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message 1: by Heidi (last edited Aug 12, 2009 07:53AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments What qualifies something as a good question? And in your opinion, what are some good questions?



message 2: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I'm desperately confused.


message 3: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments yeah, that's the kind of person i want to have a conversation with. sounds like fun. i particularly don't like little question and answer conversation but if that is where we are at i wouldn't be rude but instead attempt to be charming and funny

wait - what the hell kind of question is this you are asking Heidi?


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments In my experience, everyone loves them or hates them. I am an olive hater. I have tried to like olives multiple times, and failed.
Is anyone ambivalent to olives?


How's that?


message 5: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments There. Is that better?


message 6: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i hate olives. black, green doesn't matter. i don't even like the little cutesy bottles they come in or the dumb little hole they have in them. here is my final say on olives:

I would not eat them in a boat,
I would not eat them with a goat,
I would not eat them from the jar,
I would not eat them in a bar,
I would not eat the Sarah Pi;
For if I did perhaps I'd die


message 7: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I adore olives - that's a good question, IMO, Sarah. Thanks for playing.


message 8: by Heidi (last edited Aug 12, 2009 08:10AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Kevin, what's wrong with my questions? I think they're valid. For what it's worth, I don't typically do a question and answer session in everyday conversation, but it's fun occasionally (so long as both are willing participants; otherwise, it's just awkward).

I mean, some people prefer open ended questions. Some people prefer "either/or" questions. Some people like questions with pop culture references... the list goes on. People have written books with a list of questions. Then there's the game - 20 questions. Questions can be fun. That's all...

Maybe I should rephrase it - If you were going to interview someone (for a job, or like KD - for writing), what sort of questions would you likely ask? Do you have standard questions you like to ask people as you're getting to know them? Are there some questions you absolutely can't stand for people to ask you?


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

If you could have $100,000,000 but have to put up with the paparazzi and the like, or $2,000,000 and live in virtual anonymity, which would you choose?



message 10: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments 2mill - definitely.


message 11: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments ::sigh::

I think I'm just gonna go throw a tarp over my head. :(


message 12: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i was just jacking with you on the questions heidi. my family loves the question games but they make me feel weird. like if they say "where would you live, if you could, anywhere in the world?" i just can't have fun with that and debate internally about an answer and then usually just give some flip response

i still hate olives though


message 13: by Heidi (last edited Aug 12, 2009 08:24AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Oh, that would make it not fun. My nephew and I play this game all the time... and when other people join in, it can be really fun and interesting. He asks some REALLY good questions. I'v learned some stuff about my mom and sister that I never would've known if he hadn't asked the questions he did. Of course, he has the advantage of having a kid's perspective, so the questions make sense, but are clever.

I'd never judge a person's answer. If I don't personally agree with a person's response, I just typically ask more questions until I can understand where they're coming from.


message 14: by Heidi (last edited Aug 12, 2009 08:27AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments But those are GREAT questions, Bun!!! I do the same - I don't typically ask about the everyday details of a person's life - you know, general demographic kind of questions.

Sometimes instead of asking questions, I'll tell a story and then wait for someone else to share an opinion or something relevant...



message 15: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments see, i prefer fact questions. like trivial pursuit sort of stuff. much easier in convo than "what color do you feel like?"


message 16: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Kevin "El Liso Grande" wrote: "i was just jacking with you on the questions heidi. my family loves the question games but they make me feel weird. like if they say "where would you live, if you could, anywhere in the world?" i j..."

I love these kind of questions. Last year I burned through 10-15 minutes of every day chatting with my students about their answers to them. I loved it, but in retrospect they might have really hated it.


PS: Heidi, I came back to this thread first as soon as I got to school so that I could reread your post and come up with an answer. Now that you've edited it I'm at a loss.


PPS: Which is good. It's time to work.


message 17: by Lori (new)

Lori I can't think of anything specific right now, but I tend to ask questions that lead directly from a conversation that I want further elaboration.

Oh but I do tend to ask 2 questions that I guess qualify me as a regular busybody:

Where are you from? (not many people in Seattle are from here)
How old are you? - I don't always ask this and I don't judge people by how old they are, I can be friends with any age, but it gives me a perspective.

I HATE the what if questions which my son used to ask all the time. Not the general what if questions, like what if the sky was green or what if Hitler had won the war, but very specific based on a scenario that has him anxious.


message 18: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (buckythecat) I would bet there are more people from Seattle in here than there are from Oklahoma. :) I am old enough that I have to stop and think about it. I think of myself as about 27, but I'm actually 35.


message 19: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
That's funny Vanessa. I want to say 24 when I'm asked but I forget that I'm nearly 32.


message 20: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Sally wrote: "PS: Heidi, I came back to this thread first as soon as I got to school so that I could reread your post and come up with an answer. Now that you've edited it I'm at a loss. "

Yeah. I deleted it and didn't save a copy of it anywhere, so it's gone...

The questions I asked, though were:

- What makes you laugh?
- Where've you lived?
- What do you like to do to keep yourself preoccupied during a long roadtrip? For example, my sister and I would have belching contests...

His questions were:

How do you feel about olives?
What are 3 things you won't eat?






message 21: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Should I answer these?


I was impressed with your verbatim recitation of that conversation. My memory ain't that powerful, by far.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments We could go with the questions from Inside the Actor's Studio, as presented by James Lipton:


Here are the ten questions (compiled by Bernard Pivot) that James Lipton asks every guest on Inside the Actors Studio:

1. What is your favorite word?

2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What turns you on?

4. What turns you off?

5. What is your favorite curse word?

6. What sound or noise do you love?

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

9. What profession would you not like to attempt?

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?




message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I would like to hear him say - Welcome Jim

What I would probably hear is - Heads or Tails



message 24: by Youndyc (new)

Youndyc | 1255 comments Would like to hear God say, "Welcome home." Saccharine sweet, I know, I know, but that was my first gut reaction.

Favorite curse word - the F-bomb, definitely. Followed closely by a two-syllable version of the S word.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I would like to hear God say, "yes, pets are here, too."


message 26: by Lori (new)

Lori I love those questions on the Actor's Studio. And the answers can be fascinating, since the actors take them very seriously and usually don't just have a one word reply but some explainin around it.

Hopefully God would say something like this:

Lori lori lori, what am I to do with you? You didn't believe in me or heaven, but I'll let you join the party anyway. Make sure to visit your old pets over in our Animal Section as well.


message 27: by Heidi (last edited Aug 12, 2009 11:05AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments UGH!!! So my question WASN'T really an actors' studio question (What makes you laugh). Makes me want to kick a boy in the shin... HMMPH.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments The sound I love best is ocean waves.

The sound I love least is couples arguing.


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

Heidi wrote: "UGH!!! So my question WASN'T really an actors' studio question (What makes you laugh). Makes me want to kick a boy in the shin... HMMPH."

::moves slowly behind Matt::


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Heidi wrote: "UGH!!! So my question WASN'T really an actors' studio question (What makes you laugh). Makes me want to kick a boy in the shin... HMMPH."

And then, we would find out what that boy's favorite curse word was!


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Q:
why does every body hate me cuz of the scary cow pic


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments We don't hate you, Bay bay, but that is one toothy cow in your picture.
Also, you seem pretty young, based on how you're communicating. We're old farts here, and not fond of the texting style of typing.


message 33: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I would like the record to show that Jackie is older than me.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Yes, but I'm prettier. :P


message 35: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I can live with that.


message 36: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments dangit, i am older AND ....


message 37: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments nope, i meant older AND not as pretty


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments You're pretty in your own special way, Kevin. :)


message 39: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Pretty fly for a white guy?


message 40: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments they don't call me the Vanilla Gorilla for nuttin'


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Kevin "El Liso Grande" wrote: "they don't call me the Vanilla Gorilla for nuttin'"

They do? For something involving nuts?


message 42: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments sometimes i feel like a ....


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Deja vu!


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" wrote: "Deja vu!"

Yeah, all over again.



message 45: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
You guys really took Bey bey's question and RAN.


message 46: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments sometimes i have Vuja De. the feeling that this has never ever happened before


message 47: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments What hasn't happened, Kevin?


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Bay bay seems to have fled.

Oops!


message 49: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
!spoo


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

Does that mean there's a stampede?



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