No not of the Oxford nor Naval Academy sort, rather Mrs. PVE has tagged me to complete the “A-Z” questionnaire. So I carefully arranged my plate of madeleines and after revising my inital draft, present The Elegantologist… errr… post-mortum. This is me, more or less, tagged and bagged, for your perusal. Please wipe your feet before you come in and remember to turn out the lights on your way out.
A. Attached or Single – Attached to the most amusing polymath Mrs. E.
B. Best Friend – yes! Four, to include Mrs. E.
C. Cake or Pie – Pie, for breakfast.
D. Day of Choice – They sort of all run together. Memorial Day is nice.
E. Essential Item(s) – Sunglasses, a pocket knife, music, good shoes, great books.
F. Favorite Color – changes. Red, pink, grey foremost among them.
G. Gummy Bears or Worms – Gummy Bears, I suppose. No real sweet tooth.
H. Hometown – Army brat. Now, Richmond, VA.
I. Indulgence – My wardrobe, my library and those on my blogroll.
J. January or July – New Year’s Eve is my anniversary and the beach is always a treat.
K. Kids – Two, one of each!
L. Life isn’t complete without – Mrs. E. I can’t imagine anyone who would indulge me this much. And all that jazz.
M. Marriage date, December 31st, 1997.
N. Number of brothers and sisters, 0
O. Oranges or Apples – Can’t begin to compare the two.
P. Phobias – Fears – Phone-aphobic, if there is such a thing.
Q. Quote – “Living well is the best revenge.”
Or perhaps: “I chose the title because a flair for living is the ultimate goal. Learning how to really live, to cultivate a flair for living in all you do is a lifelong process. Now doesn’t that add a sense of urgency to what you are doing right now?” Charlotte Moss from an interview by All the Best.
Illegitimi non carborundum (incorrect, apparently.)
R. Reason to smile – I have a great life. In remission (again) for almost two years. Two beautiful children. One incredible wife. A fine dog.
S. Season of Choice – Vivaldi’s four.
T. Tag 3 – Hollister Hovey, Aesthete? HOBAC? Don’t hate the messenger, your public demands to know.
U. Unknown fact about me – I once authored a report on “Soviet Non- Compliance with Treaties.”
V. Vegetable – Artichokes. Fresh corn.
W. Worst Habit – Too numerous to mention.
X. X-ray or Ultrasound – PET scan. See “R” above.
Y. Fave Food – Meat. Roasted Chicken or Cheeseburgers. Fresh Fish.
Z. Zodiac – Gemini.
Should you choose to accept this assignment, please post your answers to A through Z. As usual, should you be caught, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence.