Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Interviewed by Ally Bean

Ally Bean at "Crazy Dust in my Coffee" sent me the following questions for this interview meme:

Question: What part of your day do you enjoy the most?

I am a night-owl by nature. I’d have to say that my most productive hours are often between 11 pm and 1 am. So much creativity can flow for me at those times, and it’s quiet because the rest of the world is asleep. I admit that I haven’t seen much of those hours lately. And while I’ll never call myself a morning person, I have actually been enjoying waking up and working out in the morning. It’s a great way to jump-start the metabolism and to get my day off and running to an energetic start.

Question: What is your opinion of the color red?

Very bold. Very Spanish. Very American. Very sexy. Very timeless.

My IKEA computer desk is red, and I like the punch of color that it adds to the corner of my living room.

Question: When you first meet a person are you able to remember his or her name? If not, why not? If so, how do you do that?

Unfortunately, I don’t generally remember people’s names at first meeting. I think it’s because there is always a level of social anxiety at work when meeting a new person. Sometimes, I have to ask more than once what a person’s name is. I’ve heard that repeating a person’s name three times gets it in your head. “Ally? Hi Ally! Nice to meet you, Ally.” That always seems forced and cheesy to me, so I choose authenticity over remembering names. I can tell when I make a good connection with someone, though. So when a good connection is made, and I want to get to know a person better, I usually say, “I’m sorry. I’m terrible with names. What’s your name again?” And then that person is relieved because they can’t remember my name either!

Question: Charmed or Bewitched?

Question: What is the dumbest pair of earrings that you've ever worn out in public?

I’m not going to say that they’re dumb, but they were definitely a craze that I participated in. Pretty much every day of junior high right on into high school, I faithfully wore my shrimp earrings that looked a lot like these.

When I lived in NYC in the mid to late 90s, I noticed that a fad among many of the Puerto Rican-American women living there was to wear this style of shrimp earrings with one’s name scripted across them. I still think they're a cool look...I couldn't pull it off, though.

Would you like me to interview you? Here are the rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me” and also leave me your e-mail address if I don’t already have it. (I’ll be sure to delete it from my comments, so that it won’t sit out in the ethersphere endlessly.)

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

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

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


Anonymous said...

Love your answers.

I'm a morning lark for the same reason that you are a night owl-- I'm searching for quiet.

I never use that repeat a new person's name three times rule either. It sounds so forced.

And the shrimp style earrings?!! Ooh-la-la. Such a look!

Fun meme, huh?

ML said...

I really liked your answers! Great shrimp earrings :)

I am also terrible remembering people's names. Like you, I confess and move on. Or sometimes (like with neighbors) I associate their names with a song or a tv character or something like that.

J at said...

I like that you know that people are relieved that you can't remember their name...I am always thrilled, because I don't remember their names either.

Fun questions, Ally, and great answers, Tracy. :) See, I know both of your names! But I've repeated them in my head more than three times. ;)

Autumn's Mom said...

Shrimp earrings. I'm sure if I looked into my past, I'd find a pair of those. Autumn loves Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I keep forgetting to put the last part of this meme in my post. haha I guess I like being asked, but not do the asking!

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