Writing prompt via Saturday 9
1) In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (this coming Tuesday), we’re featuring one of Ireland’s most successful exports, U2. What else is Ireland famous for?
Guinness and Jameson, the Blarney Stone, golfing on really green grass, tea and scones… I could go on, but I guess I will stop there. :)
2) The Dublin studio where U2 recorded this song (and all of Achtung, Baby) is now a music store called Claddagh Records. U2 pilgrims from all over the world travel to the spot (Celia Street, Dublin 2). If we were to visit your neighborhood, are there any landmarks you could direct us to?
Not very familiar with any of the landmarks in Easton, PA aside from the center square where they have Easton Farmer’s Market during the summer and fall months, the oldest and continuously-running open-air market in the United States since 1752. Flemington, NJ, where I most of my youth, is famous for being the location of the Lindbergh kidnapping and subsequent trial. The Lindberghs had a home in East Amwell, where the baby was taken, and the trial was located at the Hunterdon County Courthouse on Main Street.
3) Lead singer Bono is rarely seen without his trademark sunglasses because he suffers from glaucoma. How is your vision? 20/20?
I wear glasses or contacts, but the prescription is normal and consistent, I suppose — not too strong or weak.
4) Bono and wife Alison were married in 1982 and are still together today. Who is the longest-married couple you know?
My grandparents on my mother’s side would have been the longest married couple that I have known, but my grandfather passed before they could reach their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on New Year’s Eve
5) When Bono inducted Frank Sinatra into the Grammy Hall of Fame, he applauded the older man’s “swagger.” Do you think you have swagger?
“Swagger” is defined as an aggressive or arrogant walk or behavior. While it is not generally my intention to be arrogant, I can certainly come off that way to people who might not know me very well. In not-so-nice terms, I have often heard this termed for women as a “resting bitch face” — hah.
6) Bono has been honored by world leaders, including President Obama and Nelson Mandela and the Pope, for his philanthropy. Here’s your turn to brag: tell us something you have received praise for recently.
My philanthropy is far from the status of Bono’s, I can assure you. My eternal bragging rights, however, would probably be the fact that I donated a kidney to my mom. Recently, on a personal level, I got a 104% grade on my accounting exam (yes, I said accounting), which still seems unbelievable to me.
7) Clearly Bono is the most famous member of U2. Who else is in the band?
The Edge is the guitarist, but he is the only other person that I am familiar with. Although I do enjoy some of their music, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a die-hard or even a big fan of the band.
8) On St. Patrick’s Day, will you wear green?
I might wear a little green, yeah, but I would still want to keep my green work- and fashion-friendly, as opposed to garish.
9) Will you enjoy a glass of green beer or maybe a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s?
Probably not; not a huge fan of watery beer dyed with green food coloring or artificial flavors. Dark beers and whiskeys of various kinds, as I have mentioned in the past, are generally my go-to preferences any time of the year. I might enjoy a few more beers than usual over the course of this week, but don’t plan to go out binge drinking as some do to “celebrate.”