Lea Lane

Lea Lane
Florida, USA
August 26
author, Travel Tales I Couldn't Put in the Guidebooks, available at Amazon.com and on Kindle
“I’ve discovered the secret of life,” Kay Thompson, the eccentric entertainer and “Eloise” author, once said. “A lot of hard work, a lot of sense of humor, a lot of joy and a lot of tra-la-la!” And that's been my life: As a travel writer for over 30 years, I've been around the block (more like around the world), and I write true stories about interesting people and places. (Check out my travel site, Travels With Lea.) I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!. I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks. Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again. I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!

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MARCH 7, 2012 10:11AM

Three-Three for C

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1. Your main trait: Curiosity.

2. The quality you like best in a man: Kindness/open-heartedness.

3. The quality you like best in a woman: Empathy.

4. Your main flaw: Impatience.

5. Last time you cried: Well, tears, last night when I saw the play War Horse on Broadway, because of the creativity involved in the play and more deeply, because of war, and innocent animals dying alongside innocent soldiers. As for a real cry, I guess 2006 when I was told I had cancer.

6. Ideal job: Author of a series of novels.

7. Scent of a place: The lilacs in my garden in Pocantico Hills, New York. How I miss the fragrance of spring.

8. Beloved movie: Groundhog Day, Two for the Road.

9. Book on the nightstand: Southern African Beautiful Deserts. I travel light and do most of my reading on the web.

10. First and best kiss: I was 13, he was called “Buttons,” and I couldn’t believe he opened his mouth. Best: on the floor after I surprised him his door, wearing nothing under my raincoat.

11. You couldn’t do without: The people I love. My computer. Hope.

12. How you would like to die: Without pain or suffering, in three digits, surrounded by loved ones, hearing the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh.

13. Song you sing in the shower: Bob-Seger-type, bluesy rock.

14. Your deadly sin: Gluttony. And not unhappy about it.

15. Your not-so-deadly sin: Wanting to be alone, alot.

16. Your motto: Keep moving.

17. Ideal first date: He listens as much as talks, and when he talks I want to hear even more. He makes me laugh. His smile tells me he’s tingling too. He contacts me before I go to sleep. (Never had a great date that didn’t have a second, immediate contact.)

18. Favorite present: A good scan.

19. In the train: So many memories, so many places. Mountains and lakes. Real flatware and china and a white tablecloth. A sink in my compartment. A stranger knee-to-knee through Poland. This is a separate post.

20. Something you’d change in your body: The southerly direction.

21. Your addiction: Reality tv. I’ve written about it and am getting better.

22. Now on your left: Luggage. I’m in a hotel room in NYC.

23. Now on your right: An air-conditioning unit. 

24. Now in front of you: A flat-screen tv. Luggage. (My room is tiny.)

25. Now behind you: Pillows.

26. Names for your children: Randall Arthur and Cary Stephan.

27. 3 things in your purse: Everything but the kitchen sink, but always hand sanitizer. Wrote about this, too.

28. 3 places that fascinate you: They are on Bill’s body.

29. 3 people you’d like to meet: I’ll keep it male and visceral --Anthony Bourdain, George Clooney, and Rush Limbaugh (to kick him in the balls and paint graffiti on his head).

30. 3 traits you hate in people: Intolerance, being judgmental, talking rather than listening, boredom (same as At-Home-Pilgrim’s; bet I’d like him).

31. Values inherited from your parents: Sense of humor, resourcefulness, risk-taking.

32. In your past life your were: Don’t believe in it and find it odd that people usually remember being kings and queens rather than servants to kings and queens.

33. In your future life you’ll be: Don’t believe in this either. That’s why I keep moving (see # 16). And that’s why I live in the now.



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An excellent and most honorable Three-Three. So reflective of all that you are, but to truly describe that, you'd need a list of infinity.
I wanna be there when you meet Limpbaugh. I'll even hold him down for you.
I long to know what the graffiti would say.

There's something about reading these identity memes when you're not a participant. It's like being a peeping tom with a vip pass. I feel slightly perverted and lucky at the same time.
Loved this, Lea! I would love to see War Horse also. What would you write on Rush's head?
I too have a powerful need to be alone sometimes, even to experience moments all by myself. My husband still hasn't been able to understand that this isn't excluding him. Or that I don't need his permission to (lets say) drive across the country. (we had that discussion a couple of days ago)

Sometimes I need to go off and do things without him - even though one of the reasons we get along so well is that he is exactly the same except (and this is big) he likes to have me around, when he's being "alone". And I'm okay with that. He's an engineer and his internal process isn't so different from that of being an artist.

But when I want alone, I want to be entirely ALONE.

Lea, I enjoyed your list. You're a terrific writer and a solitary woman who has seen the world. I admire you very much for following all your dreams with such courage.
Well, I'm not surprised how much I like your answers, Lea. Love #28. ~r
The people I love on my computer. I have 33 reasons why I love you.
I like your not-so-deadly sin--I believe that might also be considered a virtue.
Very nice list Lea.
I really like #18- I imagine that would be the best gift you could get.
Considering #4, congratulations on having the determination to finish all 33. Big bonus points for the second movement of Beethoven's 7th.
I have just enough patience for short takes like this.
I loved your list - and number 15 especially: Yes, yes, yes! I had a "why didn't I think of that" moment!

Enjoy your time in New York, and safe travel home. Too bad you won't be there for next Thursday's meet-up.....
I do, like Greta Garbo, want to be alone.
A really lovely list. Especially those places that fascinate you.
So many places, so little time.
Well, Two For the Road is a little off the beaten track. But i guess that's been much of your life. Nice list Lea.
A good scan! these are wonderful.
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Wonderful, wonderful list: a delightful mixture of heart and wit, intelligence and sense. Loved the simplicity of #7 (though regret the longing on your part), the sensuality of 10 and 28, the coaching in the end of 17 (someone out there should remember that!), the intrigue of the grafitti. Hadn't taken you for a Bob Seger type, but that adds interesting depth. Appreciate the congruence of hates--he thinks he'd like you too. But he disagrees on three-digit thing. From what he's seen, after 90 (if you get that far), it's usually pretty seriously and depressingly downhill. Other than that, Ms. Lane, I loved the play!
Aw, Pilgrim. Such a close read. I would like to meet you!
I enjoyed this list very much! Maybe I'll think too, about my 33.