Monday, August 27, 2007

Interview Questions

I picked these up over at Paul's place. I've had them for about a week (or longer) and I'm just now getting around to answering them. These are five questions Paul asked of me.

1. Just imagine. You’ve won a prize and you can select one of these free options: a) a parachute jump, b) a hot air balloon flight, c) a guided deep sea dive. Tell us about your choice...
Probably a guided deep sea dive. As much as I’m afraid of drowning, I would feel more comfortable and in control of my situation knowing that there was a guide and that I had equipment that would keep me safe. I don’t like flying, and heights tend to make me a little uneasy, so the hot air balloon is out. Furthermore, to jump out of a plane for no apparent reason is just insane.

2. What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you? Please expand on it.
I don’t really know. I’ve never been one to bookmark certain times in my life. I guess, although this is not very profound, the one thing I remember was a college professor telling us as students that when looking for a job, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. You don’t expect that coming from a college professor, but he said if you know someone who can help you get a certain job, then use them. As things stand, with the exception of my first job out of college, every job I have held since then has come through connections I have made throughout my life.

3. Please comment on this statement: ‘Atheists are living in denial.’
I think in order to truly deny something exists, you have to at least question its existence first. Therefore, my answer is kind of wishy-washy. I think some atheists/agnostics truly don’t think there is a God. In my opinion these people would be fairly indifferent to any conversation concerning the matter, and just blow it off as the mindless ramblings of the confused. Others, however, just claim to be atheists/agnostics in order to accommodate their personal agendas. In my opinion they would be more adamant and abrasive in defense of their position, and would strive to prove their point at all cost.

4. Is there a material thing that you’ve lost and really want to retrieve / repossess? If so, tell us about it. If you can’t think of anything, please tell us what material thing you would like to lose or which annoying habit you would like to get rid of.
I don’t really lose too many things. I’m rather anal about making sure things that could be easily lost, especially those that are important to me, are returned to their proper places. As far as something I would like to lose … my wife has a little decorative, blue, glass purse that she likes to have sitting out. I think it is ugly, breakable and doesn’t go with any of our other d├ęcor.

5. What is your personal dream and what is stopping you from realizing it?
My personal dream is to write a book. The only thing stopping me is me. I just refuse to sit down and get started. I keep telling myself I don’t have any ideas that are good enough, or I won’t know what to do with it when I finish it, so why bother. Those are pretty lame excuses, really.
I also want to build a castle, or at least travel to Scotland and Ireland and visit all of theirs.

As per my part in this interview process, I agreed to send five interview questions to anyone else who might be interested. Just do the following:
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 a post containing your 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.


Paul said...

Thanks for your great answers, Jonboy! And just start writing that book. I think that you must start with the discipline of writing regularly - on a fixed day / time in the week. Two pages a week is a book in a year. Write about the things you really care about. And if you can't do that, just go to Scotland and visit some inspiring castles!

SpookyRach said...

So, what is your book going to be about? Grouchy youngish man breaks wife's blue purse of happiness before becoming an atheist and drowning on a guided swim?

I might read that.

little david said...

Oh, SpookyRach, you are one mean big sister! Personally JB, I am glad you finally answered your questions. I think Paul is right about the discipline of writing regularly. Maybe you could review your blog postings looking for ideas.

jonboy said...

I actually came up with a concept the other day that is somewhat intriguing to me. I do this every once in awhile, but when I begin fleshing out the idea it really ... pooters ... for lack of a better term. But I've been mulling this idea for a few days now and I haven't given up on it yet.
... and, quite frankly, Rach's idea could be interesting.

Carolanne said...

I wonder how many bloggers (including me) have a dream to write a book one day. I think the percentage would be very high.

I like your answer to qu.1 First I thought the parachute jump in terms of adrenaline rush etc but your logical reasoning persuaded me that your choice would be best! :)

scotte said...

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