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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

So I was reading Miceland, and thought it'd be cool to see what Mice wants to know about Ammy. Here goes:

Here are the rules for this meme.
1 - Send an email saying you want to be interviewed. (modified slightly from the original leave a comment version)
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.

So these are the questions I was asked and my answers. If you would like me to
ask you 5 (different ) I will do so.

Here are your 5 questions.

1. Describe one family tradition you enjoy throughly.

It's funny, but I saved this one until the end. I can't think of a single family tradition that is particularly special. We just do the basic holidays. My mom's side of the family gathers on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas, and we always have my grandma's country gravy over the turkey and cornbread dressing. Oh, and there's the ginger snaps. My grandma makes the best ginger snaps ever.

I think I have to broaden the definition of family here. The group in Sac has a lot of traditions that I thoroughly enjoy - the Christmas night gathering at Ian & Sara's house, the Easter Egg promises exchange, the fourth of July Bring Your Own Bomb party, Krazy Khabib's, the Greek events. I think my favorite is Lenaea. It never ceases to amaze me how fantastically talented my friends are. At Lenaea, people stretch and challenge themselves in totally unexpected ways. It's a beautiful thing, and it always makes me aspire to do more.

2. If you made a a movie about your life so far, how would you pitch it (sell
it) to a prospective financer?

Well, I'd have to choose a focus. I'd probably pick my two years in LA. The two minute elevator pitch? A northern California girl comes to a foreign country - Los Angeles - to teach high school. Torn between two worlds linked only by the road, she redefines what is important to her. She struggles with duality in every area of her life - the desire to do morally fulfilling work while her friends make piles of cash in the dotcom boom, finding love and finding new definitions for love, being a teacher while still feeling like the student in so many ways, and ultimately, having only the road as her constant companion. Five and I.

3. The character of Jean Luc Picard said once, "Regrets, I'm full of them." Do
you have any?

Oh heavens yes. Too many. You'd think I were Catholic. I still regret being rude and unkind to a neighbor after their dog had troubled my dog. After my mom pointed out how rude that was, I regretted it ever since. I think I was 9 at the time. Still, it can bring a cringe to my face just thinking about it. Such is life. It seems nearly every choice comes with some regret for not taking the other path, be that going to Berkeley instead of Davis, finishing my education quickly, choosing to be an English major over something that better warmed my soul, not doing more theater, not doing more to keep certain friendships alive... oh heck I've got a million of them. The trouble with being an analytical sort is that I always wish I could take all the paths to see which one works out best. I used to read all the possible endings in those Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid.

But I guess, top of the list right now is getting drawn into that argument with my grandfather over religion on Christmas Eve. I used to get sucked in when I was a teenager. I know better now than to let him suck me in. But darn it, I just can't abide by the idea that every Arab on Earth is out to murder us all. Anyway, shouldn't have done it. Certainly shouldn't have said to my southern baptist grandparents that organized religion was the problem at that the world would be better off without. Especially not on Christmas. That was just stupid.

Oh, and I really regret not accepting the collect call from love.

4. If you could only eat one flavor of pie for the rest of your life, what would
it be and why?

Oooh. That's tricky. It's either French Apple or Chocolate Satin, both from Marie Calendars. Probably the French Apple, because there's other alternatives to scratch the chocolate satin itch. Mmm.... pie. Pie sounds really good now.

5. If you could get 1000$ to be insulted to your face but then hypnotized to
forget it immediately afterwards, would you do it?

Heck yeah! I already know what I'd spend it on! I wouldn't even care if I didn't get to forget it immediately.


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