Friday, January 23, 2009

The Interview

Brett over at was "interviewed" on his blog by another blogger, and he offered to interview anyone who asked per the guidelines listed below. Here are his questions to me, and my responses.

1) You don't reveal much on your profile, why so guarded in what you tell others about yourself?

Well, the internet is a very public place. Most people don't realize how much can be found out about them with a few searches. There are reasons I don't want anyone to just be able to find out a lot of details about me. Enough said...

2) I noticed that you have some great pictures on your blog, do you take your own shots that you post?

Thank you for the compliment. Yes, I take my own photos, but I don't consider myself a photographer, as compared to some of the more "focused" photographers with blogs. I guess I do have a natural eye that gets me by to some extent. Maybe I'll develop my skills more as I go along. I have a pretty basic Kodak digital camera that I got about five years ago. Kills me that my old Nikon is obsolete, but at least I don't need to buy film and get it developed! In my house, I have a great photo that I took with a Kodak Brownie in 1959 at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. It's a black and white of Orlando Cepeda in the on-deck circle with Willie Mays at the plate in the background. The Giants were playing the NL Champion Braves that day, and we were in the third row! I discovered blogs quite by accident when I was looking for something about South Pasadena, the town I live in, and stumbled on Laurie Allee's blog, Glimpses of South Pasadena. She's really a good photographer. That got me reading several other blogs, and I found your blog when you commented on hers!

3) Living in Pasadena, do you get caught up in the Rose Parade and if so, how many have you attended?

Yes I do. I love to go see the South Pasadena float as it's being built. One year I did an email photo essay of the South Pas float from chassis to teardown. Even included a photo of the float on TV. I think I've been to about 5 or 6 parades in 27 years here. One year I bought tickets for me and my parents. A couple years I got primo tickets right in front of the Elks Club from a friend who worked at Arco. A couple years, I just showed up in the morning with a chair. This year, at 6:40 am I looked at the clock and turned to my girlfriend, who'd never seen a Rose Parade before, saying, "We've got time to make it up there if you want to get dressed and go." She said "Yes!" and that was that. We got a good spot and had a great time. Even more fun than the parade for me is seeing the floats as they're being built over at the Rose Palace, Rosemont Pavilion, and some of the other locations. (Just like I think batting practice and fielding practice before a baseball game is more interesting than the game itself.) This year, we got to see a bunch of floats heading west on Huntington Drive at around 8 pm on New Year's Eve as we headed over to Sierra Madre for dinner. My girlfriend thought that was one of the highlights.

4) What do you enjoy most about having your own blog?

I registered my blog just so I could post comments to other blogs. That's almost more fun to me than posting on my own blog. But I also like being able to share photos with other people, and tell a few of my stories like the Christmas Breakfast at Ruby's Diner and an upcoming one about how I fought city hall and won. I got some urging to get going with a blog from some of the other local bloggers. It's good to have a place to post things you want to share with others.

5) What do you like about reading other blogs?

I love humor most of all. Altadena Hiker is really funny, as is Mademoiselle Gramophone, and your story about Alani's cussing is just hysterical. I also like many of the serious things I read and learn from the blogs. Today I read a great article by Margaret Finnegan about her abusive father. There's a lot to learn about, although I did kind of get started sharing a lot of information on Laurie's blog that I had picked up about South Pasadena. Several of the Pasadena-area bloggers have met for lunch the last couple months, and it's fun to get to know some of the other bloggers in person. Lots of really bright, accomplished people. And I think Coachblogger25 is amazing. One post makes me laugh and the next makes me cry.

Now it's your turn if you would like me to interview you just leave a comment and I will email you the questions! Here's the directions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions


Coachdad said...

Great job answering the questions! I may have taken ten pictures in my life, but I would love to start taking my shots for my blog. Thank you for kind comments and I really appreciate you visiting my blog day after day.

altadenahiker said...

Enjoyed it, and thank you for the compliment. The interaction is one of my favorite things as well. I'll pass on the interview, however; I talk too much already.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

You are too kind, and interesting. i can't seem to get any work done with all of this good reading and picture taking.

Did you know that Pasadena was once a dry city and we had to venture down to South Pasadena to obtain enough alcohol to cause the appearance of drunkeness?

Laurie said...

How fun, Mister E! Thank you for all the kind words and great support. You are a vital part of my blog, that is for sure. (I want Yakpate to ask for an interview! She has the most interesting life history of anyone I know.)

Tash said...

Loved hearing your answers. I like how you weave little stories into them.
Also loved your suggested quotes for billboards - TE Lawrance one is one I'll remember for a long time

Virginia said...

Hey Mr. E! Like your blog. Didn't now you had one. I'll take a crack at that interview. As my mother use to say, "I'm a glutton for punishment!" Go easy on the questions now.