If Charlie joined the circus…
My greatest circus-related offering would be as an oddities, or ‘Freak Show,’ performer. I am fortunate enough to have two different sized pupils (due to a paint ball injury) that would be sure to attract crowds far and wide. I would probably end up creating some elaborate backstory about how one eye sees the past while the other sees the future. Enchanting. Also, it would be a pretty sweet gig as all I would have to do is sit there and let people look on with wonder and amazement.
If Simone got knuckle tattoos, this is what she’d get:
I struggle with tattoos. They’re permanent. They’re on our skin, and they’re a part of us. I’ve developed as a person so much in the last year that what I would have chosen 6 months ago is a far cry from what I would get today. But when it comes down to it, I’d get COURAGE tattooed across my knuckles. ‘COUR’ on the right hand (derived from the Latin word ‘heart’) and ‘AGE’ on the other hand. Together, the word COURAGE is a call to action, to speak openly and honestly about who I am as a person, and to own my story. Separately, COUR (very similar to the French word for heart) and AGE, it’s a reminder to not be limited by either. Don’t let your heart and your emotions limit how people see you, and don’t let your age ever limit what people think you are capable of.
So, Wade. If someone offered you $5 million for one of your appendages, would you take the deal?
To be honest, I’m pretty attached to each of my appendages and can’t imagine giving up one of them for any sum of money. If I was forced to give up one of my appendages though, I’d probably choose to lose one of my pinky toes. Due to my extreme case of being too tall, I don’t see my feet that often, and I don’t think those toes serve much of a purpose. I probably wouldn’t miss one of those toes too much.
Hey SJ – Create your own holiday. What would it be, how would people celebrate, and on what date would they celebrate? Here’s her answer:
I love all things revolving around themes. In my spare time, and as a hobby, I plan themed parties and throw them for my friends. I love seeing everything come together, and having my guests show up all dressed up for the theme. Each year, I try to throw an epic party with a new theme. Last years big party was ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
With this in mind, my holiday would be Theme Day, and it would fall on the 3rd Saturday in June. Just like the Chinese New Year is represented by an animal each year, a new theme would be chosen for everyone to dress up and have parties based around. People would go all out for Theme Day, with everything from decorations, to food, to costumes. People would be encouraged to dress up and participate in the theme however they could. Theme day would be for people to show their creative sides, and to have fun with the chosen theme.
We asked Adam – “What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?” His answer:
I once stalked a mountain lion. I didn’t personally consider it dangerous, but others may.
I was surveying alone in the desert near Tucson, Arizona when the movement of a small deer caught my attention. I was on the top of a desert wash bank looking down upon it. I propped the GPS receiver against a cactus and moved closer to get a better look. Rather than seeing the deer, I saw a mountain lion moving slowly in a half stalking stance, about thirty feet behind the deer.
The wind was moving at a good clip, right down the wash. I decided to do some stalking of my own – I climbed into the wash and proceeded up the wash. I followed the two animals for about a mile. Due to the wind direction and the sound dampening nature of it, I was able to close the gap to probably about twenty feet. To this day I must assume that the cat was simply too focused on his prey to notice myself in chase. My twisted mind was telling me, “Boy I wonder if I can get close enough to pet this guy.”
The end result was a bit non climactic. I simply ran out of negotiable terrain. The wash became engulfed with cat claw shrubs and the two animals disappeared into the dense brush. I will never know if the predator eventually got the best of its prey. Perhaps driving the deer into the dense brush was all part of the plan.