Since James Lipton Hasn’t Come Knocking…

… and because Vittoria did it and I was similarly inspired:

What is your favorite word? Serendipity – though I blame John Cusack for tarnishing my word with that awful movie of the same name

What is your least favorite word? Any racial epithet used with venom by a non-member of the aggrieved class, and only slightly less so when used by a member of the aggrieved class

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally? Creatively – a chef’s knife and a clean kitchen; spiritually – a chef’s knife, kitchen in progress, and a glass of wine; emotionally – serendipity

What turns you off?  Failing, and knowing that most of my failures are from my own hands

What sound do you love? The hiss of a wine cork, the sound of the 8 ball falling, Coltrane’s horn, brilliant conversation

What sound do you hate? Something breaking in a restaurant, ignorance, Kenny G screeching like a wounded cat

What is your favorite curse word? I hate that I curse as frequently as I do and I refuse to have a favorite

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Teacher

What profession would you not like to do? Parking Enforcement

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “You had to die to believe I exist? Really?  Whatever, the bar’s on the left; pour yourself a drink and we’ll catch-up.”


9 Responses to Since James Lipton Hasn’t Come Knocking…

  1. Ha, these answers are great! I love the word serendipity as well.

    But come on, tell the truth, that movie soured you on it just a bit, right?

  2. Lemmonex says:

    I really, really hate how much I love the word c*nt. But I do….by GOD I do.

    That word always makes me think of the movie, An Officer, and a Gentleman, where Zack Mayo dropped the c-bomb against Lynette in one of the last scenes.

  3. Fearless says:

    In all of my wine-soaked years, I’m not sure I’ve heard a cork hiss…maybe it’s my amateurish technique.

    Champagne always hisses, a properly opened wine cork makes a barely audible hiss.

  4. Julie says:

    “Something breaking in a restaurant”. GREAT answer. Though I’ve always hated that sound and scene so much, I’ve never really recognized it as a pet peeve of mine. I may have to steal that.

    For me it was always the sound of money being wasted – twice, because it usually necessitated comping something in addition to whatever broke.

  5. carrie m says:

    Even worse than something breaking in a restaurant? The assholes who clap because they think *that* makes it funny and less awkward.

    The is a high form of bent screwdriver, useless tool.

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  7. Vittoria says:

    Love. LOVE! Your heaven answer.

    It only seems logical thing She would say to me if it exists and She does too; and thank you.

  8. ella says:

    yeah…i’m stealing this

    have at it, we have all stolen it from Mr. Lipton and the Bravo network.

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