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I'm betting she thought I forgot about her
So life's been busy and I've not gotten around to answering the interviews that were given to me literally months ago. Oh well.

Anyway, here's an interview from cellio. Interview from jeannegrrl to follow as soon as I find it and have the time.

First the rules:

  1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.

  2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.

  3. You'll update your journal with my five questions and your five answers.

  4. You'll include this explanation.

  5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

And now for the interview!

1. What has been the biggest change so far as a result of getting married?

That's a difficult one to answer because not many tangible things have changed since we got married. There were a lot of changes that took place over the course of our engagement, but not so many drastic changes after the wedding. Mostly, I think my attitude changed; I feel more secure in a lot of ways, but I also feel more "legitimate" in others. There's some very special sort of comfort in being able to refer to "my husband" instead of "that guy that I live with." The security issue is a very strange thing. It's not like I ever questioned Seth's "loyalty" (for lack of a better word)... but something about having that piece of paper makes me feel like "wow! he really meant it!" It's weirdness of course, and it's a little thing, but it did affect my perspective to a degree.

2. You can transmit a message of no more than 50 words to the Karen of ten years ago. It's a one-way transmission; you don't get to interact. What do you send?

What was 10 years ago? 1993? Hrm. On this date ten years ago I was getting ready for college auditions. Little did I know that I was going to have an injury, leave music, and get a history degree. So I think, clearly, my message would have to revolve around college:

"Hey- stop stressing, you'll get into a good program. But don't put all your eggs in one basket; take a well-rounded program (you'll need it). Oh, and when you get to Stony Brook (because that's where you're going), avoid Mark. He's bad news. You'll meet him in Freshman English."

49 words.

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of Judaism for you?

As you may have already surmised, it's these "most" questions that are the "most" difficult for me. I'm not good at picking "favorites" or ranking things as good, better, best. So I guarantee that tomorrow, or the next day, I'll have changed my mind about what the "most" rewarding aspect is.

Disclaimer noted, I suppose I would say that I've really come to appreciate the way in which my relationship to HaShem has grown. My world within Judaism is limitless. I'll never be able to fully comprehend HaShem (nor would I want to) or His wonders. I'll never be able to read every book. I'll never be able to learn every law. I'll make mistakes, but I'll learn from everything I do, and every time I learn I'll move closer to G-d. It's that freedom to expand which I think is what I appreciate most about Judaism. Many people see Judaism as restrictive; I see it as limitless.

4. Name one interest or hobby that you'd like to pursue that you're not pursuing right now. What's stopping you?

Photography. What's stopping me? Well, a couple things. First, I can't really afford a nice camera. Second, most photography calsses seem to be on Saturdays, which is out for me. Third, who has the time?

Someday though.

As an aside, I'd also like to improve and pursue my piano skills. But the lack of a piano (and funds to buy one) are what's keeping me from that!

5. You have been granted a one-hour audience with any person of your choosing, living or dead. A translator will be provided if needed. Who is it and what do you talk about?

I don't really know, to be honest. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with at least a BS answer, but I'm just not good at this type of question. I'd like to think I'd try to talk to someone seriously important to his or her era like Mozart or Churchill or Jefferson or Florence Nightingale. But really, I guess if I were pressed about it, I'd probably say my great-grandfather. He led an amazing life, but he died when I was three. I still remember my "great-papa", but I learned about the tremendous contributions he made in his lifetime from secondary sources.

No translator necessary. ;)

Current Mood: productive productive
Current Music: the sounds of fingers tapping on keyboards all around me.

12 comments or Leave a comment
yermie From: yermie Date: October 14th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent responses.

For the record, question #1 can be interpreted to include any changes since your engagement (when you began "getting married"). I don't think it was intended to be a "what's the biggest change in the last year..." type of question.

But, since I didn't ask them, I can't say for sure that's what was intended.

I wouldn't mind getting interviewed, but I'm too chicken to ask. :)

cellio From: cellio Date: October 14th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Question 1: that was pretty much my intent, yeah.

Karen, thanks for the great answers!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
yer welcome. Sorry for my misinterpretation of question 1. And I'm REALLY sorry for taking so long!
cellio From: cellio Date: October 15th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no need to apologize for either! It's still fun, after all.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're so smart. I didn't even think of that.

Your questions:

1. What is the one characteristic you treasure most about your beloved fheyd?
2. Think of where you are today, personally and professionally. Is this what you had dreamt for yourself? If not, what would you change?
3. Why won't you move to Maryland so I can be closer to you and your dearest wife?
4. Who was your favorite Sesame Street Character and why?
5. What do you fear most?
tikvahope From: tikvahope Date: October 14th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading that. I've been interviewed in my other journal, but I'd love to try it again. Ask away!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. Yours is the hardest since I don't know you very well. On the other hand, I stand to gain the most from your answers since I can't entirely predict what they will be. SO...

1. How did you and Bernard meet?
2. What is your dream job? Why?
3. What is your earliest childhood memory?
4. Who do you look up to as a role model?
5. What hobby would you like to pursue but have never found the time or money to do so?
bluejeanjexy From: bluejeanjexy Date: October 14th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
1 - I love your answer to #3, word up to that.
2 - I wanna play! Interview me!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. What is your favorite holiday and why?
2. If the world leaders were going to hire you to fix one problem, what would it be?
3. You may go on a one week trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid. Where do you choose and why?
4. What is your favorite pizza topping?
5. What do you hope for yourself five years in the future?
beaniekins From: beaniekins Date: October 14th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You and I both know I'm probably too lazy to actually answer questions put to my, but my ego demands I be interviewed.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 15th, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm only giving you questions first because you won't get off my back about them until I do.

1. If money were no object, what would you be doing right now?
2. If you could take one class free of charge (be it academic, religious, or hobby-related), what would it be?
3. What is the most rewarding thing about leading an observant Orthodox life?
4. If your life were a board game, what would it be and why?
5. What is your most treasured childhood memory?
6. There is no number 6.
cellio From: cellio Date: October 15th, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do me? Thanks.
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