diann rollins, 70, philadelphia, PA

 

Best childhood memory: Winding the clock of my uncle's clock. It went tick..tock, tick...tock, and we had to wind it so it would go tick-tock, tick-tock.

 

Food: Anything that I like eating, except for chitlins, I don't eat chitlins.

 

Drink: Water

 

Color: Whatever color I am wearing

 

Thing to do: Walk around the city and see all the sights

 

Place in the city: Well, most of the time it's home. I get home and in my bed, and I go to sleep, and I wake up, and it's still the next day.

 

Cartoon character: I haven't seen cartoons in a long while. I don't have television, and when I go to the doctor's office, I see these creatures that look like Spongebobs. I don't like Spongebob, but I like the characters that go along with him.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go and why? I would just like to take a long journey around the world and see the world in 80 days like Jules Vern did, but not in a balloon.

 

What inspires you? Living and breathing and seeing everybody doing their task and actually completing their task, and when I finish something that I have started, I feel real good because I know I have another task to do.

 

What are some of your goals? Long-term and/or short-term. Long-term I want to become a doctor. And I am a doctor because doctor means teacher, and I'm a physician because I heal people. And actually when I pray, I pray that my thoughts will be my prayer and I will have happy thoughts for everyone concerned; and if I have happy thoughts for everyone concerned, if they want to be sad, it's okay. That's their concern to be sad. If they want to be blue, they can be blue. But it's brighter to be happy; and if you're sad, just let a little tear here and there and let it go down your cheek and then taste it in your mouth, and you'll find it's a little salty. That means you're in good health.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I haven't figured out what animal I want to be. I could be an owl, I could be a lion, I could be a tiger, I can be a horse, I can be a hippopotamus, I could be a zebra. I would be the entire zoo. A little goose, a little peacock, a little teddy bear.

 

Tell me about the craziest dream you have ever had. I dreamt that I was awake and I went to the bathroom, and I peed my pants in bed because I really wasn't awake.

 

What is one thing that you want people to know about you? I'm a student of forever. I study all the time. I never, never stop studying.

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