32 Questions For Tommy B

32 Questions For Tommy B

Tom Barnard takes Proust’s questionnaire. Really.

TCB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
TB: Independence. Only dealing with people I want to deal with.
 
What is your greatest fear?
Letting my family down.
 
Which living person do you most admire?
My wife.
 
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I am an angry man.
 
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Does there just have to be one? Arrogance, then.
 
What is your greatest extravagance?
It used to be wine.
 
What is your favorite journey?
Being on the KQ Morning Show. It changed my life.
 
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
The ability to talk.
 
On what occasions do you lie?
To keep from hurting a family member.
 
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My weight.
 
Which living person do you most despise?
The arrogant/stupid/lazy types in the media business. They are the most overrated people in the world.
 
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
God dammit and SOB.
 
What is your greatest regret?
That I wasn’t closer to my father. If I had realized how much pain my father was in I would not have disliked him so much.
 
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife and kids.
 
When and where were you happiest?
When my kids were 11 and nine.
 
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to run fast.
 
What is your current state of mind?
Stressed out. Always.
 
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
That.
 
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Marrying Kathryn.
 
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A cat. Cats can get away with anything.
 
What is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother’s German Bible from when she was four. (Because it’s in German, I can’t read the bullshit.)
 
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing a loved one.
 
Where would you like to live?
Golden Valley. I love it.
 
What is your favorite occupation?
Telling stories.
 
What is your most marked characteristic?
People say that I intimidate people.
 
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A good father.
 
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A good mother.
 
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty.
 
Who are your favorite writers?
Vince Flynn, Dennis Lehane, Fitzgerald, David Foster Wallace
 
Who are your heroes in real life?
I don’t have any.
 
How would you like to die?
I’d like to see it coming.
 
What is your motto?
“Fuck off.”