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I have no idea if this is where this thead belongs but nothing else seemed to fit either. And I'm sure someone must have done a similar thread before. Now, having said all that...

President Bush's new book debuts this week and I was thinking I would love to sit down and have lunch with him and ask him all about 9/11 and what all he went through that day as President. I'm certain he must have some fascinating stories regarding that day and the events that transpired afterward that he would not feel "belongs" in a book.

So this got me wondering who else I would love to have lunch with--alive or dead--if I was able to do so. So far I've come up with (in no particular order)...

1. George W. Bush for the reasons above,

2. Ronald Reagan and his ideas about how America should be and how to move forward with respect to present events,

3. Jesus Christ because He's God.

4. George Washington & Benjamin Franklin regarding the founding of this nation and how we could fix it today (without a revolution requiring gun-fire).

5. Einstein...I just think he was a neat guy!

6. Moses and what it was like to walk through the divided sea and his thoughts on the Ten Commandments.

7. Abraham and what it was like to talk to God (ignore no. 3 at this point).

8. Churchill and what it took him to lead a nation from nightly attacks and to victory over the Nazi's (with the other Allies, of course).

9. Hank Williams...'cause he's freakin' Hank Williams.

10. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he must think of this nation today and what he thinks would be required to move this nation in the right direction.

I thought about adding someone like Lucifer or Hitler to the list just so I could ask them, "WHAT-IN-THE-COUNTRY-FRIED-HELL-WERE-YOU-THINKING?!?!?!" but life is tough enough without having to be seen with all the wrong people.

So if you could have lunch with anyone--living or dead--who would it be and why?
 

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My list, in no particular order:
-Julius Caesar
-Niccolo Machiavelli
-Alexander Hamilton
-Abraham Lincoln
-John Muir
-Theodore Roosevelt
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
-Barry Goldwater
-Milton Friedman
-Albert Einstein

Honorable Mentions:
-Dalai Lama
-Henry "Scoop" Jackson
-George Orwell
-Woodrow Wilson
 

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I have no idea if this is where this thead belongs but nothing else seemed to fit either. And I'm sure someone must have done a similar thread before. Now, having said all that...

President Bush's new book debuts this week and I was thinking I would love to sit down and have lunch with him and ask him all about 9/11 and what all he went through that day as President. I'm certain he must have some fascinating stories regarding that day and the events that transpired afterward that he would not feel "belongs" in a book.

So this got me wondering who else I would love to have lunch with--alive or dead--if I was able to do so. So far I've come up with (in no particular order)...

1. George W. Bush for the reasons above,

2. Ronald Reagan and his ideas about how America should be and how to move forward with respect to present events,

3. Jesus Christ because He's God.

4. George Washington & Benjamin Franklin regarding the founding of this nation and how we could fix it today (without a revolution requiring gun-fire).

5. Einstein...I just think he was a neat guy!

6. Moses and what it was like to walk through the divided sea and his thoughts on the Ten Commandments.

7. Abraham and what it was like to talk to God (ignore no. 3 at this point).

8. Churchill and what it took him to lead a nation from nightly attacks and to victory over the Nazi's (with the other Allies, of course).

9. Hank Williams...'cause he's freakin' Hank Williams.

10. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he must think of this nation today and what he thinks would be required to move this nation in the right direction.

I thought about adding someone like Lucifer or Hitler to the list just so I could ask them, "WHAT-IN-THE-COUNTRY-FRIED-HELL-WERE-YOU-THINKING?!?!?!" but life is tough enough without having to be seen with all the wrong people.

So if you could have lunch with anyone--living or dead--who would it be and why?


My list, also in no particular order:

-Napoleon Bonaparte
-Georgy Zhukov
-Vladimir Lenin
-Oliver Cromwell
-William Gladstone
-Sir Arther Wellesly
-Leon Trotsky
-Mikhail Kutuzov
-Charles Martell
-Charles de Gaulle

Eh, there're way, way more, and I'm not sure that's even the top ten -- furthermore, I've only listed the top ten people I'd like to sit down at dinner with and *thank* -- I'll make another list of the ten people I'd most like to sit down with and perhaps just stare at in hatred or horror.
 

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1) My bio-dad. I haven't seen him since I was two. Plus, I'd like to get his take on how things fell apart.
2) President Obama and Senator Franken. I admire and respect them both immensely, and I'd love to just shoot the bull with them.
3) Eddie Izzard. He's not just funny, he's brilliant. Laughter and comedy play a huge part in my life.
4) George R.R. Martin. What's the holdup on the book, dammit?!
5) Johnny Cash. What a man.
 

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-Ernesto Guevara. I want his input on the necessity of armed struggle and the readiness of a society to accept ideas like Communism or Socialism.

-JFK. I would want to know what other ideas he had that might have come to fruition had he not been shot. And, frankly, I'd want to hear about Marilyn Monroe ;)

-Claudius. For being someone who was so tormented before he became emperor, he actually turned out to be a fairly good person (if not a little dim).

-Saladin. I've always been fascinated with him and been very sad he never really left any written work behind.

-Michael Collins. I'd kill for the chance to talk to the father of the modern Irish Republic. He's a bit of a hero for me :)

-Ghengis Khan. There's so much mythology surrounding him I'd want to see how much of it was real and what he was really like.

Yes, I'm a huge history nerd. I know this :)
 

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Nerds get hot with passion. I know this, because I think I started sweating yesterday when I was teaching 9th graders of the significance of someone inheriting power and how that person may think of the task they have been given. :p

1. George W. Bush right now. He's in the mood to talk. I want to ask him in detail about history. I found him absolutely fascinated with History. Not necessarily in the sense of learning more about the Mongols or anything like that, but History proper. I could have an hour conversation with a man like that without flinching.

2. Baruch Spinoza. I found the man fascinating, especially his thoughts on what was the Good Life.

3. Temple Grandin. Interesting and talented woman with Autism who even volunteered her services to provide a blueprint of her invention for use for our family.

4. Leon Kass. To see his interactions with Bush and probably Spinoza (nothing like seeing two Jews disagree on a subject they are both deeply familiar with!)..but also what he would say to Grandin and my next guest.

5. Jonathan Mooney. Another personable man that has a disability and has an interesting perspective of the individual with the rest of civilization. I felt a personal connection with the man..and almost met him once. We were in the same conference and after I got done speaking, I guess he was there giving a keynote, but I had to leave. I didn't realize it until much later.
 
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My list, in no particular order:
-Julius Caesar
-Niccolo Machiavelli
-Alexander Hamilton
-Abraham Lincoln
-John Muir
-Theodore Roosevelt
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
-Barry Goldwater
-Milton Friedman
-Albert Einstein

Honorable Mentions:
-Dalai Lama
-Henry "Scoop" Jackson
-George Orwell
-Woodrow Wilson

Now, if you were to have this lunch, were you expecting it to be a conversation of civility, or scoffing every 2 seconds! :p
 

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I have no idea if this is where this thead belongs but nothing else seemed to fit either. And I'm sure someone must have done a similar thread before. Now, having said all that...

President Bush's new book debuts this week and I was thinking I would love to sit down and have lunch with him and ask him all about 9/11 and what all he went through that day as President. I'm certain he must have some fascinating stories regarding that day and the events that transpired afterward that he would not feel "belongs" in a book.

So this got me wondering who else I would love to have lunch with--alive or dead--if I was able to do so. So far I've come up with (in no particular order)...

1. George W. Bush for the reasons above,

2. Ronald Reagan and his ideas about how America should be and how to move forward with respect to present events,

3. Jesus Christ because He's God.

4. George Washington & Benjamin Franklin regarding the founding of this nation and how we could fix it today (without a revolution requiring gun-fire).

5. Einstein...I just think he was a neat guy!

6. Moses and what it was like to walk through the divided sea and his thoughts on the Ten Commandments.

7. Abraham and what it was like to talk to God (ignore no. 3 at this point).

8. Churchill and what it took him to lead a nation from nightly attacks and to victory over the Nazi's (with the other Allies, of course).

9. Hank Williams...'cause he's freakin' Hank Williams.

10. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he must think of this nation today and what he thinks would be required to move this nation in the right direction.

I thought about adding someone like Lucifer or Hitler to the list just so I could ask them, "WHAT-IN-THE-COUNTRY-FRIED-HELL-WERE-YOU-THINKING?!?!?!" but life is tough enough without having to be seen with all the wrong people.

So if you could have lunch with anyone--living or dead--who would it be and why?

i would want to have lunch with jallman and danarhea.
 

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Rachel Carson, to tell her that she was right about DDE and that she started what is called the "environmental movement" in the US (1962). She died ridiculed and libeled in the major newspapers, and not knowing what she has done.

Carson's work had a powerful impact on the environmental movement. Silent Spring, in particular, was a rallying point for the fledgling social movement in the 1960s. According to environmental engineer and Carson scholar H. Patricia Hynes, "Silent Spring altered the balance of power in the world. No one since would be able to sell pollution as the necessary underside of progress so easily or uncritically."[62] Carson's work, and the activism it inspired, are at least partly responsible for the deep ecology movement, and the overall strength of the grassroots environmental movement since the 1960s. It was also influential on the rise of ecofeminism and on many feminist scientists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Carson
 
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It'd be the buddha
and Stalin
And likely some famous samurai types.
 

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And likely some famous samurai types.
Read Hagakure. It gives you a lot of insight into Samurai psychology. Just keep in mind it's an IDEAL, Samurai could still be huge dicks :)
 

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Julia Childs
FDR
MLK Jr.
Leon Trotsky
Abraham Lincoln
Albert Parsons
Teddy Roosevelt
Babe Ruth
Bill Russell
Frank Capra
Fritz Lang
Winsor McCay

The lunch would be cooked by Hiroyuki Sakai, Masa Morimoto and Bobby Flay and last three hours with eight courses on a hotel balcony overlooking the rugged coastline of Maine in June.
 

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I'd have lunch with myself and ask myself questions knowing what I know now.

I got to do alot of great things in life that most people dream about.
 

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I have no idea if this is where this thead belongs but nothing else seemed to fit either. And I'm sure someone must have done a similar thread before. Now, having said all that...

President Bush's new book debuts this week and I was thinking I would love to sit down and have lunch with him and ask him all about 9/11 and what all he went through that day as President. I'm certain he must have some fascinating stories regarding that day and the events that transpired afterward that he would not feel "belongs" in a book.

So this got me wondering who else I would love to have lunch with--alive or dead--if I was able to do so. So far I've come up with (in no particular order)...



1. George W. Bush for the reasons above,

2. Ronald Reagan and his ideas about how America should be and how to move forward with respect to present events,

3. Jesus Christ because He's God.

4. George Washington & Benjamin Franklin regarding the founding of this nation and how we could fix it today (without a revolution requiring gun-fire).

5. Einstein...I just think he was a neat guy!

6. Moses and what it was like to walk through the divided sea and his thoughts on the Ten Commandments.

7. Abraham and what it was like to talk to God (ignore no. 3 at this point).

8. Churchill and what it took him to lead a nation from nightly attacks and to victory over the Nazi's (with the other Allies, of course).

9. Hank Williams...'cause he's freakin' Hank Williams.

10. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he must think of this nation today and what he thinks would be required to move this nation in the right direction.

I thought about adding someone like Lucifer or Hitler to the list just so I could ask them, "WHAT-IN-THE-COUNTRY-FRIED-HELL-WERE-YOU-THINKING?!?!?!" but life is tough enough without having to be seen with all the wrong people.

So if you could have lunch with anyone--living or dead--who would it be and why?

:lol: I saw the thread title and thought, George Bush.
I seldom have a desire to meet anyone famous. However, watching Bush the last few days has changed my mind. I'd like to tell him thanks for making me feel safe for all those years. I'd like to hug him too.
I wish I would've appreciated him more. I wasn't always a fan.
He's the only one I can think of who I would really like to have lunch with. Well, maybe Laura Bush too.
 

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"The lunch would be cooked by Hiroyuki Sakai, Masa Morimoto and Bobby Flay and last three hours with eight courses on a hotel balcony overlooking the rugged coastline of Maine in June." - haymarket

Apparantly you've thought this through...
 

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Lunch would be with Alyson Hannigan and Pauley Perrette... they'd be nekkid. Sushi, served on the nekkid body of Jennifer Aniston.
 

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Just to get their views on modern Australia, the first two I would be particularly interested in as they were extremely important in Australia developing as a liberal country.
 

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:lol: I saw the thread title and thought, George Bush.
I seldom have a desire to meet anyone famous. However, watching Bush the last few days has changed my mind. I'd like to tell him thanks for making me feel safe for all those years. I'd like to hug him too.
I wish I would've appreciated him more. I wasn't always a fan.
He's the only one I can think of who I would really like to have lunch with. Well, maybe Laura Bush too.


He was a member of my family's church a while back.
 

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Lunch would be with Alyson Hannigan and Pauley Perrette... they'd be nekkid. Sushi, served on the nekkid body of Jennifer Aniston.

I'd call that a suitable Dinner Party rather than lunch.
 

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Churchill and Hitler.

I'd make them reenact the battle of Britain with mashed potatoes.
 
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