Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Question: What Would You Ask?

There comes a point in all of our lives when we die. Downer huh? But there is good news. We have it on good authority that when you die, you get to ask one question. It can be anything, from the factual (“how many planets are there in the universe?”) to the philosophical (“does that darn falling tree make a sound?”) to the mundane (“how fast was that bus going?”) to the relevant (“why is it so hot here?”).

But you only get one chance. And we here at Commentarama are all about preparation! So we think now would be a good time for each of you to get your questions ready -- so that you don’t blow it when the time comes. Ask away friends, ask away. . .

25 comments:

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi Andew,

Just to be clear on the rules: Would this be a direct question (and answer), period, or can there be follow-up questions for clarity like most reporters used to ask before coming up with completely new questions under the guise of "follow-up questions?"

Not that God ain't clear, it's my reception that's hazy at best. Of course, when I'm dead that may be no longer valid (hourglass darkly, veil, etc.), in which case I may very well ask something completely different than what I have in mind now.

CrispyRice said...

Good point, Ben. Simple questions rarely get simple answers. But I still think I'll probably be saying something like:

"Weeeeeeeeeeeee! Life was fun. Can I go again? Can I? Can I? Pleeeease??"

freedom21 said...

I didn't know we got a question! This is news to me!

I suppose I'd ask...."Who was it that shot me?"

I've always been pretty sure that I am going to die by gun shot.

Writer X said...

What came first--the chicken or the egg?

AndrewPrice said...

Sorry guys, I've got no answers for you. All we were told was "one question." It doesn't sound like that would include follow ups. So you might want to try to squeeze it all into one question.

I was thinking, "what is the meaning of life?", but that might be kind of boring. (Plus I'm told the answer is "42".)

AndrewPrice said...

Freedom21 -- LOL! I can see the value in that one!


Writer X, very good question!

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

In that case I would ask how to turn water into wine. Preferrably a good year. I figure that might be kinda handy to know if I'm stuck in purgatory for a long time.

ScottDS said...

"Was it as good for her as it was for me?" :-)

Just kidding. I suppose my question would be, "Can I do it again?"

And Andrew, good call on 42.

AndrewPrice said...

Anybody wanna bet the most asked question is: "What do you mean NO virgins?"

AndrewPrice said...

USS Ben, Good thinking. That would make the time pass really well.


ScottDS, I'm glad you liked "42" -- you're a well read man!


ScottDS & CrispyRice, I really like that idea -- "can I go again." Let's hope they grant favors!

ScottDS said...

Andrew - I must confess...

I've only read part of The Hitchhiker's Guide. I have not read the whole thing, but I'd like to one day. I saw the movie but I'm pretty sure I knew about the "42" reference before that. :-)

AndrewPrice said...

ScottDS, I saw the movie, but it really didn't work for me. Truthfully, I'm not sure how you could make that book into a movie.

I read the whole series and I enjoyed it, though the first one was by far the best.

It always makes me laugh when in the middle of some otherwise tense movie, one of the characters says, "don't panic."

patti said...

all my life i have wondered: what was the purpose of giving me my personality?

seriously, being a persistent seeker of truth, a wild profanity user, laughing at all things juvenile especially farts or poop, an umbrelly drink lover, a deep-feeler and rarely intimidated by anyone or anything patriot, has gotten me into many a tight spot in life. my family shakes their head at me. my friends barely tolerate me (holla!)and my mother still admonishes me, at age 47, to "be a lady."

seriously why?! some days i think it would have been lovely to have been born one of those folks who gets thru life with nary a worry in their blank heads.

i patiently await your answer...

Mike Kriskey said...

What really happened to the princes in the tower?

AndrewPrice said...

Patti, I suspect that you are here to inspire the rest of us.

Mike, I thought Black Adder answered that one? :-P

CrispyRice said...

Patti, I would answer that question by saying that you are lucky to have such a personality. I feel bad for people who go through life just going through the motions without any unique character, original ideas, or "healthy disrespect for authority."

If I'm waiting in line to get into the pearly gates and I see the line for babies headin' down, I'm sneaking over. That's all I'm saying.

Oh, and Andrew and Scott - Hitchhiker's Guide answered the question, too. After deciding the answer was "42" they endeavored to find The Question. If I recall correctly... (Spoiler alert??!?!)




The Question was "What is 6 times 9?" And to understand why that question fits (or doesn't) to the answer, you'll have to read the book. :)~

LawHawkSF said...

As a conservative Republican, my question would be "Is there life after Obama?"

AndrewPrice said...

Not to get too serious, but I think I would ask: "how did I do?"

BevfromNYC said...

Have any of you seen "Defending Your Life'? One of my faves.

Anyway, I like all of these questions! But, if I use a "connecting" word like "and" or "or", do you think St. Peter would notice that it's not really one questions?

My question:
Did I do okay and where do I go from here?

AndrewPrice said...

CrispyRice -- 6 times 9?

Bev, I haven't seen it. Can you use an and or an or? I don't know. Good question(s) though.

Lawhawk, Strangely, I don't think God is going to care much about Obama.

CrispyRice said...

Yes, Andrew. Perhaps you need to reread "Life, the Universe, and Everything." It explains alot about the people on this planet, too. ;)

AndrewPrice said...

Oh, that's right. . . the mice.

patti said...

wow andrew, for once i might be speechless.

crispyrice: i'll try to keep that in mind.

CrisD said...

Can I see my Dad?

AndrewPrice said...

Patti. . . speechless? Amazing.

CrisD, good question. :-)

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