Can you remember where you were in life ten years ago? If you could travel back in time and whisper something to yourself ten years ago, what would it be?
Ten years ago I was a senior in high school. I worked part-time after school for the city (in utility billing), had about 4 good friends at my school, and was very active in my church youth groups. I knew I wanted to go into youth ministry and had told my parents and others, but didn’t know where I was going to go to college. I went on college-visiting weekends with both and (separately), but never took them to the school I wanted to go to (and ended up at). I had an on-again-off-again mad crush on a boy in my youth group who was so amazingly wrong for me (and barely knew I existed, except to tease and torment). I think if I could go back and tell myself anything, it would be to relax and lighten up a bit, to not take everything so seriously, and to stop crushing on certain boys.
You inherit a large piece of land and decide to build a theme park a la “Disneyland, Sea World, etc.) What would you name your theme park and what would your mascot be?
Ah, my theme park would have to be AfroLand. My mascot would be… I’m going to go with Jan Brady in that afro wig from the Brady Bunch Movie. It could be a whole seventies-rainbow-peace-love thing (and maybe a yellow-brick-road just for good measure). And of course, there would be our sister park, our arch-nemesis, WetHead (or BedHead?).
What would someone absolutely HAVE to know about you if they were considering sharing a room with you?
My alarm clock has been known to go off for minutes at a time (without my noticing it), and occasionally I leave to take a shower and forget that I’ve just hit snooze and not turned it off. I’ve been known to sleep through the alarm completely (as in, it probably went off for an hour straight and I didn’t hear it), and also to turn it off in my sleep. I own the loudest and most annoying alarm clock I could find at Target, and most days I want to rip it out of the outlet and throw it against a wall. I’ve heard this all can be very annoying (probably biggest complaint college roommates had), but I wouldn’t know, seeing as how I’ve not actually been conscious for most of it. I’m really just happiest if a person wakes me up and there are no noisy interferences (garbage trucks, car alarms, fire alarms, alarms in general).
According to the song White Rabbit, “one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small”. If you were offered these pills today, which pill would you take and why?
Can I pick which areas I’d like to make larger or smaller? No? OK then, I’d take smaller, because even though I like being tall, sometimes I think it would be convenient (or at least “cute”) to be shorter (waif-ish, pixie-like). Or if we’re going really small (or convexly really big), it’d be super-convenient to hide or sneak around, though it would take longer to walk places. But I think being really big would just get inconvenient, bumping my head walking through doors and always having to stoop and never finding a chair big enough. Unless I was big enough that I could just pick up an entire office building, in which case I probably wouldn’t have to go to work anymore. But being that big would make typing (and writing and surfing the internet and playing the piano) very difficult, and I really wouldn’t like that.