Sunday, February 19, 2006

Question 24

I will be dancing naked in Rio, Brazil until March 5th. In the meantime ... a few questions for you to answer and or ponder.

1. During which era do you wish you could have lived? Why?

2. Cats or Dogs?

3. Do you believe in ghosts? (stories welcome)

4. What will you do today to make the world a better place?


At 12:34 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

I miss you already!! (Heck, I've been missing you since January! Of 1991!)

Take pictures!!

Have the bestest time ever!!

At 1:13 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

Take pictures! Send pictures!

1. The current one. No desire go live in the past. Given the advances in medicine, diet and life expectancy, I'll stay here, thanks.

1a. Ok, ok - if I could be nobility, then maybe during the 17-18th century - when men wore swords and were expected to be able to use them.

2. Cats. Not that I have anything against dogs - I just prefer the self-reliance of the cat.

3. Not really. No stories here.

4. Shower ;-)

At 2:35 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

1. late 19th Century, if I could be rich. Otherwise, today.

2. Dogs 100%

3. Ghosts? No stories, though I've heard some from others who swear they're true. Until I have proof I'm skeptical.

4. machine gun some bad drivers who can't get behind the wheel without talking on their cell phones. They ride the left lane 10 MPH below the speed limit, drift into your lane, and never signal. Yeah, death is warranted.

Have a great trip, Punky.

And is there anywhere (when you get back) we can right in with suggestions for future questions or do you not need any audience feedback?

At 2:44 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

1. During which era do you wish you could have lived? Now's pretty good. But maybe a future era, when we've got even more cool stuff figured out.

2. Cats or Dogs? Both! But leaning slightly toward dogs. More affectionate.

3. Do you believe in ghosts? As if!

4. What will you do today to make the world a better place? Probably practice guitar some more. Oh, what? You meant for other people? Um... I think I won't go ballistic on the stupid people I encounter today. Not that I usually do, but I really want to today, so, I won't. Ok, ok! I just can't think of anything!

At 3:30 PM , Blogger punky said...

Jeff ... I am always open to suggestions for new questions! Mail them to

I'll get on it as soon as I get back.

At 4:28 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. Today. See Higgy's comment for justifications.

2. Both. I've had both and they both have their merits.

3. No ghost stories, personally.

4. I will stimulate the world economy by shopping.

At 4:30 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

Oh, have a great trip and post naked pictures for interested parties.

At 4:45 PM , Anonymous targetgirl said...

1) Now. Here I am, why not?

2) Both. Seriously- I love both equally for different reasons.

3) Yes, but I have no personal stories to share with the class.

4) Be tolerant and compassionate of my fellow man. Sometimes, on the bus ride to/from work- this can make a major difference in both my day and the day(s) of those in my vicinity.
"Pay it forward."
"Create your day."
Go see/rent "What the Bleep Do We Know?"

At 6:58 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Have fun, Punky!! Were you at the Stones concert that I saw on the news last night? It looked pretty wild!

Okay.. the questions...

1. Today, unless I can pick a fictional time and place. Then I want to be Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. I'd get off the plane and leave Paul Henreid to go play with his country, (no one knew they were married in the first place, so why should everyone be miserable?), while I played with Humphrey Bogart. Mmmmmmmmmm, Humphrey.

2. Both, as long as the dog is larger than cat-size. Small dogs should be eradicated.

3. Yes. Short story.. After my Nana died, I bought her flat off her estate. I lived there for about 4 years before I sold it. On the last day before posession, I went back to the (now empty) flat to drop off the spare keys, and I stood in the living room, thinking of all the years I had spent coming in and out of the place, first as a visitor, then when I'd lived there. I took a deep breath and turned to leave, and I felt my Nana's spirit just whip past behind me as I went. I don't know how I knew, but I just said "Goodbye Nana, I love you" and left.

4. Smile. It really works. Particularly when people aren't expecting it.

At 7:53 PM , Blogger Mad Scientist said...

Have fun Punky!!! Have enough debachery to make the moaties proud!!!!

1) I would like to go back just for a day to see Ella Fitz Gerald and Louis Armstrong perform in their prime. Just one concert. I would also like on day in 1961 to watch Roger Maris and Mickey Mantel play. I'm not a Yankee fan, but I would have loved to see those two in their prime.

2) I had dogs growing up my whole life. I college I missed having a pet, but a cat was easier to take care of than a dog so I got my then 4 week old runt of the litter Cody. 12 years later he is a 23 lb Cat god. Just ask Mike. I love all animals. I love Weasel's dog Ozzy and I can't wait to have a household full of cats, dogs, fish and little weasels

3) Ghosts? Hmm that is a hard one. Depends on your definition of ghosts. I believe in spirits. I have seen my mom's spirit reach out and protect me and give me strength when I needed it most. I'm not sure other people would call my spirits ghosts though.

4) What was 4 again? Oh make the world a better place...right. Does not killing the bad drivers in traffic count? No? How about using science to help make the world healthier.

At 12:48 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

1) 1800's I should have been a farmer. Self sufficient and the whole deal. Hard work but simple.

2)Dogs, for the affirmation that I get everyday that I must be wonderful. Cats are fine.

3)Yes. The story I have is not human. My cat died two years ago. My wife and I have seen him a couple of times since then. Three weeks ago someone was staying with us who didn't know we used to have a cat. When she came down for breakfast she remarked that we had a pretty cat. She had seen him outside the bathroom. I think he never left because he was afraid of the outdoors.

4)I will think about Punky dancing naked in Rio and smile at random strangers.

At 12:59 PM , Blogger punky said...

1. 1950s ... as a teenager.

2. I love both equally and for different reasons.

3. Yes. But my stories are better in person, so it will have to wait until we all finally meet ... :)

4. Be happy.


At 8:05 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

addendum to 4.

I won't smoke. Cigars OR cigarettes. I've just spent 20 minutes at a bus stop near a bar. Of course, all the smokers come outside to smoke. Ugh. If you don't smoke.. it's just a horrible experience.

At 10:14 PM , Anonymous Zoodle said...

1. I'm really happy with right now.

2. Cats.

3. Not really. But I don't disbelieve either. I'm sitting on the fence on this one.

4. Put up with whining self absorbed pains and do it with a smile.

At 11:07 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

1) Actually, this one works okay for me. On the other hand, I've always wanted to have seen Shakespeare's plays premiere. That must have been something...

2) Cats. (I have 4.) Though I'm a big fan of most mammalian critters.

3) Yes. I've had to ask them to leave me alone in certain theatres. I explain that I love the art and am trying to do my best and that their hanging out around me makes me really uncomfortable. They usually leave me alone after that.

4) I thanked several people who weren't expecting it, smiled at many others, and exercised great patience and restraint, choosing to use politeness rather than snappishness on at least two occasions. I also composted my dinner leftovers (carrot peels, onion roots, etc.).

At 12:38 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

1) Ancient China in the height of its glory. Or now. Now is pretty damn fine, if you ask me.

2) Kitties! Some dogs are very nice and sweet and don't drool all over you and bark at all times of the night and day, but nearly all cats are affectionate and elegant and clean.

3) Nope.

4) I will answer this question. This answer will cause people to stop and think "Just how is this helping to better the world?" By causing people to think, the world has been bettered.

At 12:41 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

Of course many people, having read my answer to the last question will think "He didn't really make people think; he told them exactly what to think.

These people are using their critical thinking skills to determine the well-known fact that I am a blathering idiot. This is how my answer to #4 really improves the world.

At 12:44 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

Now, some very bright people will think "You know, he's still telling people what they are supposed to think."

However, this line of reasoning leads to contemplation of future implications of this line of thinking. They will consider circular reasoning arguments, the pitfalls of self-definition, and other interesting philosophical quandaries.

This philosophical pondering that is inspired by my answer to #4 is where the true world-bettering power lies.

At 12:47 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

There are those who are now thinking "That moron is still telling people how to think about his world-bettering statement, rendering it false due to the fact that they are now not going to think of it on their own."

They are correct. The world will not be a better place until people start to think their own thoughts and not just listening to what I say are the implications of the latest level of thinking about my original statement.

Therefore, I shall shut up.

That is how the world will truly be a better place.

At 6:59 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

and don't think about Bismuth's statements (or pink elephants)

At 10:45 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

Wow, Bis - I think all that world-bettering you did today just cleared up my rash. ;)

But, I still have an achey little Punky-missing heart. :(

I hope she is having joy. :)

At 4:55 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Bis .. if more people would shut up, the world would definitely be a better place!

T - it's only 6 more days!! We can make it! I have some photos if you'd like to see them!

At 8:54 AM , Blogger Tamara said...


At 11:30 AM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

Hey, I just got back from carnival in Panama City, Panama myself. Didn't dance naked in the street though. Actually, that's my answer to question no. 4. As to questions nos. 1 - 3:

1. If I was going to have money, I'd say that period between the two world wars, in England. The pinnacle of country living. Very Gosford Park.

2. Cats. Mine is both self-reliant and highly affectionate. I like dogs too, but generally only my own dog. Other people's dogs are like other people's children: you never know when they will bie you, drool on you or jump on you and get you dirty.

3. I lived in a purported haunted house in Cincinnati. Never saw the ghost, but would get chills occasionally on the stairs where she was supposed to appear. I had a friend who refused to look at the stairway.

At 11:13 PM , Blogger Smiley said...

Okay. KingW's story makes me look at my cats differently. I heart them and want them to live forever... But not that way! I'd freak out. *Shivers*

At 1:17 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

yeah.. photos of all sorts of stuff.. none of Punky dancing on stage with Rubber Lips Jagger at Carnaval, but there's a lovely photo of my Mum's 40th birthday party!

*goes back to look for Kingy's cat story*

At 2:06 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

*bangs fists rhythmically and chants*


*smacks self in head as she realises she's 18 hours ahead and Punky won't be back until tomorrow*

*sobs broken-heartedly*

I'll be okay. I can make it through. Really.

At 8:38 PM , Blogger Tamara said...


*wets pants*
*with water from the sink, of course*

At 10:34 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

(*checks watch and calendar - March 5. Wonders if Punky will be returning her naked self to her adoring throngs today as scheduled or will have run off with naked beach boy*)


At 2:51 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

If she's any kind of friend, (and she is!), Punky'll bring back nekkid beach boys (NOT Beach Boys!) and gals for us all to share....

*watches blog door closely*


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