Saturday, January 31, 2009

A little fresh air

In my real life job as a writer, I often have to interview people. I wish I could be more like Terry Gross, asking the right questions to elicit deep and meaningful answers. I don't. But I get the job done. On the flip side, I've never really been interviewed myself so when I read this post over at moArdy's A Motivated Notion, I jumped at the chance to be interviewed. moArdy read about it on another friend's site (and so on and so forth).

Want to get in on this interviewing stuff? Here are "The Rules:"

A.) Leave me a comment saying, “Interview Me!”
B.) I’ll respond with five questions of my choice for you to answer (and I promise to try to make them exciting and interesting.)
C.) You update your blog with the answers to the questions
D.) You include “The Rules” and offer to interview other people

Now, without further ado, my interview:
1) If you could make anything socially acceptable for one day - what would it be?
This is the hardest question for me. I kind of feel like a lot of things that are socially unacceptable, probably ought to stay that way. At first I thought I would make saying the "F word" socially acceptable, but I don't think it's that really that far a stretch, and everyone would just run around saying "F***" all day and ruin it as a really great curse word. So, I'm going to go with men wearing dresses or skirts. But only if they want to. In fact, I think it should be socially acceptable (if only for that one day) for clothes to be completely gender neutral, with no one being judged for wearing dresses or pants or pantsuits.

2) What animal at the zoo would you like to make your pet? (without worrying about any logistical issues)
A hippopotamus. Those who know me, know about my odd obsession with hippos. And if I didn't have to worry about the logistics, I would totally have one for a pet. My second choice is a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

3) What is the most uncommon color you have ever painted (or wanted to paint) a room?
"Gold Tone" -- a bright golden yellow color. It's actually on just one wall in our TV room, but it's so bright and cheery it always makes me smile.

4) What food(s) can you never seem to leave the grocery store without?
Granola -- we buy it in bulk from Whole Foods. Mixed with plain yogurt, it's our favorite breakfast. We go through it pretty quickly, too. We love breakfast.

5) If you could relive one year - which one would it be and would you change anything?
(Second hardest question to answer!) I would relive the year I graduated from high school and entered college. I would break up with my high-school sweetheart at the beginning of the year, instead of waiting until summer. I would not date the guy I ended up marrying (at a way too young age!). In the fall, I would moved into the dorms and work harder at being sociable while stilling getting good grades. And I would be truer to myself and my beliefs and generally have more fun than I did the first time around. Hmmm... I guess I need to do some of those things now.


melissa said...

Pammers! totally awesome post. what the hell! interview Me!

i love your interview and your answers. i had no idea you were so creepy about hippos. i must say, having a monkey seems a lot to me like having really fast,high metabolism children. i don't think i could handle that. regular children are enough to make me batty.

that's the best fresh air i've had today.

Kate said...

Men wearing skirts and dresses -- that's a good one, not one I would have thought of but I wholeheartedly approve.

And you can interview me, if you'd like. :)

Monkey said...

Way to slip in the BNL reference! I love it :)

Pammeey said...

I wondered who would get that! Oh, and I didn't mean I'd want YOU as a pet ... although ...