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21:09:00, February 22nd, 2007
John Henry Holliday, DDS
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond byasking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. IfI already know you well, expect the questions may be a little moreintimate!
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

I know I already posted this 'meme.' It is just better, I think, to post it again than ask that people wade through my journal.

Questions from will_porter
1) What do you think is the greatest invention of your time?
The greatest invention of my time was the steam locomotive, though it was a little before my birth. Shining rails stretching so far over the horizon, crossing the county, moving us farther and farther west. They moved our troops and won us battles in the Civil War. We were so proud. And later there were the boom towns, created as the Railroad moved into each new area, and I moved with them, watching - not part of the dusty new world, but watching it. And then the great Railway Hotels sprang up along the tracks. In truth, I could probably talk about this for a very long time.

2) What made you want to be a dentist?
I was born with a cleft palate. Now that may seem like a small thing, but in those days it was dangerous, and furthermore took endless hard work and concentration on my teeth and mouth to learn to speak correctly, which I managed to do by the time I was ten. My uncle was a doctor and a pioneer of new techniques including the use of ether in operations, and he was frustrated by the inability of the medical associations and regulating bodies to accept life-saving and pain-saving innovations. Dentistry was a new bright profession without the same rigid restrictions, and I had a natural affinity and knowledge.

3) Is there any event in your life you would change?
Apart from the Battle of Gettysburg? For my own life, what can I say? That I wish my mama had not had consumption, that I wish I had not? I do wish those things. I wish so much. I lost everything. I wish I had spun and seen and shot Morgan's killer. I wish I could have been with Mattie. I wish I could have had a practice with Robert. I wish we had never moved to Valdosta. I wish my father had been... better. I wish I had stood my ground with Wyatt at Iron Springs. I wish that fire had never started in Leadville. I wish I had been able to contain myself in Albequerque. I wish I had had a child. I wish I could have influenced more children to learn and become great. I wish I could have had a brother. I wish so much. And yet, who am I to wish anything? It is all His Plan.

4) Describe yourself in five words or less.
Dentist, Gentleman, Sporting Man, Friend. *smiles sweetly* I already did.

5) What's your favorite book?
The Bible? That is probably not a real answer. Harris' Principles and Practice of Dentistry? That is probably not a real answer. In these latter days, it is Gone with the Wind - Mattie's gift to me. That is not a real answer... *sighs deeply* Also Sprach Zarathustra, though I do not read German.
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13:22:23, February 23rd, 2007 (UTC)
Ynez Castillo: escondido
You have so many regrets, don't you?

Interview me.
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For Ynez
4:07:22, February 24th, 2007 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS
Dear Ynez!
*beams because he may call her Ynez and not Miss Castillo*
Why, I should be very pleased to interview you! And I do hope the questions will be congenial.

1) Which dish gives you the most joy to prepare?
2) If you could look from your window at any vista in the world, what would you see?
3) Who was your best friend when you were twelve years old?
4) What was it about New York that originally made it an attractive place to live?
5) How do you feel when you watch a sunset?
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1:16:40, March 5th, 2007 (UTC)
Will Porter's Supporting Cast: babyface
Did you say the Bible first because you thought you should?

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4:23:53, March 5th, 2007 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS
*John smiles*
I don't do anything because I think I should. Only because I should, or because it is true. My answers were true. But it is not a real answer. It is as if someone asked my favourite thing to drink and I said water. I like the Bible best. It is filled with ideas and good advice and tales and examples to contemplate. It tells of Heaven and the Angels, and I love an Angel, you know. It tells of sacrifice and honour and forgiveness and love. It tells me my Father loves me. It tells me how to love Him and His children, and it comforts me and helps me to be strong and good. I surely often need comfort. Then, I like Harris' Principles and Practices of Dentistry, because I love dentistry and being a dentist and because it is the best tool I have to that end. It gives me my vocation and living and raison d'etre. And I like Gone with the Wind, with all pride, because my cousin wrote it of me - in my memory, for me. It is myself through her eyes, and how moving that is, for I love her. But it is a book of myself, so that is not a real answer. I therefore selected Also Sprach Zarahustra, and that is a real answer, for it not a book that is critical to me, but one I like for its own sake - the ideas and potential for contemplation it holds, for it to inspires one to high ideals, and I like that.

*tilts his head on its side, regarding and considering Will*
I like you.

1) How are you, Will, right now, today?
2) You are having a child. What thought of your life would you most like to that child to make his or her life meaningful?
3) You friended me, to my quiet surprise. Why was that, if I may ask?
4) What is, to your mind, the hardest or bravest thing you have ever done?
5) In my time... loving a man was something to keep quiet. I was always proud and never apologised, but we both suffered for that. Today, you love Orlando, who is well-known to all. Do you find others... minimise you to those things - an element of his fame, and your love for him?
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8:21:33, March 9th, 2007 (UTC)
Will Porter
*smiles* I really like the way you explain things. You're so thoughtful in your responses.

And I like you, too.

Here are my answers: http://will-porter.livejournal.com/112934.html
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