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Apr. 13th, 2005 | 12:38 am

I thought this was pretty darn cool:

1.Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments on my LJ
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.

Questions from mrhotpocket

1) When did you start dancing and why?

I could answer something really glamorous here like I started dancing because it was a fundamental way to relate to music and that was important to me (which is true, but is not why I started). My actual story is far less glamorous. I started dancing when I was 3 because I had really severe scholiosis of the spine (to the point that I couldn't really walk normally). The treatment would normally have been 3 sessions/week of PT, but instead my parents found a dance teacher who was willing to work with my doctors to do PT-like things but in a much more socially-acceptable context. By the time I didn't need dancing for PT purposes, it was an integral part of my life... and continues to be.

2) What is it about New York that appealed to you?

Broadway. I fell in love with NYC because of its availability of theatre. But also the way in which it doesn't try to put people in little defining boxes. I felt, from the very first time that I visited, that double majoring in Dramatic Literature and Neural Science would be really okay there... people would actually think it was cool that I had that many passions. I also just loved the energy that the city has. I don't know how to describe it other than there is something that feels exciting and alive there all the time that I don't really get from anyplace else.

3) Who is your super-secret celebrity crush?

Justin Timberlake. And if you believe that, I think there's a bridge to Hawaii on sale right now for real cheap.

This is really sad, but I honestly don't have any celebrity crushes.

4) Ultimate karaoke song, and why?
Depends on the situation of Karaoke. As a solo while drunk at a karaoke bar, "I Did It My Way" because it is a great song for being sentimental over and slurring words, and tends to somehow sound even better when sung off key (provided drunken word-slurring is included). Especially with asian boy-band dance videos playing as the background images. Otherwise "Baby Got Back." Which should be self-explanatory.

5) Pick: Lindy hop or West Coast Swing. one is about to disappear - which will you save?

That's really hard. But I think if I can only save one, it has to be West Coast Swing. It fits with such a wide variety of music, which gives it a lot of variation. Plus the girl gets to hijack the dance periodically and has the most freedom of any partnering dance.

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wallofrain

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from: wallofrain
date: Apr. 13th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Interview me! Please :)

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Apr. 16th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
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1.  Of the places you've lived, which was your favorite, and why?

2.  What is your favorite creative hobby?

3.  What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment and why?

4.  If you were starting an Enlightenment-era France-style Literary
Salon, who (dead or alive) would you invite to its first gathering?

5.  Favorite article of clothing that you currently own and why?

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wallofrain

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from: wallofrain
date: Apr. 22nd, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I thought we were supposed to put this in our own LJ, but everyone else did it here so I will too I guess.

1. Ithaca NY, because its the only place Ive lived outside of California and I am bored to death of California, and because I went to school there. It was occassionally annoying living in such a small, isolated town, but after I graduated and left I became irrationally obsessed with and idealized version of my memories of Ithaca. Its problematic.

2. I find all creative hobbies both fun and frustrating so its hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to say painting because when I get lucky it can be very impressive so Ive gotten the most compliments on things that Ive painted and I enjoy being told I'm brilliant.

3. Its something of a cop-out to say my degree because that is really a series of accomplishments, but its also pretty much the only thing Ive accomplished, so that would have to be it. I left school after my freshman year and for 2 years it was unlikely that I would ever be able to go back, so just setting foot on the campus the second time was the most satisfying thing Ive ever done.

4. Well, Im illiterate so Im going to have to just go with the people I'd like to meet: Bono, Jon Stewart, Eddie Izzard, JFK, Bill Clinton, Elizabeth I *and* Mary Queen of Scots (just to make it interesting), and Al Franken. And because it would be boring to just have people who agree with eachother, both President Bushes, Henry VIII, and Paris Hilton.

5. The orange shirt with the circus animals on it that I was wearing at sewing night last week. I really don't know why I like it so much. Im at a loss for words. For the moment I am also extremely partial to the tshirt I bought at the U2 concert a few weeks ago.

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Apr. 16th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Ok, mrhotpocket.

1. What was the most difficult theatrical role you have ever played on stage, and why?

2. What is the one place you would like to travel, with the condition that you can only visit it once and you can never, ever live there?

3. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be and why?

4. Like Jim Carrey in "The Mask," you find a magical trinket that temporarily makes you into a cartoon character. What kind of cartoon character would you be?

5. Would you ever consider cloning yourself? Why or why not?

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Tommy

LA face with tha Oakland booty!

from: omish
date: Apr. 13th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Interview me :)

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Liz

Re: LA face with tha Oakland booty!

from: stellae
date: Apr. 16th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
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1. What is one thing you've always wanted to learn, but been too afraid to try?

2. Pick an annoying celebrity to eradicate from the world. Who is it, and why?

3. You're raising a clone army. What kind of clones do you use. What does your army fight for?

4. Best way to travel?

5. You have to pick one music genre to listen to for the rest of your life. What do you choose and why?

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Tommy

Re: LA face with tha Oakland booty!

from: omish
date: Apr. 16th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
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1. Actually... how to dance. Ballroom especially. Afraid I'll look like a fool. Also Irish and Scottish folk dancing... same fear plus never knowing of anywhere to learn. But I'll never forget the gals who did the awesome dancing at our Unity Rally every year back in high school. Maybe when I have time again, I'll kill that fear.

2. Haha, that's easy. Alanis Morissette because her music drives me up the wall and I don't understand why they still play her on the radio. Though if Bjork were played as much as Alanis I'd have trouble deciding between the two.

3. I'd raise an army of cloned MC Hammers! Using his tough guy attitude and crazy dancing skills we'd fight for our right to party! They can't touch this. We could put an MC Hammer in charge of every country and they'll all be too legit to quit so nobody could start a successful revolution. Once MC Hammers rule the world they could bring good times under my direction. Who can resist those parachute pants? That's hot.

4. NOT Greyhound... 6 days on Greyhound does things to you. Personally, I like flying for the speed and comfort, sailing for the sea and driving for the freedom. Best of those, probably sailing (or maybe submarine-ing! like the Nautilus and Cpt. Nemo). I still have to steal... I mean commandeer a vessel to sail 'round the Pacific in doing pirate-y things like singing about cabin fever with maracas and the whole shebang.

5. That's a toughy... Probably trance (electronica) though. It's a little bit pop in the vocal stuff and sometimes a little bit classical in the melodic stuff. And well, if I'm sick of all the music I've been listening to I always fall back on my Cynic Project (which is the bestest trance in my opinion) and now DJ Trax (which is also incredible trance in kinda the same-ish region of style).

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: Apr. 15th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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The girl can hijack WCS? You experienced dancers who know what you're doing make me feel insufficient at times.

Interview me, please. = j

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Apr. 16th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
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1.  Classic film archives are being burned.  You can save 5 films.
What are they, and why?

2.  What do you like most about ballroom dancing?

3.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

4.  If you could choose to wipe one sport forever from the face of the
earth, what would it be, and why?

5.  Chocolate or Vanilla?

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: Apr. 20th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
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1. You had to give the hard one first, huh? So to cover what I consider the essential genre-space and star-space of classic movies, for the romantic comedy I would save The Philadelphia Story: witty, poignant, well-acted (Grant, Hepburn, Stewart), well-directed (Cukor). In thriller, I prefer The Big Sleep to The Maltese Falcon; both are loaded with suspense, but latter relies on bizarre characters while the former's characters are more believable, and there's the Bogart-Bacall chemistry. In between lies Casablanca, which I don't think any classical movie geek can dislike. And I have to get Ingrid Bergman, one of the few blonds I find fascinating, in there somewhere. :p Then there's small town Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (I honestly can't decide). And, for personal sentimental reasons (and for the Lubitsch touch), The Shop Around The Corner. Ack, now that's two romantic comedies and no Hitchcock. And Broadway will have to survive as a performance medium, as I can only think of The Music Man which has a movie equal to its stage show.

2. A pretty girl on my arm. :p No, really, off the floor it's definitely the team, which was (and is) my social circle and is now part of my household. The team, apart from the diversion, also supplies a lot of structure, which I need in my life. On the floor, I like being graceful and polished, something which I cannot accomplish outside of ballroom.

3. I'm not exactly tied to any place at the moment. All I need is a job I can do, something to do, and people I like. Berkeley fits the bill at the moment.

4. Of the sports recognized by the IOC, I think motorcycle racing has the least to offer the world. So you can use a clutch and hold down the accelerator, big whoop.

5. Chocolate, of course.

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: Apr. 20th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
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I'm changing my answer to #2: dancing, as Rasna puts it, is like listening to music with your whole body.

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: Apr. 26th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
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Oh, somehow I left of Singin' In The Rain. 5 is not enough.

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interview me

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
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still up for the challenge? per se I am not really included in your offer - no LJ for me - but hey…
http://www.dekay.org/blog/ must suffice.
Dan (from Munich, Germany)

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Liz

Re: interview me

from: stellae
date: Jun. 15th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Sorry this took me like, 800 years or so. Life got a bit busy.

1. Where would you most like to visit, the condition being you only get to go there once?

2. What do you like most about being a scientist?

3. What are the five most important qualities you seek in a dance partner?

4. Favorite song for each of waltz, tango, foxtrot and quickstep.

5. Why? (And your answer can't be "why not?" or some variant of that answer)

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