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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  • darci

    Q: What do you wake up to?
    DG: my alarm.

    Q: What music have you listened to today?
    DG: Jay-Z’s new album the blueprint III. i didnt think he could ever top his black album, but i think he just might have with this one!!!

    Q: What’s your favorite word?
    DG: muddle

    Q: What do you find beautiful?
    DG: loving couples holding hands.

    Q: How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?
    DG: see post http://twitter.com/dgwartz/status/4154712312

    Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    DG: a horse trainer, i loved horses!!

    Q: What is your favorite cocktail?
    DG: cucumber martini

    Q: What is your greatest extravagance?
    DG: shoes

    Q: If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?
    DG: australia

    Q: What profession would you like to practice in your next life?
    DG: well, i still have my current full life ahead of me, but id probably be a sports anchor on espn’s sportscenter.

    Q: What would be your death row meal?
    DG: my moms homemade spaghetti!!!

    Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
    DG: yom kippur. its a jewish holiday. the holiest day of the year, its a day of atonement, forgiveness and acceptance. and we fast for a whole 24 hours. i love the strength and self control i feel from the hunger.

    Q: What is your most prized material possession?
    DG: my grandmothers diamond earrings.

    Q: What promise do you make to yourself that you break the most often?
    DG: i will not drink today…(i drink every day…)

    Q: What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?
    DG: my boy friend.

    Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you’d most love to have a beer with?
    DG: kobe bean bryant

  • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

    “Q: What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?
    DG: my boy friend.”

    i doubt anyone will be able to top that answer.

    • CR

      I *may* be able to top that…

      My ex-boyfriend.

  • http://www.intellichick.com Charity

    Q: What do you wake up to?
    CT: NPR and back pain.

    Q: What music have you listened to today?
    CT: iTunes on Random…literally: Britney, Spanish Pop Music, Japanese Pop Music, Disney Hits, Showtunes, Eminem, Jay-Z

    Q: What’s your favorite word?
    CT: Whee!

    Q: What do you find beautiful?
    CT: Life.

    Q: How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?
    CT: Like Taffy.

    Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    CT: A writer.

    Q: What is your favorite cocktail?
    CT: My own invention: A Sweet Charity

    Q: What is your greatest extravagance?
    CT: My Macbook

    Q: If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?
    CT: Europe

    Q: What profession would you like to practice in your next life?
    CT: A musician (I’m obviously aiming for being poor in all my lifetimes).

    Q: What would be your death row meal?
    CT: Shrimp Fettuccine like I once had years ago in SF and green tea ice cream for dessert.

    Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
    CT: Everyone else’s birthday because presents and cakes are awesome to think about.

    Q: What is your most prized material possession?
    CT: An etched jade bracelet from my grandma

    Q: What promise do you make to yourself that you break the most often?
    CT: I’m going to finish editing my novel.

    Q: What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?
    CT: Clothes I still fit, but would never wear again.

    Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you’d most love to have a beer with?
    CT: My Great-Grandma (but I’m not sure she drank).

    • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

      ooh…macbook. forgot about that one. technically, it MAY be the most expensive thing i own (even more than my car – how sad)

      • http://www.intellichick.com Charity

        I thought my PS3 was my extravagance than my friend pointed out how much I paid for my macbook. Yeah…funny how much money is in this little thing…as in funny how apple laughed when I gave it to them -___-.

  • http://www.krishase.com Kris Hase

    Q: What do you wake up to?
    KH: If I’m lucky, getting lucky.

    Q: What music have you listened to today?
    KH: Today is disco day.

    Q: What’s your favorite word?
    KH: Today it’s scuttlebutt.

    Q: What do you find beautiful?
    KH: Oh, gosh… everything.

    Q: How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?
    KH: interesting, creative, calm, happy & fun

    Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    KH: everything

    Q: What is your favorite cocktail?
    KH: port

    Q: What is your greatest extravagance?
    KH: college

    Q: If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?
    KH: Russia

    Q: What profession would you like to practice in your next life?
    KH: I’d just like to do the same thing all over again.

    Q: What would be your death row meal?
    KH: friend Kyndell’s Christmas cookies

    Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
    KH: Thanksgiving – I think we need to connect our food to the land and spirit and give genuine thanks more often.

    Q: What is your most prized material possession?
    KH: My furniture

    Q: What promise do you make to yourself that you break the most often?
    KH: To only have one beer.

    Q: What should you throw away but haven’t been able to part with?
    KH: Lunch.

    Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you’d most love to have a beer with?
    my paternal Grandmother (died 1990)

  • http://blog.inomthings.com ila

    Q: What do you wake up to?
    dogs barking (from my iphone).

    Q: What music have you listened to today?
    thrice, further seems forever, wheatus, and some flobots.

    Q: What’s your favorite word?
    “frickin'”

    Q: What do you find beautiful?
    the sky. especially at dusk.

    Q: How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?
    stressball.

    Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you’d most love to have a beer with?
    my grandma (deceased 1998). she had some CRAZY war stories.

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