Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
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The interview meme

You can play along by:
1. Leaving me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the 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.

The questions cakmpls asked me:

1. Did you have a happy childhood and youth?

In retrospect, I think they were OK. During them, I was frequently unhappy, or it seems so now. Mostly I think I didn't learn how to interact with people early enough. I found myself angry and self-destructive in my late teens and early 20s and see, now, that being so was the result of my own actions and choices rather than the outside forces I attributed it to at the time.

2. Since you just went to India and I will be going to South Korea, what advice would you give a newbie international traveler for not going crazy on a frickin' 15-hour plane flight? I find myself unable to even wrap my mind around the concept.

Well, I had two 8-hour flights interrupted by a 3-hour layover, so that helped. I gather flights to east Asia have a longer flight-time in there. First, go visit minnehaha. They'll hook you up with the handy little flight kits handed out to first-class passengers. (B flies so much they have a closet full of the things.) That'll get you some of the little comforts that make things more bearable. Second, plan for your travel day based solely on comfort. I wore an ensemble that was loose-fitting and contained no metal. If I was to change it any way I would have bought a pair of sandals or other easy-to-remove shoes to wear on the flight. If you don't sleep well on planes, bring something along to entertain yourself; book, craft project, video game, movie player, whatever. Once on the plane and in flight, remove your shoes; you'll be sitting for a long time and your feet will swell. Get a pair of the nice little booties from minnehaha or plan your footwear appropriately. Eat and drink every time they offer something to you, sticking to water or fruit juices for beverages. Bring along your own water and/or don't be shy about asking for more. Check into the various special meals offered and consider ordering one. Earplugs are your friend. There are probably things I'm forgetting so I'll send you email if they pop up in my memory. When do you leave?

3. What personal characteristic has served you best in living as the partner of someone with serious health issues and substantial disability?

Patience.

4. Other than being a full-time writer, what work would you like to be doing (imagining that your life provided you with the proper education and credentials)?

I would love to work in the space program. I've actively looked at ways to get into working on the ISS and am excited about the prospect of space tourism in my lifetime.

5. Is there any book that has changed your life, or your way of looking at life?

I can't think of a single one off the top of my head, but I think every book I've read has done that for me a little bit.

Thanks, cakmpls! That was fun.
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