Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Survey of the month

Not sure if you have sacrificed yourself to the cult of MySpace, but if you have you know about the influx of surveys that invade the bulletin board every day. Little did I know that these surveys would become one of my favorite parts of this online community. I get to learn all kinds of fascinating information about friends and acquaintances, and these surveys give me a reason to keep in touch with people, even if it is a little silly.

Anyway, I thought I would include a few recent survey questions so you can get to know me a little better...

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Inconsiderate people.

12. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Yes. I don't even realize I am doing it half the time. Is that weird?

13. Have you ever peed in the woods?
I must have when I was a child, but now I try to make sure I am never too far from a bathroom of some sort.

29. Were you a boy/girl scout?
Yes, and I was kicked out in the 6th grade because my troop leader's daughter didn't like me.

34. Ran out of gas?
Yes, but it wasn't my fault. My boyfriend (at the time) had recently bought a lifted truck and wanted to to try driving it. It freaked me out but I said ok. Towards the end we pulled off the freeway and when on the road circling up the exit to the street, the truck lost all power and I couldn't steer. We started to roll backwards toward the freeway when we navigated it off the road and pull the emergency brake. After a few minutes he realized that the gas guage was broken and we had run out of gas.

40. When you were a kid what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Usually something funny or just plain wrong. My favorite was dressing as a suicidal baby who had hung herself with a jumprope noose. That year I also worked in a haunted house, mind you.

42. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes- quite a few. The New Yorker, Time Out NY, Backstage, and Glamour.

49. Afraid of heights?
Heights? No. I am afraid of falling and dying when hitting the ground.

57. Ever eat a pierogie?
This might be one if those foods I have had, but because I have never seen it spelled before I have no idea what it is.

59. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an actor, teacher or psychologist.

66. First concert?
Michael W Smith. When I was 14 I had a crush on a boy who was Christian, and he took me to this concert with his youth group.

67.Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart?
Boycott Walmart- they are the most profitable chain store in the country and treat their employees horribly with regard to wages, hours worked, and benefits. They have more employees on state assisted benefits (read: they don't get benefits through Walmart) than any other corporation, and yet they are bringing in enormous profits. Instead of paying their employees, they undercut the prices of other merchants. So, stores that pay fair wages and benefits suffer because Walmart has lower prices (they can afford to when they don't pay a fair wage). Research the stores you purchase from (and products you buy) and make sure you support the way they do business. It is one of the only ways to make a difference in the USA.

End of soapbox. I promise.

73. Is there a profession that you want for your perfect future spouse?

86. Can you hold your breath w/o manually holding your nose?
Yes. Both under water and out of water.

91. Which are better black or green olives?
Kalamata olives.

I’d love to get to know you better too, so leave a comment and put your answers!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Who's gonna be our next Idol?

I have to confess... I love “American Idol.” I love singing and I love singers, and this show is a global acknowledgment of the power of music to lift the spirits and engage the senses. It’s the Star Search of the 21st century, and I love the fact that this is one of very few reality TV shows that seeks to show the best side of its participants, as opposed to the worst. And I love that the contestants become famous for something tangible- a talent that is meaningful and marketable.

I guess it also speaks to my heart because I dream of being able to make my living as a singer and actor. I close my eyes and am transported to a place when I can positively impact as many people as these singers do. I get to imagine myself doing all of the things that they get to do, and it inspires me to keep working. To keep getting out there, because if it is possible for them then it is possible for me too.

The final show is halfway done and I am still split over who I want to win. Taylor and Katharine are both so wonderful and I would easily buy either of their albums. My mom is probably going to give herself carpel tunnel from voting so much for Katharine (last week, she got through more than 90 times). My boyfriend is a huge Taylor fan. Who are all of Elliott’s votes going to this week? I can’t wait to find out tomorrow!

PS If you want to see my heart and soul, I invite you to listen to/watch some of my demos.

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