Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Kenju's Interview and "Me, a thinking blogger?"

Photo by Sage, taken near Bodie, CA, 1989.

I’ve been overwhelmed in the past 24 hours. First of all, Kenju took me seriously and “interviewed” me. I will fulfill that obligation. Then, Gautami nominated me as a “thinking blog.” I’ve been scratching my head ever since… Seriously, I was humbled.

Then I read the comments in Gautami's blog where I discovered that a certain “regular” to my blog (Murf) had already made her smart remarks on Gautami’s blog, tempering any pride that I might have enjoyed for a few moments. I’m suppose to nominate 5 other thinking blogs, but I’m going to have to think about that (besides, I only read blogs that make me think, so you’re all thinking blogs.)

Here’s my interview:

Kenju: What one thing would you do differently in your life, if you had the opportunity to do it over?

Sage: I would have studied more in high school and would have gone to my first choice among colleges rather than deciding at the last minute to attend a different school to be closer to a girlfriend.

Kenju: What type of music would you write, if you could compose?

Sage: I’d love to be able to write piano solos like Keith Jarrett or George Winston

Kenju: “If money were no object, what would be the first thing you would buy?”

Sage: “A ‘Sage’ fly rod, of course,”

Kenju: What experience in your life has enriched you the most?

Sage: "This is a hard one. Religious experiences aside, I'd say hiking the Appalachian Trail. On my first hike on the trail, I met some through-hikers and came up with a little ditty, “Georgia to Maine, you must be insane.” Four years later, I was completing the trail."

Kenju: "If you were able to have dinner with any two people in the world, who would you choose and what would you ask them?"

Sage: " George Bush (Sr, not W) and Bill Clinton—I’d first ask what books they are reading, then I’d ask how we can restore bi-partisan respect in Washington. Finally, after a few drinks, I'd ask if there is any truth that they're having an affair."

Please let me know if you’d like to be interviewed by me. If so, I’ll give you five questions (I get to pick the questions). You will then update your weblog with your answers to the questions and include this explanation. You must also be willing to interview someone else. When others ask (or joke about) being interviewed, you get to ask five questions and the pyramid will continue to be built.


  1. Sage, these are great answers. I think you for playing along - and I thank you for being the thoughtful blogger that you are, and taking them seriously! THANKS!

  2. Hi Sage, I'm game for an interview. I like your answers. You have truly had a very interesting life- hiking, fishing and exploring faith. I feel like I know you a little better now. :o)

  3. I love love your 41 and Clinton answer.

    Also the college one. Though personally I believe in the transfer til you get the school you want method

    I was going to go say the exact same thing about my thinking blogger awards--you are so right :)

  4. Great, thoughtful answers! I'm hoping to experience a small part of the AT in October in the Berkshires!

  5. Cool answers. The only one that seemed out of place to me was the piano solo answer. I picture you as a classical guitar kind of guy (not to be equated with banjo music on a canoe trip).

  6. Murf, It will be my pleasure--give me a few days to think up my questions

    Kenju, thanks for the questions and including me

    Trailady, I'll be glad to conjure up some questions, give me a few days

    Pia, congratulations on your Thinking Award!

    Diane, I'll have to dig my journals out and read up on the Berkshires--Mt. Graylord (I think that's the name) is the tallest spot in MA. But there's some other nice places--the first of the lakes (that you get on the northern section of the trail, is found in MA.

    Kevin, I'm glad I can surprise you on something! There is something haunting about the clear piercing sound of a solo piano

  7. George Sr. and Bill C., does make one wonder. Great answers!!

  8. I've always wanted to do the Continental Divide trail to avoid the masses. However, my knee gave out before my heart ever did. I still hope that I can hike parts of it in my lifetime.

  9. Bill Clinton would probably be one of mine too.

    Great answers there. My husband swears by his Sage rod. He would tell you it is one of his most prized possessions. I have a Cabela's in house G-loomis or however you spell it. Our guide in Montana actaully picks on Martin about using Sage, I don't know why. His are all G-loomis.