I don't know that there is such a thing as an ideal perfect day. I can dream of walking along a sandy beach on a warm summer's day with my true love beside me, but no dream can detail every single facet of the experience of such a day. In real life, you wind up stepping on shells, or getting sand in odd places.
However if everything about the day led to a perfect moment, then maybe you do have a perfect day. If that's the case, then I've had at least one. A very hot summer day in 1992, in Burlington, VT, playing in the New England Regional Chemistry Softball Tournament. It's an all day tournament, and it was grueling. The thing is, we were doing something we loved to do, and we were doing it well. When we got to the final game against UConn, people on the sidelines were rooting for us, chanting "Going to the coast!" because the winner got to host the next tournament. We won the game, and then partied the rest of the night. So, even though some of my memories of that day are of sore muscles, thirst, and heat exhaustion, more of them are about the comeback against Yale in the very first game that got us going, the three home runs I hit on the day, the adrenalin rush of the final out, and then the perfect moment as my teammates and I were all hugging each other for joy in the center of the field. That's one perfect day.
Actually, Buffista F2Fs are a lot like that, too...
2. Has a book ever changed the way you thought about the world? Which one? And how?
Does the companion book to a TV series count? Because if so it would be the original Connections series, by James Burke. Connections is about the history of technological advance, and how unlikely some of the ways in which knowledge is developed and used are. In one episode, for example, he starts with the invention of the stirrup, and follows a path of connected innovations that end with a radio telescope and global telecommunications.
Scientists are always taught that innovation is usually follows a logical, slowly developing course where the each new piece of data builds upon what came before. Connections made me realize that it's impossible to predict what would happen in the future, because Captain Logic doesn't necessarily drive the boat. I found that both scary and comforting.
3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Little kids seem to like me for some reason.
4. What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten? Ever given?
So much advice, so little time to choose. Probably "Never change more than one variable at a time." It's been good advice for a lot of situations. I'm sure there's also advice I've gotten that is great, but I haven't taken it, so I'll never know.
Giving advice is sort of the same. The best advice I can give is going to depend on who I'm giving it to, and what their situation is. I just hope that when I do give advice, it helps.
5. As a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I originally decided I would be a baseball player, a Dodger. Then my best friend got a chemistry set, which I thought was the coolest thing ever, so I decided that if the invitation to Chavez Ravine got lost in the mail somehow, I'd be a chemist. Of course, then I saw It Happens Every Spring, and realized I could be both.
Still waiting for that invitation to spring training, though...
6. Would you build me some shelves?
If you buy the wood, I'll build them. Just keep in mind how long it's taking me to finish mine.
So. Now to think of some questions for serenada.