Now that I’ve heard back from the other half of my blogger sandwich, I can officially post the results of the Citizen of the Month-sponsored Great Interview Experiment! To participate, go here.
Here I am being interviewed by DaveX of Startling Moniker.
And here is my interview of Pocket CT.
Maîtresse: First things first: Mac or PC?
Pocket CT: PC. I have to admit that I
almost switched to mac when I bought it three years ago. The lure of
pen to screen way beat a mac with a wacom tablet especially since I was using
it for life drawing. I will have to do something rather than go with vista
when the time comes.
Maîtresse: I see from reading your "about" page that there’s a really cute
story behind the creation of your blog– one of your friends found you to be
such a useful source of information that she wanted to shrink you and keep you
in her pocket; thus was Pocket CT born. But here’s my question: who would you
shrink and put in YOUR pocket, if you could?
Pocket CT: Wow that is a hard question.
If I could shrink people and put them in
my pocket for easy access, I may have a menagerie. The fact that not one of
them would actually agree to be stored in my pocket until I had want of them is
clogging my brain as I try to answer it. My first answers are the people I miss
the most right now. My friends Robin
who lives in Washington and Rebekah
are sorely missed in my life. Is the answer to this who I enjoy the most right
now? Theresa, Jan, all the
people I like to dance with at the Guiding Star Grange. Is this for practical
purpose? Should I put a handyman there? Or maybe I can use this to take out
someone who isn’t doing anything good for the world. I could have a
giant pocket full of choices there.
“Want to see my mini Pat Robertson? I
know, he is a little smooshed. I forgot he was in my back pocket and must have
sat on something hard and maybe pokey from the look of him. What? You want to
put him in a jar with bees? I don’t think that is very nice. Well yeah,
I agree, it is probably his just due but I don’t think I can…”
Should I answer in the same spirit that
Sheila had of someone who can answer all my geeky questions at a whim? One of
the guys who write the O’Reilly books might do the trick.
OK now I should just choose one. I will
pick Rebekah even though she will probably kick me if she is in my pocket. So
I wouldn’t keep her there, rather send her to my sister’s to help
out. She can easily don a super hero cape for stuff like that.
Maîtresse: You’ve just completed your first full year of blogging. What
have you learned, if anything?
Pocket CT: Don’t write anything that you will be
horrified if the person reads. They will read what ever I write. This seems
to be the case even if the person rarely touches a computer or doesn’t
know me from adam. Something will lead them to that post and then they’ll
tell me they were there.
Maîtresse: Your blog is full of tales of mischief-making– reading it is
so fun and uplifting. How can your readers keep the Pocket CT spirit in between your blog
Pocket CT: I suggest Pronoia by Rob Brezney, It is
workbook style with exercises. For example he suggests that you stand on a
traffic island holding a sign that says, "I love to help; I need to give;
please take some money." and dole out currency to random people. In
another you are to blow kisses to all the people who need them, even the awful
Or if you need another blog I suggest http://happyvalleynews.wordpress.com/
Maîtresse: You’ve very into food and cooking– if you could have dinner tonight
in any city in the world, where would it be and why?
Pocket CT: Tonight it would be somewhere warm and
outside. Somewhere I could wear a sundress and wonder if I am sleepy because of
a sunburn or because I got up early to play. When I am not totally starved for
al fresco it is somewhere in Italy
with a group of people it took far too long to organize, yelling or singing at
the table with all the courses and some bitter drink at the end. The dinner
would end with a walk where there would be young families, old couples holding
hands and loud laughter. There may be salt in the air or a balloon man. There
would definitely be people kissing
Maîtresse: Which work of art has moved you the most?
Pocket CT: I saw a painting in a museum in Rome titled “non mi lasciare” -
“don’t leave me” of an woman who is about 40 sitting on the
lap of an older woman in a rocker. It has gorgeous Scott Prior style light,
intricate intermingled color and a profound but stable almost necessary sadness
about it. It had a longing that starts its crescendo before it registers
consciously. At the time I thought of my grandmother, and not having the
opportunity to know her, she died when I was five. Thinking back on the
painting I am reminded of how bittersweet is any relationship between people –
eventually one of us will leave the other. It pretty well captures that.
Maîtresse: Why do you write?
Pocket CT: To get better at writing, it is something I am not naturally good
at so need to practice. Since I won’t unless it is fun I write about
whatever is tickling my fancy.