April 2, 2008

The 4 Questions #2

4 places I have lived:

1) Manhattan, Kansas (In junior high school... in Kansas you get your driver's license at 13... farm kids need to drive early)
2) Manhattan, New York City (it was so much fun running away to NYC to become an illustrator!)
3) Salt Lake City (went to the University of Utah for my BA in English... very odd & wonderful place. Never been back.)
4) Denver (still kind of my home town... grew up there)

4 foods I like:

1) Oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon & bananas
2) Salmon burgers with red onions
3) Toast with salmon pate & sliced tomatoes
4) Red wine...

4 odd jobs I've had:

1) Substitute teacher: (where I was universally referred to as 'Mr. Lez' no matter what school I worked in)
2) Viola playing background musician: I'd sit on stage in a dimly lit restaurant and saw out Bach sonatas for diners in the dark.
3) Custodian: (for 5 years in college. I guess I liked the emptied out buildings and the peace & quiet. The music building was my favorite custodial route. I got to play the pianos in all the professors offices, while cleaning.
4) Children's book illustrator: Very odd... possibly the oddest job of them all. About as convivial as being a lighthouse keeper. The trip to the supermarket is often the high point of the day.

4 Movies I like:

1) Amadeus: Can't go wrong with Mozart
2) Nanny McPhee: This always cheers me up for some reason
3) Jeeves & Wooster: I wished real life was like that
4) Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House: Can't go wrong with Cary Grant

4 Things I do almost every day:

1) Go on a bike ride to get out of the studio and mingle amongst fellow humanids
2) Read blogs and email and post pithy comments here and there
3) Walk to the grocery store and lug canvas sacks of groceries up a hill (enforced exercise)
4) Hot bubble bath

4 Places I'd like to be:

1) Yellowstone... Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons... someplace deserty & hot!
2) Rafting past Echo Rock on the Green River in Utah (eternity written in stone & quiet)
3) The cafe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
4) Somewhere in europe where it seems like a different century.


rbaird said...

Interesting! I grew up in Salt Lake and you're right. I don't get back often. You take for granted the beautiful topography when you grow up around it.
Yellowstone and Echo rock both wonderul choices to be right now! Of course your other choices sound pretty good too.

Sam said...

Wine is a food like coffee is a food, I guess! Necessities, I think they're called.
And yes, funny we were both substitute teachers!
And yes, I know about being a hermit, lol.

Christiane said...

I had to laugh about your supermarket highlight of the day point...It really is true, I often think: just 2 more hours of painting/drawing/photoshopping and then it's off to the supermarket, yipee! Whereas normal (?) people see this as a necessity and not so much as an exciting thing, but I even enjoy looking at different products, and to see other humans out there in the real world...oh dear!