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March 19th, 2007

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01:13 am - The results of my grilling
A few days ago I was interviewed by asa_brarian for this meme:

1. Leave me a comment saying "Interview me". (If you want to, of course! No pressure at all.)
2. I'll respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature (or not so creepy/personal).
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

~~ taps mike ~~

This thing on? Testing . . . testing . . .

~~ taps mike again ~~

1) You're quite the world traveller. Tell me one of the strangest international travel experiences you've had.

Being in an earthquake in India. I was in New Delhi with Edward and the building started to shake. I got into a doorway while he stayed out on the balcony and watched the pillars of the hotel dance about. We were told it was about a 5 on the Richter scale in New Delhi, but in the area around the epicenter (in Gujarat) it was around a 7 or 8.

This was my first trip to India and happened on the morning of our first day there -- quite a welcome to the subcontinent, no?

2) Here's a crystal ball. You see yourself in ten years. Describe your vision of what your life is like.

I'll still be traveling to various places around the globe -- going to spas in Budapest, visiting temples in India and Asia, walking the jungles of Central America. My father used to say that those with April birthdays were born to wander and he and I certainly proved that to be the case. :)

3) Stripped of their godly superpowers, you are trapped on a desert island with no civilizations with Ganesh, Odin, Brigid, Pele, Artemis, and the native american trickster god Raven. Its your job to assign duties. Which job do you give to each one and why?

While they may no longer have godly powers, the former deities would still retain their knowledge and skills, so here would be the tasks I think would be best suited to them:

Ganesha -- accompanying Odin on food and water hunts and using his knowledge to gather edible and medicinal plants, entertainment (storytelling), figuring out a way to contact others and/or get off the island (if that is desired), helping Brigid build and make things

Odin -- guarding the camp, going in search of water and food with Ganesha and carrying it back to camp, helping Brigid build and make things, providing fish to eat, exploration of the area

Brigid -- building shelters and making tools for everyday use, making medicines for anyone who gets sick or hurt, entertainment (storytelling and music), tending the fire

Pele -- tending the fire and some cooking, guard duty, entertainment (dancing)

Artemis -- hunting animals to eat, guard duty, exploration of the area

Raven -- entertainment (telling stories and jokes), getting food and water with Ganesha and Odin, helping Brigid build and make things

Me? I would cook too and act as manager and troubleshooter. :)

Reasoning behind task assignments? Odin, Ganesha and Raven are all quite knowledgeable about many things and who better to know what plants are edible and/or medicinal? Brigid is known as a smith-goddess as well as a healer and bard, so she'd be good at construction as well as taking care of any injuries or illness. Having Brigid, Ganesha, Raven and Odin use their knowledge and musical skills to entertain would help alleviate the inevitable boredom the group would suffer and Raven could help lighten the mood, being a trickster. (Ganesha too, since he has something of a trickster aspect as well.) Artemis is a huntress and like Odin a warrior and wanderer, hence guard duty for her as well. Pele as a volcanic goddess would be good at tending the fire, as well as hurling rocks at anyone nefarious who came too close to the camp and I'm sure she can do a mean hula. Since Odin helped catch fish!Loki, I think he'd be good at providing seafood to supplement whatever Artemis brings in -- that spear is good for more than one thing, after all! :)

I tend to be a rather literal thinker, so not much in terms of outside-of-the-box ideas for the task assignments. I think the former deities should play to their strengths. Know-how would remain, even when divine powers depart.

4) Without using names or telling identifying details, describe the biggest weirdo you ever met in the NYC neopagan community.

One of the hazards of going to open circles is running into certain types of people. There is someone I know who is completely clueless socially as well as obnoxious. Once he starts talking to you he just will not go away -- he's completely tone-deaf to social signals and also tries to feel people up if someone is within arm's reach of him. In addition, he constantly talks about very, very strange, strange, strange things and theories he has. Somedays I wonder if he should be on medications . . . or if he already is and they are just not working . . .

5)Who are the three most important people in your life?

Edward and my aunt and uncle in Miami.

Anyone who wants to be interviewed by me, please leave a comment and I'll try to think up 5 interesting questions for you to answer. :)
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Date:March 22nd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's likely because you used to see my commenting in mowglikat's LJ, I suspect. :)

I don't know you all that well, since we have yet to meet in person, so these questions will be drawn from things I've seen you write about in your LJ:

1. Why did you decide to become a writer?
2. What book or books have influenced you the most in your life?
3. Why playwright instead of book author? Happenstance? Or another reason?
4. You have a magic lamp with a genie who will grant you three wishes. What do you wish for and why? (Disclaimer -- no wishing for more wishes!)
5. What things are you most proud of having done or accomplished in your life to date?

Sorry the questions aren't more exotic, but I tend to be rather literal-minded and linear-thinking.


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