Jun 4, 2014

Dinner Guests

      Michio Kaku

The other night Chuck and I were talking about who we would invite to dinner if we could invite anyone from any time in history or in the modern era, dead or alive.  It's a pseudo dinner afterall - so we don't have to worry about little details like death or if we can even speak the same language.  Those assumptions just don't exist.  Naturally, we would understand each other, differences in language aside and apparently dead people live and breath and talk again in our pseudo dinner world.  The only other parameter would be that obviously, our whole family would already be at the dinner party, so we wouldn't need to invite each other and Jesus is the most obvious first guest, so he's also a given...he'll just hang around for each party with us.

It was so much fun, I decided to ask the kids who they would want to invite.  I didn't realize the mental anguish this would cause.  True to form, he can't commit to any one thing specifically.  I mean, this list is a permanent, personal representation of who you are at the very core - you MUST make it count. This is official - it's going in the record books.  There's no turning back now. This morning Gavin gives me the following list of invitees:
  • Michio Kaku  
  • A King from the Middle Ages  
  • A Japanese Samurai  
  • An Egyptian Pharaoh   
But upon further review during this evening's dinnertime conversation (and being forced to pick actual people with names instead of generic titled people), his list changed to:
  • Michio Kaku (a theoretical physicist)
  • Bruce Lee
  • Vechs (of YouTube fame for his Minecraft tutorials)
  • Leonardo DaVinci
Same thing happened with Bennett.  His earlier choices were:
  • Ben Franklin
  • Michael Jordan
  • Dirk Nowitzki 
  • Thomas Edison
His reasoning went as followed, "Ben Franklin was just a boss and so was Michael Jordan.  Dirk Nowitzki is Clutch and Thomas Edison, well, I love his quote 'I haven't failed, I've just learned 100 ways not to do something.'" Then something changed his mind during dinnertime and he retracted two people to be replaced with two others:
  • Ben Franklin
  • Michael Jordan
  • MLK jr.
  • Bob Goff
This morning, Chloe wanted to invite:
  • MLK jr.
  • Mother Teresa
  • Brynn 
  • Cara
The last two names are the 7 & 5 year old neighbor girls who live across the street from us.  She also back-pedaled, uninvited the neighbor girls and MLK (since he's going to be at Bennett's party) and issued an invitation to a couple of other people she feels are more deserving:
  • Gabby Douglas
  • Mother Teresa
  • Barbara Park (of the Junie B. Jones fame)
  • Saba - The Ethiopian Princess
Chuck's humble list included:
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Brian Regan (our favorite comedian)
  • Mel Blanc (the voice guy for all the Loony Toons characters)
  • C.S. Lewis
Everyone recited my list to me, apparently I'm an open book.  But no one got the last name on my list. For years I would have said it was Michael Jordan (and if I could invite 5 people, he'd definitely be on my top 5 list), but alas, I came up with someone more intriguing than even Michael (if you can imagine such a thing).
  • MLK jr.
  • Gandhi
  • Mother Teresa
  • Abraham Lincoln
Don't even get me started on authors I'd like to invite.  I don't think I could host a party that big.  How are you supposed to narrow that list down?  And there are many ordinary, every day people that no one knows that I think are awesome people and would like to have a party of just 'regular awesome people' too.  So, as you can see, we are going to be quite busy with all our dinner guests coming up.


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