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I am the subject. Goo goo ga joob.

Because it’s Friday and I’m feeling unmotivated, here’s an interview I swiped from Mac (and copyedited just a bit). Oddly, for the first time, the canned random Subject that Journalspace prepopulated in this entry actually fits.

  1. Your name spelled backwards.
  2. Where were your parents born?
    My mom was born in Winchester, Indiana, and my dad was born in Cumberland, Indiana.
  3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    Some shareware I wanted to try — Creation Microangelo.
  4. What’s your favorite restaurant?
    Too many to count! Within walking distance of my house alone, there’s Dali, Chez Henri, Tanjore, Magnolia’s, Harvest, Sandrine’s, the West Side Lounge, Vinny’s at Night, EVOO, Oleanna, Ole, �Forest Cafe, Cuchi Cuchi, the East Coast Grill, and Redbones. And of course, almost anywhere in New Orleans or San Francisco.
  5. Last time you swam in a pool?
    I have no idea. Probably not since I reached drinking age.
  6. Have you ever been in a school play?
    Yes — I played Queen Hippolyta in a sixth-grade production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I got to marry Terry Woods as Theseus, wear a long velvet skirt trimmed with lace, and exclaim, “This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard!”
  7. How many kids do you want?
    One, maybe.
  8. Type of music you dislike most?
    That highly synthetic neo “soul” perpetuated by “American Idol.” Blecccch.
  9. Are you registered to vote?
    Damn straight.
  10. Do you have cable?
    No — we don’t watch that much TV. We tend to rent or buy DVDs of cable programs we like, such as “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos.”
  11. Have you ever ridden on a moped?
    Yes, my brother and I had a pumpkin-colored moped when we were in our early teens.
  12. Ever prank call anybody?
    Yes, at slumber parties.
  13. Ever get a parking ticket?
    Yes — once I forgot to put the emergency brake on, and my car rolled and gently bumped another one.
  14. Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving?
    No way — I hate heights.
  15. Farthest place you ever traveled.
    Seattle or Key West, I guess. I’m a big lame-o and haven’t been out of the country yet, save for Montreal.
  16. Do you have a garden?
    No. I wanted to buy some tomato plants and herbs to grow in containers this summer, but I never got around to it.
  17. What’s your favorite comic strip?
    I used to like “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” and “Life in Hell” quite a bit.
  18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    First verse.
  19. Bath or shower, morning or night?
    Shower in the morning.
  20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?
    Fahrenheit 9/11.
  21. Favorite pizza topping?
    For regular pizzas: mushrooms, onions, garlic, green peppers, sausage (that last if D. isn’t around). For fancier pizzas: spinach, goat cheese, olives, artichokes, arugula, leeks, fontina.
  22. Chips or popcorn?
  23. What color lipstick do you usually wear?
    My current lipstick is Mocha Java by The Body Shop, which I hardly ever remember to apply.
  24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?
    Huh? No.
  25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
    Lord no!
  26. Orange juice or apple?
    Orange juice, though I’d rather have cranberry.
  27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine?
    I had a late lunch/early dinner at Bukowski with my sweetie Sunday, but as far as dinner-dinner goes: we had a wonderful tapas-y meal at Rustic Kitchen with Tomoko, Kevin, Teresa, and Ted last Friday.
  28. Favorite type of chocolate bar?
  29. When was the last time you voted at the polls?
    The Democratic primary, 2 March 2004.
  30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    Monday night — I made guacamole with some organic tomoatoes.
  31. Have you ever won a trophy?
    Yes — a Language Arts award in sixth grade. It was from the Tic-Toc Trophy Shop, and everytime there was a tornado warning, I’d take it, my Amy doll (Hollie Hobbie’s friend), and my dog into the closet until the threat was over.
  32. Are you a good cook?
    Yes. I cook a lot less than I did in my early-to-mid 20s, but when I do cook, I enjoy it.
  33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    Yes, though I haven’t done so since college.
  34. Ever order an article from an infomercial?
  35. Sprite or 7-up?
    Aren’t they identical?
  36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work?
  37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy?
    Contact-cleaning solution, haircolor, and some pistachios.
  38. Ever throw up in public?
    Sort of — I hurled out the window of our car on the NJ Turnpike after my husband’s cousin’s wedding, where I learned an important lesson about gin and tonics.
  39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?
  40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  41. Ever call a 1-900 number?
  42. Can exes be friends?
  43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital?
    My father-in-law, when he was dying of cancer in 1995.
  44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby?
    No — I was bald for a long time. My mom used to tape bows to my head when she took me to the grocery.
  45. What message is on your answering machine?
    My home voicemail probably says something like, “Hi, this is Amy. Please leave me a message.”
  46. What’s your all time favorite Saturday Night Live character?
    I honestly can’t think of any sketches I’d care if I ever saw again.
  47. What was the name of your first pet?
    Smoky (a cat).
  48. What is in your purse?
    I’m currently carrying a black messenger bag that contains: Pride and Prejudice, The Boston Phoenix, loose change, a small Moleskine notebook, my iPod, a piece of blueberry pie wrapped in tinfoil (really!), a few pens, sunglasses, a small hairbrush with retractable bristles, Burt’s Bees lip balm, my house and mailbox keys and T passes on a clicking-frog keychain, my ugly wallet on a chain, a cell phone, pressed powder, packet of Japanese blotting tissues, lipstick, a tampon, two Band-Aids, receipts from CVS and Au Bon Pain, some folded-up paper towels, a Target mint tin containing Advil and my prescription, and a tiny green silk coinpurse containing some more Advil.
  49. Favorite thing to do before bedtime?
    (Ahem) Sundry adult activities.
  50. What is one thing you are grateful for today?
    Just one? That in about an hour, I get to come home to and spend a weekend with my favorite person in the world.


  1. From Janet on 08/30/04

    My current lipstick is Mocha Java by The Body Shop, which I hardly ever remember to apply.

    I apply mascara and liquid foundation perhaps once a year, owing not to naturally lush eyelashes and flawless complexion, but to antipathy plus a spot of laziness. However, I love lipstick, and have 6 or 7 shades active to match my every outfit and/or mood. Most of these are Body Shop lipsticks, which score high in the categories of cool colors, lasting coverage, moisturizing goodness AND the all-important aura of earth-friendliness. The only thing is, the doggone caps do NOT stay on these lipsticks, which is hell on the rest of the items knocking around my handbag.

  2. From editrix on 08/30/04

    I’ve noticed the same thing about Body Shop lipsticks — I think I’ll see if they have any customer feedback capability on their site. I’ve had more than one open up and then break off or become disgustingly impregnated with grit and crud. Bleh!

    p.s. Why would a natural beauty like you need to even consider foundation/mascara?

  3. From Janet on 08/30/04

    You’re smart, Aims, and overly kind. The Body shop web site directs this sort of inquiry (I guess - they list no category for complaints about products!) to usa.info@the-body-shop.com. This is the address for “general enquiries” in the USA.

    Thanks for giving me a big boost today, sweetie. You could manage a self-esteem campaign yourself.

  4. From editrix on 08/30/04

    Workshop, shmirkshop — you are a stunner, and thrillingly smart. I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em.

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