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I'd actually like to go beyond our solar system, and even beyond the galaxy. However, if I'm going to be confined the solar system I'd like to visit the following places: the moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto just to name a few. When I was in kindergarten I thought I was going to be the first person to land on Pluto, or maybe stand on an ice chunk in Saturn's rings. Obviously I didn't have a grasp of just how far away those places are.

I really thought (and still think) that being an astronaut and going into space would be the coolest thing ever. I was not meant to be an astronaut though. I'm not all that interested in math or science. I'm also just not good at math. However I've heard rumors about space tourism, and I used to hope someday I might still get into space. Unfortunately I got proof that it was not meant to be. The proof came from a ride in Disney World that opened in 2003 called Mission Space. I was in Disney World within a year or two of it opening, and I was extremely excited to try the ride. Real astronauts had ridden it and said it was "pretty realistic". I got on the ride and started feeling sick a little ways into it. By the end I felt horrible. I had to sit down when I exited, and my mom told me I looked green. I know I have a sensitive stomach, and I'm prone to sea sickness, but it honestly never occurred to me that going into space (or simulating it) would make me that sick. I was very disappointed and let down. As I said, this was actual proof that me going into space is not a good idea. I'd still like to get to the moon, Mars, or even just into orbit as a "space tourist". But it's not in the cards.
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I have lots of favorite quotes, and I keep a quote book. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Qui vit sans folie n'est pas si sage qu'il croit." (He who lives without folly is not as wise as he thinks.)

"If you can say calm while all around you is chaos, then you probably haven't completely understood the situation."

"Reality is for people who can't handle science fiction."
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I choose option 3: all full. Half full of water/milk/tea/whatever you're drinking, and half full of air!
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Yep! He was called the Doctor and he traveled in a magical blue box. We ate fish fingers and custard. I made dolls and drawings of him. I kept waiting for him to come back, and it took him a long time.

Oh... wait... that was Amy Pod. Never mind!
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It's David Tennant holding a kitten. There's no way you can go wrong with David Tennant AND a kitten!!
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"The Crazy Cat Lady" or maybe "Cats Lovers Anonymous" or possibly "A Life of Cats". There would be something about cats in the title.
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Aladdin hands down! I saw the movie five times in the theater, and then I watched the VHS tape everyday for a week straight when I got it. I think I listened to the soundtrack daily. There was a time when I could quote the movie all the way through. I can still quote it pretty well, but I can't do it all the way through anymore. I can sing all the songs though. Considering next year it will have been 20 years since I first saw Aladdin, I doubt I'll ever stop loving it.
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Bohemian Rhapsody hands down! I have so many wonderful memories of listening to it and/or singing it with my friends in college. I guess it was kind of our theme. Or one of them anyway.
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There's no way I could pick just one animal. I'd set them all free, but it would have to be gradual. Some of the animals may have to learn (or relearn) how to survive in the wild. Zoos always make me feel very conflicted. On one hand I'm seeing lots of wonderful animals that I wouldn't otherwise ever see. On the other hand, I feel bad that animals are being confined in cages. Some zoos out there aren't too bad, but others just make me feel very sorry for the animals.
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I would want to be in Dr. Who, and I would be a companion for the tenth Doctor. I wouldn't take over Donna, Martha, or Rose though. I'd just be myself.
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In the shower, no. Just about anywhere else, yes. I sing/hum in the car, at home, in public, in stores...


Also, as a side note a post about New Orleans/ALA and pictures are coming soon.
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Huge library, enclosed patio for cats, swimming pool, tree, flowers.
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I can't pick just one book. I read everyday, literally, and so many of the books I read are so good. Here are just a few:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the first book that comes to mind. I loved it so much the first time I read it that I e-mailed the author. And he e-mailed me back! It's a very sad book, but it's also wonderful and amazing.

Le Petit Prince or The Little Prince is another wonderful book. I've read it too many times to count in French and once in English. I personally think it's better in French, but the English translation certainly isn't bad. It's short and simple and very good.

I would also recommend anything Isaac Asimov has ever written. Sadly I didn't discover his work until I was 28 years old, and I'm playing catch up reading everything I should have read sooner. His writing is amazing now, but it becomes even more amazing when you consider how long ago he wrote. Often while reading him I have to pause and give myself time to take in what I just read. I haven't found anything he's written that I didn't love.

My final recommendation is the Calvin an Hobbes comic strips by Bill Watterson. Some of the strips are just silly and fun, but a lot of them contain important messages. Those comics will make you laugh one minute and make you think hard about something the next.
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Everywhere! Seriously, if I could just travel for a year, I'd go all over. I love traveling. There are so many places I want to visit or re-visit. In no particular order I'd go to: France, Australia, New Zeland, England, Switzerland, India, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Iceland, and many, many others. The lists just goes on and on. I got the traveling bug from my parents. If I'm lucky someday I'll get to half the places they've been!
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I don't normally answer the writer's block questions, but this is something I happen to not only be interested in, but feel strongly about. My response is, OF COURSE there's intelligent life out there! When you consider the trillions and trillions of stars and planets in this universe it's ludicrous to think that Earth is the only planet with intelligent life. To quote my dad, it's just common sense. I know some people say that if there were intelligent life out there we'd have made contact by now. I want to hit those people. I don't think they have a grasp of how big the universe really is. The Milky Way - just ONE galaxy - has anywhere from 100 billion to 400 billion* stars in it and is about 100,000* light years across. The Andromeda Galaxy (our closest neighbor) may have as many as one trillion stars*, and be about 220,000* light years across! When you think about the billions or trillions of other galaxies out there with the billions and trillions of stars in them, I don't see how it's possible to conclude that we could have made contact with intelligent life (or vice versa) by now.

Even if you take just the Milky Way (remember: 100,000 light years in diameter with 100-400 billion stars) A light year - ONE LIGHT YEAR - is 5,865,696,000,000* miles. To just explore our own galaxy we'd have to multiply that number by 100,000. I just don't see how it would be physically possible for humans to explore that area, let alone the rest of the universe. We'd have to do what they did in my Isaac Asimov book and invent a ship that could travel faster than the speed of light as well as through hyperspace. I certainly don't see that happening any time soon! And even if we're talking about radio waves and things like that as opposed to physical human exploration, well, they take time to travel too, and sounds is much slower than light (758 mph* as opposed to the 671 million mph*).

Beyond the problems with the size of the universe and the speed of radio waves, there's other considerations. First, assuming intelligent life does indeed exist, who says they're as technologically advanced as we are? Most movies, TV shows, and books seem to assume that any aliens we meet will have amazing technology and be much, much more advanced than humans. Why is that? What if aliens life forms are at their own equivalent of the Renaissance or even the Stone Age? They're sure not going to be thinking about finding intelligent life if they're still working on the wheel! Think about it: humans who look (more or less) like us have been around for about 200,000* years. In all that time we've come a long way, but it was still only 41 years ago that we reached the moon (about 238,757* miles away). And if the aliens are much more advanced than us, who says we have the necessary equipment to detect their signals, and them ours? It's going to be a long, long time before we ever contact other life forms, and who knows how long it could be before they contact us? It would be the coolest thing ever if it happened in my life, but I'm not holding my breath.

As for the second part of the question about whether aliens are something to be feared or sought out, I think my arguments above about the size of the universe makes that question moot. However if/when we do discover intelligent life, I think they'll have just as much (or more!) to fear from us as we will from them. I'll close with a (paraphrased) quote from Calvin and Hobbes: "I think the best evidence that there's intelligent life out there is that none of it has tried to contact us."

*No I did not know these number off the top of my head. I looked them up. I'm a librarian; it's what we do.
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