Interview with Geraldine DeRuiter, a.k.a. @everywhereist: Lucky 13 Questions 10

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geraldine deruiter everwhereistGeraldine 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.

natalie  portman pink hair, closer movie scene

Rumor has it that Geradine has had some wild hair in her past, this is as close as I could find.

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.)

amc pacer salesman guide

this makes me so happy

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.


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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

10 thoughts on “Interview with Geraldine DeRuiter, a.k.a. @everywhereist: Lucky 13 Questions

  • Amanda

    I love reading Geraldine’s blog. It never fails to make me smile! Great interview – I’m oddly hungry for baked goods now.

  • Shannon O'Donnell

    My dad would be good and horrified by my chocolate obsession I’ve managed to mostly hide for decades, so I understand the under-the-radar candy smuggling. And now I want sprees. Great interview! 🙂

  • Jodi

    Geraldine is one of my favourite people, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in Seattle last year. Great to see her blog featured in Time mag this year, and always look forward to her take on life, love and everything in between. By the way, she’s as funny and warm in person as she is in 140 char (which is to say: very!). Great to see her featured here!

  • Adventurous Kate

    Hahaha, I totally agree with you about the luggage storage! Especially when people have WAY too large bags! So I’m assuming you’ve joined the eager people lining up WAY too early so you CAN get a spot for your bag?

  • Mikeachim

    Whoever this woman is she’s clearly insane and I don’t recommend calling by her blog, which I’ve heard is monstrously funny and beautifully written and well worth your time, although that’s only what I’ve heard because I’m not going to go verify it, on account of her obviously being crazy, and anyway, I’ve heard she’s an amazing writer and I get insecure really easily. So, two reasons I’m going nowhere near. Fin.

  • Jeremy Branham

    Completely and totally agree on #10. When people put their luggage in an overhead bin up front and then walk to the back of their plane to their seat, I want to yell, scream, and curse at them for being selfish a-holes!

    With that said, nice interview with Geraldine! I mainly follow and read her stuff on Google +. However, she is right about George Takei – great stuff!>

  • Silvia

    Thank you for introduce to us Geraldine!
    Her blog is great! Looking forward to visit East Europe and write about our countries!

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