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Interviews, completed.

Questions from examorata:

1. What's the one thing you most hope to get out of ladies' rock camp?

Real-life experience ont he drums, as in working with other musicians and being the foundation of a song, keeping the rythm in line. Meeting people who might be alot like me. That's two things, I know!

2. If you could take a year's sabbatical to write a book, what would you write about and why?

I wouldn't use a year's sabbatical to write a book, because I'm not a book writer. And I doubt I ever will be. But if I were forced, I guess I would write a kids' book about nature or something.

3. What is one thing you would change about your house if you could?

I would try to find a way to open up the floor plan so that there were less walls and more open spaces. So modern, don't cha know.

4. Obligatory time-travel question: If you could be present at one historical moment, just as a fly-on-the-wall sort of thing, what would you choose and why?

The 1973 Reading Festival or the Monterey Pop Festival. Maybe you were looking for something political or history changing, but there was no one thing in that line I could settle on.

5. When we go on the AT, what book do you think we should take along to read out loud?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Uhm... There are some books on my beside table right now that would fit the bill perfectly but I am not anywhere near my bedside table and thusly can't remember what they are or who wrote them.

Questions from keryx:

1. What is the first thing you notice about a new person, or the first thing you think when you meet someone?

Probably if that person makes eye contact or not. Or I semi-conciously try to read if that person is connecting in their own way, if they're not comfortable with eye contact. Body language. Are they proud? Are they haughty? Are they shy? I also notice right away if they fit into a mainstream sort of picture or not. Normal hair and apparel? All leading ultimately to: am I going to be able to communicate with this person?

2. Do you imagine clearly what you'd be like now if you had taken a different path as a teenager or young adult?

Not clearly, no. That's usually the point in the "What if I could change X" self-inquiry where the whole thing breaks down and I realize I don't want to go back and change X. In the more vague: I imagine that I can actually do something, anything, at a professional level because I expended all that wasted energy into practicing an instrument or getting educated properly, not half-assedly.

3. Tell me about love. You've been in many more relationships than I; what have you learned?

A. Nobody can make you happy but you.
B. Jealousy is the love-killer.
C. Nobody's so awesome it's worth sacrificing your personality, dreams, or autonomy.
D. Love in the abstract is great, but also not worth sacrificing you personality, dreams, or autonomy.
Di. If all your dreams are about (romantic) love, you're too outwardly-focused and are setting yourself up for disappointment.
E. Be flexible. Psychologically, too. Recognize the difference between flexible and doormatly.
F. Candidness will get you everywhere. (In love... out of it... around it...)

I'm sure plenty of people would refute any or all of this. I sure haven't like, 100% lived by it or anything. I'm also sure there's some stuff I want to say that's missing that will come to me later.

4. If you had to name a single overarching goal or philosophy in your life, what would it be? What will make you happy when you're 70? :)

I want to help people. If 40 years from now I'm sitting around and looking back, I want to be able to say I contributed something to the world, and since that's not likely to be the cure for cancer or starting a moon colony or assassinating evildoers, I'd just like to say I helped people. And played some music.

5. Has your relationship with your parents changed since you hit 30?

Nope, not particularly. Or generally.


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Apr. 26th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
I like your #4. I think that's a good life goal to have, really.

And the more people I ask, the more it seems like I'm alone on #5 - maybe it's just my parents, or the specific circumstances of my life around the time I turned 30. Cause we are just so leaps and leaps different.
Apr. 26th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I had a thing about relating to my parents earlier - and it happened kind of gradually, and I think most of the change was on my side. Something about going from "selfish twit" to "reasonable loving human" in my twenties. Not that I can't still be a selfish twit from time to time.
Apr. 26th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Ooh ooh! Do me! Do me!
Apr. 26th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
1. What's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?
2. I know you were in the community theater production last year, but what other plays have you been in?
3. How many times do you look in the mirror?
4. Poof! You're a ghost. Who do you haunt?
5. What's with the world-weary cynical bit you do?
May. 12th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm characteristically late to the party, but this:
C. Nobody's so awesome it's worth sacrificing your personality, dreams, or autonomy.
is *so* going on my wall.
May. 12th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
I can't believe I even wrote that. I must have been in a stellar brain cycle that day.
May. 12th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Also, that's totally from someone who sacrificed all that stuff more than once for some jackass or some hot sexing up. So it's not like I'm floating that one out there from some high and mighty position of non-taintedness.
May. 12th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh, been there. :) (actually "am there" is probably more accurate. :P ) It's an uncannily timely reminder.
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