Again, I don’t always participate but I like this one a lot so I’m participating once again!
1. Shower or bath?
Shower. I grew up always having to sit in the bathtub and I can remember my excitement to live in a place that had a shower. I really didn’t like sitting in a tub and washing and scrubbing and, yuck, having all that dirt clinging to the side of the tub and getting back on me as I got out of the tub.
2. Are you a good cook? And if so, what’s your specialty?
My father once told me, “Boy, don’t ever depend on a woman to cook for you! You’d better learn how to cook!” A piece of advice I took to heart so I went to school to learn how to cook and spent time in restaurants… cooking. My specialty? I have a few, actually. I’m good at making soups and gravies; I can cook eggs the way they’re supposed to be cooked and any style. Steaks and pork chops are my favorite things to cook because it takes some skill to cook them and not overcook them and, yeah, I get pretty pissy when I screw up anything I’m cooking.
3. Is there anything you regret not doing?
Not as of yet. If there’s something I haven’t done, it’s probably because I didn’t want to do it so I don’t see the sense in having regrets over something I didn’t want to do.
4. Who was the nicest person you worked for?
That’s a tough one. In my career in IT, I met quite a few nice people and it was a joy to work for them but there was this one man who was “tough” but in a nice way and he was just so cool even though he’d often admit that he lacked coolness. He was easy-going and, man, he had stories that would often have me in the floor laughing over… or taking serious note of because he would be telling me something that would help me as a person and as far as my career went. He wasn’t all that much of a stickler for the rules and agreed with my assessment that sometimes, you gotta be… unorthodox and innovative in resolving some issues but to also be upstanding and humble enough not to look at a “by the book” person and say, “I told you my way would work…” I loved that man…
5. Do you play an instrument?
I play several instruments and started at the ripe old age of seven. I am classically trained with some of them and that allowed me to be to able to play other instruments. I, of course, can read music and can write it. My favorite instrument is… a keyboard. I remember being utterly fascinated by a huge church organ and how the organist just made it sound and it looked so easy and effortless. I remember her sitting me at the organ and I could only reach the first of three keyboards… and forget about reaching the pedals or many of the voice tabs. I was determined to learn how to play this monster but first I had to learn how to play piano. I remember the first time I sat down at a Hammond B3 organ… and I knew how to make it do whatever I wanted to. I own a Korg workstation, taught myself the complexities of MIDI (and before it was easy to do) and, wow, the music I can make with it is just heavenly. I love to play drums and even learned the rudiments involved. The coordination it takes to get behind a drum kit and do more than just make noise is… daunting and challenging and even more so than playing a four-manual organ (and that’s a bitch all by itself) and, yep, I can do that, too.
What you don’t see in this pic is the keyboard setup that’s to the left of me…
Bonus: Do you dream?
Yeah, I sure do and I dream in color. I don’t always remember my dreams and there are times when I couldn’t tell you that I dreamed at all but, yeah, I dream…