(Some might find this a bit self-centered. Considering that in my job I listen to 60 people talk about their problems every day, I think I’m entitled… 🙂
# First things first: When were you born?
November 23rd. When I was born, my parents brought me home from the hospital on Thanksgiving day.
# What year?
Let’s put it this way: I went straight to college after high school, graduated in 4 1/2 years and have been out in the workforce since March of ’94.
# Close enough. Read anything good lately?
Yes, most recently The Three Musketeers. Prior to that, Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, and while on vacation I read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.
# Quite a selection. What’s your favorite genre?
# Do you keep a journal?
Back then I did — there are six volumes from high school in my nightstand.
# And now?
I don’t know — I try to, but always manage to get caught up in other things.
# Did you make a 1995 New Year’s resolution?
Yes: to be kind.
# How’s it coming along?
Pretty well. Somtimes its more challenging than others…
# What’s the most luxurious thing you own?
A monogrammed satin pillowcase.
# Monogrammed with what?
My initials: MEB
# Why do you go by Motormouth?
Because nobody spells my real name correctly.
# Come on…
No, I’m serious. When I was growing up, the high point of Easter was seeing how Nana had butchered my name that year.
# What was the worst?
The year I got the chocolate egg with “Marylin” scripted across the top.
# What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Doing my laundry and putting it away tonight. Accomplishments don’t count once they’re two hours old.
# Your biggest regret is…
Naming my cat “OJ”. It actually stands for Odysseus Joseph, but try explaining that in these times…
# Did you have pets as a child?
Yes, three Shetland sheepdogs and various carnival-trophy goldfish.
# Those goldfish will teach a kid about mortality real quick.
I remember getting ready for bed one night and noticing that Oscar wasn’t in his bowl. Mom and I looked and looked, but he was nowhere to be found. Two months later, I noticed him on the floor at the foot of my bed, staring up at me with his big blue eye.
You’re telling me. I’ll never forget it.
# Lynn, thanks for your time. Let’s close with your personal philosophy.
“Everything in moderation,” with the occasional exception of exercise and booze.