Friday 15 August 2003

meme time

Courtesy of the lovely Green Fairy who found this over at Feministe.

1. If you want to participate, leave a comment saying "interview me."

2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.

3. You will update your journal with the answers to the questions. [Lisa's note: Hope I can do this, but I'll add a slight amendment to this one. If you don't have a blog/journal, you can either email your answers to me or leave them in the comments.]

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Questions from Green Fairy:

1. What has been the hardest thing to adjust to, living in a foreign country?

Discovering that no one was interested in the fact that I was from a foreign country (nor did anyone find my accent to be "charming" in the least), and that some English people take great joy in calling Canadians "American" because they think we'll be greatly offended and get all huffy about it. Note to the English: we know that we sound American (even I can't tell the difference sometimes) and we really don't care if you refer to us as Americans. Or at least I don't.

2. Why do you keep a blog? Is the reason you do now different from the reason you started?

This site started as a rather sad collection of pages containing fonts, wav files, and a bit about me back in 1996. I started a "Thoughts" page; a list of bulleted random thoughts updated every few months. As more people I knew discovered that I had a site, I updated this page on a more regular basis. It was mostly to keep people back home up to date with all the exciting events in my life. At that point, I could count all the visitors on one hand and I knew who every one of them was. Now I get 50,000+ hits a month, so this page has become a lot less personal (e.g. I won't lament about my deepest thoughts and feelings and write sad poems about my cat). I now blog for a variety of reasons and people back home use it to see what's up with me, but it's mostly a way to sneak in some creative writing when I'm not writing software user guides.

3. If your hairdresser suddenly went insane on you halfway through an appointment, what's the very worst hairstyle they could give you?

I'm pretty sure that hairdresser insanity accounted for most of my hairstyles in the 80s. The worst would be anything very short or involving a pudding bowl.

4. What's the first thing you do when you wake in the morning?

Lie there and try to remember what day of the week it is, then kiss Paul.

5. Would you rather be Father Jack or Mrs Doyle?

Oh Mrs Doyle, for sure. Out of all the Father Ted characters, she's the most insane and has the best wardrobe.

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