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Interview by slitterst - Karen's Musings
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Interview by slitterst
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)

1.) Of all the instruments you've played, what was your favorite and why?

I'm really bad at answering "favorite" questions. So I'll punt and tell you what I liked about the instruments I played. I played clarinet, recorder, flute, oboe, a teeney bit of piano, and a teeney bit of violin. Of those my favorites are flute, oboe, and piano. I was a lousy clarinet and violin player. And the recorder is annoying. You don't specify whether you're asking which is my favorite to play or which is my favorite to listen to.

Oboe is by far my favorite woodwind. It's got an absolutely stunning sound when played correctly. It was fun, but extremely challenging to play. I wish I'd developed more skill on the oboe, but I did pretty well for the short period of time that I played it. English horn was a lot more fun, but I only got to play it a few times. It responded a lot easier... I guess the bigger reed vibrates more easily. The oboe has such a soul-ful tone that it's nearly irresistable, which is largely what attracted me to it. Also, I found out that I had a talent for it that I was surprised by, so that didn't hurt matters.

I still, though, have to remain loyal to the flute...my trusty companion for 12 or 14 years. There's no mistaking that I had greater skill on the flute than I did on the oboe. On the other hand, I only played the oboe for two years. I think I'd sort of hit my capacity with flute. I wasn't inspired by it anymore, it was physically too painful to play, my instrument wasn't up to par with my ability, which made things more difficult. All sorts of forces sort of seemed to work against my continued development. Still, it was very gratifying to be able to pick up the instrument and absolutely KNOW how to get it to respond to my wishes. Flute repetoire, though, save the Baroque works, failed to inspire me. It's all too... flutey...too flowery and flittery. Flute is definitely not my favorite instrument to listen to, but it's probably my favorite to play, but again, that's only because that was where I had the greatest facility.

And then there's the piano. I don't really play the piano. I passed keyboarding classes (six semesters) in college. But that was the extent of it. But I had a constant yearning to learn the piano throughout my childhood and adolescence. I resented my parents for a long time for not allowing me to get piano lessons. My grandmother paid to send down her piano (that my mother had learned on) with real ivory keys and rosewood for me, knowing how much I wanted it. But my parents refused to get it tuned (it was awful) and wouldn't let me take lessons. So I suffered through Mrs. Mooore's piano/guitar class for a semester which wasn't terribly helpful, and didn't teach me a lot that I didn't already know. But it did reinforce some things I knew, so I guess it wasn't a total waste. I adore the piano for its versatility, and its repertoire. Lousy piano skills really made me suffer in Analysis courses. I couldn't just pick exercises out on the piano as easily as others could. In the end, I excelled in Analysis, but it was much harder work than it needed to be. So you know, I have a great love for piano also.

2.) Now that you're keeping kosher, is there any treif that you really miss?

There's no specific food that I miss. What I miss is the restaurants. I love Indian food, but I can't just go out to an Indian restaurant now. If I want Indian food, I have to cook it. And that's just not always the same. Oh, wait. I also miss good cheese. I miss good cheese SO much. Kosher cheese pales in comparison.

3.) Of all the places you've lived, where would you live again and why?

I assume you mean where would I want to live again. I would love to live in Scotland. The whole pace of life is different than it is here in the US. People are so much more laid back, and everything just looks like a postcard no matter where you turn your head (at least the part that I was born in). I feel a very real connection to my birthplace, despite only living there my first 10 months of life. When I went back a couple years ago, I really felt like I was "home." I even threatened not to come back to the states. I actually looked into what it would take to have Seth's pharmacy license transferred over to a chemists' license in Scotland. Had I had any real job prospects (and I spent months looking after I got back), I think I really would have moved back there.

Stateside, I'd love to be back living in Boston. I love Boston. I think it's one of the world's greatest cities.

All in all, though, I've finally come to realize that I really do love living in Maryland. I like the proximity to DC, the wide variety of cultural events we have the opportunity to attend, even the neighborhood we're in. Right now, I simply can't imagine ever living in another neighborhood again, which is a little weird for me, since I've never lived more than 5-6 years any place before.

4.) Of all the places you've lived, where will you never go again?

I think the odds of me going back to Spain are pretty low, but not impossible. There's really no place that I lived that I wouldn't want to go back to. Except maybe Bowie, but I'm not opposed to Maryland in general. I'm just done with Bowie. I know I'll never end up in Richmond again. And that's probably as close as I could come to saying I'll never go again. I mean, I'll visit, but I don't have a real desire to live there.

5.) What's your favorite curse word?

Well, I use them all too liberally. I would prefer not to curse at all, but unfortunately, I'm not even close yet. I'm a big fan of "holy schnykies!" right now.

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From: gittygiggles Date: September 1st, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
HAHAHAHHA i feel the same way about bowie!!! i love it!

and yes...cheese. alas. cheese. and SKITTLES! oy, my skittles :(

would you do me!?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 1st, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
skittles in england are kosher.

I'll get back to you with an interview in a bit.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 1st, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 1st, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
go to England. Or have someone else bring them back if they go. British skittles are slightly different. They have black currant instead of concord grape. But overall, they're pretty tasty.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 1st, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
i dont know anyone going to england :(

i want :(

why is england cool and we're STUPID STUPID STUPID??????????
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2004 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
1. What is your favorite flavor of skittle?
2. What place would you like to travel to that you have never been?
3. What hobby have you always wanted to take up, but never got around to?
4. Will your next baby be "donut" or "crepe" or "cruller" ?
5. If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 1st, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. You I trust to interview me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of intrigued by the way you phrased that. Hmmm.

1. I've never met anyone with such a strong interest in highway systems that didn't work with highway systems for a living. How did you first become so interested in highways?
2. What do you think are the most important elements of raising a Jewish family?
3. I'm a relative new-comer to Computer Security (4-ish years after getting a degree in Jewish history and going to law school for a year). What advice would you give to a newbie like me to help shape my career direction?
4. What is the largest impact on your life from your wife's gluten-free lifestyle?
5. How did you meet your wife?
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 3rd, 2004 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll find the answers here.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 1st, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
>> I love Indian food, but I can't just go out to an Indian restaurant now.

If you're ever in Texas, there's an Indian restaurant called Madras Pavilion (with 3 locations -- Austin, Dallas, Houston) that is just wonderful. All 3 locations are under supervision by the relevant local vaad. They're all dairy (cholov stam, if this is an issue for you).

>> I miss good cheese SO much. Kosher cheese pales in comparison.

Kosher cheese has been a serious disappointment, for the most part. Even the Israeli stuff leaves something to be desired. (However, a grocery store in Atlanta recently started selling real kosher parmesan -- Miller's apparently did a special run in a factory in Italy -- and it is *SO* good, especially when compared to the rest of the offerings in the kosher cheese section.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 2nd, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I have, indeed, heard of Madras Pavillion (I researched restaurants in Dallas for my husband when he was traveling there on business, but I don't think he made it there). Unfortuantely, when I have reason to go to Texas, I go to San Antonio, where my grandparents are. My Texas geography is bad, but I don't htink Austin, Dallas, or Houston are close enough. :(

what do you mean by "real" kosher parmesan?
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 2nd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Austin's about an hour north of San Antonio, though it'd probably take a bit more to get to where the restaurant is ...

By "real" parmesan I mean: made in Italy, in a factory that usually makes non-kosher parmesan, using much the same materials as usual (except under supervision) and actually in a block that can be chopped up or grated rather than mysterious white granules in a can.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. That's interesting. Because we can get parmesan made in a block just about anytime. It's Millers, and not the greatest parmesan I've ever had in my life, but it's tasty. I do not buy mysterious white granules in a can. Ick. I either buy the block or shredded parmesan. I'm surprised that you can get those all the time in Atlanta...

Speaking of Atlanta, I don't remember when but I think my husband is supposed to be in Atlanta sometime in the next few months (October maybe?) for a conference. We'll need advice on kosher food options, if you have them!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
>> We'll need advice on kosher food options, if you have them!

Sure -- just let me know when you need them, and I'll start rattling them off!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
excellent. I'm vaguely considering trying to go with him, but I'm not sure we can swing it.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Well ... you're lucky that you can get the Miller's all the time. It just showed up in Atlanta and we have no guarantee it isn't just a temporary thing. No, it isn't the greatest parmesan I've ever had, but it beats the canned stuff by a long shot.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just surprised that it's new for Atlanta. Everything I've heard about kosher food in Atlanta has been that there's a lot of it and great selection. Could you at least get the shredded (not the grated powdery stuff) parmesan?? If not, that would be tragic.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 3rd, 2004 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, no shredded stuff. :( But meanwhile, the Miller's stuff is yummy.

The kosher selection here is, I would say, good but not great. We're just too far away from any really big community, I think, to get all the goodies. (Baltimore's the closest, and it's a 12-hour drive.)

If you do end up coming down here with Seth, let me know -- maybe we could take you to dinner? :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 4th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
absolutely tragic that you couldn't get the shredded stuff. I'd be lost without it. ;)

I thought Atlanta had a pretty sizeable Jewish community??

And absolutely, if I go down with Seth, we'd love to join you for dinner (or maybe just me... I'm not sure what his schedule would be like at the conference)
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 5th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
The Jewish community here is reasonably big -- I'm not good at estimating size, but I'd say at least 300-350 frum families -- it's bigger than the Dallas community, anyway. Nevertheless, no shredded parmesan. We're not quite big enough for that, I guess. ;)

We would be happy to offer you dinner, whether it was just you or you & Seth. Keep me posted ... and meanwhile I'll make sure you get info on the kosher places here.
lionsaoi From: lionsaoi Date: September 1st, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me please.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't forgotten about you. I'm working on it. I'm very bad at coming up with questions for people.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 3rd, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just saying... I don't pick favorites easily. And I have different reasons for liking different instruments. My favorite based on agility is obviously the flute. But ideally, the oboe trumps the flute.
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cellio From: cellio Date: September 5th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
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