Geraldine is a Twitter friend. By Twitter friend I mean this: we’ve never met, we’ve never spoken on Skype or a regular phone, and until we exchanged emails for this interview, I don’t think we’ve really even emailed each other, at least not in any long, substantive form. Our friendship (so far) exists in 140 character exchanges on Twitter.
She is wonderously funny and pithy in 140 characters, so a Twitter friendship is a pretty good thing, though I would love to hang out with her and her husband, chat, perhaps hoist a few pints, and eat something she has just baked at some point in the not too distant future.
She also has a fabulous blog, The Everywhereist, that is part-travel, part-ranting, part-life musing, and just so damn good that Time magazine picked her as one of the top 25 blogs of 2011. It was an well deserved — she has a point of view and expressive way of writing that is unlike anyone else I know.
So go check out her website, follow her on Twitter and become a fellow Twitter friend, and enjoy her wonderful answers to the Lucky 13:
1 — You have won the lottery, now tell us where you want to live.
I know it’s probably not terribly exciting, but I’ve always dreamed of having a place in New York. And one in Italy. Hopping between the two would be a great way of passing the time. 🙂
2 — Person whose tweets make you smile the most?
When it comes to celebs, Steve Martin and George Takei’s tweets crack me up. For the people I know personally, I love reading my husband Rand’s tweets (since it’s one of the few ways I can keep up with him) as well as my pal and fellow blogger Deanna’s tweets (sample tweet: “It’s never not funny when I have to select “wide shaft” as a search parameter for knee-high boots. Hi, I’m 12.”)
3 — Most romantic thing your very cool husband has done for you?
His proposal. Definitely.
4 — Worst pick-up line you have ever heard… hopefully in your long-ago single life?
Honestly, some of the bad ones aren’t really repeatable. But can I share one of the better ones? I was in college, and dressed up to meet a friend downtown. I was taking an escalator up to where she worked, and a young high schooler was taking the escalator down. As we passed, he shouted, “Hey … Hey! What’s your name? Because I keep asking you in my dreams, but I wake up too soon.” I positively lost it. It was wonderful.
5 — Who plays you in the movie about your life?
Natalie Portman in a challenging role where she not only gains 30 pounds, but also dons a prosthetic nose.
6 — You are stranded on a desert island, with supplies and your ever-charged iPod. You can only have five bands/performers on it. Who are your five?
This is way harder than it should be, because I am the queen of the compilation album. Obviously I need to throw in a few classics – like the Beatles and Bob Dylan. And I don’t think I could deal with the loneliness of a desert island without the moaning of Morrissey. Toss in some Decemberists and Magnetic Fields, and I’d probably be okay for a few years. But I will insist on hearing some Regina Spektor the second I’m rescued.
7 — Your dream car is?
My dream car would have to be my first car: a 1976 Ford Pacer. But this time around, it would have better brakes and a stereo that worked.
(Interviewer’s note — bonus find from me – the 1975 Official Salesman’s Guide for the Pacer — this is such funny reading.)
8 — Fill in the blank: My Mom and Dad are never going to read this, so I can now admit _____________.
I lied to them in a huge way about how much candy I consumed during elementary school and, come to think of it, all the way up to now. I’m eating a roll of Spree as I type this.
9 — I have no idea how ________________ got rich and famous, considering they have no talent at all.
Any Kardashian sister.
10 — Give us a good, embarrassing pet peeve of yours.
On flights, I get absolutely buggy every time I see someone storing luggage in the overhead compartment above a row where they aren’t seated. The way I figure it, I paid a ridiculous amount for my seat, and that includes my overhead bin. I know it doesn’t matter. I KNOW IT DOESN’T. But man, does it peeve me off.
11 — Question most likely to make you smile or cry, if you were interviewed on live national TV?
“What makes your husband wonderful?” Cue waterworks and streaky mascara while I scream in reply, “EVERYTHING.”
12 — For the next year, you can only drink ___________ and you’d be happy.
water and milk…
Let me explain myself! I live off of baked goods: cakes, cookies, pies, crumbles, pastries, danishes … my food pyramid is in the shape of a lumpy doughnut. I can live without booze, but not without sweets. And nothing pairs better with a huge, doughy, crumbly chocolate chip cookie than a huge glass of milk.
13 — Your single most treasured personal possession.
A choker that belonged to my grandmother – she gave it to me just before she died. I wore it on my wedding day. It was almost like she was there with me. Almost.