guess who’s coming to dinner

This was not the blog post I planned on writing tonight, but it’s the one you’re getting. If you have any complaints, please direct them to my good friend Meg who put tonight’s question in my brain to begin with:

If you could invite any five people to dinner, alive or dead, who would you invite?

This is like the mother of all intimate “get-to-know-you” questions. It requires a lot more thought than, say, “What’s your favorite TV show?” or “What type of potato would you be?” (For the curious, it’s Community and any type of potato with cheese on top). It’s what you ask when you really want to get people talking.

I have forever been unable to come up with a fully satisfactory list of five people to invite to the hypothetical dinner. I feel like Jesus is an automatic, but, as Meg pointed out,” I can talk to him whenever I want” (Jesus Juke, whattup).

I then sift through a lot of historical figures, trying to figure out whose stories I’d be most interested in hearing first-hand, and then I just get overwhelmed and have to stop thinking for a little bit to get through it.

And my biggest problem, actually, is that I get way too caught up trying to figure out which five would make the best collective party, which isn’t the point of the hypothetical, but my NF mind just works that way. I also never succeed in this endeavor. Oh well.

So tonight I decided to just bite the bullet and make a list. I’m leaving out biblical figures because it would be way too easy to fill up a list with just those. It is in no particular order and is no way definitive.  I reserve the right for this list to be completely different should you ask me the same question next month (or next week…or tomorrow…or in an hour).

  • Mindy Kaling- This chick is funny. Just a straight, up-and-up laugh riot, which is why she’s one of the very few celebrities I follow on Twitter. Also her memoir (which you should read if you haven’t) is not only hysterical, but insightful as well. I feel like you’ve got to have someone to bring the humor at the party, and she’s my pick.
  • Marie Antoinette– She’s always been such a fascinating character study for me, especially since she was just a teenager when she got thrown into the whole mess. She’s become very much a caricature, and I’d really love to hear about her point of view regarding the Revolution.
  • Zachary Levi– Yes, he is indeed attractive, but that’s not why I chose him (entirely). First, he’s a mega-nerd, and mega-nerds are always fun to have conversations with because they’re so passionate about things. Secondly, I absolutely adore everything I’ve ever seen/heard him in (ChuckTangled, the bits of First Date I caught on YouTube, etc.). And the biggest reason of all is that he’s never backed away from sharing his Christian faith, but many of his acting roles haven’t adhered to the standard Christian morality. I’m just very curious to know how his faith influences his role choices and how he conducts himself in L.A./NYC.
  • Mr. Rogers- Do I really have to explain this one? IT’S MR. ROGERS.
  • Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers– Okay, so I’m cheating a bit by including two people in my last slot, but they’re a package deal! (Plus, it’s my list, so I make the rules.) Anyone who knows me even a little bit is aware of the depth of my affection for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other such preference indicators (not tests). So I’d never pass up an opportunity to chat with the two women who created the MBTI.

Honorable mentions go out to Stan Lee, Walt Disney, Maggie Smith, Tina Fey/Amy Poehler, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (check her out, she’s a baller), Peyton Manning, and Julie Andrews.

Like I said, this list could be wildly different next time I think about it, but this is what I’m going with for right now. I think it’d make quite the fun little party, don’t you agree?

Who would you invite to your hypothetical dinner party?


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