Last weekend I stopped by Eclectic’s place, and she was doing an interview meme. It had given her reason to post for the second day in a row, and she was offering to provide interview questions for anyone else who wanted to participate. Hmm . . . two posts within one week? I wasn’t sure if I could handle it, but I decided to give it a try. Here goes . . .
1. If you were stranded in an airport, which one of the airport food vendors would you choose?
Stranded? Who needs to be stranded to eat at the airport? Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, and Starbucks come to mind initially (carbs, anyone?). But I don’t often buy food, and when I do it’s usually something from one of the newsstands/bookstores. On our way back from Minnesota a few weeks ago, I bought a bag of Cheez-Its. Aren’t you glad you asked?
2. How did you and JP meet?
Well, the standard line is that we met in Las Vegas, but that’s not entirely true. We both work for the same company, and when we met in 1998 I was living in Minneapolis but doing a lot of traveling. I came to PA for a meeting at our office here, and he and I were introduced. I was meeting tons of people that day and didn’t think too much of it.
A few weeks later, I was teaching employees how to use our new software application at a school in Las Vegas. J.P. had been using and supporting it for a while, so they flew him in to sit in the back of the room and keep me honest. When he arrived, I offered my hand and said, “Hi, I’m Sharkey. I don’t know if you remember, but we met a few weeks ago at your office.” He said, “Oh yes. Yes, I remember you.” And the rest is history.
3. What first made you interested in blogging, and why?
I had been lurking on lileks.com since about 1994 (literally!). It was just a daily read for me, and it doesn’t offer comments so I didn’t really know about the “blogging community.” Then a few years ago, someone sent me a link to ljc’s site so I could check out one of her projects. I started poking around her site—she’s SO creative and crafty—and soon I had exhausted it and began checking out the sites on her link list. From there I found Dooce (back when she still allowed comments every day), and I was amazed at how many people just hung out there, hitting the Refresh button and chatting with each other. I didn’t often participate, but did start to check out the commenters’ sites. I’m not sure what made me decide to start my own, but I sure didn’t think I’d still be doing it 2+ years later!
4. Assuming money is no object, what’s the next indulgence you would buy yourself — besides camera equipment?
Heh. That Eclectic’s no dummy—she knew I would immediately think about photography gear. I think I would go for a vacation. To Hawaii. We went in 2003 and had an awesome time. A few months ago, J.P. and I were having breakfast at a Bob Evans in PA. He commented on how its decor was similar to one of the restaurants where we had breakfast in Hawaii. I agreed, and got a little wistful remembering what a good time we’d had. He said, “Are you going to cry?” I was totally tearing up! So yeah, I’d go back there in a heartbeat.
5. And finally, what is your earliest memory?
Let’s see . . . I think I went to the grocery store last week. Does that count? Seriously. My retriever’s broken. Yesterday was J.P.’s and my 7th wedding anniversary. We were reminiscing about the planning and our wedding day. He brought up a a couple of things that I remembered when prompted. So they’re definitely in there. But if I had to recall them on my own? I don’t think I could’ve done it. It’s a good thing we don’t have kids—how would I ever be able to go on and on with the When I Was Your Age stories?
Now that I’ve completed this meme, I’m obligated to offer the same deal to you. If you’re interested:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me,” or words to that effect.
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You have to include this explanation, and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
So whaddya think? You in?