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The IF Factor: Questions Answered #441-450

441. If you could pick one famous person to be your neighbor, who would you have next door to you?

Harold Reynolds. He's not super famous, but the guy is well-known enough to be pretty awesome to live next to. Being able to talk baseball with Reynolds would be a pretty sweet deal. 

442. If you could change one thing about your home, what would you make different?

Well, since I live in an apartment in New York City, I guess my answer would be to live in a home...with space, a backyard, a garage, and a basketball hoop in the driveway. Yes, sometimes I jones for that life - sue me. 

443. If you had to choose the most important single event of this current century, what would win the honor?

September 11th, 2001. I truly believe our world change in many ways following those horrible tragedies.

444. If you were asked what to put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick, what would you pick?

Coupons for more cereal. That's the adult in me. The kid in my would say toys, but kids don't play with toys anymore. So maybe a free download of a future video game yet to be released? 

445. If you could change one thing about your city or town or neighborhood, what would you alter?

Less crime. New York City is as safe as it's ever been since growing up here. However, being even safer would be nice, especially in some neighborhoods. 

446. If you had to pick the most important quality for a leader of your country, what would it be?

Integrity. 

447. If you had to describe your worst medical experience, what would it be?

I guess it would be the three surgeries I had on my feet as an infant. It delayed my walking, and changed my active life forever. 

448. If you could go back in time just long enough to tell the founding fathers of America one thing, what would you tell or warn them of?

Abolish slavery from the beginning. Imagine if the slave trade never happened, what would race relations in our country - even the world - be like. Also, if granted a second chance to ask another, I would ask for them to clarify the "right to bare arms" amendment which has left us to too many interpretations for so long.  

449. If you could eliminate one habit you have, what would you stop doing?

Staying up late. I'm easily a night person - it's when I blog, get work done if needed, and do my best thinking. However, as I get older, I'm learning I can't burn both ends as well as I used to. And getting up early is more important now than it has ever been. And shockingly, getting up earlier just works better as an adult. 

450. If you could have witnessed any biblical event, what would you want to see?

To be there when the stone was removed and the guards realized Jesus was not in the tomb. I can only imagine what that day was like when everyone realized he arose. Imagine that?

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