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1.Q Tell me about the first time you remember being thrilled.
1.A My third grade teacher, Sister Evangeline, made a tremendous fuss about me because I had broken my arm and had to wear a cast, and she called me "Little One Wing." I not only felt very special and honored, I felt romantic love for her. (Then my family moved out of state and I lost all that sympathy.)
2.Q What’s the slightest thing to have thrilled you?
2.A Just tears themselves. No matter how trivial a reason to cry, it always feels to me that I am experiencing a full dose of humanity. I cry for just people who meant well, or characters in commercials who try to please in simple ways. And the thrill is being able to feel something so subtle or trite.
3.Q What’s the most frightening yet thrilling thing you’ve done?
3.A I went along with a bunch of people one night in college in a car and there were guns, and arguments, and I later learned that the driver intended to murder me but was talked out of it.
I never knew how far any of it would have gone
4.Q Tell me why you’re not completely sensible.
4.A I hate money and even when it is crucial, I detest trying to prove whatever I did was worth a certain amount. I don't know when I will understand money, but it will solve all my problems.
5.Q What’s the most uninhibited thing you’ve ever done?
5.A At about 18 years old I accused the host of a party of being bisexual and many guests told me to be quiet, and his wife cried, but I wouldn't shut up and he came out later and they divorced and sold the home and I was such an immature thug to even be concerned or vocal. They were 15 years older than me and I had no evidence, just suspicion. I know I was uninhibited because I thought of shutting up but wanted to make a point.
6.Q What have you considered doing for pleasure but were too concerned about the risks?
6.A I would love to bicycle about 800 miles to Baltimore to visit my daughter, but I just feel to vulnerable to danger.


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7.Q Describe the event in one sentence (there’s time to expand later)
7.A We jumped in the North Platte River and the current carried us so swiftly that we were about a mile downstream from our car so we fetched it and drove it downstream a mile and walked back and jumped in to repeat the thrill.
8.Q Tell me a bit about yourself around this time.
8.A I was about 21 years old and delivering a car to Texas and picking up another delivery car to California, and my brother asked if he could go along with me and it was the best time I ever had, not knowing what would happen next.
9.Q List the sequence of events leading up to your thrill. Try to remember how you felt at each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance to expand).
9.A We were ahead of schedule, it was a hot August day, we could see the river running next to the highway, so we decided to take a swim. We didn't know the current was so strong. It was so refreshing and (can I say) thrilling!
10.Q What were your thoughts and feelings at the precise moment of thrill?
10.A Total effortless mobility, moving very fast in the most delightful environment--fresh cool water, without a care in the world.
11.Q What did you do afterwards?
11.A We immediately repeated the experience after getting our car and moving it a mile downstream and walking back. The thrill was worth all the walking just to set it up.
12.Q What were the risks?
12.A We are good swimmers so we didn't figure that in as danger, but we left our car vulnerable, and we may have encountered any trouble being on the road, even possibly breaking laws by trespassing or parking on a road or who knows?
13.Q What did you imagine other people thought of you during and after the event?
13.A I have told people of the experience to let them know how exhilarating it was. I don't want them to envy me or anything but they could try it themselves if they love swimming.
14.Q How often do you think about the event, and why?
14.A I think of it when I'm hot or overworked, or when I see a river with rapids, or when I am just suffering in a suit and shoes with a clock ticking and I long to be free again, so that means I think of it several times a year.
15.Q Some people probably don’t understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain it to them.
15.A If you're not a swimmer, you may never know the feeling of cool, refreshing, speedy travel by river but we traveled faster than we could have ran with our happy heads just floating and thinking only of the physical sensation--no worry or danger or problem. It is joy.
16.Q What three changes could have made the experience better, and why?

The "ride" could have lasted longer. The trip itself could be useful instead of just pleasurable, such as we were traveling that way instead of by car all along.

More people could have been there to enjoy it with.

  Is there anything you want to add?
  I had to stretch to answer Q16, because it was perfect as is.
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