February 14th, 2007

magikist

(no subject)

RULES:
1. Leave me a comment saying "Interview me". (If you want to, of course! No pressure at all.)
2. I'll respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature (or not so creepy/personal).
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

dafne99 asked me the following:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'm pretty happy where I am right now, but if I could choose, I'd live in Honolulu. I spent several weeks there on my last job, and while I had to work during the day, I had the evenings to myself. The weather is beautiful, the city is small enough to be livable but not "funky", and I got a generally good vibe from the place when I was there.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

Milton Friedman's "Capitalism and Freedom" changed my life. Being a typical child of Depression-era parents and having grown up in a family that generally felt that big government was the answer to all of society's problems, it was a real wake-up call for me. I had never thought about the problems that big government could create, and the damage it was causing, in the name of helping people. His argument that individual freedom started with economic freedom was what convinced me. Individual freedom is very important to me, and I guess I had never drawn the connection between the two.

3. How long did you know your wife before you married?

I met her in September, 1976 and we were married in January, 1978. I first saw her in a training class at Marshall Field's in Chicago, and ran into her in the hallways at Loyola University. We had coffee a few days later, and the rest, as they say, is history.

4. What single item have you kept longer than anything else and where did you get it?

Somewhere around here (and damned if I can find it now), I have a lump of half a dozen pliable erasers that I squeezed together that has paper eyes and a mouth attached. Let me explain: There was a kids' TV show in Chicago called "BJ And Dirty Dragon" on which there was a character called "The Blob"; Bill Jackson (BJ) would mold it into different shapes and put cardboard facial features (mouths, eyes, sometimes ears) onto it. Anyway, I was working at a bank in Chicago circa 1982, and our supply secretary (remember, this was the days when IT staffs were huge and IT budgets were just as huge) had ordered pliable erasers by mistake. My cubemate, Rodd, and I (who were a couple of delinquents) grabbed half of them and made Blobs for ourselves. I also have an old white plastic Fender 346 guitar pick floating around that's probably older than that. I guess you could also include the Ibanez guitar that Mary bought me for my 21st birthday. But the Blob story was better.

5. If you could play any instrument for any ensemble throughout the history of music, what would you choose?

Rhythm guitar with the Quintette de Hot Club de Paris (pardon my spelling). That was the jazz group led by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.