An Interview With...Me.

Friday, April 27, 2007
There's a meme-type thingy going around the interwebby thingamahoozits these days. Basically it involves interviewing a fellow blogger. You pick five questions to ask them and they have to post the questions and their answers on their blog and offer to do the same to another blogger who wishes to be interviewed. My interview was done with Barbara, the Canadian queen of all things musical and the leader or our zombie clan. Here goes...

1. If opportunity, money, and education were no barrier, what would be your ideal job?
Normally I would jump all over this and say Archaeologist. However, the fact that I'm not working in my chosen field is not necessarily due to a lack of opportunity, money, or education. Essentially it boils down to my fence-sitting nature and lack of focus. I could have buckled down, found a thesis topic and tried to do my Masters. However, when I finally finished my degree (it took me 8 years...lots of bumps in the educational road for me) I was just so glad to have completed it (and proud) that I couldn't fathom the thought of going back anytime soon. I've considered going to grad school numerous times since 1999 but there are just so many areas that I find fascinating I haven't been able to focus enough on one topic. Heat treatment of lithics/stone tools has tickled my fancy ever since I gave a lecture on Thermoluminescent dating in archaeology as part of a third year seminar but again, I get easily sidetracked. That is apparent as I look at how long my answers to the first three questions are so far... Back to the actual question. This might sound hokey but I would love to stay in school. I LOVE learning. Writing papers, doing research, hours upon hours in the library, taking lecture notes. Ah...what a life.

2. What was the name of your first pet?
When I was born, our family already had two pets. The first one they adopted was a cat named Happy. He looked very similar to Anubis, albeit a bit bigger, and he used to follow me up to bed, crawl under the covers, and sleep in the centre of my bed all night. The other was a black dog, a Heinz 57 named Ralph. My grampie used to to joke with all the grandkids that he was the only dog he knew that could say he his own name. However, if we're going with MY first pet, all on my own, was in fact Anubis. My roommate at the time had been kept awake most of the night by a cat meowing outside our townhouse. Eventually it stopped and we headed out to the gym the next morning. As she opened the door to her van, this tiny little kitten came running from god knows where, leapt inside before she could get into the driver's seat, curled up on the passenger side floor and started purring. The rest is history.

3. If you could time-travel, whom in the history of the world would you most like to have dinner with? Why?
Funny...this is similar to a question I asked a panel of people who were interviewing me once. Despite their odd looks and nervous giggles, I got the job. This is a tough question for me to answer as it varies depending on my mood and my current. I'm not generally one of those people who want to interview the big name ancient celebrities. Oh sure, it would be interesting to discuss various topics with Julius Caesar, Ramses II, Ghengis Khan, Plato, Herodotus, Jesus, Hitler, etc. But I'm much more interested in learning about the daily life of the average person, not generally the nobility, elite, or ruling classes. I'd be curious to find out what everyday life was like for ancient farmers, slaves, prostitutes/concubines, soldiers, etc. History has been written by the wealthy, the powerful, the influential and typically the male. Sorry, not a very interesting answer but there you go.

4. What movie would you recommend that everybody see? Why?
Just one movie? Seriously? I haven't seen most of the "classics". So I'll have to go through my list of favourite flicks. Definately Flash Gordon (1980). The original Star Wars. Probably the most beautfully shot film I've ever seen - Lawrence of Arabia. High Road to China. Raiders of the lost Ark. Prince of Darkness. Platoon. Alien. There are so many great films out there, each with their own particular reasons why they should be seen. Not everyone's going to like the same films or think they're a "must see". The ones listed above are some of my "classics" - a bit cheesy, sure, just be thankful I left out Red Sonja and anything by the Barbarian Brothers.

5. If you had to give up one sense, which would be the hardest to give up, and which the easiest?
Yikes! I've actually thought of this one before and I'd prefer to not give up any of them. If you gave up your hearing, you'd never hear someone say they love you again, or the birds singing in the morning, thunder, laughter. Without sight, you wouldn't see the wonderful colours of spring, the flash of lightning, the faces of loved ones, sunshine. And because they're so connected, I'm guessing if you gave up smell, you'd affect your sense of taste. Touch? No way - never feeling a hug, the sun on your skin, a cool breeze, rain drops, snowflakes, a furry face rub. Arrrrggghh. I suppose if I HAD to give up one of them, I'd give up taste (providing I kept the sense of smell). Food isn't that important when you compare it to everything else you'd miss out on if you gave up one of the other senses.

Here are the rules - you have to answer these questions on your blog and then invite others to be interviewed by posting something like the following:
Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
I will respond by e-mailing you five questions. I get to pick them, and you have to answer them all.
You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
Have fun!
There you go.

3 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nicely done! Very thoughtful answers and I do love the story of how you came to be with Arubis. Lovely!

Candy Minx said...

Great questiona sd great answers...I couldn't find a link to your friend Barbara though. You did a great job answering the interview. fun to read. I too, loved the story of how you got Anubis.

Tanya said...

Excellent. And I love the story about Anubis.

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