This won't be really long. This is just a little something to allow you a chance to share a little piece of your self with the rest of the Vine. It isn't like this is a unique topic, but I haven't seen it done in a while, and I thought that it might be nice to drag it out. It is a very simple, if you had the chance to take any person... alive or dead... out to lunch, who would it be and why. You can take this as serious or silly as you want... after all, you are sharing with the rest of us.
It was a rough choice for me, but I read an article of Grisham's a little earlier, and it brought my lunch guest to mind. I would be taking Christopher Hitchens out for lunch... more than likely to an outdoor cafe`. For as much as he smoked, it would probably help our discussion along if there wasn't a cloud of cigarette and cigar smoke hanging between us. The reason that I chose him was that his reasoning and logic has always been rock solid. He never minced words and he never apologized for his point of view. There are YouTube videos of some of his "debates" that took place at religious colleges, and he never shrank nor hesitated to express his views to their full extent.
The first time that I remember seeing Mr. Hitchens, or Hitch... as his fans called him, was on the Dennis Miller show that used to be on HBO around 15 years... maybe even 20 now (wow, I feel old!). The fact that he came on the set with a cigarette and a glass of scotch and sat down and did what only a few people ever could... keep Dennis Miller speechless thru most of the show, simply amazed me. The way he talked about things were so matter of fact, and they were topics that most public figures would tap dance around. I could be wrong, but I believe he was on Dennis's show at least 3 times that I can remember.
At the time, I just became an open atheist. Being from a roman catholic family, that was a BIG step. I was learning about everything that I could... mostly other religions... and was by no means able to sustain most arguments. I simply didn't know enuff fact. Watching Mr. Hitchen's mind work... how he questioned everything... how he gave no ground without fact to back what was thrust at him... it was inspiring. I would simply love to pick his brain over that 2 hour lunch. Start with a few simple questions and see where they took me. I would love to hear his views on some other topics... other than the ones that he is most known for. I know a lot of people with a religious bent to them will more than likely not like the link below, but as my own form of tribute to him, I went out and found I site that has his Top 20 Quotes: