If You Could Have Dinner With Anyone ...

Last week I hosted a giveaway on Facebook, inviting players to ask me questions and promising to answer the winning question here for all to see! As a prize (other than answering the question, of course) I offered a bit of a swag pack - a 2x6 Fat Chance Bookmark, and a matching 4x8 Fat Chance rack card/bookmark!

And the winner is ...
Kimberley Jaksina, who asked: "If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?"

You know, this probably shouldn't be a hugely difficult question to answer, because we all that one person we wish we could spend some time with. But not me ... I have always struggled with choosing a "favorite" something, because I love so many things and I tend to have very diverse interests. So, Kimberley, I'm sorry to say you won't just get a quick answer from me on that one. I've got a bit of a short list instead:
  • Jesus: I have often wondered what I would learn from Him, were I able to sit down personally and talk to Him, face to face. But then I think ... I'd likely be horribly frustrated if He spoke to me in parables the entire time. Still, what an experience that would be!! I suppose I shall keep biding my time, until it is my turn to have dinner with Him for real once I'm dead.
  • Stephen King: As a reader, Stephen King horrifies me. His writing is scary; it's raw, it's wild, it's challenging. But it's amazing, and that's something that few of us can deny. He is incredibly skilled, incredibly talented. But as a writer, he's one of the most inspiring role models out there. During much of his early career, he was basically drowning in rejection letters and yet he kept writing. He kept sending his work out. He kept pushing on, honing his ability and showing his work to anyone who would take the time to see it. He fought his way to the top, and that kind of persistence simply begs to be admired. Our writing styles and genres are of course very different, but I bet he's got a lot to say that I could learn from.
  • John Cena: I don't even care if this is cheesy or silly or shallow. And it's not entirely because he's hot, either. I'd really just love to be able to sit down with him and ask him what kind of toll it takes on him, personally, to be who he is. I mean, he has his well-known persona as an athlete with the WWE, and he's got his bit of acting in a few movies here and there over the years. But maybe his most admirable quality (for me) is his extreme involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As possibly the most popular and definitely one of the most frequently requested stars involved in the program, he is a true hero to sick children all over the world, taking the time from other aspects of his busy life to sit down and talk to kids who want nothing more than to see him live and in person. I know he isn't the cure for cancer, and he can't save any of those kids from the death that lingers all around them ... but he does what he can to bring them a few moments of happy uniqueness. Having granted over three hundred wishes, his dedication is legendary, and I'd love to speak with the man behind the wishes.

I would also love to spend some time with other authors I don't know, such as Nora Roberts or Nicholas Sparks. There are actors, like Jennifer Aniston (because she's so down to earth) or Drew Barrymore (because her life history is probably full of great wisdom and strong lessons).

Comedians make my list too: Carlos Mencia, Jo Koy, or Leanne Morgan simply because I love them and I want to know if they are always that funny.

And let's not even get started on the long list of musicians that I admire, from the little guy right up to the big stars.

How's that for a list of dinner invitees, huh? Told you I have a hard time picking favorites.