On The Couch

with Kyle

with Kyle

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
The last dream I remember was about visiting Washington state – skiing with a group of my friends and eating a massive amount of seafood with family.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of someone laughing hysterically.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I like to think that every experience I have is one that I learn from and helps make me a stronger, better person. But the last significant experience that comes to mind was counseling and being there for a friend who had a very sick relative.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Intelligence and comfort level. I love being able to have random, interesting conversations about a broad range of topics and having someone add interesting ideas or a different perspective from mine that adds insight. I also love being comfortable with someone to the point where we can sleep in and spend an afternoon together relaxing reading books, without worrying about entertaining each other – doing our own thing but in the other’s company and having it be more enjoyable because we are together.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I want to visit South America…Argentina and Chile are at the top of my list of places to visit. Trekking through Patagonia would be incredible. Diving in the Galapagos is right up there too.

What are you grateful for?
Friends and family. I have some truly incredible friends and amazing family and am constantly grateful for them.

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with Erica

with Erica

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
Well…I’m currently taking malerone, it’s an anti-malarial drug. It makes your dreams quite vivid and easy to remember, so I remember most of them lately. Anything I’ve thought about or discussed during the day will pop up in one way or another in my dreams!

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of rain, thunder and lightning. Especially at night. It has a very relaxing, soothing lull to it that is very peaceful. It also means that water is plentiful, which is something we should not take for granted.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I recently climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, physically and mentally. It definitely pushed me to my limits, and nearly to my breaking point a few times. But I kept reminding myself that every situation-no matter how good or bad-is temporary, and that the hard parts would eventually end. One step at a time, I made it to the top!

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Traveling. Traveling pushes my limits to places I didn’t know existed and makes me feel alive. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to figure out what I am capable of. It’s when I feel most alive and most appreciative of the life I lead.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I’d really like to visit Antarctica. I’d like to do it in a way that is compliant with environmental tourism standards, so as not to further damage an already weakening area. Although I don’t love being cold, I do love seeing all of the beautiful landscapes that our earth has to offer, and this would be the 7th continent that I would see the sun rise over (although I’d go in their summer, so I’m not sure the sun even sets, let alone rises…;) )

What are you grateful for?
Everything. I just got back from a beautiful country riddled with corruption and a huge lack of infrastructure. It makes you appreciate how much we have and use and take for granted-water, toilets, showers, the FDA, health and hygiene standards, medicine, schools, paved roads, stop lights and crosswalks…All things that contribute to the safety and success of ourselves and the people we love, and while our government is far from perfect, we live in a place where the upkeep of these “basic” things is ensured and taken for granted. I’m grateful for all of it.

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with Lisa

with Lisa

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
I rarely remember my dreams. Probably the last dream I remember was not a good one. It involved me getting stuck in hallways I couldn’t get out of. 

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of a gentle brook or water in a controlled situation like lapping water.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Making the decision to retire and move on.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Making music.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
Study jazz violin.

What are you grateful for?
So many things! My family, my career, my health, my really good friends.

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with Chris

with Chris

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
One of my co-workers faked a burglary in order to convince the VPs she needed her own office.

What sound or noise do you love?
Something between the rush of wind through tree branches and the staccato of train cars passing.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I lost a hard drive with years of family photos. In the end, they’re just “stuff.” The important memories stay with you as long as they’re important to you.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Women wearing cardigans that are just slightly too small.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I want to walk the Hudson Valley at the height of autumn and just…inhale it all.

What are you grateful for?
I can walk, I can see, I can eat nearly anything. I am grateful for my relatively perfect health as long as it lasts.

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with Daria

with Daria

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
The most recent dream I can remember was very strange, as most dreams are. I was in some sort of park, and there was a giant tree in the center of the park. When I say giant, I mean enormous, like the size of a skyscraper. There were multiple sets of stairs and sculptures incorporated throughout the tree, like a maze. The tree’s entire facade had a chain link fence on it. I was in the middle of a birthday party when I decided it was time to climb the tree. For some reason, I climbed the chain link fence instead of taking the stairs through the different sculptures and forts. I must have climbed at least 50 feet up before I looked down and realized how high up I was. I spent the rest of my time climbing around the fence back onto the stairs because I was afraid to fall off. The end of the dream ended with me just exploring the forts and stairways. I was just glad I didn’t fall off.

What sound or noise do you love?
It’s not a specific sound, but I love listening to music before I go to sleep. It always sounds the best right before I fall asleep.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I have always been a very easy-going person, sometimes too passive. Recently, someone had been taking advantage of how forgiving I was. Eventually, I was just pushed to a point to defend myself a bit. It really made me learn how to stand up for myself and be able to explain what had been bothering me, and I believe it strengthened our friendship.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Typography. Seeing someone have beautiful handwriting, or construct a flawless composition out of letters, always makes me happy. I always make sure to take a picture of a good mural or buy a magazine with nice letters on the cover. I want to be able to build up this great collection of letters that I can look at if I need inspiration.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I have always wanted to go Great White shark diving. I love sharks, I think they’re awesome, and I want to safely experience one up close one day. I feel like that would be the ultimate adrenaline rush.

What are you grateful for?
It seems like a cliche answer, but I am grateful for my family and how close we all are. This obviously means my immediate family, but also includes my amazing extended family. I know too many people that don’t enjoy spending time with their family. I never want to know what that is like and, thankfully, I don’t have to.

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with Gene

with Gene

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
Don’t remember most dreams unless I wake in the middle of one. But the last dream that I can recall, I was driving somewhere (don’t remember location except that it was in very high mountains) and I drove off the edge of the road and just like in the Roadrunner cartoons I didn’t start to drop until I realized that I was in mid air. THAT woke me up!

What sound or noise do you love?
Other than little kids giggling or laughing (which everyone will probably pick) I love the electronic sounds of a synthesizer.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
My brain surgery. Petty stuff seemed even less important after that.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Art and science. Music, painting, photography, sculpture, astronomy, physics.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
Bicycle the Camino Santiago in Spain.

What are you grateful for?
Other than my friends and family, the wonder and beauty of nature. The diversity and sheer magnitude of life all around us never ceases to amaze me.

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