I was tagged by Elena:
1. Favorite song to listen to when you’re down, and why?
It depends on what kind of “down” I am. If I feel bad and I want to feel better (or at least at peace), then Animal Collective’s “Last Night at the Jetty”. If I want to wallow then The Duchess and the Duke’s “I Am Just a Ghost”, the Beatles “Across the Universe”, Damien Rice’s “Cold Water” (or “The Blower’s Daughter”, if it’s really bad), Jason’s “Ring the Bells”. There are a lot of others.
2. Is there a show you see everywhere (social media and/or real life) that you’re just not interested in?
Holy shit, there are so many. So many. I don’t want to piss anyone off, but I’ll just say…so many. It’s just hard for me to get into TV shows in general.
3. Favorite astronomical object (planet, star, nebula, constellation… whatever)?
When I was a kid I looked up into the sky and saw a nearly perfect square made up of four stars, with three diagonal stars in the middle of it. I thought I’d discovered an entirely new constellations, and named it “The Mariana Bosphorus”. And then I did a little digging around and found that it was part of Orion, the brightest constellation ever. So I felt a bit like a jerk. Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for Orion. If I can find it in the night sky, then I’m contented.
4. Would you have rather been born in another place and/or era? If so, where and/or when?
Although I think there were a lot of really interesting historical periods, I don’t think I’d actually want to live during my favorite ones. I mean, usually, they’re interesting because they’re awful. Not least because the life expectancy rate was lower. And as for being born somewhere else—sometimes I wish I was born (or at least lived) in Europe instead of the U.S. because traveling seems a bit easier. But I know that being an American has some perks. I don’t know. I’m pretty used to being an American millenial.
5. Favorite professor you’ve ever had and why?
I had a really interesting history professor in my latter college years. Professor…Bodek! He was cool. I liked him. I have no idea what he’s up to now. Hopefully still teaching about European and Jewish history.
6. Does the meaning of your favorite color agree with your personality?
I’m not sure—what does yellow mean? I like golden-y yellow.
7. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?
God, you know, I really have no idea. A lot of my memories are wiped. I remember enjoying walking down the country roads around my house on fall days, when I was a kid. And I remember enjoying the excitement of the first day of school.
8. What’s your most used app on your phone (or computer)?
Right now, the apps for the subway and the LIRR. Which is silly, because for the most part I just get out of bed and prepare for the day, and leave work, as quickly as possible, and just take the first train that comes. But the subway app is good for alerts—when the train is late, alternate routes to take, etc.
9. What was the last live show (be it a concert, a play, anything) you attended?
My parents bought me tickets to see “Newsies” for my birthday. It…wasn’t my kind of play, but my folks meant well, and I love them.
10. What new TV show are you most excited about this fall?
I actually have no idea what new shows are airing! None of the ads I’ve seen have really wowed me. It’s hard to wow me, really. I have one or two TV shows I hard-core follow. I’m sure you can guess which ones.
11. What do you think has been the best invention ever?
This is a cool question! Actually, I think the smart phone has changed society (for the better or the worse, I don’t know). The film camera is a sentimental favorite. But I think the best invention ever has to be the simplest one. The wheel, I suppose. Or the fulcrum. I don’t know. The obvious answer is the Furby. Where would we be without that little guy? God only knows.
(I’ll make up the eleven questions later, once I think them up. Surveys!)