Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The Interview Game

The Official rules of the Interview-Game
1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions
6. I will answer reasonable follow up questions if you leave a comment.

1) Where are you right now - city, state/province, country? room? in the room? Details, details.

I am in Kansas City, Kansas, in die Vereinigten Staaten. The living room of my friends Paula & Adam's apartment. I am sitting in their comfy computer chair by the bookcase. Adam is watching Equilibrium on television, and I am occasionally peering over the couch to catch an interesting tidbit. I have taken over Paula's piano bench behind me with my overnight stuff. I came up for the Modest Mouse concert without a buddy to go with, and Paula was great to go with me. I'm wearing my kelly green MM tee with a buffalo. My favorite song of theirs has the buffalo in it.

"in this place that i call home
my brain's the cliff, and my heart's the bitter buffalo"
--Heart Cooks Brain

2) Do you remember your first flight? Where did you go? Were you scared?

I believe my first flight was when I was a fetus. My parents took me to New Zealand. It was a lovely trip, quite warm and comfortable. I think I slept most of the time. I don't remember being scared. Heck, my brain wasn't fully developed, though, and that might have something to do with it. Wait, no, I think a koala jumped out at me... that was pretty scary.

3) What are you really passionate about doing with your life? What keeps you from doing it most often?

I am passionate about creating, whether it's music or an afghan or a ruckus. and reading. and coffee. I freakin love coffee.

There's a page in my scrapbook from my semester in Austria that is purposely left blank in memorium to the pictures I was too scared to take. I think fear is definitely what keeps me from doing the things I love to do. More specifically, fear that what I create will be deemed as unimportant, unartistic by someone else.

4) Does it matter whether or not dogs see in color or black&white?

I automatically put myself in the place of the dog in order to answer that question. So I instinctively change the question to "Does it matter whether or not I see in color or b&w?" In the movie Equilibrium that Adam is watching, World War III has come to an end only to find human beings taking liquid "sense suppressants" so that they feel nothing. There are soldiers whose duty it is simply to destroy all works of art. In one of the first scenes of the movie, Christian Bale (he's gonna be Batman!) torches the Mona Lisa, and there's a close-up of her mysterious smile as the edges flicker and curl until the smile is gone. Color and ornament are forbidden. You hear scientific formulas being rattled off as the soldiers train to be the statistical best that they can be.

In the first season of Alias, Sydney is sent on a mission to an asylum to befriend an assassin named Shepherd who has been brainwashed to kill. Much like the main character of the Manchurian Candidate, Shepherd has been programmed to forget his killing sprees, but he is beginning to remember anyway. Shepherd begins to tell Sydney of these dreams he has been having in black and white where he is doing horrible things. Sydney then explains to him that he has been programmed to see in b&w while in Hyde-mode to distance him from his own actions.

Color is used in advertising to evoke desirable feelings from the consuming populace. There are whole chapters of books, heck, there are whole books devoted to telling hotels not to use fire red for their highway signs. Human beings are emotional beings. Seeing color is an emotional experience. The gospel story, a very emotional one, was given to us in color. Petra taught me that in eight grade. "Red is the color of the blood that flowed from the face of Someone who loved us so..." One of my first exposures to the gospel was the color flip-book that kids still make in Sunday school. Yes, it is significant that I see color. There's something very humanizing and loving about color. God created a world for us that is not merely clinical and adequate but one that is surpassingly beautiful. A world to be celebrated and enjoyed.

But back to your question, eh-hem, about dogs not seeing color... Maybe I'm reading into it too much to say yes, but I say yes, it is significant. It might not be as significant as the difference between the old covenant and the new one, but it is an example of our separation from Maggies and Rovers. I can experience the grace that is denied angels, and I can experience the beauty that is denied animals. Another blessing of being an image-bearer.

5) Who's your favorite Beatle? Why?

Ringo. He's a drummer. I tend to have a thing for drummers.


Sean said...

So you're a Max Weinburg fan?

Rick said...

good answers :) - creating a ruckus is probably right up your alley.

Myles said...

oooh...ooh, ask me!

rebstar said...

yeah, i'm in too, sm...

Sean said...

Hey your middle name isn't William is it? Cause then we'd have the same initials: SWM here.

Anonymous said...

i like ringo too, but for me it's more of a nose fetish.


Suzanne said...

thanks, rick. excellent questions. i hope i can do half as well.

Suzanne said...

ok, myles. your interview:

1. Were you allowed to eat sugar cereals as a kid? If not, were you still allowed to eat Life like Mikey? If so, how did this turn you into the cat-killer that you are today?

2. If you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one piece of armor, which would it be and why?

3. Do you have a favorite poem? If so, why is it your favorite? Has it ever made you weep?

4. If you could experience a taking off and landing strapped in next to anyone living or dead, who would it be?

5. How many different words can YOU make by using letters from my still-alive cat's name: EDWINA?

Solley said...

hey got any questions for long as you ask me about rhythm dice i will be a happy camper...

Suzanne said...

ok, dear rebekah (rebecca? sorry),

1. Do you remember the first time you really felt loved by God? How old were you? What makes you feel His love now?

2. If you could recast any movie and insert John Cusack for the main character, which would it be and why?

3. If your waitress offers you a straw, do you take it? Why or why not?

4. What is the single most important thing you learned at Ouachita? (or are learning?) Why?

5. What is the biggest fine you've ever paid at one time? What had you checked out or rented? Was it worth it?

Andronicus said...

I'm in like Flynn! Throw me some doozies! AJ

Suzanne said...

ah, kim. the scoob. your interview, if you choose to accept it:

1. What is your favorite Laffy Taffy joke? Why? (anatomy of a joke, please.) Your favorite Laffy Taffy friend? Please elaborate. :)

2. Which standard Windows game are you better at: Solitaire, Free Cell, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, or Hearts? Where are you when you get the most practice, and do you break any laws to play?

3. What in your life has changed that took nearing death twice to realize?

4. What is the worst physical pain that you have inflicted on one of your sisters? Did they require hospitalization? How long did it take to regain semi-normal communication?

5. What is it about music that makes you dance in grocery store aisles? How long would you last without it? (p.s. what is the furthest distance that you have covered doing the worm?)

Suzanne said...

the andy, the andy, the andy:

1. Which fruit, in your opinion, would taste better if it were wearing a vest? Why?

2. What is your favorite hymn? Is it because your name is in it?

3. Where are you when you most want to blog? What would your superblog look like? What color would its cape be? Any special powers?

4. If you could reach one life goal by the end of March, what would it be and why?

5. What makes you sick-to-your-stomach happy? Why?

Suzanne said...

the middle name's michelle. sorry.

Solley said...

Thank you suzanne...great questions..i hope that i am answering them in the right a line like you know the answers are gonna be good.

1. personally i am a cherry laffy taffy girl. joke: Why did the girl mushroom go out with the guy mushroom? B/C he was a FUN-guy
FAVE FRIEND: All i can say is that she was a blessing then and she is now. I have never met someone like this girl ever and will always remember that army bag that she stiched stuff onto all the time and the mr bean movie she made me watch...i think her name is Suzanne

2. I suck at all of those but i can play a mean game of NERTS..but alas that is not a computer game..and you know me i would NEVER break the law

3. That there is a bigger picture out there. The world does not revolve around me. You need to seek forgiveness from people that you have hurt and although you try not to, you do, and you gotta get that right. You have to love with your whole heart(and while that may sound cheezy..try almost dying twice and then you can challenge me on that)Each person that comes into your life is a gift from God.
I was here to be with children who have disabilities and now i need to get off my lazy arse and do something about it. Also, when God puts someone on your heart even if let's say it is a friend you only hung out with one summer, do everything you can to accomplish what He wants you to with this person.

4. I think i pushed one down the hill while it was snowing and her plastic sled ran up a tree and knocked her out(we have it on video and watch it during the holidays) Also, i think i have done some damage during our annual easter egg hunt

5. I think the freedom of just being able to do it. There is no law against it and hey in the immortal words of my man Marvin Gaye..if the spirit moves ya let me groove ya...ok he may not have meant it like that but you get my drift. I always dance in the store so i guess i cant really answer the other question..I have done the worm across the whole dance floor at the moose lodge here in Denton...and then i sat in a chair and got some one to throw a bucket of water on me so that i could immulate FLASHDANCE

Interview for Suzanne

1. Explain Rhythm Dice

2. Discuss your time at UNT, your physics class,that really cool girl with the curly fro, your trip home with her, and what you talked about laying out on the trampoline that night and why you think you are still friends today.

3. Was there a special instance that you knew you were suppose to be a missionary in Germany or has it been something on your heart for awhile. Explain.

4. They say when you order a drink it let's the bartender know your personality(i dont think that is true but heck i am putting it anyway)so when you order your coffee...what would the starbucks waiter think about you?

5. Name a piece of art that as soon as you saw it gave you the most emotional response

JEB said...

Cool idea. Of course I'm in! I love surveys and/or interviews. :)


Anonymous said...

Hey Katie and i are hard at work so of course we would love to do your interview game since we really aren't doing anything anyways

Holli & Katie

Suzanne said...

thanks, kim. i promise to answer your questions in my next post.

interview for JEM:

1. Which is more sacreligious: cross lollipops, gummy popes, or fruit-flavored holy water? Explain your answer.

2. If you could have any animal as a pet, which would it be and why? What would you name it?

3. What is the weirdest de ja vous twin moment that you and julie have had? Did anyone believe you?

4. Smoking, non, or first available? Why? Are you able to recognize your waiter throughout the meal?

5. What is your favorite memory of Kevin Allin Still? Details please.

Suzanne said...

eh-hem, holli first:

1. Do you have any tattoos/facial piercings? If so, where and what are they, and what are your plans for further defiling your body in the future?

2. If you had free access to the largest deli in the world, describe the perfect sandwich you would create.

3. What makes you want to give up? What makes you want to get up?

4. If you could only describe yourself by using a magazine title, what would it be and why?

5. What do you think the underlying issues are that would cause Katie to believe you have stolen her Kermit? Explain.

Suzanne said...

THE interview for Katie K:

1. Has anyone ever mistaken you for Lafaunduh? Explain.

2. Madonna's Lucky Star hair, ZCavaricci denim jacket, or Chuck Taylor All-Stars? Why?

3. If you were double agent Sydney Bristow, what would your alias look like?

4. How many times can you say the Greek alphabet in 20 seconds? Ready, go!

5. If you were to discover the true kermitnapper, what would you say to them? What would you be willing to do for his safe return?

rebstar said...

thank you for the great questions! i am working on them--and you correctly spelled my name the first time! wow! :)

Myles said...

okay, my answers are up. take your best shot.

Andronicus said...

My answers are up......sorry if there really dumb. I comprimised with myself instead of doing really drawn out, deep answers, or really short, stupid answers........lata

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the hamster said...

yea, my turn to get spotlighted. i took suz to the doctor's office once for her finger. my dad is alive. my wife is a babe. suz is closely behind my wife in babedom. i'm wearing my second favorite shirt. had burgers with cade tonite. read some lewis and an interview with jameson. it is good times for some questions. hit me, love.

Suzanne said...

interview for the spirit of the hamster (sorry for the delay):

1. How many uses for the word "pip" can you conjure?

2. What do you most celebrate of your two years in China?

3. What do you most regret of your two years in China?

4. Who would win in a mud wrestling match--Rahab or Gomer? Why?

5. What is the best book you have never read? What are you waiting for?

Sean said...

(answers #5 for what's-his-name) That book by something Eldridge--I'm waiting until Sean-o dies so I don't break his heart. C'mon.

Suzanne said...

so tell me why you don't like the eldridge, sean-o.

aubrey said...

okay suz,

it's time for the interview. think long and hard and i will answer with gusto and place my second post to the blog.