1. Do you have any channels you regularly watch on YouTube? I am a big fan of The Try Channel, in which Irish people sample various foods and drink - sometimes restaurant foods of various cuisine, sometimes fast food or junk food from other countries. Comedy gold.
2. Do you listen to any podcasts? The only podcast I listen to is You’re Invited, which has to do with the Washington Post Style Invitational.
3. Favorite fast food chain? Their U.S. outlets are more fast casual, but in South Africa Nando’s Peri Peri is more fast food.
4. What are your goals for the next year? Getting my life completely organized, which has several subcategories.
5. What was your first pet? My brother and I had turtles when we were little. We got a mouse from our next door neighbors when their mother freaked out over it. Later on (after Rosie, the mouse, had died) Mom adopted a feral cat which was named Sunshine.
6. Have you ever been lost in your own neighborhood? Sadly frequently, because I have a horrible sense of direction.
7. Do you like any board games or card games? I play Code Names with some friends almost every night. Some other games I like are Plague and Pestilence, Wise or Otherwise, and Illuminati, but there are plenty of others.
8. What is the last thing you watched on TV? A baseball game.
9. How often do you get hiccups? Rarely.
10. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? There’s a small islet in the Republic of Kiribati called Ouba. It’s about a 2 hour boat ride from Tarawa and is just a spectacular tropical paradise. (I was there to see the 2009 total solar eclipse).
11. Are you more sensitive to heat or the cold? I hate being cold.
12. What’s the most historic thing that has happened in your lifetime? Probably the moon landing.
13. What brand are you most loyal to? This will probably sound ridiculous, but I think Puffs tissues are superior to other brands. They’re both soft and strong, so they don’t chafe my nose.
14. What’s the most awkward thing that happens to you on a regular basis? Deborah Tannen has written about speech patterns, in which different cultures have different ideas about how much of a pause you need between two participants in a conversation. Coming from a culture in which uses a cooperative interruption model, I am often perceived as interrupting people.
15. What do you think could be done to improve the media? Making it clear what their biases are. I can adjust for perspective if I know what it is, but not if a source is pretending to be objective.
16. What kind of traveling do you not enjoy as much? Bus travel tends to be uncomfortable.
17. What’s a common experience for many people that you’ve never experienced? Raising a child.
18. What did you Google last? A map of the Broad Street SEPTA subway line in Philadelphia.
19. What’s the dumbest thing someone has argued with you about? How big trolls are.
20. What’s the most frustrating product you own? My vacuum cleaner. It’s bagless, so it is a pain to empty.
21. What's the best concert you've ever been to? Great Big Sea at Wolf Trap.
22. Do you need money to be happy? I need enough money to meet my basic needs, but I live pretty modestly.
23. What is something you do well? Tell stories. Crochet. Take notes.
24. How do you find new music? Mostly from friends. Back in ancient history, there were record stores with listening stations and well-curated selections on them. There are a few radio programs (available on-line) that are also helpful.
25. What physical traits have you inherited from your father? My curly hair.
26. What physical traits have you inherited from your mother? My coloring.
27. Where were you raised for most of your life? Island Park, New York (a small island off the south shore of Long Island).
28. Would you consider yourself to be in shape? Round is a shape, right? In other words, no.
29. Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes, but only minor fender benders fortunately.
30. Have you ever been on an island? Our family joke was about an island hopping trip to Long, Coney, and Traffic. Aside from having grown up on an island off an island in the suburbs of an island, I’ve been to places ranging from large ones like New Guinea (plus New Ireland, New Britain, and Rabaul), Madagascar, Honshu (Japan), Great Britain, Newfoundland, and Iceland to small ones like Ouba Islet (mentioned above), Saint Helena (south Atlantic), the various islands of the Galapagos, and Zanzibar, and dozens in between.
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