January 20, 2009
I know these interviews have been popping up on various blogs. Since the format asks five questions and my dear friend Carmen was kind enough to send me five good ones, I thought I would give it a try. Here are the rules if you want to participate.
1. If you want to participate, leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will 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.
1) What made you start a blog?
I worked with a number of people who were all writing really neat blogs. Every once in a while when my friend Mike and I were together and I was going on and on about something he would say “Dude” (because that is the very mature way we talk to each other) “You have GOT to start a blog”. I am a huge list maker so the idea of writing in strictly a list format seemed appealing and I gave it a shot. I think I might do it for a year or so and then maybe move on to something else. I’m not sure.
2) If you were in a deserted island and could only bring one person with you, who would that be? (you can pick someone you do or do not know)
Wait. How do I know the person I would be pick would want to spend their life on a deserted island with me? Can you imagine? One minute you are going about your daily life and then BAM you are zapped to a deserted island because someone picks you as their ONE person on a blog interview. That’s a bad day…
3) If you were only allowed to read ONE more book before you died, which book would you pick?
Tough one. I would probably pick “From the Mixed up Files of Mr. Basil E Frankweiler” It is s children’s book about a brother and sister who run away from home and live at the metropolitan museum of art. It is the first book I remember reading and being completely taken with the story and the characters. Not only did it start my love affair with the written word, I truly believe it is the reason I pursued the museum field as a profession.
4) If you could go back in time and re-do something in your life, what would that be?
Unfortunately, this is an easy one. In the winter of 2004 a good family friend was killed in Iraq. I had just been given my first major promotion at a new job and the week of the funeral I had a series of meetings scheduled with my Vice President and some board members and I did not go. I told myself that the funeral would be packed, the family would not even know I was there and I did not need a religious service to pay my respects. The truth was, I choose work over doing the right thing and being with the people I love. I have never forgiven myself for making that cowardly decision and every time I see his brother my heart aches for knowing that I was not there on a day he needed the people he loved the most. It was a heard lesson but I know I will never, ever, make the same mistake again.
5) What would you tell your 10 year old self if you saw her sitting in front of you right now?
That it will get better. That some days it will feel like it has gotten so much worse but, through the heartache and the heart break and the worry it will get so much better. Oh yeah and to STOP grinding your teeth, because some day you will be paying for your own dental work and new teeth are not cheap.