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Writer's Block: Stuck with stardom
What celebrity or politician would you most wish to get stuck in an elevator with for two hours? What burning question would you ask them?

I'll answer for both -- a celebrity AND a politician.

My favored celebrity would have to be David Bowie.  Once I got over the first couple of minutes of being completely awestruck and mute, I'd love to ask him to tell me as many stories as he could during those two hours of being stuck together, from his early years as a folk rock singer/songwriter to his years as Ziggy Stardust to his Berlin period to his '80s years and so on.  I'd ask him how he's managed to be creative and innovative for so long and a couple of his secrets as to how he taps into his creative self.  And hopefully at the end of it all, we can depart as acquaintances, e-mail addresses exchanged and a future friendship firmly established.

My politician pick would be a little more difficult to ascertain.  One of my favored choices would've been Ronald Reagan, but his passing many years ago would've put a stop to that.  Another would be former president George W. Bush; I think he'd be a fantastic conversationalist and it's noteworthy to consider that he's such a witty, intelligent, charming person that even those on the complete opposite side of him on the political spectrum have said that he's one of their favorite people to converse with.

But in the end I'd have to choose my favorite contemporary politician, British Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minster Nick Clegg.  His politics are much more aligned with mine than those of any prominent American politician; the only one who'd come close is Senator Ron Paul.  I'd love to hash out issues of domestic and foreign policy with Clegg and really get to know where he'd stand on issues of importance to Americans.  I'd learn from him the way a student learns from a beloved professor and congratulate him on holding steadfast to his principles.

Et voila.

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Gosh, I think my celebrity would have to be Simon LeBon, he'd be entertaining and funny. I'd ask him about his family probably, how he's managed to stay married for so long and what it's like raising three girls when he came from a family of three boys.

I think if I was locked in with anyone to whom I am seriously attracted would just be so uncomfortable and I'd just stand there all giggly and afraid...

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