While I too am a rapid, chain mail deleter, there are two kinds welcome in my in-box: the odd, truly inspiring piece of in-box life wisdom, and the zany pass-it-on buddy q&a. Here’s my scoop on the latest of the latter kind — what’s yours?
> 1. IN WHAT DO YOU LIVE: My over-priced but film-worthy-viewed apartment in Manhattan
> 2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW: Bright lights, big city and Under the banner of heaven
> 3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD: It’s a cool Turkish ruglet bought in Istanbul on my first trip there a few years ago.
> 4. FAVOURITE BOARD GAME: Monopoly… that’s ZAR100 for Jan Smuts (i.e. Park Avenue) with two houses, thank you. Actually, someone has to update that South African version, Eloff street as the blue chip property? Hello!
> 5. FAVOURITE MAGAZINE: Dwell, a sublime design and architecture mag that appeals to the modern, enviro-friendly home owner. (Metropolitan Home and Harpers run close seconds.)
> 6a. FAVOURITE SMELLS: The smell of Jay fresh from the shower :0)
> 6b. LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS: The disgusting liquid that oozes out the sides and bottom of garbage trucks as they’re compressing the trash — that has to be among the vilest stenches on earth.
> 7. FAVOURITE SOUND: Waves on the ocean, beach
> 8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD: Regret
> 9. WHAT’S THE 1ST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE
> UP IN THE MORNING: How can it possibly be 7:30am already?
> 10. FAVOURITE COLOUR: It changes!
> 11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE: Three if I’m going to beat my voicemail to it
> 12. FUTURE CHILD’S NAME: Cal
> 13. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE: Treasuring what you have; not what you don’t or wish you had; Relationships and personal time with family, friends, strangers; Minding your own business (as in keeping the eye on your ball in the strategic game of life)
> 14. FAVOURITE FOODS: Wasabi-coated, roasted peas; my mom’s cooking, especially her keng jeung chicken.
> 15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA: Chocolate!
> 16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST: Depends on when, where and what I’m behind the wheel of.
> 17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL: Dr. Buttercup is a hippo and while he may be rotund, objects strenuously to being characterized as “stuffed.”
> 18. STORMS – COOL OR SCARY: Awesome, especially blowing in over the Hudson River, lightning and thunder amplified in the urban canyons, and all experienced warm from my eyrie on the 22nd floor.
> 19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR: A British racing green coloured mini constructued from two separate cars — the back half from an 1100cc, the front half from a 1000cc model. Purchase price ZAR 650. I boasted on the good deal to my dad saying, “You can’t get a car for ZAR650!”, to which he wisely replied, “You’re right. That’s what I’m worried about!”
> 20. MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE: Difficult question for me, I keep thinking if it was a ‘wish’ I would want to see my late Dad again. But in the vein of celebrities, probably either Mandela or Clinton again.
> 21. FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK: Vodka
> 22. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
> 23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI: Yes
> 24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD
> IT BE: Not a specific job, more features that I like would be part time but lucrative, involving travel, creativity and opportunities to be close to nature.
> 25. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR, WHAT
> WOULD IT BE: Hmmm, probably the interesting multishade it is now
> 26. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE: Yes
> 27. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL: Overflowing
> 28. FAVOURITE MOVIES: My Own Private Idaho, Stand By Me, Dead Poet’s Society, The Matrix, Bladerunner
> 29. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS: Nope, but I’m speedy and accurate, so objective achieved.
> 30. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED: Nothing
> 31. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER: 9
> 32. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH: Swimming