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On Mon, 05 Oct 2009 13:04:57 UTC Charles L Davis Jr (51) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Abandonment by mother at age 11.
Where would you like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Health & my Wife & Dog on a working ranch in or near forest and ocean.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Intelectual superiority, self-gratification, selfishness.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Atticus Finch, Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, The Man With No Name
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jesus of Nazarath, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr, anyone who speaks truth
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Marcy (my wife), Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Carole King, Ellen Degeneres, Rosa Parks
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Juliet, Elsa from Casablanca, Dorothy Gale from wizard of Oz, Athena
Your favorite painter?
Vincent van Gogh
Your favorite musician?
Beethoven and/or John Lennon
The quality you most admire in a man?
Honesty even if it means self injury.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
The ability to see great beauty in the most mudane things
Your favorite occupation?
Watching the stars with a guitar in hand
Who would you have liked to be?
Actually: Myself...I would not trade my life for anyones. Rhetorically: Jesus.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Rational Thought
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
The death of my wife.
What would you like to be?
A musician who could change the world with a song.
What is your favorite color?
Royal Blue
What is your favorite flower?
The Rose.
What is your favorite bird?
The American Bald Eagle
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, Ernest Hemingway
Who are your favorite poets?
Robert Frost, Homer, Wordsworth, Edgar Allan Poe.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My wife Marcy, my dad, Einstein, Newton, Galileo, Lincoln, JFK, Willie Mays, Muhammed Ali, Ghandi.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Hypatia librarian of Alexandria, Madame Curie, Elizabeth I of England, Rosa Parks.
What are your favorite names?
Marcy, Lynn, Charles, Ariel, Roswell
What is it you most dislike?
Lying that leads to the death of others. Greed in any form.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler, Stalin, George W Bush, Himmler and all the Nazis, Carl Rove, Dick Cheney
What event in military history do you most admire?
All war is ugly but if I had to pick one I'd say...The Battle of the Bulge by the Battling Bastards of Bastiogne in WWII
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To dance like Fred Astaire
How would you like to die?
Watching a sunset over the Pacific holding my wife's hand
What is your present state of mind?
Slightly stoned, introspective, OK.
What is your motto?
"No man is an Island..." John Donne

No Doubt these answers change as we age and gain experiences in the world. Some may change day to day. Some may be unanswerable for all our life. I am 51 this day soon 52, born in San Francisco CA, live in Antelope CA, active sceptic, cultural Christian, scientist of physics and mathematics, recovering alchoholic, guitar musician of 35 years, song writer, recluse and hermit, lover of truth.

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