In the Imaginary Green Room – An Interview with…You

Sarah J Gim in the Mirror with the iPhone

By now, you already know that the twitter entry for the (now-closed) second ticket giveaway is a five-word “self portrait” tweet that answers the question “How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?”

What you may not know, because you didn’t read the giveaway post all the way to the end but who can blame you for your twitterized attention span, is that the question comes directly from an interview that Zocalo Public Square did with Jonathan Gold, the party host himself.

Curmudgeonly Enthusiastic Inspiration

JGold’s answer to that particular question was “curmudgeonly enthusiastic,” two words that must certainly be accurate, but likely didn’t require more than three seconds of soul-searching, calculation, and styling on his part. I, however, deliriously high on a semi-lethal combination of sugar and caffeine at 3 AM, read far too deeply into his answer, and decided that everyone should be able to describe themselves in five words or less.

“Less.” Lack of sleep, ok? After four of sleep, I fixed myself to “fewer.”

The full set of questions is quick and fun and Zocalo’s In the Green Room series does this exact interview to gain a little bit of insight into the personalities of people of Jonathan Gold’s caliber. Pulitzer Prize winners. Nobel laureates. Academics. Scholars. Scientists. Artists. Leaders. Accomplished, expert, influential.

Obviously, I will never be interviewed for this series.

In My Own Little Green Room. In My Own Little Imagination

I am not intelligent. However, I do have a vivid imagination. I am pretending that I’m smart. I am pretending that there are nine of you out there who read my blog. I am pretending that half of you would like nothing more than to gaze at my virtual verbal self-portrait for ninety seconds. I am pretending that I am doing this interview so I am asking myself the questions here on my blog.

Don’t think I didn’t put on a stylish outfit, get my hair did, and talk into an upside down balloon whisk as microphone for this imaginary interview.

And let’s be real here. Zocalo will probably never interview you for their In the Green Room series either. Oh, except you, you Nobel laureate reading my blog. But everyone else? You should do the interview here, too, in the comments. It’ll be fun. Just copy the interview, paste, and replace answers with yours. I want to get to know you.

You fascinate me.

In the Green Room with…Sarah J. “The Delicious” Gim

Q: What do you wake up to?
SG: Sunshine. And twitter.

Q: What music have you listened to today?
SG: Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and other songs that make me melancholy about the last day of summer.

Q: What’s your favorite word?
SG: “sacrilege”

Q: What do you find beautiful?
SG: TasteSpotting, obviously.

Q: How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?
SG: Self-centered. Neurotic. Hyperactive. Obsessive. Emotional.

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
SG: Rich.

Q: What is your favorite cocktail?
SG: Bellini on Sundays. Every other day, vodka +soda.

Q: What is your greatest extravagance?
SG: Dessert. I indulge in extravagance every chance I get.

Q: If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?
SG: The Mutha-Effin’ Mutha-land, Korea.

Q: What profession would you like to practice in your next life?
SG: Housewife (next lifetime, not this one).

Q: What would be your death row meal?
SG: Something flammable that will ignite and explode when they hit the switch on the chair. I’m thinking…kimchee.

Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
SG: Everyone else’s birthdays because birthday cake is delicious.

Q: What is your most prized material possession?
SG: Pink KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I never use it.

Q: What promise do you make to yourself that you break the most often?
SG: “I promise to write a blog post today.”

Q: What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?
SG: All my term papers, essays and “A” exams from school. I have a book report of Call of the Wild from elementary school.

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you’d most love to have a beer with?
SG: Jonathan Gold.

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