50 questions: jim luerssen

NAME | James Alan Luerssen Jr

AGE | 44

HOMETOWN | Westfield NJ

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HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER? | we worked together at Defenders

 

  1. FAVORITE COLOR | green

 

  1. FAVORITE ANIMAL | blue whale, dog
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Even when taking dinosaurs into account, the modern day blue whale is the largest animal to ever exist on Earth.  https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2017/05/blue-whales-facts.html/2
  1. FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK/EXECUTION MEAL | sushi and ice cream

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  1. FAVORITE BAND/MUSICIAN/SONG | Tom Petty

 

  1. FAVORITE MOVIE/DIRECTOR/ACTOR | Wes Anderson
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Enter a A visual treasure trove, Bad Dads grants fans of Wes Anderson another creative avenue to explore his inspired worlds and movies.caption

 

  1. FAVORITE SEASON/HOLIDAY | 4th of July and spring

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  1. FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR | On the Road

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  1. FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTER | Wile E. Coyote

 

  1. FAVORITE TOY WHEN YOU WERE A KID | a stuffed T-Rex named Spike, the dog eventually ate him but only after I was getting too old for it

 

  1. LUCKY NUMBER | 13

 

  1. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FAMOUS? WHY? IN WHAT WAY? | yes, as a comedian, I would like to be famous enough to get free food but not famous enough that people would bother me

 

  1. IF YOU COULD KNOW THE DATE AND MANNER OF YOUR DEATH, WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW? DO YOU HAVE A HUNCH? | NO, heart attack (family history)

 

  1. WHAT IS THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR? | relationships, friendships

 

  1. WHAT’S THE BEST MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE? |  the time I met a random dude (life-friend now) in college and he was looking for people to work as “peace patrol” at ’94 Woodstock… I of course immediately said yes and went to train for 2 days in Brooklyn and spent a week at the festival and had an amazing time working “security”.
  1. WOULD IT BE MORE FRIGHTENING TO DISCOVER THAT HUMANS ARE DEFINITIVELY THE MOST ADVANCED SPECIES IN THE UNIVERSE OR THAT WE ARE FAR FROM BEING THE MOST ADVANCED SPECIES IN THE UNIVERSE? | are

 

  1. NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST AND WHY YOU HAVEN’T DONE IT YET | stand-up comedy (3-5 minutes), haven’t done it because of shyness, fear of being in front of people

Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.

  1. HOUSE ON FIRE, PEOPLE AND PETS ARE SAFE – WHAT DO YOU SAVE? | birth certificates

 

  1. WHO WAS YOUR FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH? | Heather Locklear, from TV show TJ Hooker
  1. IF YOU COULD STOP TIME/ADD ONE DAY TO EACH WEEK, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? YOU CAN’T WORK OR DO CHORES. YOU CAN SPEND IT WITH OTHER PEOPLE BUT THEY WON’T REMEMBER IT. | explore creativity, write

 

  1. WHEN WILL YOU BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU? IS THERE SOME BREAKING POINT WHERE YOU WILL ACCEPT EVERYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF? | acceptance comes with age, there are a few things I’m still working on but I ignore the bad and accept most of my shortcomings.

 

  1. WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERFECT DAY FOR YOU? | beach, no work, just sit, swim, sit, swim, 6-pack, don’t look at phone, watch the kid and dog play on the beach until the sun goes down

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  1. WE MADE IT TO THE YEAR 2000. WILL WE MAKE IT TO 3000? | yes, but fewer people and hopefully smarter

 

  1. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO A SOCIETY IN WHICH NO ONE HAD TO WORK AND EVERYONE WAS PROVIDED ENOUGH FOOD/WATER/SHELTER/HEALTHCARE FOR FREE? | could go two ways – everyone would be happy and nice to each other, or we would get bored and evil

 

  1. BESIDES ME, WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON YOU EVER MET? | Jeff Corwin (TV wildlife guy) and Ric Okasek, The Cars
  1. HOW WOULD SOCIETY CHANGE IF MEN WERE ABLE TO GET PREGNANT? IF MEN AND WOMEN BOTH HAD AN EQUAL CHANCE OF GETTING PREGNANT FROM UNPROTECTED SEX? | fewer people, better world, men would have that instinctive empathy that comes naturally to women, the world would be a happier place to live

 

  1. IF YOU COULD CHOOSE YOUR AGE FOREVER, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY? | now, I’m happy with who I am, satisfied, happy with my wife and cool kid

 

  1. WHAT SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH WOULD HAVE THE GREATEST EFFECT ON HUMANITY? | mitigate the impacts of climate change in the most affected areas

 

  1. IF EMOTIONS ARE THE PRODUCT OF BIOCHEMICAL REACTIONS, THEN WE THEORETICALLY CAN CONTROL THEM. IF WE COULD CONTROL EMOTIONS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, SHOULD WE? | no, they should happen organically, people would become addicted to pleasure and joy, but it is important to be sad too, you grow more if you experience emotions

 

  1. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? | my mom has always been an inspiration for how I treat people, now that she has Parkinson’s she is still sharp, can still do the crossword in two hours but she has lost her ability to communicate in many ways. She taught me to want to live and thrive, to be positive and persevere.

 

  1. HAVE YOU EVER MEMORIZED A POEM? DO YOU REMEMBER IT? | yes, Robert Louis Stevenson in third grade, teacher would make us memorize and recite, but I don’t remember it now
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Robert Louis Stevenson is best known as the author of the children’s classic Treasure Island, and the adult horror story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both of these novels have curious origins. A map of an imaginary island gave Stevenson the idea for the first story, and a nightmare supplied the premise of the second. In addition to memorable origins, these tales also share Stevenson’s key theme: the impossibility of identifying and separating good and evil.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-louis-stevenson

 

  1. GUILTY PLEASURE? | The Bachelorette

  1. WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? | soccer player, NY Cosmos (Pele)

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  1. HAVE YOU EVER BROKEN A BONE? | yes, clavicle, twice, riding bike to soccer practice with my cleats over the handlebar, they slipped and got caught in the front wheel. The first time was when I was two years old and fell on the slide. Mom didn’t know anything was wrong with me until I barfed up my spaghetti and meatballs.

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  1. NATURE VS NURTURE | nurture

 

  1. WHAT AGE DO YOU CONSIDER “OLD” AND HAS THAT CHANGED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFETIME? | 85, I used to think 44 is ancient, but now I don’t even think 65 is that old. I feel old because I work with younger people.

 

  1. IF YOU COULD TALK TO YOURSELF AT 7yo, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HER/HIM? | listen to mom, be true to yourself, don’t worry so much. I was too quiet and shy and missed out on a lot.

 

  1. FIGHT CLUB QUESTION: WHAT LIFE ASPIRATION ARE YOU NOT DOING THAT IF SOMEONE PROMISED TO KILL YOU ONE YEAR FROM NOW IF YOU WEREN’T DOING IT, YOU WOULD DO IT? | get on stage, perform stand-up, take improv classes, do community playhouse, just get through it

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  1. IF YOU COULD PUSH A BUTTON AND INSTANTLY BE THE EXACT RIGHT HEALTHY WEIGHT, STRENGTH, NUTRITION (100% healthy) BUT YOU COULD NEVER TASTE FOOD AGAIN, WOULD YOU PUSH IT? | no

 

  1. WHAT DOES 50 MEAN TO YOU? IF YOU’RE THERE OR PAST, WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU? IF YOU’RE APPROACHING, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE LIKE? WHAT WILL YOU BE LIKE? | when I’m 50, I’ll be the father of a teenager so I’ll focus on guiding him. I think I’ll be different, I’ll make more noises when I get off the couch, fatter, but still a positive outlook and I hope to be more financially secure.

 

  1. WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR? | friendships

 

  1. HABITS – HAVE YOU EVER QUIT A BAD ONE OR CREATED A GOOD ONE? HOW DID YOU DO IT? | quit smoking, tried several times, cold turkey, willpower. I do a daily affirmation meditation every morning when I wake up, look forward to doing whatever I’m doing that day.
  1. IF WE DISCOVERED ALIENS, HOW WOULD WE REACT? (worship or kill) | destroy them, or kill a lot of them until we realize we made a mistake, by then it’s too late

 

  1. MOST TREASURED MEMORY | reading with my son, we build a fort, use headlamps, imagine and create the story in our minds, my mom used to do that

 

  1. MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT | 13 years old, at the beach, in the water, hit by a wave and lost my bathing suit, my sister was on the beach laughing at me and delayed bringing me a towel

 

  1. WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN FRIENDSHIP? | ability to make me comfortable with myself, you accept me for me

 

  1. DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS? RECURRING DREAMS? MEANING OR PROPHETIC? | yes, yes, turbulent ocean, on beach then in the water, dreams serve a purpose but we don’t know yet, like putting a finishing touch on what you learned that day, process, sometimes you see someone in a dream and then see them or hear from them

 

  1. WHAT IS YOUR GIFT? | good mediator

 

  1. INK BLOT | #4, buffalo

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  1. BOOK OF QUESTIONS | #129  Q: Do you believe in any sort of god? If not, do you think you might still pray if you were in a life-threatening situation?  A: no i don’t believe in a god, yes I would pray

 

  1. WHAT QUESTION DO YOU WISH I HAD ASKED? | I had no expectations. Would have liked to talk about ice cream more. Frozen yogurt and toppings. Dairy Godmother in DelRay. Start with vanilla.

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