Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Conan the Questionnairian

Amusing myself on my sick day today by watching Conan O'Brien on Inside the Actor's Studio. I love that show. Always interesting, and only sometimes really funny. (I get it that it isn't supposed to be funny all the time, but those are more entertaining to watch.) Conan was one of the really funny ones, although it escapes me how he is considered a "how do you say? ...ah, yes... Actor". Whatev. He's a riot and he's pretty weird.

Anyhoot, decided it would be fun to answer Lipton's questionnaire as a blog post. Every time I watch the show I think about using it as an introductory assignment at school. (Of course, with changes, since I don't want teenagers telling each other what turns them on... no, no, no. That just won't do!) I never seem to remember that any time other than when I am watching TV though.

Bravo TV, I love you so much I want to marry you and run away with you.

Okay. *deep breath* Here goes.

James Lipton's Questionnaire,
credited to Bernard Pivot

What is your favorite word?

(runners up: plethora, cornucopia, lugubrious, ubiquitous, enmity, soporific, squelch)

What is your least favorite word?

(Hard to spell. I have some kind of mind block about it. Stop laughing. Yeah I'm an English teacher. Deal with it.)

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Smart, self-effacing humor

What turns you off?


What is your favorite curse word?


What sound or noise do you love?

Kids laughing uncontrollably

What sound or noise do you hate?

Puppies being stepped on

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?


What profession would you not like to do?

Nursing, specifically Ob/Gyn post-op (God bless them though!)

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Come on in, we're dancing and we've got all the yarn, paint, and chocolate cake you could want.


  1. First, I still use juxtaposition as often as I can in my writing, and every time I do, I begin to laugh uncontrollably about AP practice essays where John and I competed to see how many times we could use it.

    Second, weird is a really weird word. I'm never exactly sure how to spell it.

    Third, James Lipton is god