I was meme'd this morning by my friend Karan, the failed mommy, and now feel compelled to answer her questions (although I know she can't make me, I'm always happy to be included):
1. What do you love about where you live?
I love coming home to it. I am frequently on the road, for work and for fun, and I enjoy the travel in ways, perhaps, that others do not. But I am always glad to come home from my adventures and sleep in my own bed. I also enjoy the fact that the water is never more than 5 minutes away from any point in town, and this time of year, there's a whole day's worth of activities available after work lets out, because the sun isn't setting until about 2 a.m. (and then only briefly). But at the end of the day, what I love most about living here are the people I am surrounded by.
On a bigger scale, as a Canadian, I was asked this week if I would ever buy a home in another country. And as much as I enjoy visiting other places, I have learned by traveling just how lucky we are to live in this lovely, infuriating, peaceful nation of winter and mosquitoes. Where we talk about our differences endlessly instead of killing each other. Where we are allowed to tell our governments they are stupid, and no one comes to get us in the middle of the night.
2. What could entice you to leave it?
World peace and the elimination of poverty and hatred and xenophobia would be a start. I would consider a temporary assignment outside of Canada, but I would need to know I was coming back eventually. As for the North, I often thought I would leave, and I guess I will eventually (I can't imagine being an elderly person in this climate, being trapped in my house 7-8 months of the year because of weather and road conditions), but I have no idea why I would go other than weather and health. I suppose a place where the weather is better and my health would improve would seem enticing.
3. If you could go anywhere on a trip, without regard to resources, where would you go, and why?
I would take a year and drive around New Zealand. It has always seemed like a country that has every type of vista and climate and experience, rolled into one package. And I like leisurely road trips. And lots of scenery to photograph.
4. What inspires you?
Lately, not much, which is kind of a problem I need to work through. An opportunity to effect positive change is inspiring, and rare. A chance to experience something new - always inspiring. Being around others who do so much more with less than I have, and who are genuinely appreciative, that's inspiring, and humbling.
5. What makes you laugh the hardest?
Bing'ing off of friends until you are practically hyperventilating.
And Craig Ferguson.