my friend paul posted about his “never gonna happen” dinner picks. according to his rules:
…invite 6 people (alive or dead) who i have no real chance of dinning with, who would they be?
paul’s interesting choice of 6 are: his grandma, joan of arc, tom waits, mike yaconelli, desmond tutu, and helen mirren. wow, that would be an interesting dinner conversation!
i’m gonna add a few rules, just to clarify:
- the person has to either be a) dead, or b) alive, but no way you’ll ever have a chance to have dinner with them.
- real people only. no fictional characters.
- it’s not 6 individual dinners. it’s a dinner party with 6 people (plus you). think of the mix.
- assume no language barriers. in other words, it doesn’t matter if they speak or spoke another language than you and your other guests. you have magic instant translation technology.
- jesus doesn’t count. it’s a dinner party. therefore, 2 or more are gathered. therefore, jesus is already there.
i thought it was a fun enough idea to play along. and, since i’d have one overlap, i’ll start there, then add 5 more:
mike yaconelli: sure do miss him. and any diverse dinner conversation like this would have a level of surprise and humor and depth added to it by mike’s presence.
bono: sure, this might be a bit cliche. but the guy just absolutely fascinates me.
saint francis: likely a bit of a trippy dinner guest, chatting it up with the dog and all. but i’d still love to plumb his mind and heart a bit.
speaking of saints, let’s invite saint patrick: dude’s been something of a hero of mine. plus, he’ll make sure there aren’t any snakes at the dinner.
ooh, i only get one more. let’s go with angelina jolie! no, i’m kidding. she’s on a different list. for this last seat at the dinner table, i will invite… (dang, this is hard!)… ok, hold on. i have to think about the mix here. and i’ve got a bunch of really serious people so far. so, for a truly killer-memorable evening, i should probably mix it up a bit — bring in a real character, like a winston churchill, or a comedian, like robin williams, or even a fiesty headcase like bill mahar. OH! i’ve got it: john stewart. smart enough to hang with the others, but snarky enough to add a bit of flava.
i realize, now that i’ve completed my place cards, that i didn’t even think of inviting a bible character, like peter (that would be cool!) or ruth (rar) or any one of a hundred others who would be fascinating to sit down with. but we’ll leave it at that.
i tag anyone who wants to play along. let me know if you post — i’d love to read your list.
bloggers who have posted their own “never gonna happen” dinner invite list (these are fun to read!):
heidi renee at redemption junkie
john o’hara at oharaville
gordon (myspace blog)
amanda mae (myspace blog)
wakebird (eric wakeling)
amy at alathea