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The return of the interview meme.

Here's how to get me to interview you:
001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(I am mildly concerned about my ability to keep up with #5 but I'll give it a shot. If all 260 of you ask for questions they could get boring. ;))

Interview questions from tirani:

1) Where would your dream wedding be?

Great question. That's changed a number of times even recently. Right now I'm having a hard time envisioning it but mostly I imagine a quiet wooded grove with happy little birds chirping and I'm wearing a hemp dress. Because in case no one got the bulletin, I'm a big ol' hippie.

2) What's your favorite special treat now that you're on weightwatchers?

Really, it's the exact same special treats I have always loved, just in moderation. Currently any time I can get my hands on cream cheese in some form I enjoy it immensely. (The best form, really, is just by the spoonful.) *insert Homer Simpson doughnut noise*

3) Why do you love your little aspire hatchback so much?

It has a number of things going for it: cheap. fuel-efficient. more capacity than a non-hatch, so i can haul things. unobtrusive. easy to park. humble. unattractive to theives. everything about this car says "practical" and I like to turn "practical" into fun, it's a thing I do. Yes, I like for my cars to say: "I am not a car nut". Or at least... I did when I bought three Aspires in a row. I do love it, but when its time is over, I am likely to get something a little more snazzy. I've never had a snazzy car. Which kind of goes against my entire lifetime car philosophy. I'm such a damn hypocrite. If I commit a sin lately, it's the sin of car lust.

4) Why did you start drumming?

Because I was inspired. I was inspired by listening to the music of Genesis (old school, largely, with the complex time signatures and intricate melodies) and watching videos of PC playing the drums. I wish I could explain it in terms other people could understand, but I just... knew I wanted to try it and that it felt incredible to listen to. And I wanted to feel a tiny fraction of what it must feel like to put out that sound. The entire way I think about music has evolved through listening to this music and through listening to Phil Collins as a drummer. I appreciate music in a whole new way. I constantly wonder if people are sniggering at me when I wax rhapsodic about this, but I also just don't care, because it feels so good, and I regret not finding the experience earlier in life. But I suppose now was just the right time. (I've always wanted to play music. I've just never had the inspiration to follow through that I seem to have with the drumming right now.)

5) If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

I've given this alot of thought, mostly in the direction of: "Damn, X sucked. If I could go back and stop X..." but all of these lines of thought have occurred to me at times when I can clearly count my blessings. Maybe if I'd never fell for Dale I wouldn't be the person I am today and while there's lots of ways I want to improve, I don't want to give up who I am. Maybe if I'd gone to William & Mary or American U. I would have a better-defined career track, maybe I'd be doing something I truly love. But maybe I wouldn't. And then I wouldn't have all the tremendously awesome friends I have now, which would just be TOO AWFUL TO CONTEMPLATE. I just keep coming to the conclusion that I simply can't speculate in that direction because I am unwilling to give up my life, as it is, warts and all. But I listed above two of the three things I think most about: the Dale years & self-ruination therein, Virginia Tech and my perception of it as a shitty educational experience, and third my teenage boy-crazy mindset which in retrospect I see as a self-effacing self-pitying enormous squandering of time and effort. All that energy could have been put to about a thousand better uses. But there's no changing that either; it's just the way it was going to be.


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
How interesting would anyone be now if we'd been less time-wastey teenagers? :)

I suppose you could interview me if you wanted.
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh god... see I think of it in terms of how much MORE interesting I'd be or accomplished if I hadn't spent shitloads of time worrying about whether X boy would like me or how to get him to do so when it was so just not going to happen anyways and instead... ugh. I have this very negative image of the way I spent my "alone" time as a teenager.

Yay interview!

1. Do you imagine yourself 40 years from now, and do you consider that as a factor when making life choices now?

2. You suddenly find out you have a long-lost sister or brother. Do you try to get close to them? Why or why not?

3. You're a zen master. Give me a section of your meditation guide.

4. Poof! You're a vampire. What are you going to do now?

5. Multiple choice: sea, forest, plains, mountain. Which did you choose and why?
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
yay for big ol' hippies! screw the haters, man!

also, i hear you on #5. i have a whole list in my head of things i regret having done or not done, but in general (especially recently) i'm more inclined to think, what the hell am i complaining about? i'm lucky. and when you have too many regrets, your close yourself off to a lot of really wonderful possibilities.

(something i've always liked about you, btw: that you're always going out and trying something new and challenging yourself, like with the drumming thing. i don't think i've ever told you that you rock for that, but you do.)
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
what's funny is (and i do not mean this to sound ungrateful; your words are kind and flatter me) i think of myself as never taking on anything challenging and always being too safe and never following through on the incredibly safe choices i do make. aww, where's my damn therapist* when i need her.

*she fired me! for being too well! ha!
Apr. 25th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
and what's even funnier is that i knew you were going to think that as i was writing it. hee.
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)

although I won't get to it for a couple of days, I 'spect
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
1. Poetry or prose? And why?

2. Do you have any nervous habits?

3. It occurs to me that I have no particular impression of your spiritual/religious life. Do you have one? If not have you had one in the past?

4. You become mayor of Philadelphia. What's the first thing you do?

5. What's the first album you ever listened the grooves off of, so to speak?
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Apr. 25th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
1. Can you remember the first time you called yourself a feminist, and what prompted it? Explain.

2. What do you like most about yourself?

3. Kids. Maybe you have mentioned this and I missed it, but do you think you'll ever have any, either the regular way or some other way?

4. Poof! You're a publisher. Who's work do you hope crosses your desk for approval?

5. Forget what you're actually doing today, what do you wish you were doing today?
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
#4 ... that would be "whose" please. i am a dunce.
Apr. 25th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
Alright I'll give it a go.
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
1. What's the hardest thing that's ever happened on the job?

2. What's the most fun thing that's ever happened on the job?

3. Do you ever think about places to live other than Maryland?

4. Poof! You're a Hollywood movie mogul. Apart from the Skil-Crane movie, what's the first project you greenlight?

5. What's in the top drawer of your dresser?
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Apr. 25th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
See, I am kind of lost on what to ask you.

1. Who do you consider a role model?

2. Who is your favorite author and why?

3. What do you think are the characteristics of a good friendship?

4. Poof! You have $15,000. How does that change your weekend plans?

5. What's one place you'd really like to travel to someday?
Apr. 25th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, the interview meme again, and at a slow-at-work time! Sign me up.
Apr. 25th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
1. What's it all about? No really, surely you have given this some thought. Why are we here?

2. In contrast: What's your favorite salty food?

3. What do you feel is the most politically conservative idea you hold?

4. Poof! You're a science whiz. What kind of science do you decide to pursue? Why?

5. If you became a reporter for NPR, which story would you want to cover?
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I like that all your Number Fours are "Poof!" questions!

Answers forthcoming.
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Except one! Where I didn't say "Poof!" And I am rapidly running out of good "poof" questions here.
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
If you have the time, interview me!! :D
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
1. What do you think of PETA?

2. How did you end up in Jersey?

3. What's your earliest memory?

4. Poof! You're a CEO. What's your company called and what does it do?

5. Have you ever encountered intense charisma in someone? Describe it.
Apr. 25th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Ask away!
Apr. 25th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
1. You seem like a really tolerant person. Is there one topic or issue where you surprise yourself with intolerance?

2. What is your fondest wish?

3. What's your relationship with faith?

4. Poof! You're a self-help guru. What's the title of your book, and what's rule number one?

5. Are you signed up as an organ donor? Why or why not?
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Interview meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Apr. 25th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
ack, this is particularly hard since i am pretty sure i've asked you 5 questions before so i might repeat!

1. What is forgiveness to you? Is there anything you feel you need to be forgiven for?

2. What's your take on the comeback of Roller Derby?

3. Have you at any point believed in psychic powers? Why or why not?

4. Poof! You're on Jeopardy and you have that 45 second blurb where Alex Trebek talks to you about your life on national television. What do you talk about?

5. You have to make a meal for 40 people. What do you make?
Apr. 25th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Interview me!!!
Apr. 25th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
1. What kind of car do you wish you had?

2. Describe a life-changing event you've experienced? Maybe not number one, but one of the top ten?

3. Where were you about this time ten years ago?

4. Poof! You're a Broadway producer. Any dead plays you'd try to revive? If not then what would to try to get on stage?

5. What is your relationship with gender roles? Do you feel very tied to them, or independent of them?
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