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The Questionaire

Rachel & Rebekah Rife are so sweet they make the Dalai Lama look like a jerk.  They are also identical twin synchronized swimmers, jewelry designers and aspiring TV hosts. They answered a questionnaire for their blog and now they are sending a questionnaire off to me. I will answer the following questionnaire in my blog and send a questionnaire off to America’s Coach Bill Poett.  Bill is the author of the book “ABCs of Peak Performers”.  You can buy his book on Amazon

Here are the links to the blogs of....

The Rife Twins:

Bill Poett:

Without further ado…..

1. What have you always wanted to do?

When I was 18 and hanging out in Paris with some Cariocas on New Years Eve, we put some white flowers and coins in a handmade paper boat and set it to sail down the Seine river as an offering to the Brazilian goddess of the sea Yemaja.  Ever since then I have wanted to go down to Rio for New Years to see what it looks like when everybody sets boats out on the ocean for Yemaja.

2. Who is the single most influential person in your life?

My late singing teacher Laura Hart.  Many of her students would agree that if it was not for her they’d be a mess.  I miss her everyday.  I get comfort pretending to talk to her in my head.  She was a beautiful woman inside and out.  I hear she was great in bed too! (She would have laughed at that!)

3. What is your favorite restaurant and why is it so special?

Being friends or acquaintances with many Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs I feel really horrible choosing just one.  Especially since I have had great dining experiences at many. Travis Lett of Gjelina has given me a tastegasm with many of his creations. Mike Garber of Mohawk Bend created a buffalo cauliflower that puts me in euphoria, Madeleine Bistro’s beet tartar, Planet Raw’s linguini alfredo.  La Vagilia di Natale…. Christmas Eve dinner at Providence.

4. If you are feeling artsy & ready to create, write, paint, what Pandora station do you listen to?

I paint to EVERYTHING! Missy Elliot, Manu Chao, Meade Lux lewis, The Dropkick Murphys, Stevie Nicks, Rodrigo & Gabriela, Paolo Conte, Fleetwood Foxes, Disco hits, Dave Brubeck, Blondie, Vicente Amigo, Madness, Basement Jaxx, Erroll Garner, Mose Allison, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Julie London….the list goes on and on, but a lot of the time I listen to “This American Life” radio archives….I’m loving Dana Gould’s podcast as well.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight?

What is love at first sight but sexual attraction? It’s not getting to know who that person is.  Is he or she of strong integrity?  Is he or she interesting?  Is he or she going to truly love you?  You don’t get that information with love at first sight.

6. What is your favorite animal?

A dog because most are happy and like to cuddle.

7. If you had 24 hours left to live & could bring one person- What do you both do?

This question brings up a lot of issues!  I couldn’t spend time with just one person.

8. Is a wild weekend Vegas trip with the girls all it is cracked up to be?

If someone has been to Vegas with me and it didn’t get crazy it is because my 90 year old wig wearing great Aunt Mary was hiding back in my hotel room.  I need old school Italian chaperones to keep me good while in Vegas.

9. Is all fair in love and war?

Not at all.  I think if a couple is intimate there should always be love, respect & kindness.

10. What have you learned in the last year that you could not have grasped before.

You must fight to get what you desire.  You should be your own cheerleader and make sure that you program your mind to be positive & to have faith every single day.  We beat ourselves up too much & create negative thoughts that shouldn't be there.  We have to fight the person within ourselves to stop doing that.

11. Frech Press or coffee maker?

Neither, caffeine is a delicious evil legalized speed.  I’ll only buy a cup if I’m desperately jetlagged and need to function…. I’ve had the perfect Italian 4 M’s for a perfect espresso….Macinazione, Miscela, Macchina & Mano....MMMM.... I crave coffee now.