1. You're in a terrible traffic accident. You're pinned under the steering wheel, and in order to get you out, the paramedics will have to choose between saving the function in either your arms or your legs, but not both. Which would you rather have to go without, your arms or your legs?
I'd rather go without legs, and be in a wheelchair. Everyday events require the use of my arms and my hands. I want to be able to braid my daughter's hair and clap at my son's piano recital. To type, to write, to cook, your hands are needed. My feet aren't so talented.
2. Do you have a "back-up", in the event that you're not married by a certain age? If so, who's your back-up, and what is that age?
We make back-ups, but what happens when you no longer speak to yours? Does David Swirsky even remember that we decided that if we weren't married by 40 we'd marry eachother? Does Justin? Have I forgotten other back-ups that I have made? Probably.
3. Would you rather rent-to-own a house from your parents, on the condition that you stay in Tallahassee for the next five years (at minimum) or move to a state where you know no one but can afford to own a decent home with a yard?
Am I moving alone? Where I know absolutely NO ONE? How far away is it? Do I also have enough money to come visit? That's an awfully loaded question. I guess at this point, assuming the only say my parents would have over the house they rented me was how much the rent was, I would probably stay here. I don't mind Tallahassee THAT MUCH that I'd be willing to give this all up for some job in another state. And if I could get that job there, couldn't I have the same sort of job here? And if that were the case, I'd buy my own house rather than rent from my parents. There are a bunch more issues I'd have to know about before I answered this question for real, if it ever came up.
4. Hypothetically: the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel and the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards mutually agree that as chickens are not mammals they cannot give milk, and therefore the kosher law of milk and meat no longer applies. Although its method of slaughter does not change, it is now considered parve. Do you continue to observe the old ways, or is it time for hot wings and bleu cheese?
I don't think so. My personal kashrut laws are based on tradition, not precisely what the Torah, the Talmud, or the Rabbinical Assembly says. And the tradition that I follow is not eating chicken with milk products. I'd feel really really weird about it if I did. I can't even eat a soyburger with soy cheese. That's partially because it's weird to ME, and partially because of the whole "don't let other people see that a pious Jew like you isn't following kosher laws"
5. How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
I've tried to find out a couple times, and I've never made it. What constitutes a lick, anyway? I tend to suck, not lick lollipops. And are we talking about a small one or a big one? I'm asking too many questions. I don't know. More than a hundred, because I've gotten at least that far.