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Guess who's coming to dinner

By Staff
Kim West
Many of us have thought about what it would be like to win the lottery, but have you ever made an imaginary list of celebrity dinner guests?
Maybe it's an odd thing to wonder about, but I've given this a lot of thought.
First, I would learn to cook better, since my specialties in college were spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts, and those dishes aren't guaranteed to impress guests who have experienced five-star cuisine, catered events and personal chefs.
The average dinner party consists of 12-15 guests, so I'm going to stick with that range for this list.
I love military and political history, so I would invite George Crocker, an Army veteran who was featured in Rick Atkinson's "The Long Gray Line," and cranky columnist Charley Reese, who has a knack for being informative and funny. And Arizona Sen. John McCain would be asked because I would like to find out if he has a good game plan to get back into the presidential race.
I would invite Joel Osteen, a pastor and author of "Your Best Life Now," even though I couldn't tell you his denomination. I don't think it matters, and I'm pretty sure he could handle the pre-dinner prayer.
I'm a sports fan, so I would also ask soccer star Julie Foudy, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre and Charles Barkley.
It would be nice to have musical entertainment, so I would ask gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Al Green to perform a duet.
I'd also invite Tim McGraw and Faith Hill just in case, and to find out of they're actually as nice in person as they seem to be in interviews.
I would also invite "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes to explain what really happened with the actor who played Dr. Burke and Steve Martin because I think he could manage to be funny without offending the other guests.
Finally, I would send an invite to car critic James Healey, because I need to buy another car in the near future, and my older sister, Glenna, who can really cook and has the ability and willingness to carry on a conversation with anyone.