Peter answers a couple of questions during a little down time at the medical convention.

You can actually hear this one pretty well in spite of the background noise, (there is one place where I can’t quite grasp what Peter says) but for those who have trouble making out the rest of the words, here’s the transcript:

Bev: From Teresa Haycraft – I wonder if this question has ever been asked of you at all. In all of your lifetime, have you ever had long hair?

PW: Yeah, I’ve had long hair.

Bev: How long?

PW: Never as long as Methos in the Horsemen episode flashback. But I had hair when I was… I must have been finishing high school, so I would have been about 17. They have a thing in Europe, an InterRail ticket, where you pay your money for the ticket and you can ride any train right across the continent. I was away for a month or so with just a backpack and a tent and I had long hair before I started and then I didn’t cut my hair, obviously, for the whole time that I was away. So it was at my shoulders, it was pretty shaggy.

Bev: It wasn’t quite the hippie-look, but…

PW: I never had real rock-and-roll hair. But I’ve had long hair. Then, uh… My hair was that kind of length through University, ?? days, then I did… Actually, the summer following I did “As You Like It” as a wrestler in “As You Like It” and I shaved it all off. I shaved it and it was quite disturbing ‘cause about that kind of time “An Officer And A Gentleman” was out and there were… Richard Gere shaves his head in that, you know, when he joins up and there were shots in the movie that I looked at and thought that absolutely could be me. And I’d never thought that… Previously, I’d never thought that I looked like him at all. But with my shaven head, I really looked a lot like Richard Gere with his head shaved.

Ree: A few people have noticed that. You have a similarity…

PW: People have kind of said it; it’s the only time I’ve ever actually sat watching a film and gone “wow, yes, this is kind of true”. So, long hair, short hair – yeah.
Well, thanks for joining everyone.

This is the next to the last question Peter answered at the pre-marathon chat in Vermont in May, 2013. Again, because of all the chatter in the hotel lobby, it is hard to hear Peter, so the entire text (as well as I could make it out) is below:

Question from Anita King – What is the one thing you miss the most about Wales, LA, and Vancouver that you can’t find or get in Vermont?

PW: Sunshine! …About Wales… what do I miss about Wales?…uh… long pause there. I don’t miss a lot about Wales. I am more and more conscious of how shaped I am by my upbringing there. I am who I am because of those experiences and my Welshness, my understanding of culture and the darkness that is inside a lot of us Celts. That – I’m more and more aware of that. And growing up with a different language around you – a really bizarre different language with – rragh and shh sounds. That’s really cool. I like that. I appreciate my cultural heritage more and more. I don’t really miss Cardiff. My mom I talk to every week and I miss not seeing her. It’s been a long time now since I was in the UK. 2008 was the last time I was there for my grandma’s 100th. So, I left Wales because I didn’t miss very much about it.

I miss London. London, I was very happy. It’s a great city and feels like my spiritual home. Vancouver, I miss Vancouver a lot. I loved being in Vancouver. It’s so extraordinarily beautiful. Just breathtaking. I never had any issues with the rainy-ness there. The weather is an issue for a lot of people. A lot of people from LA come to film there and do nothing but grumble about the weather. That was never an issue for me. I love running in the forest when it’s raining. If you drive along the coast road from Vancouver up to Whistler, it’s just staggering. Really cool.

LA… I appreciate LA more and more. It is the city of Satan. There is no two ways about it. It’s a God-forsaken place, but it’s sort of wonderful. It’s full of people that are dreamers and completely messed up, unrealistic and have so many problems. But it’s sort of wonderful. That’s where really interesting stuff happens. It’s also where tragedy happens over and over and over again. The possibility for something extraordinary to happen is there all the time. And it’s very easy to live in a place where they weather is as good as LA. For all the problems that LA has, the absurdity of California government, everything that just doesn’t make any kind of sense, people come. They keep coming every day and the population there is still rising ‘cause it’s nice. It’s easy to deal with just about everything when the sun shines and the sky is blue. You have the Pacific Ocean and waves rolling in. If you can keep perspective, LA is a fantastic place to live. It’s tough to keep perspective. That’s particularly true if you go there when you are young and idealistic ‘cause there’s nothing ideal about it. You go there as a grown up and go there with a family, you’ve got more of a choice.

This is a another question asked at the pre-marathon chat in May, 2013. I still have two more questions that Peter answered that I will be posting as I get them done. The text of this chat follows:

Question from Marilyn Everett-Jones asks “ Will you be writing a book based on some of the readings you did for us on doctors, etc? It would be a ‘must read’ for the medical profession.”

PW: I am quite interested in that idea. There are a lot of books written by physicians and by students going through medical school. There’s a lot of literature out there and… There’s a lot of courses, a lot of avenues for physicians to do that as therapy. I think it’s tremendously valuable ‘cause, for me, the act of sitting down and writing the story forces me to give structure to things, forces me to think things through and process them in a way that is deeper than I would otherwise do. I think it’s important and therapeutic to take emotional experiences, particularly, and work through them. There’s a high degree of burn-out in physicians and a lot of the time it’s because they don’t allow things to come into them, process and leave them again. They just stay there; they stay inside. So, I think there is a great therapeutic value in doing that.

Also, there are just so many interesting stories. When you live with people who are in extremist situations where it’s about life and death and everything it’s really important to. When you have proximity to that, those are just very important, powerful stories. That’s where you learn profound truths about yourself, and about the human condition.

The idea of writing… continuing to write, collecting these stories, in some of way… Yeah, I think of that quite a lot. We’ll see where things go in the next few years. Very much it’s on the list.

Bev: A best seller… on the best seller list…

PW: I’m not sure that books are going to be the format though. In a sense, kind of separate from the idea of writing it, in a sense the little five minute blogs, the three minute blogs, that’s kind of the same thing…

Bev: May be that’s where we’re going anyway.

PW: Little moments, little snapshots of this thing happened and this is what it feels like. Putting it out there so that there’s a conversation about it. ‘Cause actual print books… who knows what’s going to happen with those. A buddy of mine really likes books, so he had a book that he wanted to show me the other night when we were around there. He said, “I’ve just got this little pocketbook” and he brought out this book. It’s the heaviest book I’ve ever held in my hands. It’s photographs of American actors playing roles in Shakespeare back through the last 120 or something years. Extraordinary photographs… this tome, leather-bound. So, I mean, that will be all digitized and we’ll have it as a flash drive, just scanning through the photos. It won’t be the same. It will not be the same.

Another question asked and answered at the Vermont Marathon. Once again Bev asks the questions and Peter answers. But this one has a guest appearance from the person who asked the question. Sound quality is no better than the others, I’m afraid. But a transcript, as best as I can do it, follows:

BS: We’ve got a question here from Gemini…
PW: Gemini! (Looks at her) Do you want to read this?
Gem: That’s fine.
BS: You once mentioned learning some American Sign Language when Edan was very young. So you still remember any and do you think it will be useful in medicine?

PW: Ummm… So, do I still remember any? Yes, little bits of it. I don’t know where we stumbled across this. But the idea of teaching sign language to babies to have absolutely no hearing impairment just so they had a way of communicating before they had the ability to form words, sentences. That was one of the most fantastic things that we did raising Edan. Because, it wasn’t just that it was kind of cool for him to have a way of expressing himself, it just meant he was so much more connected… than might have been the case.

(Pause to point to the window.) I’m just looking out there and it’s pouring out there…

We started out with a couple of normal American Sign Language things. (makes sign) This is milk. (another hand sign) and this is more… and (puts a finger to his mouth) is this juice? But you start out with a couple of basic things and once the kid picks it up and gets the idea of – I remember this very clearly. He would… for months we were showing signs to him and he would just (puzzled facial expression)… “What the hell’s wrong with you people?”… Then suddenly he was like, you give him milk and he’d go (sign for milk) “so if I do that, you’re going to give me milk? Oh, ok, I get it. And if I do that (sign for more)… Ok, show me another one. Give me some water. I want that thing. What’s that?”

And you could see him just get the idea. “Oh, that’s what this is about.” And then he’s make up signs and we had to … He had a little cloth that he would… you put there (shoulder) for him to throw up. He liked to have the cloth to kind of comfort him when he went to sleep so he made up this sign for cloth, which was… (demonstrates, finger against nose). I mean, that was just so cool, realizing that he was teaching us a language as much as we were teaching him one.

Because of that you’re really focused and present with your child and they know that. That connection is just stronger and cooler and just more fun. I mean, you could talk about things that—you know he’d be sitting there and just go (shows a hand sign) and he’s talking about a plane that went over yesterday that was really noisy and he’s remembering it. Just the complexity of what’s going on and what otherwise…
Again, I grew up with the idea that babies were blank sheets, they were just blobs until you imposed yourself on them. It was my grandparents generation. It was how they viewed things. And it so clearly is not true. … (can’t quite make out the next few words), I remember American Sign Language. I remember a couple of things. But is it useful for other people? Probably not. ‘Cause they’re not going to get the sign for cloth.

BS: Does that answer your question?

Gem: My daughter had a friend in high school whose father was hearing impaired. Watching them, she picked up a few signs. When they were on the basketball team together in eighth grade, they were in this big gymnasium, very noisey, and she and her mother, like clear across the room, conversing with each other. Gee, that would come in handy.

(Can’t quite make out what Peter says in response as he’s doing some typical sports signs. Something about cool stuff or school stuff.)

Gem: Yeah, yeah, you get it. Third base coach.

PW: Yeah. The same in horse racing… the bookies, the guys who take the bets, signaling each other, where the money is going, what it feels like, where the risks are because lots of people are betting on this horse rather than that horse, signaling to each other… it’s kind of cool. Edan, I don’t think he remembers anything more than one or two signs these days. There are a couple of signs that we still use. You know, ‘cause you can tell your kid you love them when all their friends are around and it’s ok. Drop them off at school and go “I love you”…
Gem: Make good choices.

PW: Learn things today. Come back wiser. Yeah, they love that stuff.

Gem: It’s your job to embarrass them when they’re teenagers.

PW: I think that’s very true. I try to do that with the dad humor, dad jokes. Jokes that are just not funny in any way. And you have to do those when all their friends are around. It’s your job.

Gem: … I had the job of doing all that for my kids ‘cause their dad was the coach so I was the parent…
PW: You were the embarrassing parent. Good for you; good for you. It’s all part of growing up and being …

Missed the last word on that. I interviewed Peter about 12 years ago for an article for LFT on this very subject. I will upload it to the LFT site later when I have time. Working on a couple of things right now, including the next LFT. Don’t have access to the LFT pages? You can subscribe to the PWFC here and I’ll send information on how to access the Members Only pages.

Peter’s on the go, but he still stole a few minutes to answer another question. This time, it is about acting.

Peter had a few minutes,m so he’s answering another question.

Taking a break from studying, Peter answers another question submitted by a couple of you guys!

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Peter answers a fan’s question and if you want to know what that title’s about, check out the video.
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