Don’t panic – you didn’t blackout for a week. Instead of your regular, bi-monthly 20 Questions interview, I’m adding a special one this week, because SJ’s answers were so terrific I just had to put them up right away! Also, I’m going out of town again today, and have no time to write. But mostly the first thing!
SJ writes over at Snobbery. It’s frequently quite sharp and literate and although it sometimes – spoiler alert – can get snobby, the truth is it’s generally quite genial and welcoming. She even has a Trashy Tuesday which is always fun. She’s also one of the most impressive commenters around – just really dedicated to leaving thoughtful comments on people’s blogs consistently, which I think is rude. Things that highlight my shortcomings are just intolerable, aren’t they?
Despite this, I’m pleased to say Hey! SJ! Let’s play 20 questions!
1. What quality do you most admire in others? Eep, a hard question right off the bat. I’m always envious of those that have some type of artistic talent. I’ve always been more of an appreciator than a doer (much like Rob from High Fidelity). I admire the snape out of people that are able to actually produce something that someone else can look at and say “Yes! That!” I know Meg thinks her drawings aren’t that great, but she’s always able to convey exactly what I’m saying in my ranty ramblings. I admire her for that.
2. What trait do you most dislike in yourself? Holding a grudginess.
3. You’re suddenly made the absolute ruler of your country. What is the first change you make? Habitual misuse of your/you’re, there/they’re/their, two/too/to will land you in prison, where your sentence will consist of constant spelling and grammar drills. For every person incarcerated under the Extreme Butchering of the English Language Act of [insert year here], one non-violent drug offender will be released.
4. With which Peanuts character do you most identify? Violet. She’s a bit of a snob, yes? Plus, my hair is always in a ponytail or bun, just like hers.
5. What 3 songs do you think you’ve listened to more than any others in your life? Snape, this one is hard. When I was really little, I made my dad play for me over and over two Zappa songs from Sheik Yerbouti, and I think those would probably be high on the list (“Jewish Princess” and “Baby Snakes”). On the other hand, when I was in junior high and high school, there were so many mix tapes I had that I eventually wore them out. High on the mix tape list were the Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl” and Pixies “Debaser”. As an adult, probably Rilo Kiley’s “Silver Lining” and Magnetic Fields’ “Acoustic Guitar.” I realize that’s six, but deal with it. Meg’s answer: Stevie Nicks – “Landslide” (from her angsty tween phase), Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah” [sj agrees with this one] and Barry Manilow – “Copacabana.”
6. If you could relive one day – either keeping it the same, or changing something – what would you choose? I’d go back and remind myself that bangs are a bad idea. Or maybe not agree to letting them give me whatever drug it was (I’ve blocked the name) during labour with our youngest. I dropped the eff bomb in the delivery room when my husband told me we had a girl. It was either “No f*cking way” or “Shut the f*ck up.” Maybe both? I really can’t remember because of the stupid drugs!
7. What is your biggest fear? Moths. It probably sounds silly to some of you, but I had a super scary experience involving moths (HUNDREDS OF MOTHS) that still turns me into a sobbing mess if one gets in the house.
8. What would you like the title of your biography to be? Is She Weird? …and then every page would just have the word ‘Yes’ on it.
9. What movie or book has had the biggest impact on you? I wish I could be all lofty and intellectual here, but for movie I have to say Monty Python and the Holy Grail. While it isn’t my ALL TIME FAVOURITE, it is pretty high up on the list, and I’ve probably seen it more times than anything else. It was definitely the first movie I memorized (imagine 5 year old sj running around pretending she’s the Black Knight).
10. What is your favorite thing about blogging? This one is really hard! (that’s totally what she said, btw) I like that I get to just write about whatever the heck I want, and there aren’t really any expectations, except those I set for myself. Oh, and Heather’s. I’m pretty sure I’d only be posting once a month if it weren’t for her.
11. Least favorite thing about blogging? Obsessing over my stats page. “What?! I was snaping hilarious today! Why aren’t people reading?!”
12. Which superpower would you choose if you could: the ability to fly, or to turn invisible at will? Flying, dur. Invisibility would only be good for hiding from my kids (which does sound pretty sweet at this point), but flying would be amazing.
13. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 10+ hours of sleep in a row.
14. Which of the 7 Deadly Sins are you most guilty? Just one? The life of Hedonismbot seems pretty perfect to me.
15. What public figure (past or present) are you just sure you’d be friends with, if you ever met? Past – Douglas Adams. Present – Neil Gaiman. While I wish I could say that I’d be BFFs with Philip K Dick if he were still alive, I’m pretty sure I would never understand a thing he was saying.
16. What public figure would you really like to sit down and give a good talking-to? To explain why they’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Um…All of ‘em! (said in my best Bob Bitchin voice)
17. If you could spend a year in any time and place, when and where would you choose? The supermega Dream Suite at Disneyland. Right now. Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, especially when you get to take your littlies with you. I almost said the Cinderella Castle Suite at Disneyworld, because then we could pop off for a bit of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I don’t think I could spend a year in Florida. Ugh.
18. 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? Probably not. I don’t really care about being a pop culture joke (that actually sounds kind of fun), but I don’t think I could spend a year in the public eye. I’d have a nervous breakdown and not be able to enjoy my riches.
19. If you could be any TV detective, who would you choose? Harry Dresden. Even though his show got cancelled and kind of sucked compared to the books. Magic is where it’s at.
20. What would you most like people to say about you after you’re gone? As long as they’re not throwing confetti and shouting ‘FINALLY!’ I’m cool.