e jerry powell pointed out to me that these diversions have covered a great deal of the Pivot Questionnaire made famous by James “Mec Daddy” Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio. He made an excellent point. To wit -
- What is your favourite word? ☑
- What is your least favourite word? ☑
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? I’m afraid to ask this one.
- What turns you off? Can we just put a pin in this and #3?
- What is your favourite curse word? ☑
- What sound or noise do you love? Close enough. ☑
- What sound or noise do you hate? We love hate! Let’s do this one!
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do? Let’s save these last two for another time.
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? ☑-ish. This one might be fun to revisit sometime later.
What sound or noise do you hate?
I knew a woman whose voice was so grating that I would do an impression of her to explain the idiom “like fingernails on a blackboard” to my ESL students. Her family once babysat a friend’s pet bird and every time this woman spoke the bird went NUTS!
Clanging pots: I am deeply clumsy, so I often drop things like pots and pans. I don’t try to catch them; I cover my ears and initiate proactive cringing.
The squeak of styrofoam, in particular the sheets of it that come inside furniture you assemble yourself. I don’t like touching it either. I’m shifting uncomfortably just thinking about it.
Let’s add: What texture or sensation do you hate?
Creme brulee. It’s phlegm in dessert form.
Foam backing such as one finds on a plastic table cloth. I cannot touch it without shuddering.
Hell, let’s make it non-specific: What makes your skin crawl? What sensory thing annoys the crap out of you?
Chime in. Speak up. Delurk. Share your hate. Heebie your jeebies.
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