Friday, March 04, 2005

An Interview With The Infamous "L"

This interview is with "L" from Random_Speak.

To get this interview started, I though I would start with some basic background information. Are you ready?

You have said that you are a "thirty-something single female." Let's hear something about you that we don't know. Give us a brief physical description of yourself. Please be truthful.
I am incredibly charming and adorable, except when I'm not. If you squint a bit, I may actually resemble a vaguely nerdy Audrey Hepburn. I like to dress up, especially if dressing up involves a large hat.

How many siblings do you have? Tell us something about them.
I have five siblings if you count the cats. They're all odd except me. Also, they're all much more amusing than I--I'm the shy one.

You live in Florida. Do you like Florida or would you rather live elsewhere. If so, where?
I have a love-hate relationship with Florida; it doesn't have much "culture," but it seems to make up for that in it's sheer amount of weirdness. I may move somewhere else, but I don't know where... perhaps to New Mexico; it seems that all the artists are moving to New Mexico these days.

What is you highest level of education?

What are the nationalities of your ancestors?
Heinz 57--but mostly French, Italian, English, and Danish, I think.

(Well don't forget about your Irish, Norwegian, and German genes!)

What was it like growing up in your family?
Ha ha ha... odd but fun. Sort of like playing with Silly Putty, but then it gets stuck in the carpet sometimes, too.

Besides posting to your blog, what do you like to do for fun?
I like to read, paint, watch kung fu movies, eat yummy food with friends, collect books, go to dinner parties, shop for antiques, travel... I don't know... why do you keep asking me these questions? You sound like my mother.

How would you describe your political positioning?
My political positioning? Hmmm... liberal on most things, slightly conservative on a few others.

Do you consider yourself a religious person?
No, but you love me anyway. :)

What is your idea of a great vacation spot?
Italy or England, although some of my fellow bloggers are making New Zealand sound very fun.

When you go to the grocery store, do you prefer your groceries bagged in plastic or paper, and why?
I prefer plastic, so I can take up space in landfills and pollute the environment. I also prefer paper, so I can kill as many trees as possible.

If you could bring back any person in history, who would it be and why?
Gregory Peck 'cause he was HOT! Oh, wait, he's not dead yet, is he? Hmmm... maybe Henry Miller because he was such an incredible writer, even though he was a complete misogynist. Or maybe Mozart, because one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard is a song from The Marriage of Figaro.

Do you have any interesting relatives? You know, any characters or exceptional persons?
They're ALL interesting. I have a great aunt who was a missionary with the Jivaro (head hunters) in Ecuador for many years... I also have a very fun uncle who used to be a priest but has now come out of the closet and occasionally practices hypnotism professionally... I also have a very cool aunt who lives on a boat in Key West, laughs like a pirate, and owns a chihuahua named Olivia. My grandmother has traveled all over to places like Haiti, Kenya and China and once helped write a book about ants... there's more, but my fingers will fall off from typing.

What one thing would you like to do before you die?
I'd like to write a book, I suppose--perhaps a demented sort of children's book about boogers or nightmares or something.

Do you drink 8 cups of water each day?
8 cups of water?! as if! I don't really do a lot of the things I'm supposed to.

What is the most interesting job you have had?
The current one--database administrator.

What is your favorite cuisine?
Asian (mainly sushi), but I also like French.

What is your favorite color?
Red is my favorite color.

As a child, what was your favorite story or book?
"Be Nice to Spiders" was my favorite book when I was very young.

If you could choose, what animal would you be?
Being a snowy owl or hawk sounds interesting.

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Favorite cartoon character? Bugs Bunny, handsdown.

What is your favorite post that you have put on your blog?
Favorite post? Hmmm... either my Defective Fortune Cookies post or my post on How to Start Your Very Own Cult.

What is the most interesting date you have experienced?
January 30, 1973, the date I was born.

Tell us about your favorite artist, musician, author?
I don't have a favorite artist; I have several: Klimt, Chagall, Guaguin, Picasso, Michelangelo, blah, blah, blah. Same with authors (can't choose); a few favorites are Thomas Hardy, Luis Borges, Milorad Pavic, Doystoyevsky, Hunter S. Thompson, P. G. Wodehouse, blah, blah, blah. Musician? Agh, my head hurts now!

What is the most important thing you learned in kindergarten?
There are several things that I learned in kindergarten:

  • B is used to spell Mrs. B has Bright Buttons,
  • T is used to spell Mr. T with the Tall Teeth,
  • if you have a loose tooth make sure not to sneeze while the class is watching a Letter People movie or it will fly out of your mouth and you won't be able to find it because the lights will be out.
  • paste doesn't taste that bad and will do in a pinch if there's no food around.

Anything else you want to tell us about?
Well, I'm a bit cranky right now; otherwise my answers would probably be incredibly insightful and intelligent. Also, I can wiggle my ears. the end :)

Thank you L. You have been very cooperative for such a cranky person.
(By the way... that should be Mrs. B has Beautiful Buttons. Guess you are getting old as well as cranky!)


happyandblue2 said...

Great interview. My last comment vanished.....

gingeranium said...

Hello Rhodent,

I know you're a Rhodent but which?
there are many contained in this niche
as a bunny for sure
you are funny do more
of your writing and with your nose twitch.

Ron Southern said...

No offense, but it seems like L would know if one of her favorite people was dead. Which Gregory Peck is. L has good taste, though; Peck and Henry Miller, too!

Ron Southern said...


I can't find your email address on your site or in any of my stuff. I was going to send an email with some of my database bird lists, but...

Rhodent said...

Ron-- my email addres is
Yes, I still use aol for my email... but I use Mozilla Firefox for just about everything else.

Ron Southern said...

aol says something to the effect that it doesn't know you. It said that twice, though I only wrote you once. You sure you don't have another email address I could use?

frustratedwriter said...

Great interview! I enjoy visiting both of your blogs and the whole mother/daughter interview was fun to read. I glad L was up for the interview since she has been under the weather lately (reason for crankiness?). Thanks for continually posting such fun blogs. L, my favorite of your blogs are any of the bad art series... they are fun with a capital F.

Oh, Gregory Peck may be dead, but he still was the best Atticus Finch ever (I hope I spelled that correctly...if not, sue me Mr. Peck.)

Enjoyed it!

Frally said...

Loved the interview. :)

NZ is great fun if you enjoy the company of really cranky people. With L being cranky herself, she just might.

cesca said...

Great interview, I learnt a lot!

And what's with all the bloggers wanting to come to New Zealand? I hope we have enough spare couches for you all to crash on...

Woody said...

Good Morning Rhodent, excellent interview. Loved the interesting relatives - sounds like quite a family!

Ron Southern said...

Rhodent: It appears there's something screwy about ALL Haloscan comments, even different things in some cases. As far as I know, my email addresses are working correctly, though they're not available any more or at present in Haloscan. I am still getting email. You might try clicking on the email options in my sidebar, if you haven't tried that. Maybe it will "fix itself" after the weekend (which I have found to be a time when Internet denizens try to pretend that they're working for IBM and work banker's hours). So just forget about it, if you like, until something somewhere makes some sort of goddamn sense. From the backward part of the Internet,


Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Enjoyed this, rhodent & "L"! :)