Here are my answers to althaea's questions:
1. If the world became completely perfect, what would be the most significant portion of yourself that would be lost?
My drive and creativity. In a perfect world those would be neither needed nor encouraged.
2. Which animal do you most feel a kinship with?
Depends on the moment *smile* Mostly lions (esp. in the hot summer), but I do have my Thoroughbred moments as well.
3. What is your vision of an *ideal woman*? Do you think you would like her?
The ideal woman - that's a toughie. She would be both intelligent and smart (which are, after all, two completely different traits). Witty, gracious, able to think on her feet. One who took care of herself, and possessed of strong character. Well read. Funny. Talented. Firm in her convictions. And a redhead, natch *grin* We'd either be great friends or bitter enemies.
4. Are there any mundane, everyday experiences which continue to fill you with awe whenever you encounter them?
The beauty of a sunset over the Flatirons. The foothills serving as a setting for clouds painted in rich tones of red, orange, and gold, fading slowly to the deepest shades of violet as twilight takes hold.
The ability to become completely lost in a book. To leave this world for a few brief moments and enter another, where my imagination can roam freely and weave a rich tapestry with the assistance of an author.
5. [Lorelei's question] If you had to choose between a world that was completely monochromatic, or a world that was completely odorless, which would you pick?
Thanks Lorelei! At first I thought this was going to be a tough question. In the end, however, it's simple. I would definitely choose monochromatic over odorless. For several reasons. First, I enjoy food far too much to not be able to taste it *smile* Second, because smell is wired directly into one's brain - there's little processing that goes on between smell and realization/recognition. That's why smell memories are so sharp and lasting. A great deal of beauty in the world comes from scent. I could still enjoy visual beauty in a monochromatic would, but I couldn't stop and smell the flowers in an odorless one.