclopedia.

3. If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be Unitarian aka Church of the Celestial Seasonings.

4. If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be original and yummy.

5. If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be inscrutable.

6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be wildly contagious.

7. If Phil were a city, he'd be Asheville.

8. If Phil were an attitude, he'd be mellow, mellow, mellow.

9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be comfy.

10. If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be active.

Posted by: Marianne | Sep 28, 2006 9:28:24 PM

1. If Phil were a car, he'd be the color of a June Bug.

2. If Phil were a book, he'd be not available in paperback yet.

3. If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be Phil. (Cult'o'Phil)

4. If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be something triangular.

5. If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be one of the judges on Dancing with the Stars (ok, I admit that's my latest obsession. I love watching dancing. And the Scottish judge is to-die-for cute.)

6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be one of the ones that makes you see pretty lights and things (but doesn't cause blindness or anything nasty). Oh, I know, like synesthesia)

7. If Phil were a city, he'd be the sort with a walkable downtown with little pubs and public parks.

8. If Phil were an attitude, he'd be spirited.

9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be gently used.

10. If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be VERB!! (that's what's happening)

Posted by: Gina | Sep 29, 2006 12:23:49 PM

PS You took a good picture of me!!! Thank you! Thank you! (The one from the reunion porch shot with Jennifer Harrod (the fact that she's pregnant doesn't hurt on the me looking skinny part ;-)

Posted by: Gina | Sep 29, 2006 12:25:54 PM

1. If Phil were a car, he'd be shiny side up, rubber side down.

2. If Phil were a book, he'd be a trilogy.

3. If Phil were a major or minor religion (or cult), he'd be absolutely true.

4. If Phil were an appetizer, he'd be slathered in hot sauce.

5. If Phil were a major or minor character from fiction (any media), he'd be - you mean he's not?.

6. If Phil were an illness, he'd be contagious.

7. If Phil were a city, he'd be urbain.

8. If Phil were an attitude, he'd be straight and level.

9. If Phil were an article of clothing, he'd be never out of style.

10. If Phil were a verb, his tense, voice and mood would be present perfect, active, optative.

Posted by: tim edwards | Oct 3, 2006 9:24:21 PM