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interview from utforsker

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.

1 - Why were you scared that sethcohen got along with brimic and myself at brunch?
2 - How did we meet? I can't remember precisely. I recall driving around Bowie late one night with you, Sacha, and Mikee.
3 - Do you still play multi-lingual Scrabble?
4 - Do you plan to make the Aliyah? Why?
5 - Have you ever practiced any other religions than Judaism?

1 - Why were you scared that </a></a>sethcohen got along with </a></a>brimic and myself at brunch?

Was I?  Gosh, you've got a better memory than I.  I guess (since I don't really remember) that I have a particular vision of what Seth is like as a person, and when I see him in new environments or with new people (who in many cases I view as being very different sorts of people than him), it always surprises me because I see different sides of him.  Scared probably isn't what I meant.  But it's strange to take two people from my past (from what seems like an entirely different life) and put them at a table with my husband and find out that he has more in common with those people than me (and in many cases that's the case... can't really remember if that was the case when we met you guys for brunch)

2 - How did we meet? I can't remember precisely. I recall driving around Bowie late one night with you, Sacha, and Mikee.

Again, I must sadly say that you have a better memory than me.  My gut says that we met at one of dallendoug's parties.  But that could be completely wrong.  Then I thought that we must have met while I was dating Brian.  But that could be wrong.  And the more I think of it, I believe it must have been Sacha or Mikee.  Oh heck, I dunno.

3 - Do you still play multi-lingual Scrabble?

Sadly, no.  No one lets me.  Sigh.  But I tell the story of our multi-lingual game often.

4 - Do you plan to make the Aliyah? Why?

I don't really know.  Ideally, I would jump on that and say "yes!"  But there are lots of things to consider.  It's certainly not in my 5 or 10 year plan.  But maybe in my 20 year plan.  I feel a deep love and connection to Israel and I would love to live in a place where the whole country has off during Sukkos and Pesach and other holidays.  I love the idea of having so many dining options!  We know a fair number of people there, so it wouldn't be walking in blind, which is good.

On the other hand, of course, I've put roots down here already.  (how the heck did that happen?  I'm a Navy Brat, I'm not supposed to know how to stay in one place!)  Seth's pharmacists' license probably wouldn't transfer Internationally.  Healthcare is an issue.  Safety is clearly an issue in the current climate (but I wouldn't let that be the sole reason for not going there). 

So I guess the real answer to your question is maybe.  I would love to make aliyah, but I don't know if I actually will.

5 - Have you ever practiced any other religions than Judaism?

Sure I practiced them, but I never got any good at them, so I had to quit.  Just kidding.  The answer is: not exactly.  I was exposed to a lot of religions other than Judaism.  I went to Hebrew School growing up.  I went to Catholic Mass with my best friend.  I went to Buddhist Temples a few times.  Baptist, Episcopalian, Muslim.  But never as "my religion" always as learning or observing.  When you first met me, I was probably going to a Unitarian Fellowship.  But again, I can't say I was "practicing" it.  I was seeking some sort of religious structure (in this case a cool youth group), and my parents didn't provide that growing up, so I found it where I could.   When I got to college, I connected more and more with Judaism, and it grew from there.  Eventually, I became Orthodox.  So that's that.

Good questions!

Current Mood: sore sore

33 comments or Leave a comment
From: pacino1901 Date: February 24th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Give me a bit. I'm trying to think up a good one.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 24th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll throw my hat in the ring -- how 'bout an interview?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. It's always harder to think up interesting questions when I don't know the interviewee very well. I think it's because there's too much pressure. I love being able to get to know more about you, but have only 5 questions with which to probe deeply into the world of Rivka. So here goes...

1. Gerim always have a story about why they picked Judaism. I'm sure you have yours. But I'd just like a piece of it. Why did you choose to be Orthodox, specifically, and how did you come to that decision?

2. You can go back in time and observe any single day in your life, but you can't change anything, nor can you interact with any of the people you encounter. What day do you choose and what about that day makes it stand out in your mind?

3. Flash forward 10 years. Where do you see yourself in terms of career, family, religious life, geography, etc?

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

5. What is your favorite holiday?
From: gittygiggles Date: February 24th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
gitty wants to be interviewed! talk to me baby!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
1. How did you come to pick "Asher" as the name for your first child?
2. Someone gives you $1000 and one hour to spend it. You aren't allowed to save the money, you must spend it or lose it. Where do you go and what do you buy?
3. How did you and Dan meet?
4. What genre of music do you like to listen to and why?
From: batgirl1536 Date: February 24th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
multilingual scrabble is right up my alley. can you interview me?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
1. Why did you decide to go to law school?
2. What is your middle name?
3. I'm giving you an all-expense-paid week-long vacation anywhere you want to go. Where do you go and what do you do while you are there? Multiple locations are fine, so long as it is realistic to take a vacation to both or all locations. For example, Japan and Greenland might make for a not so happy combination, but if you can justify it, that's cool too.
4. What do you do when you first wake up in the morning?
5. Do you like to read for pleasure (you probably do more than enough for school)? If so, what do you like to read?
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: February 24th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got nothing on my plate these days...interview me!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
1. If someone offered to pay all of your expenses and all of your college tuition, so that you wouldn't just be worried about finishing quickly, what would you major in and why?
2. What is your favorite food? Describe how it tastes to you.
3. How do you like your eggs cooked?
4. Who was the last person that made you feel really good about yourself and how did they do that?
5. If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm ghlad you liked them.

1. During the years that we were out of touch, did you ever think of me?
2. If you could re-live one year of your life, which would it be and why?
3. What are you doing for a living these days? Do you like what you do?
4. Pick a person from your past that you'd like to spend a random Sunday with. The person needn't still be alive, but can be. Who do you pick and what do you do together?
5. Do you think I should get a Master's in Education or a Master's in IT Management?
From: gittygiggles Date: February 25th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
can you post something in weird jews for me and tell me of any interesting responses? i'm trying to find out where the frum community is in paris. THANKS!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there a reason you can't post there yourself?
yermie From: yermie Date: February 25th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Speaking of forgetting....

I didn't forget.... I just procrastinated it a few months... (will be posted in my journal in a bit)

Your questions:

1. What is the one characteristic you treasure most about your beloved fheyd?

Just one? Well, ok.

Her wonderful way of cheering me up when I'm down, and generally the way she takes care of me.

2. Think of where you are today, personally and professionally. Is this what you had dreamt for yourself? If not, what would you change?

Personally - yes. I am happily married (see #1), have a pretty good job (2b), cats, dogs, house in the 'burbs, etc. So yes, my personal life is going as expected. No kids yet, but that's for later (I'm not ready for kids yet).

Professionally - Somewhat. I work with computers, like I've always done, and known I'd be doing. My current position isn't doing as much fixing problems as supporting the systems that tell other people what's broken, and what needs to be fixed. So, it's a little separated from fixing actual problems, and lately has been mostly political, rather than technical. I'm not too unhappy with my current position, but I'm working on changing things as I can.

3. Why won't you move to Maryland so I can be closer to you and your dearest wife?

Snow, traffic, job, InS4N3 cost of living increase, too many people, too close to John Ashcroft...

4. Who was your favorite Sesame Street Character and why?

It's a tie - Bert. (brain, and a dry wit) and Oscar (Sarcasm and easy going)

5. What do you fear most?

Penguins. On tiny ski's.
And turning left in Coffeeville, MS.

leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: February 26th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
okay you can interview me, I have never done this, it will be my maiden voyage
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 27th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
1. How and why did you become frum?
2. How did you and Joel meet?
3. Where do you most like to travel? Why?
4. Say you win the lottery. Do you quit your job? Why or why not? What do you do with your time if you do quit your job?
5. Do you have a favorite artist/composer/musician/actor/etc? If so, who and why?
spooky_lu From: spooky_lu Date: February 26th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Me! Me!! Me!!!

Interview, please!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 27th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Me! Me!! Me!!!

1. Why is Boomer named Boomer?
2. How did you and Jim meet?
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
4. What is your favorite food and why? If you don't have a favorite food, what is your favorite cuisine?
5. Imagine that you are fleeing the authorities and the only means of escape is to leave the US forever, how do you accomplish this and where do you go? Why?
cellio From: cellio Date: February 26th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Please do me?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 27th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
hrm. I've gotta think about this one. Give me a couple days. I promise not to forget.
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