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On Thu, 19 Jun 14 18:36:57 UTC Gainer (52) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Poor, unloved & unemployed
Where would you like to live?
Asia; South America
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have the means to move about the world while learning and experiencing its diversity.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
The pursuit of understanding and pleasure; the pleasure of understanding.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those that seek to understand the mysteries of the world; and those that appreciate the beauty.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Marco Polo; James Cook; Charles Darwin
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman that will struggle to overcome adversity, while retaining a sense of humour.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Those refusing to be gender stereotyped while still maintaining their sense of the feminine.
Your favorite painter?
Da Vinci
Your favorite musician?
Jimmy Buffet
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, sense of humour, wit, honesty & integrity
The quality you most admire in a woman?
intelligence, sense of humour, wit and grace, honesty & integrity
Your favorite virtue?
honesty, tolerance, a sense of wonderment, a sense of humour
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, travelling, conversation, climbing mountains; sailing seas
Who would you have liked to be?
Marco Polo, Nathaniel Bumpo, Robin of Lochsley, Aristotle, Kim Sejong,
Your most marked characteristic?
A desire to make a positive contributon to the world around me.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty, sense of humour, open mind
What is your principle defect?
I'm too easily frustrated by some setbacks; which leads to procrastination.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
A 9 to 5 automaton-like job with a picket-fence existence in the suburbs.
What would you like to be?
Worldly & traveled, yet generally humble
What is your favorite color?
Those shades that contrast and provide the subtle nuances that catch the eye.
What is your favorite flower?
Those in the alpine meadows in spring.
What is your favorite bird?
Northern Sawhet Owl, Peregrine Falcon, any raptor
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Flavour of the day
Who are your favorite poets?
Byron, Keats, Lorca
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Florence Nightingale; Evelyn Sayre; Ching Shih
What is it you most dislike?
Any of my mistakes that cause inconvenience, harm or discomfort to others.
What historical figures do you most despise?
The Puritans, Zealots, other fanatics & their ilk.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Alexander of Macedon in Asia; Peace Keeping in the modern era
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Practical wisdom and the opportunity to use it effectively.
How would you like to die?
Well regarded, but with little fuss.
What is your present state of mind?
Immense frustration - feeling stagnated; and with little hope of finding the resources to extricate myself anytime soon.
What is your motto?
Korean Expression - Sounds like: "Fighting" in English - and refers to struggling against the odds; as an underdog; yet with honour, dignity and persistence.

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