Best ice cream flavour: Vanilla. Yes. Possibly outdone only by French vanilla. I love vanilla, what can I say? I am boring.
Best TV series: Sports Night. Brilliantly written. Several wonderful characters, including one of my Virtual Top Ten men, Dan Rydell. I wish I was so clever as some of the characters on this show. I wish I were as gifted a writer of dialogue and story as Aaron Sorkin. Even though we have watched the series through many, many times, we still laugh and cry and discuss the minutiae of the show and talk about what should have happened in subsequent seasons.
Best time of day: Early evening.
Best-loved children’s book:Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. I got a compilation of both stories as a kid, and I read it many times over. I adored the Alice stories. They appealed to my imagination and I always wanted to walk through a mirror into another place.
Best comfort food: Mashed potatoes. Especially with butter and green onions, also known as champ.
Best sale: The 100 yen sales at Kintetsu department store, when I lived in Japan. You can’t believe all the wonderful stuff I bought for a dollar during those sales. Some stuff I still use.
Best shoes: My Doc Martens with the big silver buckle. If they’d been shiny patent leather, they’d be perfect.
Best meal: Dinner at Champers, near Bridgetown, Barbados. BDH took me there one evening when we were on a business trip to Barbados, and it was the nicest dinner, just for sheer ambiance and good food. Right on the water’s edge, it was a favourite place to dine. I wonder if it’s still there, and still as nice.
Best T-shirt (tie): My gray Navy t-shirt Bob brought me from the US Naval Academy, and my John Lennon collector’s edition from the Hard Rock Cafe in Tokyo. Hard to say which one I love more, but both of them are well worn and pretty special to me. Luckily, they’re both too small now.
Best colour of paint in my house right now: I think the blue in our attic is the richest, most relaxing colour, and I am glad we decided to go with something bold. Although, it’s not one of those neutral colours they say you’re supposed to paint. Oh well. Screw them. What do they know anyway? I like it.