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On Thu, 24 Mar 11 01:45:43 UTC Eliaz McMillan (33) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having no one to love or be loved by.
Where would you like to live?
I'm glad to be living wherever I am at any given moment. Wherever that place is, it's mine.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Perfect balance of what I call the 5 Ss: Sleep, Sex, Sustainance, Serendipity and Scheduling.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
A never-ending need for validation.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Paul Atreides, any of Tom Robbins's male protagonists, especially Tanuki, Daniel Cambridge.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Buddha, Picasso, Dali, Bernini.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother and my wife, Wendy Pini, Temple Grandin.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Amelie Poulain, Tom Robbins's female protagonists.
Your favorite painter?
Dave McKean/Drew Struzan/John Jude Palencar
Your favorite musician?
Trent Reznor/Philip Glass/Yann Tiersen- can't pick just one.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Integrity, imagination, humor.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Strength, beauty, passion.
Your favorite virtue?
The ability to express love.
Your favorite occupation?
Anything using imagination.
Who would you have liked to be?
Trite and cliche as it may sound I just want to be the best possible version of me.
Your most marked characteristic?
I'm my friends' 'favorite hater'. I'm extremely opinionated and can go from being charmingly so to being obnoxious and depressing about it.
What do you most value in your friends?
I value people who don't take me too seriously, but respect and love me at the same time.
What is your principle defect?
I take self doubt and uncertainty to healthy and unhealthy levels, yet can be stubborn when I don't understand something.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never really knowing one's self or one's own mind, being blown haphazardly with the wind of the environment one's in and lacking the ability or freedom to be one's self.
What would you like to be?
A source of love, warmth and compassion for those around me.
What is your favorite color?
Indigo, not navy blue, but a deep blue with a hint of purple.
What is your favorite flower?
The Egyptian Lotus
What is your favorite bird?
The kestrel or sparrowhawk
Who are your favorite prose writers?
John Irving, Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco
Who are your favorite poets?
Shakespeare, W.H. Auden, Charles Bukowsky, Shel Silverstein
Who are your heroes in real life?
T.S. Berger
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
Angus, Seamus, Finn,
What is it you most dislike?
Those things about myself or the world I think or know I cannot change.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Adolf Hitler
What event in military history do you most admire?
I don't know. History's a mess.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Discipline, single-minded determination
How would you like to die?
In my sleep at a reasonably old age, a point when I felt I'd accomplished enough.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Live your potential.


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