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On Thu, 25 Aug 16 01:47:07 UTC Ari (29) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being free to live life as I please
Where would you like to live?
Where I am currently
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Freedom to be me. And a well stocked shoe closet
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Whiskey in my coffee, and a good wine
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
James Fraser in Outlander
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Joan of Arc, she was the original lady badass
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My fellow professional women who own what they have and don't offer excuses
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Loved Katniss Everdeen, and JK Rowling (although she's real, she writes fiction, same thing)
Your favorite painter?
Matisse has been a favorite since I was a kid. Also, anyone local, we have so many good artists that deserve support
Your favorite musician?
Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga - all the powerhouse ladies who don't take shit
The quality you most admire in a man?
Humility, ability to see a woman as an equal
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Strength, compassion, the ability to take a stance and not be apologetic
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Shopping for myself, enjoying the evening on my porch swing
Who would you have liked to be?
I'm pretty comfortable saying I am someone worth being. I'd rather be me
Your most marked characteristic?
I'm not afraid to get what I want, but I don't step on the little man to get it
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and loyalty. If my skirt makes me look fat, for heavens sake don't tell me it's flattering
What is your principle defect?
Bluntness, to my detriment at times.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Living a false life, one that isn't who I am
What would you like to be?
Didn't we ask this once? I'd like to be me, thank you.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
I'm not a big flower person. Bring me chocolates or wine
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I don't read often, so when I do I've been enjoying easier reads. Hunger Games was fun, tried Game of Thrones, settled on the show instead.
Who are your favorite poets?
I've never been able to get into poetry. Just say what you mean and be done with it, please.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My father, he was strong enough to handle an independent woman like my mother, yet soft enough to know when she needed him
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Still Joan of Arc... again with the repetitiveness. My time is valuable.
What are your favorite names?
Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Chardonnay
What is it you most dislike?
Men who can't get over their ego
What historical figures do you most despise?
I try not to linger on hate
What event in military history do you most admire?
I hadn't thought about it. I'll have to get back to you
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I would like to be better at getting a good initial impression of people.
How would you like to die?
After a long life well-lived, with nice shoes on
What is your present state of mind?
Annoyance at the time this is taking. I have a busy morning prepping for a luncheon later with a fickle client
What is your motto?
Earn it. Own it. Don't ask for permission.

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