Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Austen and Einstein at One Table?

As a follow-up to my last post, I feel compelled to answer the age-old question: If you could invite any 5 people (past or present) to a dinner party, who would you invite?

This is who I would invite:
  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Jane Austen
  3. Michelle Kwan
  4. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  5. Norman Rockwell
That's who I've whittled it down to so far, anyway. Who would YOU invite?

Thing I'm thankful for: Working so close to home that I'm able to go home for lunch.

13 Comments:

Blogger Yvonne said...

Ooh, I love that!!

I would invite:

1. Virginia Woolf
2. my paternal grandfather
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Bill Watterson

That's what I think now, anyway. But can we have a monthly dinner like that? ;o)

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Lexia Snow said...

Me and Jimmy (of the New York Fallons). That's it. Why would I want four other people to tag along? ;o) I think I've worn Forever Fallon out.

Perhaps I would invite:
Albert Einstein, Jane Austin...you know what, I'll just join your party and bring Steinbeck, Da Vinci, and C.S. Lewis (I've heard good things about him).

Scratch that, reverse. I'm inviting:

1. and 2. Charles and Ray Eames (married genius artists/dead).
3. Steven Strogatz (applied mathematician/alive).
4. Oscar Peterson (jazz musician/dead I think, yes I'm sure of it).
5. Frank Lloyd Wright (architect/dead). If he can't make it, Norbert Wiener (coined the term cybernetics as we understand it today/dead).

I could easily nix all this and just say God, but I won't do that.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous xuhoch said...

Norbert Wiener... wow.

For added fun I'll try to keep it to the living... for my first list.

Jimmy Carter
Herbie Hancock
Hayao Miyazaki
James Burke
Gordon B. Hinckley

That could make for some interesting discussion. (I'm really counting on seeing Pres. Hinckley geek out on science and jazz with Burke and Hancock. I believe he and Pres. Carter already know one another, owing to arrangements Pres. Carter made to help the Mormon missionary effort while he was in office.)

And I'll keep the other lists to my lj, rather than inflicting them on all of you here. (Fantasy dinner party's booked out a few months already.)

9:44 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yvonne, NO MONTHLY DINNERS! There are rules to these kinds of questions! :) No, since we're imagining, I guess we can do whatever we want . . .

I thought about adding Mozart or Michelangelo. But I like my group. I think they would all get along quite nicely.

Lexi, I love that you actually put whether these people were alive or dead. I laughed so hard. Love you.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Ezra said...

-Stephen Hawking
-Meriwether Lewis
-Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
-Grandpa Owen
-Osama Bin Laden (Once I got him there, I'd immediately call the cops.)

6:19 AM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Interesting! I think I would invite...

1) Harry Truman
2) Bing Crosby
3) Samuel Clements a.k.a Mark Twain
4) Peter Jennings
5) Don Adams

I wonder if that's an awkward mix...I doubt they would all be friends, but it could make for some interesting conversation. I wanted to put Clara Barton on there too, but alas, I wanted to meet Don Adams a little bit more!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Can I have one-on-one dinners with five different people? I get kind of quiet in group situations, and I don't want anybody to dominate the conversation which is inevitable with 5 -- no, 6 -- brilliant minds at one table. :)

-- The apostle Paul
-- Johnny Cash
-- Voltaire
-- My great-grandpa
-- Karl Marx

1:04 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ooh. Mark Twain. He's a goodun.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I thought I should mention on here that Lexia suggested I call this post "Wanted, Dead or Alive." I would've loved to, if I'd thought of it. But I can't steal her thunder.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Michelle Kwan would be in your top 5 people of ALL TIME? Really?

4:26 PM  
Blogger Woody & SumSum said...

This is a though one.

1. George Washington
2. Benjamin Franklin
3. Joseph Smith
4. John Glenn
5. King Arthur (I would like to ask him if the round table was really his idea.)

Musicians: I would just like to try to get some pointers and jam a little.

1. Jimmy Hendrix
2. Jerry Garcia
3. Bob Marley
4. Jack Johnson
5. The Beatles (Can I count them as one?)

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Eduardo Buys said...

Sara,
please, use the google translate...the same way that I use to navegate in your marvelous blog.
In portuguese...
Eu achei o máximo convidar 5 pessoas, de todos os tempos, que gostaríamos de convidar para jantar e, provavelmente vou usar a idéia singular, quatro anos depois, em meu Blog do Varejo.
Outra idéia ótima foi Você selecionar seus melhores post de cada ano. Já tentei fazer, mas desistí. Meu blog tem mais de quatro anos. Mas, agora, resolvi fazer isto de verdade, porque ví como isto é importante, até para a nossa própria memória. São registros para sempre.
Minha lista para o jantar,para receber em casa, com a família toda:
1-Jesus Cristo,
2-Leonardo da Vinci
3-Oscar Niemeyer
4-Martin Luther King
5-The Beatles
Esta idéia é tão instigante que se tivéssemos que fazer uma nova lista, talvez os convidados seriam outros, porque a humanidade tem muitas pessoas especiais.
Alguém poderia sugerir fazer vários jantares, um por mes, por um ano, com 12 áreas de interesse, como música, história, política, esportes, meio ambiente, artes, ciências, responsabilidade social, negócios e mais outras 3 áreas, que peço sua sugestão ou de quem está lendo este comentário.
Eu espero que Você resgate este comentário, num post de mais de 4 anos passado - de volta para o futuro? - e comente de volta. Sua visita será super bem vinda.
Saudações.
Eduardo Buys
ps: ah, se eu usar a idéia, vou usar a sugestão do comentário da Lexia: Procura-se Vivo ou Morto.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Sissym said...

Hello Sarah, I must think of motives that would lead me to sit. I love talking, reading, I'm curious, I love history, so let me think:

1) Jesus
2) Leonardo da Vinci
3) Antonie Saint Exupery
4) Sarah Bernadht
5) Queen Elizabeth

I certainly would have some "questions" to Jesus and hope He likes talking to me! rsss

Kisses

8:59 PM  

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