the most interesting day was the day shortly after the start of Bush Sr's war in the Persian Gulf when we played a little club in Portland OR. we were all freaked out and upset and bought little plastic soldiers and fighter jets to throw at the audience. I don't think they knew what to make of them. I'm not entirely sure what we meant by them.
the interesting part though came when we had loaded up the van to drive back to Seattle that night/morning after the show and we stopped for caffeine at a local 7-11. auditorium had stickers on her jacket directing certain obscenities at the president and this angered a drunken redneck who had come in to buy his last twelve pack of the evening. he began screaming at us and we hurried out of the store to get in the car where lisagail was fumbling with the driver's door lock because the guy was screaming "you fucking dyke!" and she naturally assumed he was screaming at me. poor auditorium was standing outside the car for an uncomfortable few seconds until I managed to get across that I was not the one being so vehemently called a dyke and that lisagail should unlock the other door.
we sped out of the parking lot and got on the freeway and drove away from Portland as quickly as we could. lisagail fell asleep in the back while auditorium's job was to keep me from doing the same. we got back to Seattle around 5am.
another interesting moment found me onstage in a crinoline lipsynching Dean and the Weenie's "Fuck You." and a particularly memorable scene was of a slightly drunk lisagail in high heels, carrying a 100-lb speaker cabinet to the car. you couldn't see her head. just this huge cabinet with very shapely legs.
2. What were you doing when you were 25?
trying to figure out how to get the hell out of Georgia. in November of that year we succeeded.
3. What kind of beer is your favorite and why?
I used to like Pete's Wicked Ale but they changed the recipe and now it is blander. apparently some focus group liked blander.
so now I drink one of two Speakeasy beers depending on my mood, either Prohibition Ale or Big Daddy IPA. they are nicely hopped but not gratuitously so, and really full-bodied, unlike Pete's which has sacrificed body for "smoothness" (read "easier to swallow because more like water").
4. What do you enjoy most about teaching?
honestly? I enjoy when class is over and I don't have to worry about what I'm going to say anymore.
but positively speaking, I enjoy the result of forcing myself to present a text: with luck, an animated presentation, but if nothing else, a more nuanced understanding of the text.
and I enjoy getting to know the students but it also stresses me out terribly.
5. If you could choose another career path, what would you be?
well I still kind of want to be a rock star but at 41 I suspect I am too old. I think I would be happy doing computer-related work though. web design or graphic design or network administration or programming. see even there I would have a hard time making up my mind.