- What keeps you on the straight and narrow?
When I was a kid it had mostly to do with fear of pissing my parents off. As I got older (like, in high school), it got to be a pride thing. It was easy to be bad. It was hard to be good. I wanted to do the hard thing to prove I could. In a way, I rebelled by being good. Part of that informs my living today, really. I don’t care for laws or rules; I care about doing what’s right. And I mess it up just often enough to keep trying, if that makes any sense. It’s hard to do good!
- Who in your life is a real straight shooter?
I’m going with my friend Lauren, an amazingly beautiful, beautifully blunt musician who works in a bar. When I need an honest opinion about something, if it’s something Lauren might be in a position to have an opinion about, I go to her. But only if I really, really want an honest opinion.
- How straight are your teeth and hair?
My teeth have been very straight for most of my life, except for a noticeable gap between my front teeth. As I’ve gotten older, my two fronth teeth have spread apart (to the point where I’m self conscious about that gap now, although I have to say that Michael Strahan is giving me courage to be less concerned about it) while the rest of my teeth seem to be pushing together, causing some of them to go crooked. I’m annoyed. My hair is naturally curly, but usually only when it gets down to about collar length. Not that it’s been that short in fifteen years, but still.
- What’s a good song with the word straight in its lyrics or title?
I’m going with “Straight Ahead” by Amy Grant, from the album with that title. 1984 ish, I think. When I saw her in concert at the Waikiki Shell on the Unguarded tour, it was one of the better performances in the set. I think it was her last song before the encore.
- What’s something that needs straightening?
I have a few stupid financial obligations I need to straighten out. I think I owe back registration on a car I haven’t driven in three years before I can donate it to a charity. I have things I want to do this year, things that burden my troubled soul in response to the elections last November, and they require my taking care of these stupid things first.