The Spencer Interview

The lovely and wicked-smart Merujo has given me the chance to play with the bloggers. The idea is pretty simple: Merujo is interviewing me by way if the following five questions.

Here are the questions and answers:

  1. You’re given the chance to participate in the Amazing Race and be tour manager for Michael Penn. Unfortunately, the tour and the filming of the show are happening at the same time. Which one do you choose and why?
    • Seems like I’m a pretty lucky guy, and this is a tough one, but I’d have to say the Michael Penn tour – provided it was a decent length tour, say 15 to 20 towns. The Amazing Race would be, well, amazing, but being able to be on the inside and backstage just seems like it would be a such a rush and give me a peak at the other sides of things. The tour would also be a lot more real and gritty I’d think. I’ve never had that kind of road trip or experience – on the road through the country with a bunch of friends and so it seems like it would be a great opportunity to add a few new experiences to my portfolio.
  2. You are the son of immigrants to the United States. Do you think you have a greater appreciation for your citizenship or the American dream than others who might take it for granted? And, as a follow-up (yes, this is cheating on that whole five question limit), do you ever ponder what course you life might have taken had your parents not immigrated?
    • I think I see this country differently, but I don’t think I appreciate it any more or less than those that are native. I do shake my head when I hear people rail against new immigrants coming this country, as if most of the Americans that complain native to this land. It is also different for me because I don’t come from a family that experienced WW I or WWII, the Korean War, or Vietnam from the American point of view. My family didn’t experience years of racism in this country. So sometimes it seems that what’s different for me is my perspective. I’ve never really thought about how my life would be different if my parents hadn’t immigrated. I do think of how my experience in the US would be different if I didn’t have parents that came from another country. They came here full of hope and possibility. Many African-Americans had that taken away from them through years of being held back. I think I have an optimism that coming from immigrants has provided me. I’m thankful for that.
  3. This is cheating, too, because I asked Cynicsgirl the same thing, but I can’t resist: what’s the most horrible trip you’ve ever taken? (And on the flip side – what’s your dream destination for a vacation?)
    • About two years ago Kristen and I had to go Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding. I was so sick the day of the flight out, I stayed home from work and in bed and didn’t think I was going to make it but I did start to get over my cold on the flight and by the time I landed was doing well, but Kristen had picked up my cold. We spent the next two days with me recovering and Kristen getting worst. We couldn’t find a decent hotel so we ended up in a crap hotel (happened to be the only place we could find because the largest trade show Vegas has was occurring at the same time so we got screwed there too), finally the rest of our group we really never saw until the wedding, I assume because they were afraid we’d make them sick (I don’t blame them) and honestly, they were getting married – so they had other things on their mind. So we made a go of it, both sick, in Vegas, in a crappy hotel, alone. In the end we did fine, the wedding was beautiful, and we had a great time that day and I’m glad we got to see our friends get married.
  4. What’s the most dangerous (or foolish) thing you’ve ever done?
    • I’m not the type of person to do dangerous or foolish things – I tend to be overly careful. There was the one time the pipes underneath my kitchen froze and I went into the crawlspace with a heat gun and tried to defrost them. After awhile I went back into the kitchen to find that they hadn’t defrosted. Confused, I went back into the crawlspace and looked a the pipes and realized that what I was attempting to defrost was the gas line and not the water pipe. That still gives me chills.
  5. Let’s say you’re a condemned man – you have to choose your last meal and the last music you’ll ever hear. What’s on the menu, and what tunes will accompany that table?
    • God forbid. Anyway I think I would go for a traditional Jamaican meal – some ackee and saltfish, curry goat, ox tail, rice and peas, and stew peas. You might as well go out the way you grew up. I’m likely to change my mind on the music but I’m going to say I’d listen to Elliott Smith – maybe XO or Son of Sam. I mean if you’re on your way out, why listen to shiny happy music? And no one else is better at the dark side of life than our tortured troubadour?


1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.” (And make sure I have your e-mail address so I can zap you the questions!)
2. I will respond by e-mailing you five questions. I get to pick them, and you have to answer them all.

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.

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