Age Old Question

If you could have dinner with seven people, dead or alive, who would they be and how would you seat them?


My number one through three people goes to the previous post and to Austin who guessed the movie: Dinner at Eight.

1. Marie Dressler, who to me epitomizes the word character actor. She was beyond brilliant in everything she played, always played to the hilt, especially in Dinner at Eight as Carlotta Vance. I am Marie in many ways, her laugh, her wit, her character, her very down to earth being. And if I could only have one person at the table, it would be Marie.

2. Lionel Barrymore
Lionel usually played the doctor or the good guy, in Dinner at Eight, above photo, he was the good husband trying to keep his shipping business afloat in 1933.

3. John Barrymore
The tortured soul, the alcoholic, whose own short life mirrored some of the tragic characters he played, especially in Dinner at Eight, where his character, the once brilliant actor is no longer.The Profile.


To break up any Debbie Downer mood John Barrymore had, I’d seat him next to Johnny Carson, my Number 4.


He had his faults (wives!) and I hear he was a perfectionist and if you crossed him, that was it (think Joan Rivers), but he had such a talent for self-deprecating humor, the best kind there is and that’s why he and Joan Rivers were so wildly successful – because they mocked themselves first and foremost.

Number 5, next to Johnny, Benjamin Franklin. Ben could certainly keep the conversation going with his quotable quotes and talk inventions to everyone. Best, if he was not having a good time at the party, he could tell everyone to go fly a kite! 🙂


Next to Ben, Number 6, should be someone from today, a women to balance out the table. I’d like to meet Adele. And I think Ben would be tickled as well. Adele seems to have that down home quality (and recently quite the potty mouth) that appeals.

That leaves number 7, to my left, an equally important position as Number 1. I’m torn about this seat position – would I want it to be someone for whom I have zero respect, even disdain for, just to be able to have a conversation, say like Hillary Clinton? No.

I’d eliminate someone in the scientific and or math field because I wouldn’t be able to keep up a conversation. I’d be smiling and nodding a lot. Sports, I love sports, but I can’t think of a soul who would like this table so far. I can’t even think of a current actor who might appeal. God knows it would NOT be Meryl Streep whose last good movie was decades ago. Today, they are all the same, Horrible.

Hey, maybe I should invite The Donald? Sure, that works for me. Let’s pen him in at the 7th spot. OK?

I’d love to ask Trump how he plans to win when the world media has him down and out. I’d love to know why he hasn’t started campaigning yet. Like when it that really going to happen? Is Melania excited about living in the White House? When will he indict Hillary???

The Next First Family?

How’d I do? I’ll serve aspic even. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Age Old Question

  1. Hillary is taking victory laps today. The Benghazi report is done. Nothing was found new. She’s telling everyone its time to move on. She’ll never get indicted for the email. That’s it in a nutshell. The Obama Administration got away with it all and the GOP is left being mocked by every network anchor out in TV land. The WH Press Secretary was the most brutal, saying the GOP might have been better off writing a check to themselves for the $7m the investigation cost and for all that it got them. It’s a bad day for the GOP.

    1. I can’t stomach it. The media piling on is sickening but they’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. It vindicates their theory that the GOP was out to destroy HRC.

    1. That’s a pretty heady group. Who on that list particularly appeals? I might sit next to Harpo Marx (although wasn’t he the one who never spoke?) or Dorothy Parker.

      1. Geez… all of ’em. Probably guaranteed a good convo with Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, etc., but, each one has something in their mini-bio that could make just great listening, if one asked the right questions.
        I’m sure Harpo abandoned the mute schtick when in the company of this group – and he was also quite the bridge player.

        1. If I could just listen, then that’s a whole different ball of wax. I’d be too intimidated to talk to many but listening, ah yes, count me in.

  2. Cole Porter, Katharine Hepburn, Dorothy Parker, James McNeil Whistler, Pat Conroy, David Foster Wallace, Walter Cronkite & moi. I’ll be the silent one.

    1. Walter Cronkite? That’s like Which one of these things doesn’t belong with the other to me. He lived on the Vineyard so I ran into him from time to time. Affable sort for sure but I wouldn’t put him in the same category of the others you mentioned. Any particular reason you’d want to have him at the table?

  3. I met him & his family back in the mid 60’s when I was working at Gypsy Trail Club, where they had a home. I thought he was very interesting, intelligent & a real gentleman. No question of his ability to keep a conversation going hence no awkward silences at my imaginary dinner party.

  4. I love that you put such deep thought into your choices! It’s not my season of motherhood to afford such luxury, as yet…so, without such thorough considerations for conversation, I would choose William Shakespeare, Jesus, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Lisa Natoli and my boys. I think everyone there would shine light, love and model how to live in an amazing way. (Lisa Natoli is an ACIM teacher of God)

    1. My family would laugh at your conclusion that I enter into the realm of Deep Thoughts. I think like I write – off the cuff, what comes into my little brain, and what I feel. You’ve always struck me as very deep, very concentrated on the process of thought and how if affects our daily lives. I commend you for that. Your choices are extraordinary. Simply extraordinary. Your family is lucky to have you guide the wheel of life.

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