Today’s installment of 20 Questions features Darla, from the currently titled She’s A Maineiac. Her site has gone through a couple name changes, some real, some theoretical, but I think she’s settled on this one, as she’s a firm believer in getting the soundtrack to Flashdance stuck in people’s heads.
Darla and I, I suspect, have been friends for many years in another universe. She attended the small college I was set to attend – except there was no housing available – at the same time. Add to that our abiding love of music from the grunge/ Sasquatch / Seattle periods in the early 90′s, well, there you have it. She’s got this whole vlog thing down more than I have, but I’m getting to it…
So get ready for my best-pal-and-maybe-bandmate-in-another-dimensiony goodness because, Hey! Darla! Let’s play 20 questions!
What quality do you most admire in others? The ability to laugh in the face of your worst fears. To find the humor in absolutely anything. We all are dealt a hard hand, (I’ve certainly had my share of tragedy)…but to be able to make things lighter takes some of the edge off. I really do believe humor can save the world.
What trait do you most dislike in yourself? Whenever I’m challenged with something, I can be completely gung-ho and confident but there’s always that tiny nagging doubt that creeps in and I worry if I can pull it off. Someday I’d like to crush that fear forever and just be that person that oozes self-confidence. (after typing that out, now I’m a bit worried how your readers will perceive it…see…that self-doubt is a buzzkill)
If you could come back in your next life as anything, what would it be? A dog. To spend your days chasing butterflies, running mindlessly around a field, smiling that goofy sloppy dog smile all day. To simply be happy about everything and anything. Yeah. Sounds like a good life to me.
You’re suddenly made the absolute ruler of your country. What is the first change you make? Free doughnuts for everyone!
What 3 songs do you think you’ve listened to more than any others in your life? “Imagine,” by John Lennon. “Black,” by Pearl Jam. The theme to Three’s Company.
If you could relive one day – either keeping it the same, or changing something – what would you choose? Damn, now I’m going to cry. Great. Well the day my dad passed. I would be there with him. That is all.
What is your biggest fear? Answering 20 questions from the Byronic Man
What would you like the title of your biography to be? I’m torn between two… Eat. Pray. Weigh. or Nobody Told Me There Would Be No Beer
What movie or book has had the biggest impact on you? Oh god, I hate narrowing these things down. Any of the Little House on the Prairie books. I remember reading them one after another at the library. Those books hooked me into a lifetime of reading. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving had a huge impact on me. (editor’s note: Prayer For Owen Meany is SO GOOD) Also any of the Thich Nhat Hanh books, especially the one on prayer. I think I was a monk in my past life. Give me some bamboo flip flops, a wooden bowl and a spoon, let me chant all day and I am in heaven.
What is your favorite thing about blogging? When I realize there is someone else out there who genuinely understands my sense of humor and tells me something I wrote made them cry from laughing. I also love it if I’ve made someone cry from my more serious writing. To connect with someone you’ve never met is priceless. So, to sum up: I like to make people cry. It’s a hobby of mine.
Least favorite thing about blogging? The writing. Oh, dear God, all the writing that’s involved is just such a giant pain in my ass. Once I’m in the zone I’m fine. But to keep coming up with something somewhat interesting is a challenge that most days involves lots of coffee. Also–a big pet peeve of mine is when I write something tongue-in-cheek and a reader will take it too seriously, then fire off a series of nasty comments. Lighten up, people!
Which superpower would you choose if you could: the ability to fly, or to turn invisible at will? The ability to fly. Then I could zip around and visit all of my brothers, who all live on opposite ends of the country. It would also make all of those emergency trips to the store for more chocolate easier.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Answering these questions. I am basking in sweet bliss right now, truly. Also, sitting by the ocean and clearing my mind with soft breezes and saltwater. If I’m near water, I am happy.
Of which of the 7 Deadly Sins are you most guilty? Gluttony. I start out with good intentions only to suddenly find myself covered in a blanket of salt and vinegar potato chip dust.
What public figure (past or present) are you just sure you’d be friends with, if you ever met? Conan O’Brien or Abraham Lincoln. I like extremely tall men.
What public figure would you really like to sit down and give a good talking-to? To explain why they’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Rush Limbaugh.
If you could spend a year in any time and place, when and where would you choose? 1918. In Freeport, Maine. When my gram was in high school. I admired her all my life and would have loved to see the world through her eyes back then…to experience that moment when she saw her first car, when she went to college (unheard of for most women back then)
You are offered the following bargain: You will record a pop song that will become a huge hit. You will become very famous and wealthy. After a year, though, there will be backlash and you’ll become a pop culture joke. You will never record another hit, and you’ll be called a one-hit wonder, but you will have the experiences, and enough money to live modestly for many years (or extravagantly for a couple). Do you accept? Hell yeah. No wait…after more consideration I would have to honestly say, Hell yeah! I’m fine with ridicule. Have you visited my blog lately?
If you could be any TV detective, who would you choose? The only one that comes to mind is Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote. But I’m not sure I want to be her. Too frumpy and her Maine accent is horrible. Can I change this to top secret agent? then my answer would be Maxwell Smart. Who wouldn’t want to talk into your shoe and drop through the floor at will?
What would you most like people to say about you after you’re gone? She was a genuinely kind and loving person who only wanted to help others. And she sure did make us laugh.