Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Interview Game

Rainbow Dreams was "interviewed" and I said I would be pleased to play along. First let me thank Rainbow Dreams for giving me questions that have an amazing potential to make me sound shallow. Now, on with the show:

1. Do you have any unfulfilled dreams and what are they?
Dreams rather than things I want to do? I would like to run a coffee shop with a secondhand bookshop (or vice versa), I would like to own a B&B somewhere wild, travel to Japan. But "dreams" implies something a bit more. Things that would have a deep effect on me, would alter my view of the world, would help me understand.
Go to Canada to see Polar Bears and the Aurora Borealis (I have already been there to see Orcas and that was an intense experience)
Swim with dolphins - but there is a caveat, these need to be wild dolphins, not the semi-tamed ones

2. Desert Island discs...which three songs would you want with you on a desert island and why.
I don't like the idea of limiting myself to only three songs, that is really really hard. And I need to avoid the obvious ones like Chasing Cars, Hallelujah (the Jeff version not the X-Factor version), Pachelbel. I have 446 albums (over 11 days worth) on my iTunes, and I have to pick three. I will have a sleepless night, wanting to repeatedly change my choices.

Chris Rea - "Stainsby Girls"

Cowboy Junkies - "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning"

Indigo Girls - "Mystery" (just, also considering "Power of Two" and "Language or the Kiss", but at the end it has to be "Mystery")

As to why, that makes it sound as though it has to be something meaningful. It is simple, they are great songs, and I can lose myself in them.

3. What is your biggest fear?
What, other than being stuck on a desert island with only three songs! Maybe wishing I had done more, I don't want to have regrets. But probably biggest fear, losing my daughter, a few days away from her because of work is bad enough, I can't imagine a world without her that isn't empty

4. If you could swap your life with anothers just for one day who would you swap with and why?
I am going to assume this has to be someone alive because otherwise, if they are dead, technically I will be spending the day in a coffin, which doesn't sound fun.
So, White House Press Secretary would be good, I'll swap with whoever has the job at the moment. Some of my best times at work are working with the media, responding to issues, developing communication campaigns. The White House Press Secretary takes it to another level, the ultimate in handling off the cuff, rapid response, being able to think on your feet, and I would love the adrenalin rush for 24 hours.

5. What is the nicest/ kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
Is it sad to say I am struggling with this one? Makes it sound as though no-one likes me. I have been blessed, and my life has been filled with kind people but, put on the spot, I draw a blank. Except one thing that keeps coming to mind. And it is every time my daughter spontaneously runs up to me and gives me a hug, every time she greets me when I get home, every time she writes me a note to say she loves me. The love my daughter gives me, unconditionally, has got to be the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.

now the rules if you want to play....
•Leave me a comment requesting an interview.
•I will e-mail you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
•You then answer the questions on your blog.
•You should also post these rules along with an offer to interview anyone else who e-mails you wanting to be interviewed.
•Anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to answer on their blog.
•It would be nice if the questions were individualized for each blogger.


Rainbow dreams said...

Hi Merlin,
sorry if you wanted different questions...can I ask what would you have liked me to ask you? :)

I like your answers and don't think they make you sound shallow at all ~ any questions could do that, if indeed you were...

as for the music, apologies for the sleepless night but you could hardly take your entire collection with you to a desert island...apart from you could on an ipod... but, (sigh) that wasn't the was about your favourites and in case there happened to be a reason.

I had similar feeling about swimming with dolphins - which we tried to do in Australia - we ended up bobbing around and they were preoccupied doing other things, which was apparently very odd but the risk we took - interestingly the marine biologists said they were acting as if they were scared.. and a day later the tsunami hit...I have always wondered, although we were far away from it - whether they sensed it...

I love your answer to the last question :)
Thank you for playing along,

Merlin said...

Nah, they were good questions. Took me all evening thinking about them, which is much better than being able to answer in two minutes.
The music question was dificult because I surround myself with music so much of the time and favourites partly depend on mood. But if anyone asks me to interview them I will probably throw in a similar type question (not about music) that is difficult.
I will almost guarantee that the dolphins sensed it. What they will have probably been picking up is mini-tremors beforehand. Animals pick up a lot of things before we do. It's like dogs and cats can give an epileptic warning that they are going to have an attack even before the person knows about it, sometimes up tp 24 hours before, and some people use this to up their medication to prevent the attack.

Rainbow dreams said...

thats fascinating about epileptics and dogs and cats, I hadn't realised that one.

I was also thinking about the second hand bookshop/coffee shop idea - sounds like a brilliant idea, and almost reminds me of a film.

Hope you have a lovely day, Katie

sally said...

Oh, go on then.....