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January 3rd, 2007


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09:29 am
OK, it's been a good long while. There are more and different of you reading this, and I always found this enlightening, so I'm hooking it up to the old Frankenstein machine1 and resurrecting:

THE INTERVIEW MEME

Rules are as follows: You comment on this entry requesting an interview. I respond with five questions. The questions will theoretically be tailored to you based on what I know of you (or want to know). You copy and paste those questions into your own journal, and write the answers, along with these rules. Anyone wanting an interview from you continues the game by requesting an interview from you.

More than anything, I'm fishing for questions. The book's as open as it can be, so what do you want to know? Drop your five questions in the comments. A three-year-old example can be found here and in some of the subsequent entries around that time.

1The Frankenstein machine is, of course, the opposite of the Kervorkian machine.

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From:bdar
Date:January 3rd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm requesting an interview.

Do you really want your five in these comments? The logistics of the meme, after all, are that after your interview I will be obliged to place this meme on my journal, and would ask you your five after you commented to my own post. But if you'd prefer all questions to live here under this post, I can respect that.
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From:somebodystrange
Date:January 3rd, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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(I was confused by that as well. I'm not sure whether I'm asking or requesting to be asked.)
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From:hannibalv
Date:January 3rd, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm so not Mr. Clear Guy on this. My ultimate goal is to have people asking stuff of me. However, by the rules previously established, I need to post a comment in someone else's answers before questions can be asked of me. Since I'm resuscitating this after a lengthy hiatus, I'm trying to use this entry as a jumping-off point where people can either post question sets or requests for questions.

With all that said, I leave it up to you gentlemen--call it the coin flip scenario1: you've won the toss. Would you prefer to kick off (and ask stuff of me) or receive (and get questions from me)?

1Sentences like this make me want to create an Ed Hochuli icon if I ever get around to upgrading my account.
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From:bdar
Date:January 3rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I would prefer to follow the meme as written; ie, you ask me five in reply to my comment, and when I post the meme myself, you comment and I reply with your five.

Ultimately, I will collect all of my questions/answers into one large post to create one large, Vanity Fair-length interview. But that's me.
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From:hannibalv
Date:January 3rd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Very well:

1) So, marriage. What's different than it was twelve/six/three months ago? Would you recommend the experience? And for the record: what are you deeming your wedding anniversary?

2) What's your standing on religion/belief/faith/theism these days?

3) Should I buy a TiVo? Will I, in fact, find it to be the greatest gift I ever receive, greater even than the gift of life?

4) Who's an author/playwright/filmmaker/whatever who's not getting nearly the recognition they deserve?

5) What would you want for your last meal?
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From:bdar
Date:January 3rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
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(FYI, these answers will appear on my own journal much later...I'll be building the post behind a Private setting until all questions are in and answered.)

hannibalv: So, marriage. What's different than it was twelve/six/three months ago? Would you recommend the experience? And for the record: what are you deeming your wedding anniversary?

BD: Obviously, there's a lot of differences between planning a wedding and having finished one, so there's no need to go into detail there. For us, it's largely a psychological stability thing...finally, we have it officially done, certified and witnessed, that we're going to be together for awhile. I recommend the experience of being in love enough to make that commitment. I cautiously encourage people to undergo the stress of a personal wedding scene since for us at least the happy memories ended up far outweighing the panic and pain. And we decided to use August 12th, the date of our final, final wedding, as the anniversary date.

H: What's your standing on religion/belief/faith/theism these days?

B: On a very small section of the human race, true faith is a beautiful thing that I wouldn't deign to sneer at any more than I'd ridicule an original Raphael. On the rest of them, it's an excuse to foster one's own petty insecurities and prejudices, and occasionally act upon them in increasingly ugly manners.

I believe there's a God. I don't believe any of us truly know what that God wants, nor could we. If it turns out in the end that God really was on the side of the Fred Phelpses or the Mullah Omars, then I don't want to be on the side of God.

H: Should I buy a TiVo? Will I, in fact, find it to be the greatest gift I ever receive, greater even than the gift of life?

Depends whose life you're being given.

Seriously, it's a wonderful machine (and we thank you again for ours), although if you're the sort of person who gets twitchy about backlog, you'd better make sure you have the time to watch all that you record.

H: Who's an author/playwright/filmmaker/whatever who's not getting nearly the recognition they deserve?

B: "Recognition they deserve" is a pretty specific type of recognition...on those grounds I could name a number of television writers and creators, including Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, Arrested Development guru Mitchell Hurwitz, and yes, even Joss Whedon, as people who have not gotten nearly the respect and attention that far lesser minds across all visual media have commanded.

H: What would you want for your last meal?

B: Fugu. Why not?
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From:davesanngel
Date:January 3rd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Ask me please!
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From:hannibalv
Date:January 4th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
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1. You're half of the longest-married couple of my generation who I know, coming up on anniversary #9 in July. In what ways has married life been better than you expected? In what ways has it just been different?

2. As you may remember, I'm not the biggest fan of country music. Give me the names of up to three modern-era CDs in an attempt to talk me out of cleansing Nashville with nuclear fire. ("Modern-era" means that I already know Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones are pretty damn good.)

3. Coming out of college you worked as a teacher. Why, precisely, did you leave? What could have been done to make you stay in the position that you left? What kind of conditions would you require to go back (to teaching, not necessarily to that specific position)?

4. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "not at all" and 10 is "on an unknowable, transcendentally cosmic level", how much is your life affected by your disability, both in terms of purely physical terms and as a matter of perception?

5. What would you want for your last meal?

Yeah, I'm cheating, but you never answered 'em. :)
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From:loosestrudel
Date:January 3rd, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I too request an interview.
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From:hannibalv
Date:January 4th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
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1. In an ideal world, what do you see as the best application of your skills? Alternately, if money wasn't a concern, what would you be doing? What's the job title on your dream business card?

2. Would you be willing to accept the sacrifice of Wrigley Field if you were guaranteed to win a World Series three years after the new stadium opened? Would you say this opinion puts you in the majority or minority of Cubs fans?

3. I live in a perpetual state of being on the verge of beating someone to death with a steel folding chair or similarly available object. I would wager that this is not the case for you, as I've come away from nearly every contact I've had with you observing the feeling of guileless serenity you seem to radiate. So, what gets you angry? And what does it look like?

4. You are given the authority to make everyone on Earth read one book. What book is it?

5. What would you want for your last meal?
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From:loosestrudel
Date:January 4th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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1. In an ideal world, what do you see as the best application of your skills? Alternately, if money wasn't a concern, what would you be doing? What's the job title on your dream business card?

Wait, are you saying this world isn't ideal? : )

Well, I'm not sure writing is my best suit after all. I'm logical and critical of my work, often to a fault. But I'm a decent listener and generally a respectful person to others. Perhaps my skills would be best applied in some sort of counseling setting. Were money not a concern, I'd probably be a street poet. People would just drop hundies in my hat, and things would be fine. On my dream business card, I'd rip of GG Marquez: "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"

2. Would you be willing to accept the sacrifice of Wrigley Field if you were guaranteed to win a World Series three years after the new stadium opened? Would you say this opinion puts you in the majority or minority of Cubs fans?

The answer is I'd take the championship. But I've been asked this before, and once more I query the choice. Why must Cub fans choose? I know were typed as sleazy, beer-swilling stadium sycophants who require some come-uppance to ever merit a World Series win. But we're not all like that. And even if we are (because it's often true), why must one of our greatest loves be burned at the stake for our greatest dream to emerge? Hath not a Cub fan eyes...that have seen almost a century of losing? Isn't that sacrifice enough?

Anyway, if it's strictly an either/or choice, I think most Cub fans would take the championship too.

3. I live in a perpetual state of being on the verge of beating someone to death with a steel folding chair or similarly available object. I would wager that this is not the case for you, as I've come away from nearly every contact I've had with you observing the feeling of guileless serenity you seem to radiate. So, what gets you angry? And what does it look like?

My greatest anger/fear (as in me their combination is inviolate) is always that I've not done or been all that I could or should have done or been. I face this seriously on at least a monthly basis. Sometimes I blame others for my perceived failures, and this can look like a short, crispy attitude. Most often I get angry with myself, and this looks like I'm withdrawn, stuck in my head, and somewhat indifferent to my surroundings.

I tend toward quiet, introspective anger. I think this is in reaction to my father's preference for yelling as a younger parent.

The other thing that gets me angry enough to turn quiet is injustice. That's a tricky one because if I look just about anywhere, I can see it everywhere. It's not particulary helpful though. Our current executive administration, if all I believe about them is true, makes me so angry I could not scream, if you follow.

There are two kinds of plastics in the world, distinguished by what happens to them when you apply heat. Likewise with anger. Yours is the kind that bubbles and boils. Mine is the kind that fuses and shrinks.

4. You are given the authority to make everyone on Earth read one book. What book is it?

Pure Drivel by Steve Martin.

Just kidding...barely. Maybe the Bible. It would be refreshing to know that Christian Right, for example, had actually read the whole thing.

Perhaps the collected works of William Shakespeare. I think Harold Bloom was right--that man defined the human.

But in the end, I'd likely pick Tuesday by David Wiesner. It says it all.

5. What would you want for your last meal?

I'd take the Mrs. back to Pasteur and it would live up to all our memories.
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From:serendipidy
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
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Hiya. Wanna ask me stuff?
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From:somebodystrange
Date:January 4th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to order a plate of five questions, please.

(Damn. That wasn't clever after all. Hell with it, just interview me.)

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