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Friday 5: Makin’ It

From here.

  1. What skill seems like it would be really fun to learn?
    I think this is an answer a lot of people would give, but I’m going with tending bar. I’m not even much of a drinker, but I love the attention to detail, the gadgets, the cool names, and the happiness a good mixed cocktail gives people. I have a few of the toys I picked up a few years ago just to play around, and I created my own drink, the Tangeriney Tini, a vodka martini with fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, bruised (not muddled) mint leaves, citroen vodka, and sugar. There might have been one other ingredient but I’m not remembering what it was.
  2. Which of the winter Olympic sports would you love to compete in?
    Curling for sure, but biathlon would be pretty great. Cross country skiing interspersed with marksmanship? It’s a strange combination but I like the solitude. Also, if I could ever get up the guts, the monster ski-jumping looks like it would be a thrill.
  3. What fun craft did you make when you were a kid, in school or at camp or somewhere else?
    Well I was a Boy Scout, so I made a ton of interesting stuff. When I was a Webelo, we made small catapults. That was cool. When I was in elementary school I read an article about making paper, then finally got around to trying it in high school. That was always fun too. I did it a little more in college and then taught R how to do it, and she loved it so much she later introduced it as a club activity when she was teaching. She was a lot better at it than I was.
  4. If everyone in the world is the best in the world at some very specific thing, what are you most likely the best at?
    Speaking of R, this is her theory, that everyone in the world is the best in the world at one thing. I know I’ve written about this before, but I fantasize about being a graffiti artist, and I developed a unique lettering style. There’s only one person familiar enough with it that she could identify it as mine as soon as she saw it (also R: duh), but it is mine, so I’m the best in the world at lettering in that style, maybe. It has some elements of the Wu-Tang style, with those fat letters and sharp points, and some of my friend David’s with his off-center holes in letters, but if you knew their styles and you saw mine, you would never confuse them.
  5. What’s something you own that was handmade by someone you know?
    I may as well continue the R theme begun in answer 3. She once made me a felt-covered heart-shaped box (are you hearing Nirvana at this moment? I am) for my guitar picks. The picks are long gone, of course, but they had holes drilled in them so I could always have one around my neck, kind of a useful and aesthetically cool thing for a wannabe guitar player. I still use the box, and I drill holes in all my picks now.

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  1. 1. What skill seems like it would be really fun to learn?
    Cooking. I love to eat but consider myself barely competent in the kitchen. I’ve invented the Fifteen Layer Salad With Green Goddess Dressing and Veronicas and Ronettes (named after my “American name”: deep-fried Reuben sandwich and appetizer-sized deep-fried Reuben) yet cannot make a successful hollandaise sauce or roux. So the asparagus and curry at my house taste great but leave something to be desired in the looks department.
    2. Winter Olympic sport.
    For my sixteenth birthday I did not receive the 1967 Corvette roadster I wanted. I inherited the family minivan. In hindsight it actually worked out pretty well because I did not wrap my car around a tree and could pick up the other cheerleaders for late night drinking and midnight Ghettolympics. We’d stop at the gas station for cigarettes and the appliance store and take refrigerator cartons from the dumpster and go to the toboggan run at the park. And there was always playing hockey with brooms and a soccer ball on the icy library parking lot. Doing doughnuts backwards in a minivan really enhances the feeling that you are going to tip over and die.
    As far as actual organized competition goes, I am going to say the bobsled because it looks like a lot of fun.
    3. What fun craft did you make when you were a kid, in school or at camp or somewhere else?
    Kite making and flying is something I still enjoy. For a fourth grade science fair I chose communication as my topic and taught myself semaphore flag alphabet and Morse code. If I ever join the navy, I’m all set to converse with sailors on other ships.
    4. If everyone in the world is the best in the world at some very specific thing, what are you most likely the best at?
    Improvisational ventriloquism. According to my friends I am very good at entertaining. For example, at parties, I will have a small child sit on my lap and be my dummy by gently squeezing the back of her neck to guide opening and closing of the mouth.
    Q. What did one wall say to the other wall?
    A. Meet you at the corner!
    Q. Which animal should you avoid playing cards with?
    A. A cheetah!
    See? I’m a natural. And never had any lessons.
    5. What’s something you own that was handmade by someone you know?
    My father made my kitchen wastebasket. It matches the white wood trim in my house and perfectly holds the white thirteen gallon garbage bags.

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