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The interview meme returns, via anarqueso

anarqueso asks me:

1. What was going on in your life when you met Formaldehyde?

That's a toughie, if only because I don't remember our specific meeting.

I suspect we met during the spring or summer of 1989. I had just finished my first year at Antioch. If it was the summer of 1989 (which is likely), I was back in Pittsburgh for the summer, and had shacked up with Don. Don is, among other things, Monica's brother. I was neither the first woman to leave Don for Monica, nor was I the last, though that's another story.

I was also getting ready to go to the Middle East. In the fall of 1989 I went on the Great Lakes Jerusalem Program, which was a study semester dedicated to studying the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Heavy stuff, especially for an 18-going-on-19-year-old little punk rock girl.

That summer, Monica and I went on a trip to visit H.W.S.R.N. Among other things, I needed to see him before I went off to war.

Also, I was long-distancely in love with a red-headed boy named Jeff. He was the one who wrote to tell me that Stacey had died in a car accident.

And when we all took acid, I put on swim goggles and Monica sat above me and blew soap bubbles at my face. Good times.

2. Tell me some things about having been adopted.

What sorts of things? I can tell you that when I met my birthmother's family, it was really fucking exciting to finally meet some people who actually looked like me. People who, among other things, share my allergy to Band-Aids.

It sucked not knowing if I had siblings, and, as my birthmother is dead and no one seems to know who my birthfather was (other than that his name is "Bill"), it's still a question on my mind.

High School biology class sucked ass. We always had all these assignments like "draw a chart of eye color in your family," which, if you're not genetically related to your family, is a sure way to get an F. I asked what to do if you were adopted and the teacher said to do your best friend's family. OK, first of all, how weird would it be to asking your best friend's mother those questions, and secondly, my best friend at the time (ratphooey) was adopted too. I made it up. And failed.

3. What kind of Jew are you?

I would have answered this question really differently about a year ago. I used to be fairly observant (somewhere in the Conservative/Reconstructionist end of things), and then it started striking me that all religion, any religion, is really just a whole big pile of superstition. Whether it's fasting or putting ashes on your forehead or burning incense or whatever. Now I'd say I'm a "cultural Jew" and leave it at that.

Oh, yea, and vegetarian chopped liver kicks ass.

4. Who was your first love?

Ah, the politics of that question.

The simplest answer is Aaron ... Aaron Benedict? I think that's likely his last name. We were 12 or 13, and went to summer camp together. We never did anything more risque than hold hands, but oh, how magical it felt to hold hands.

5. What's the best thing you're doing for yourself lately?

I suppose quitting smoking, although anyone who read my journal last night knows how well that's going at the moment.

I don't feel like I'm doing much for myself lately. I don't feel like I deserve much of anything lately.

Thanks for asking.

Here are the rules, people. Get in line. I'll ask until I get tired of asking.

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.


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Jan. 22nd, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
vegetarian chopped liver recipe?
Jan. 22nd, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Wish I had one. I buy it by the pound at Murray Avenue Kosher on (you guessed it!) Murray Avenue.

Not that I know how to cook anyway, but that's another story.
Jan. 22nd, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
I did a search on "Vegetarian Chopped Liver" and it came up with a bunch of websites. So, here's a few that looked promising:
Veg Chopped Liver recipe 1

This one has neat star of david's on the wallpaper :)
Veg Chopped Liver Recipe 2

More Veg Chopped Liver

one more
Jan. 22nd, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
'nuff already...
I hereby give you notice that you can officially stop beating yourself up for taking three fucking drags. 3 Painful icky sick-making enough that you'll never do it again (for a long enough while not to worry about it now) drags. Mmmmmmkay?

spoken with love. but you knew that.
Jan. 22nd, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
RE: Was it Stacy from Antioch?
Are you talking about the Stacy from Antioch? I can't remember her last name at present (now there's a surprise) but she was short with blonde hair. Also, was it Jeff Amann who told you? I remember Stacy dying at Antioch and Jeff knew her or is this some spooky coincidence?
Jan. 22nd, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Was it Stacy from Antioch?
It was in fact Stacy from Antioch - Stacy Goebel to be specific. She died in a car accident sometime that summer.

The red-headed Jeff that told me was Jeff Moore. Tall, skinny, southern accent. He always used the word "cain't" ("I cain't believe it!") and I thought it was just the cutest thing. He was with Katie Fleissner for a long time, and he's in The Antioch Adventure: Part II playing, of all things, a guy named Jeff.
Jan. 23rd, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Was it Stacy from Antioch?
Yeah, I remembered it was Stacy Goebel like at some absurd time late last night. Thanks. Jeff Moore? Ring any bells? I am so NOT sure.
I haven't seen the Antioch Adventure Part Two. Mind you, I am not sure I'd be able to play it on my VCR here...I remember that I just graduated from Antioch and Ed McKillop told me. I don't know how he knew...
Jan. 22nd, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
I wanna be interviewed!
Jan. 22nd, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
1. I'm afraid I don't know you all that well. What would you like to tell me?
2. What's your earliest childhood memory?
3. And Texas? Have you always lived there? If not, when and why did you move there?
4. What unexpected ways has your life changed since becoming a parent?
5. What was your favorite subject in school and why?
Jan. 22nd, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
See post for answers.
Jan. 22nd, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
Post? What post? Why don't I see a post?
Jan. 22nd, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
Okay, now it's there.
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Jan. 22nd, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
OK, why is it that only people who I don't know very well want me to interview them? (consider that a bonus question ...)

1. I'm afraid I don't know you all that well either. What should I know about you?
2. I seem to read an awful lot about this Liz character. Tell me about her.
3. And while we're on the subject, how did the two of you meet? Any sickeningly sweet stories you'd like to share? Any Hallmark moments?
4. So Wilkinsburg, huh? Why did you decide to move there? Are you happy with the decision?
5. What's the deal with you and Kermit the Frog? Is it true that it's not easy being green?
Jan. 24th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
... or maybe this was the wrong week to be quizzing you ...
Jan. 22nd, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Azhkenazim...
What is it with Azhkenazim and clasifying yourselves in such bizzare and complex systems. For Sephardim it's much simpler: "a Jew is a Jew. What's the big deal?"
Me? I happen to like the mystical side of things. The world is too rarionalist for my liking :-)

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Jan. 23rd, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
What the fuck is this?

Anybody else get one of these?
Jan. 30th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
I really need to quit before it all turns to shit
is it too late to interview yet another stranger?

My friend has a Murray Ave Kosher cart in her backyard, she lives pretty close to my old house in squirrel hill. Raa

Rock on, Rock off,
Jan. 31st, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I really need to quit before it all turns to shit
I will get to you ... I will. But this week has been so tremendously awful that it's gonna take me a day or two. Be patient, little grasshopper.
Feb. 1st, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC)
And all that other shit was disappointing at best
Patient is one thing I'm good at.

Take your time.


Feb. 2nd, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: I really need to quit before it all turns to shit
1. OK, well, first off, I have to admit, I don't get the Elliot / Coda one post from each personality thing. Could you explain that please?

2. And what's the deal with you and the Warhol? You seem to spend an awful lot of time there.

3. So what do you want to be when you grown up? Have you always had that same dream, or does it change around a lot?

4. If you were going to place a personal ad, how would you describe yourself?

5. So what's the deal with this Bryan chick? I take it from that recent tagline I'm not the only one who's confused ...

Sorry if those are lame questions. It's been a stressful week for me, and that's the best I can muster for now.

Thanks for playing.
Feb. 2nd, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
This joke has gone too far
i'm not exactly sure how this works, no these are fine questions don't worry about it.

Um, I'll reread the rules then post or whatever i must do.

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