Occasionally, (and by that I mean this is the first time), one of my loyal and totally brilliant readers will ask me some questions about myself. And I am more than happy to answer them. In blog form. Because that’s how I roll. I’m thinking this post will either be an encouragement for other readers to ask me questions to be answered in blog form or a warning to other readers never to ask me any questions ever. It could probably go either way.
These questions courtesy of Mr. OpenToAdventure. (You should read his blog by the way- you know, after you finish this one. He and I could not agree more about Netspeak.)
1. Kurt Vonnegut – Why is he a favourite of yours? Is it what he writes, or how he writes it?
The brilliant and hysterical Mr. Vonnegut came into my life when I needed him most. I worked at a coffee shop as a barista one summer and had a few regulars that I came to know pretty well. That summer was one of the best and worst of my life. One day, one of my regulars came in carrying a book. He handed it to me over the counter and said “You need some Kurt Vonnegut in your life. Trust me.” I had heard of Vonnegut before of course but had never read anything of his. The book was Slaughter-House Five. I started reading it as soon as I got home that night and didn’t stop reading it until I finished. Vonnegut’s ability to be both humorous and poignant stunned me and inspired me. I was hooked. Since then, I have read every single bit of his writing that has been published. Not once has it failed to make me laugh, make me imagine, make me think. Really think. My favorite book of his is Slapstick. Read it. And if you don’t like it, don’t tell me. So it goes.
2. When you aren’t helping others not make fools of themselves or imparting other sagely wisdom, what do you like to do with your time?
Collect puppy smiles, arrange flowers, mentor at a local school, plant rainbows, read, watch football (both kinds), spend time with my divine and infinitely lovable family, be outside, discover new worlds, battle the jabberwocky, kayak, travel, write parody rap songs, write, write, write, spend time with my fabulous and brilliant friends, listen to live music, engage in political arguments with Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, play bananagrams, have 5-minute dance parties, time travel, criticize books and movies for being historically inaccurate, and eat delicious food. Most of those are true.
3. You’ve mentioned in your blog posts some of the places you’ve been. Do you have a favourite destination that you have already visited? Is there somewhere you would love to go but haven’t been yet?
Uganda is my favorite “been there” destination. I’ve been twice and am hoping to go back in the next year or so. Some of the best and most joy-filled times of my life have taken place in Uganda. I adore it with every bit of me. I also love London. I studied in the UK for a semester when I was in University and that was one of the few places I have ever been that I felt like I could permanently live. If I had the money and a definite job, I would move there tomorrow. As far as places I want to go….you name it, I want to go there. I can’t think of one place I don’t want to visit and explore. Although, I doubt I will ever make it to Narnia, Hogwarts, or Wonderland. Alas.
4. Do you think there’s such a thing as having too much fun? If yes – Do you think the government should instigate an actual branch of “Fun Police”?
No, I don’t think there is such a thing as having too much fun. Unless your idea of fun is like, murdering people. Then yes, I would say even 1 is too much fun. So, I guess it depends on what you think of as fun. But if you think of fun the same way I think of fun- song parodies, bananagrams, shenanigans, witty repartee, etc.- then there is definitely no such thing as too much of it. I would say there wasn’t quite enough of it in the world. As for the “fun police”- I would prefer the government to stay out of my fun because I bet they aren’t very good at bananagrams. Or song parodies. Although, again, if your idea of fun is murdering people then I see a very real need for “fun police” but I guess you could just call them “murder police” or like just “police.”