Aug. 24th, 2004

Why not...

Aug. 24th, 2004 10:07 am
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5.You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)
2004 Caveat: This will keep going until our work schedules, social lives or other commitments make it onerous, kay? kay.
1. If you had to work for someone else, what would your dream job be?
Journalist for Travel & Leisure

2. You own a beautiful victorian home, money is no object and you're going to make it a painted lady, what colors do you use?
Shades of deep brown with a rich plum and a deep green for accents

3. What one pair of shoes would you miss the most and why?
My Victorian lace up boots -- I LOVED them and lost them during a move. I'd had them less than a year :(

4. Your husband just won a free plastic surgery procedure (he has to use it on himself), what would you recomend he have done and why? He as two minor sebaceous cysts. Because they are minor, their removal is considered cosmetic by our insurance company. So I'd have him get those taken care of.

5. You are marvelously successfull and your new book contract includes either a plane/pilot or a car/driver at your disposal, which do you choose and why? Plane/Pilot -- I have no problem driving to close places but I hate how much airline tickets cost. I love the idea of a private plan at my disposal.

From Am...

Aug. 24th, 2004 11:50 am
1) If you couldn't write, what would you be doing?
I loved working in tourism, so I'd probably go back to that.

2) What is your favorite sister memory with Jamie?
Palm trees. Driving down OBT one day when I was in a bad mood, and the Everclear song with the line "I just want to see some palm trees" came on the radio. Jamie all but hung her whole body out the window and screamed that particular lyric to the masses of cars on OBT, and I nearly hit a palm tree because I was laughing so hard.

3) Do you have a Nightmare dream piece? One that if money was no object you would own in a heartbeat.
Right now, the $1500 oil triptych at the Disney Store is on my wantwantwantwant list. A dream piece? One of the actual puppets from the film.

4) What is one beauty item that you absolutely will not live without?
My MAC brushes.

5) Who is your favorite designer?
Betsey Johnson
1. What is your dream assignment?
I don't have one in particular, but I would love the freedom to pick my own options and always know someone was going to pick them up.

2. If you cuold live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Lately, I've been all about a beach house, but I'd want one where there was plenty of privacy and lots of land.

3. What is your dream vacation?
Back to Hawaii, then on to the Far East, then back to the US by way of Europe -- so around the world.

4. If you could only perform one good deed without monetary constraints, what would it be?
I'd start a no-kill shelter.

5. What is your favorite dessert? And who makes it the best?
Carvel soft vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream.
1. What is the one aspect of your feminine routine you simply couldn't do without and why? Lotion -- I MUST have lotion. My skin dries out with the slightest change in temperature.

2. Mim or Mom, who influenced you more? Why?
Hard to say, really. Both were instrumental in raising me to be myself. What self-esteem I have about my looks comes straight from Min and Mamu (her sister, my grandmother), who never hesitated to tell me that I was beautiful and, sometimes more importantly, that I "had it" and that it was ok to "flaunt it." A lot of my fearlessness came from Min and Mamu (I don't talk about her as much, as her death is still very rough for me sometimes), as well; I am still in awe of things they did when they were young, things that women just didn't do in those days.

Mom is more complicated. Lots of "do as I say and not as I do." More fearlessness comes from mom, more from word than from deed. My appreciation of girlfriends and girl time is all Mom. My love of going dancing and of generally not giving a flying fuck about what other people think, especially when I am with my girlfriends -- more Mom. But she influenced also by her actions that I didn't like, such as her inability to speak against or really back to her "man." I saw early how that DID NOT work, so I fought against being that way, oftentimes swinging the pendulum way too far in the other direction, much to the chagrin of men I was involved with, I am sure. There are things about my Mom that I love and admire, and there are other things that have the "I will NEVER be like that" taint. It's rough.

Quantity-wise, my mother is by far the bigger influence. QUality-wise, it's split pretty evenly.

3. Of all the music your husband sings, what is the one song you love more than anything? What song would you LOVE to hear him sing that he won't?
Oddly, I don't have a particular favorite that he sings, mainly because my taste in music is pretty obscure and therefore not stuff conducive to a cover band. I love what he plays for me more than what he sings, though I do love his voice. But he will learn little bits of guitar in songs I like and then surprise me. I love that.

4. If there were to be no more horror movies ever made, and they were to destroy all previous horror movies but one, what should that movie be and why?
The Haunting -- the original. It is chilling and absolutely effective, B&W, and not a drop of blood.
I would also like to recommend that all horror films containing spiders be the first up for destruction.

5. What is it that you have taken from your Italian heritage that influences you the most and why?
Cooking, storytelling, and my big mouth. Because I love them all, even when they get me in trouble. I am an excellent cook, a damn good storyteller, and I am not afraid to speak my mind, regardless of how much trouble it causes.
Play my favorite interview game, Dawn's 20 goofy-ass questions, with me. You must answer with more than just yes/no and none of the questions are related. You can earn extra "you're so cool" points if you catch the reference for each question (along with your answer, of course)

1. Are you the walrus?
2. Can I get a witness?
3. Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
4. Are you gonna sex me up?
5. How can I fall?
6. How much is that doggie in the window?
7. Is it tricksy, my precious?
8. What flavors have you got?
9. What's new, pussycat?
10. Will you show me terror in a handful of dust?
11. What's your thang?
12. Do you call it a one night stand or do you call it paradise?
13. Who, what, hippo?
14. Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
15. What's this?
16. Who told you that?
17. Why are you going to a cemetary with your toothbrush?
18. Do those people make your ass twitch?
20. Where is my automobile?
1. Tell me about the worst job you ever had, because you were young and needed the money.
I would have to give that to Recordtown in Willowbrook Mall. Our manager had been demoted to our location when he failed to show up for work at the NYC location for four days - no call, no show, no nothing. For some reason, instead of firing his ass, they sent him to NJ. He was a giant asshole, with behavior up to and including once asking me, as I was being wheeled out of the store on a STRETCHER, when I would be back in to finish my shift.

2. Admit it, you have a favorite professional wrestler. Who is he?? ;-)

Roddy Piper. I had a crush on him when I was in high school, even though I didn't watch wrestling at the time. It must have been the kilt.

3. You have to choose one: Living out your days somewhere in the midwest in cheesy suburban hell, where the best shopping is Wal-Mart (no you can't mail order, except for Sears) or being forced to listen to nothing but twangy country western and/or Muzak played constantly for the rest of your life?
Yikes. I'd have to go with country, as it's all my dad used to listen to, so I know I can survive it.

4. Can money buy happiness?
No. But it can prevent unhappiness in many, many ways.

5. What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?
There are two that I can think of -- Duran Duran and FL.
Duran Duran led me to goth, which was the first time my exterior matched my interior, in terms of being myself, no matter what other people thought of it.
Moving to FL was what made college a real possibility. I don't know that I would ever have been able to finish college if I hadn't had the chance to live at home again and not worry about money so much.



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