Sunday, April 17, 2005

Questions, Questions, and More Questions


Did I open a can of worms with this interview thing, or what? I have spent many hours of the last three days both answering questions and composing interviews for those that asked me to interview them. That would be Robin, Lisa, Cynthia, Dave, and Gayla. As of this posting, everyone but Gayla has bravely muddled through their questions from the Polish Pundit (well, I’m not really Polish, but my husband is…and "Polish Pundit" has a certain ring to it. Or not.)

I had intended to sneak one or two hideously creative entries in here between the two interviews of me, but I invested so much brainpower into writing questions and answers over the last three days that any previously formulated creative ideas I had were tamped down into the muddy bottom of my brain. Had to get this out before any of the other stuff will have room to float back up to the top.

This interview is from Cynthia. I have been reading "Sorting the Pieces" since, well, since Christ was a corporal. In Cynthia, I found my first soul sister among my online friends. Though we live vastly different lives, and our personalities might be as similar as crawfish and dungeness crab, there is a place inside her that touches what is inside me in a deeply personal way. And she wrote great questions!

Oh...and refer to my previous entry for "the rules..."

  1. We know how muchyou love living in the beautiful state of Oregon. If you had to live somewhere else, where would it be and why there?
  2. My first thought was that I would go back to the old homestead—Illinois. I was born there, and I’ve never quite gotten it out of my blood. I’ve had so much fun the times I’ve gone back to visit. But, that’s the thing. It’s a nice place to visit, but I really wouldn’t want to live there, not anymore. I think about the snow, and the traffic, and the mosquitoes, and the flat, and the sales tax, and I think, "Nah!"

    So I guess I’ll have to cheat and say that if I absolutely couldn’t live in Oregon, I’d have to live in Washington. Along with having similar topography (could I live without the mountains beaming down on me while I’m driving down the I-5 Corridor, or the ocean just a few hours away?), the State of Washington appeals to me politically. After all, it’s the only state whose governor and both US Senators are women. A decent tradeoff for having to put up with a sales tax…


  3. What do you think it will take for the Democrats to effectively mount a successful presidential campaign in 2008?
  4. Let me first say that, though I think she’s a smart politician and has a great deal to offer this country, it wouldn’t be Hillary Rodham Clinton. I’m afraid her husband is still too much of a polarizing figure, and will be an albatross around her neck for some time to come. Plus, I just don’t think the country would be ready make the jump from what amounts to a far right-wing Christian administration, to a government headed by the first woman president. Which is a shame, because I think she’d probably do an amazing job.

    If the Republicans can’t continue to keep the country in a heightened state of fear and paranoia, I think the pendulum will be swinging away from the right anyway. Power has gone to the heads of the GOP majority, and they are starting to take it for granted, and even misuse and abuse it. The American people are not going to put up with that forever.

    Even so, the Democrats have to come up with a decent candidate. John Kerry was not it. He was chosen by party leaders and Democratic voters for the sole reason that they thought his military record could stand up against the (undeserved) reputation of the "War President." While Kerry is a decent senator, he had little else to recommend him. For the last three decades at least, the voting public has demonstrated a deep-seated distrust of people they think of as "Washington insiders." Of the last five presidents,only one—George HW Bush—had held national office before being elected president, and it could be said that he was elected because people were looking for him to simply extend the popular Reagan administration. The last two successful Democratic candidates have been governors of southern states. I suspect we’ll have to come up with another southerner, one who might possibly take a large block of the south back from the Republicans. The South was loyal Democratic territory dating back to the civil war, but it has, over the last few decades, slowly swung over to the Republican party …believing that the GOP better represents their conservative views. So, I’m not really sure if there’s a Democratic southern governor of sufficient charisma and stature to fit the bill. Anyone got any ideas?

  5. What would be your perfect evening out?
  6. First of all, I would have to be able to wear a spectacular outfit that would look sensational on me, make me look ten years younger, and would include incredibly sexy shoes that would not hurt my feet. All right, since we’ve already completely left the realm of the possible… You know the night clubs they show in all those old movies? The ones where there were tables for dining, and a band (like Ricky Ricardo’s) or a floor show (featuring an act that looked amazingly like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), and a huge dance floor where all the patrons could float around in their couture and whisper steamy lines into their partners’ ears? That’s where I want to go. Okay, I’d have to brush up on my ballroom dancing (hey, we took disco lessons back in the seventies, but I’ll admit, I’m a little rusty…) A light meal, just enough champagne, and dance the night away. Wouldn’t that be perfect? Oh…and something chocolate.

  7. Do you think you'll ever try to have your writing published? And why?
  8. I actually did send one story away, once, back when I was still in high school. It was rejected, of course. I suppose it wasn’t even really very good. I have a hard time with the idea of being published. First of all, I have no idea if there’s a market for what I do, and where that market is, if there is one. And, I guess I’m not really sure what it is I do. I write a fairly decent political commentary…but I don’t think the media are exactly out recruiting morepolitical pundits. That market is kind of saturated, if you know what I mean…

    Secondly, I’m not sure I have what it takes to knock on every door, again and again, until I see some piece of mine in print. I’m way too sensitive. At some point, and probably sooner than later, I would become convinced that I’m just not good enough, and give up. And then I would have lost something that is really valuable to me. As long as I don’t have people telling me I’m no good, I can believe I am good. I would hate to think that my self-opinion is that fragile, that it could be destroyed by a little public rejection. But I’m afraid it might be. Which makes me too chicken to put too much effort into getting my work published. But, by golly, I spend so much time writing, and enjoy it so much, I sure wish someone would pay me to do it.


  9. If you could only accomplish one goal in the coming year, what would it be?

If we’re talking about things I wish I could do, but have a snowball’s chance in hell of happening, that would be opening my own restaurant. I have no money, only a vaguely formed concept of what I want it to be, and husband is not yet entirely on the bandwagon. But, still, I can dream…

Something I might actually be capable of accomplishing? I’d like to complete my journey of independence from my family. By the end of 2005 I’d like to feel that I’ve completely moved on and away from the garbage of the past, and that I have finally, for good or ill, made a life for myself and my husband here in Columbia County. And that’s why I need to have that restaurant…


  1. Your perfect evening out and mine sound an awful lot alike. I would love to have a bit of that glamour in my life.  I think you're dead on target about the 2008 election, and I don't see anyone yet that I think can fill the bill.

  2. Another great interview.

    You need to start sending your political pieces to your op-ed page!  Chicken chicken chicken. . .    .

  3. Great, as usual. You grew up on the flats. I grew up in a little mountain valley. Sometimes even Springfield seems to open. LOL

  4. I love the description of the evening out!  When you find that place, let us all know because I want to go!  I loved the club in "Swingers"... I know what you mean about rejection and loosing something of yourself when you hear it over and over.  It has been a disguised blessing to be in sales for the past 10+ years.  You learn how to handle it without if effecting you personally...beside banging the steering wheel when back in the car and calling the offending party every name in the book! And I think I have learned that it is true, you have to find the right fit and that takes a lot of "no, no, no". Suddenly, a yes.  I hate to leave KY, it is as beautiful as any state I have seen.  With the mountains to the east, and the rolling hills of white fenced horse farms there is nothing to compare.   I love this five question essay you dreamed up...I'm just too stressed out right now to participate.  Excuse me while I go paint. lol.

  5. Lisa,

    This has been great fun. Your night out sounds like a blast. I always thought Ricky's Club was the hottest thing around. Let me know if you ever find it.  You nailed it on the 2008 election. They might have to find someone who is not only NOT a Republican but is also a really good candidate that the American people can rally behind. I think Gore and Kerry both did horrible jobs of distinguishing themselves from Bush in the last two campaigns.  They were constantly agreeing with him and I think it came down to Bush-light or the real thing.  Americans like the real thing, even if it is a neo-conservative radical. LOL....this has been a lot of fun.


  6. I'll raise a toast to independence from families. I am already dreading The Mothers Day Ordeal...

  7. My gosh, the thing that I loved about Oregon was that "they" pump your gas for you!  If you left Oregon for Washington, would that still be a possiblity?  If not...I'd never go!  LOL
    Great answers!  Lisa

  8. Great entry.  I'm catching up.  These were great questions.

  9. As long as I don’t have people telling me I’m no good, I can believe I am good. I would hate to think that my self-opinion is that fragile, that it could be destroyed by a little public rejection. But I’m afraid it might be.

    This is my favorite line......I relate to this one.

  10. Hi Lisa-
    So sorry it took me so long to get the interview finished. I had to work a double tonight....errrrr! But it is finished and I had fun, thank you so much for this!

    So here is my link:

    I had fun and hope that somebody responds so I can think up questions for

    Thanks again and have a great day tomorrow,