1. If someone gave you a NEW car today, and you didn't have to worry about how much it cost, gas mileage, insurance, etc., what would you want it to be and why?
Immediately my brain went to a new MINI, but I think that is the residual effects of watching the Italian Job wearing off. I'd love a bug, but CR only rates the '02 highly. We've got a truck. I've got a small-ish truck. We've got a comfy passenger car. I currently want something cute and fun. Another option would be a nice refurbished '68 Mustang convertible. drool.. I so want a fleet.
2. Is there any particular character trait of Alan's that you wish were more developed in yourself, and vice versa?
Sometimes I wish I were as smart as he is. His devotion to study and his memory for history is astonishing. He is also pretty good at remembering quotes from history and literature, which he occasionally uses to taunt Theo with, and can use them astonishingly well. He can and does quote Shakespeare to me, I can quote commercials and movies back. It's really kinda humbling to be around so many smart folks, Alan especially.
Sometimes I wish he was more explicit about instructions. I think I tend to give detailed instructions, perhaps to the annoyance of folks. Sometimes he will assume I know to do something, despite that I haven't been told. Perhaps he's so deliberate in his speaking that he's thought it out so well he assumes he said it, I honestly don't know. Luckily we haven't broken anything major so far.
3. What's your favorite vigil, other than your own, to have attended?
Now that's a tough question. So many wonderful vigils, all unique and fun. I think on the whole we did a pretty awesome job on Aldred Blackwood's, but most nighttime Pennsic vigils seem to have a bit more magic, like yours and Theo's.
4. How did you get started working at UM?
First of all, I work for UMUC, which is a part of the University System of Maryland, and borders the UMD campus, but isn't UMd.
Sadly, the short answer is: because of a friend. To protect the somewhat innocent. I was friends with the grumpiest developer on a particular project that needed support personnel. He forwarded me the job description, and they hired me instantly as soon as they knew I could handle him. For a few years when they needed to approach him with a question they'd send me, I'd go and chat with him and then slip in the question, get the answer and return triumphant. I pulled my own weight and learned a lot over the years, but I totally got the start by association. Over five years ago I moved to another department in the school and seem to be able to keep my head above water, but it wasn't initially so much a career choice as something to pay the bills and prove to my folks that moving to DC wasn't a bad idea.
5. If you did not have to worry about allergies, what kind of pet would you most desire?
After seeing Ratatouille, I really want another pet rat. I think I'd like a cat like one of Arielle's (so irresistible!), and think Alan would appreciate one, as he's more cat-like in nature. I'd love to have a dog, not huge like Thor or small like Tinkerbell, but somewhere in between. There are times I wish I could have a goat, perhaps some chickens, and wish I could be a better owner to a pony than I was growing up... But these all require time, care, money, and a lack of allergies. When I was a kid I wanted to be a Vet (because I LOVE children!), but the allergies kinda nixed that goal. Instead I just take what glee I can in the animals that are around us, kissy fishies in the pond, wiggly loaches in the tanks, to the scampering chipmunks in the yard.
And the sunniva_kyrre wonders:
1.When did you start sailing?
Technically, I've been sailing a few times back when my Uncle Pete still had a boat in a New Orleans marina. Once when I went down to Mardi Gras in '95, and a few times before when I was younger. kpyke came up with the idea of taking sailing lessons at a local place in Baltimore, which was when we officially started, in June 2003. For the record, Alan had been sailing really small craft (sunfish) on Wakeby Pond growing up.
2.How did you get started in the SCA?
I think everyone's is a long story. My mom made me a black velvet cloak for me to wear to the prom. The Christmas after the first semester of my freshman year, I decided to wear it out one night when hanging with old friends. My buddy D (Yusef) asked me if I did D&D or SCA and I had no clue about either, and so he told me about his SCA for the rest of the night. After the break back at Tech, I was too chicken to hunt the SCA down, but when I was sitting next to a cool girl in my BIOL class, we struck up a conversation, and when walking across the blustery Drill Field she mentioned she wish she had her cloak. My response was D&D or SCA? and she took me to my first SCA meeting the next night and my first SCA event that weekend. The rest is history. So my participation is really thanks to Yusef for the idea, Briar for the introduction, and kyneburh for teaching me how to sew and taking me to other events outside of BD.
3.Favorite movie ?
Tough choice. For comedy I love Dogma. For romance, I love Pride and Prejudice, For action, True Lies and the Die Hards are made of awesome.
4.Have you ever thought of taking a protégé?
Working on that. He and I just need to put our heads together on when...
5.Did you always love pink?
Growing up my mom made my sisters and I matching clothes, but would often differentiate them by color. Older sis got blue, I got pink/red, and younger sis got green/yellow. I had a pink room, with pink carpet, and pink stuff, and only later in tomboyish years did I eschew pink for red, but I've found my way back to pink. Pink is really more about a state of mind for me- happy, bubbly, cheery, warm, unexpected.