Oh Zan. Zanosaurus. Zan is one of my favorite people and I barely know her. She’s an APW reader, lives on a farm and blogs her butt off. You should be her friend. She might let you come pet a cow or something….
Fun Fact about Zan that you (and she) did not know: Zan refuses to pick a favorite book. She views them all as special, unique little snowflakes and will not choose among them. However, I have it on good authority that it’s a toss-up between “Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul” and “Scarlett.”
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Oh well this one was easy. Christian Bale in “Newsies” I was a wee-thing when that movie came out so I didn’t have any crushes that I could recognize as romantic per-se (I did not understand what was going on with the lady on the swing AT ALL) but I did have … shall we say … stirrings towards the young Mr. Bale (Stirrings? Seriously? I think was channelling Judy Blume there). There was something rather fetching about his bad New York accent and his slightly greasy hair. Of course I was attracted to his bad-assery, which won him the top spot in my heart. On balance I thought David Moscow was cuter (and Jew, so there is that) but he lacked Bale’s panache.
“Newsies” also explains my enduring childhood fantasy of handing jerks their asses via spontaneously choreographed group song and dance. [Editor’s Note: Me TOO…)
What is your dream job(s)?
If I knew the answer to this one I’d be out there pursuing it like a crazy person. I don’t know the specifics but after a certain number of years in the “real” workforce of 9-5dom all I know for certainty are general things I want (like flexibililty, bosses who aren’t incompetent nincompoops up their own asses — you know who you are — a living wage and a the sense that I did something worthwhile at the end of the day. Apparently this is a tall order and explains why I’m in graduate school.
What would be your dream trip?
Forever now I’ve really wanted to go to Japan but now I’m freaked out by the radiation thing so I’m staying away. If someone could promise me I wouldn’t be killed, maimed of kidnapped I’d really like to go to: Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, the DRC and Burma. There is a long and boring story behind each place, but I’m not a thrill seeker I swear! It’d probably just be easier to go to a beach, right? In that case, I’ve always wanted to go surfing in Hawaii — most of the surfing I’ve done is in cold water and I vastly prefer not shivering to death on my board, so Hawaii is the realistic dream, the others places maybe not so much.
Why did you pick your screen name or blog title?
I’ve wanted to live in New York City for as long as I can remember. Back in the day (2006!) before blogs were part of my daily routine I started reading this girl’s blog She moved to New York, followed her dream and wrote about it. I thought she was awesome. When I decided I was finally going to take charge and move to NYC, without much of a plan and by the seat of my pants, I wanted to write about it. I mentioned to a friend that I was moving “just because” and he wrote back, not really encouragingly and said, “Have fun in the city of oversized cliches.” and there it was, my blog name; I still think it is surprisingly apt, and funny too.
I should note that he wasn’t being mean, he’s just one of those people who cannot understand why anyone wants to live in New York City. I, on the other hand, can’t bear to think of leaving.
What is your favorite ensemble and what does it say about you?
I love my blue DVF dress and tortise-shell patterned mary-jane heels because it makes me feel super put-together and competent. When my life feels disorganized and out of control I like to dress like someone with a mission. That said, most of the time I wear jeans and a sweater/t-shirt.
What makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up?
People sucking their teeth. I HATE that. Nails on a chalkboard does it to me too but you don’t get too many chalkboards these days.
What is the first thing you can remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I think I simultaneously wanted to be a teacher and a farmer. I wanted to be a teacher because as an incipient nerd I loved school and wanted to “be in school” my whole life. I wanted to be a farmer because I read “Farmer Boy” at an impressionable age. We had a big vacant lot behind out house when I was in primary school and the neighbor girls and I played farmer just about every day in the summer. I spent some time living with an Amish family as a kid too and I thought it was awesome, I didn’t even miss TV. I did, however, think that seeing a calf born was really weird and gross. Ah, the miracle of nature.
What is your favorite time of day?
It depends on where I am. If I’m not in the city, if I’m in the country or something, I love the first lights of dawn, it’s a really nice quiet time. In the city I love the summer nights, it finally cools down enough so you don’t want to melt and everyone seems so fun and zingy!
What thing do you believe in that you know you shouldn’t? (Ghost, horoscopes, Wyoming)
Hmm. I don’t believe in psychics PER SE but there have been some pretty freaking psychic predictions in my family. There’s this woman in Mexico City that all the ladies in my family used to go see and just as an example she predicted who my aunt would marry, how he’d die, how she’d marry the next guy, what his initials would be, how many kids she’d have and of what genders, etc. This same lady also predicted that my namesake would die just before she did. Freaky no? This mystery witch died awhile back, but if she was still alive I don’t know that I’d go visit her. If it’s all predestined and you can’t do anything about it then I don’t think I’d want to know.
Talk to yourself at 5, 10, 15 and 20. What one sentence would you say?
5: “You are correct, kindergarten is AWESOME.”
10: “You don’t really want to be a boy. Trust me.”
15: “High School will end one day, I promise.”
20: “You’re doing a good job! Really!”
If you could ask me (Alyssa) anything, what would it be? I know you said that this isn’t Oprah but now that Oprah is retiring do you think you might be able to take over?
NO WAY. Too much responsibility. I’d TOTALLY rather be Gayle. Some of the power, none of the trouble or massive taxes.