Everything you ever wanted to know about me

Fake Interviewer: Why do you have a blog?
I started my blog in 2002, at which time I wrote “I have no idea how well or poorly I’m going to do with actually remembering to update it… but like all my other efforts at journals, I am going to give it a try.” Surprisingly, I have actually managed to keep up with it on a fairly regular basis. Several people that I know read it regularly, as well as a number of people that I don’t. *EDIT* So now it’s 2012 and ever since I had a baby in 2008, the blog has suffered. C’est la vie.

You like to write, huh?
Sure do. I’ve written everything from books (published with national distribution in major bookstores to short fiction to poetry to music reviews to, well, this blog. Maybe someday I will be able to support myself and my family with my writing, or my painting.

Painting?
Yes. I’m a natural-media artist; primarily a painter, although I also like sculpture and ceramics. I make my living as a graphic designer and web designer (painting doesn’t exactly bring home the bacon). I have a degree in art, but graduated before there really was much of an Internet, so I learned my web design skills on the job.

Are you in a band?
Funny you should ask! My girlfriends and I have had a band since we were about sixteen. I do not want to think about how long ago that was. Let’s just say that we could have been, oh, say, A Flock of Seagulls, if only we’d had the hair. Oh, and the talent. Oh, and the ambition that leads to stepping on the little people/sleeping with the big people to claw our way to the top. At any rate, we are the Weasel Squeezers. I use the term “band” very loosely here, and you will see why when you check out our very long list of orphaned song titles.

What kind of computer do you use?
A Macintosh, of course.

Tell us some random facts about yourself.
How many random facts?

A lot. Go crazy.
Okay, you asked for it…

Favorite foods: Mmmm, my favorite subject. Where to begin? Balsamic vinegar, Washington State wild blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, tortilla chips, cheese, grilled veggies, pizza, lentils, rice & beans, caramel.

Favorite drinks: Coke Zero, red wine, water, peppermint tea.

Favorite season: Autumn, those crisp days where it’s 60 degrees outside with bright blue skies and trees turning colors and the light has changed from a blazing white summer washout to richer, more tangible honey tones. Winter is a close second.

Piercings and/or tattoos: Seven piercings and one tattoo.

Croutons or bacon bits: Croutons.

Rain or sun: Rain.

Are you synaesthetic? Yes, for numbers and colors.

Most comfortable clothing: Blue jeans, Doc Martens, and a sweater in winter or tank top in summer.

Favorite colors: Black, olive green, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, gold.

Pets: We share our living quarters with two cats: a brown and black stripey, Neko, and a solid black one, Loki. Angst died in April 2006 (we miss you, buddy) and  Martini died in October 2011 (you too, puff).

Hobbies: Painting, photography, filmmaking, writing, cooking, reading.

Favorite cities: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, London.

Favorite scents: Freshly baked bread, hot-from-the-oven cookies, patchouli, nag champa, cinnamon, sandalwood, cedar, forest floor, the smell of ozone right before a storm, the smell of impending snow, the smell of my Grandma’s house. I’m sensitive to most perfumes and get headaches from them.

Favorite type of music: In general I DON’T like most of what gets played on the radio, including pop, country, gospel/religious, most rap, hip-hop and R&B, most dance-club music. So that leaves… hmmm… what DO you call what I like? Alternative, I suppose (or at least what they USED to call alternative), art rock, progressive rock, performance art, some new wave, punk, indie rock, etc. My favorite band is called Payne’s Grey. Check out their website and have a listen! If you like it, support your local starving musicians and buy the CD! The independent music community greatly appreciates it!

Favorite musical groups: Peter Gabriel, Genesis (pre-1982), The Shins, Radiohead, Aimee Mann, Yes, Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos, Depeche Mode, XTC, Payne’s Grey, Laurie Anderson, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Peter Murphy, Dead Can Dance, Elvis Costello, Jethro Tull, The Judybats, Kate Bush, Tears For Fears, REM, The Police, Alice in Chains, This Mortal Coil, U2, The Cure, Japan, Coldplay, They Might Be Giants, Nick Drake, Jose Gonzalez, My Chemical Romance, His Name Is Alive

Favorite holiday: Christmas, because I love the smell of pine trees, walking outside in the cold, getting dark earlier, and candy canes.

Favorite movie quotes:

” Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”
” Bring us….. a shrubbery!!”
” I’m beginning to have serious doubts about your committment to Sparkle Motion!”
“You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers.”

Favorite authors: Bill Bryson, John Varley, Mercedes Lackey, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Wallace Stevens, Anne Sexton, Orson Scott Card, Connie Willis, Tad Williams, David Brin, Phillip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, T.S. Eliot, Greg Bear, Yvonne Ramos Dutchover, J. Maarten Troost, James Lileks. I’m on Goodreads if you want to know what I’m currently reading.

If you could pick another profession what would you pick? You mean “and somehow magically be smart enough to do it?” I’ve always wanted to fly on a space shuttle mission.

Favorite films: Amadeus, Donnie Darko, The City of Lost Children, Dark City, Brazil, Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou, Cremaster, The Princess Bride, Dogma, Toy Story, Garden State, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Favorite television shows: Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Mythbusters, Venture Brothers, Invader Zim, Seinfeld, The Daily Show, LOST, Robot Chicken, The Office, My Name is Earl

Best school-years memory: My 9th grade history teacher invited the entire Honors History class to her house one Halloween for a costume party.I thought I was being excruciatingly clever by dressing up as a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, but nobody got it. We played games such as “find the M&M in a plate of whipped cream using only your face,” listened to Mr. Welborn (the other history teacher) play his electric guitar, and the whole class walked to the cemetery at midnight. This was a highly intelligent smartass group of kids that, though most were not part of my closest circle of friends, I’d gone to school with for years and been in the same classes with, and who (in hindsight) kind of silently accepted me for who I was, which was something I couldn’t seem to do for myself.

If you did not work, what would you do with your time? Go insane, probably. I’d like to have more time to paint and write. It would be nice to be able to travel more, although that’s really tiring.

Who’s tougher, Superman or Batman? Batman, because he getsthe job done without superpowers.

What would you do to make the human race better people? Given I had magic powers, I think that I’d make the entire human race completely tolerant of all religions and those who believe in them. Also, I would giveevery human being the power to completely empathize with others whom they affectboth directly and indirectly.

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