Friday, May 11, 2007

Screaming meme-y. Or me me.

There is an interview meme going around, and I took up Ian's offer. How could I resist, he's a professional journalist. Certainly it had nothing to do with my giant screaming ego.

The questions are interesting, and some are tough, not that I would expect anything less from the thoughtful pro. He got to ask five, and the deal is, I'll answer them, and in turn interview you with five questions. Yes you, just invite me to interview you in a comment below. Don't be shy. The rules are, up to five people can pick up this challenge.

Well, here goes.

1. Obviously by your blog name, you love to travel and have travelled to a number of exotic locales. What is the most satisfying and inspiring trip you've made?

Without a doubt, it was kayaking in Gwaii Haanas Park, Haida Gwaii (or Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada) five years ago. For a week our companions were eagles, ravens, seals and orca whales. We slept on gorgeous beaches or rocky knolls, eating fresh fish or crab every night (not to mention the delicious goodies we packed. The beauty of a kayaking trip is there is room to pack lots of good food.) The peace and beauty, the ripple of the paddle, and the eagle laughter inspired me in deep places that even the most profound words cannot reach.
Trekking in the Annapurna Range in Nepal comes a very close second.

2. What, on the other hand, but still on the travel theme, is your favorite R&R getaway?

In summer, camping at the far end of Pitt Lake, at a special beach we know, accessible only by boat. In winter, snowshoeing in Manning Park, staying at the little cabins.

3. In your career what gives you the most satisfaction?

Uummm, vacations? No, I am kidding, I am fortunate to have a challenging and interesting career. It is very hard work sometimes, which can bring its own satisfaction. But once in a while, I get to feel like I've made a real difference for the world my son and the next generation will inherit. That's the big payoff.

4. When you were a pretty little redheaded girl -- assuming you were a redheaded girl -- what did you want your future to look like? By this I don't mean just career wise, but the whole spectrum and panorama of life.

I was indeed a red-headed little girl, as was my mother, her mother, and hers too. That's the easy part to answer.
I knew from age seven I wanted to be an archaeologist, and make great discoveries. So I did become an archaeologist, and had a great time doing it, although the biggest discovery I made was that archaeologists have very dirty fingernails. As a child I never really imagined a husband and baby in the picture, but they happened, and my life changed. So at 29 I found myself married, pregnant and in law school, something I NEVER pictured as a kid.

5. Your quest and your obligation is to 'fix' just one thing either in your own society or on the planet. What would that thing be, and how would you go about it? I realize there are two questions in one here, but what the hell.

Ian, (batting my eyelashes here) I plan to eradicate world hunger, cure cancer, and broker world peace. And win this beauty pageant.

Seriously though, where to start? If I held the world's purse strings, I would pull money out of waging wars and immediately fix the things that are fixable today. Like children dying of malnutrition or dysentery. It is heartbreaking, and incomprehensible to me that in the next few minutes, tens of thousands of dollars will be spent to drop a bomb somewhere, and somewhere else, a baby will die from lack of food, or lack of a simple rehydration mixture. But the only purse strings I hold are my own. B and I sponsor three children and their families through World Vision. Is it enough? Hell no. I wish I had a better answer Ian. Some days I think I should chuck everything, sell all my possessions, and move to Africa to feed babies. But that's not realistic. What I can do, is help provide for three, for now. Plus lobby and vote for change. And rejoice in the smiles of the few that I can help today.


Ian Lidster said...

Wonderful and thoughtful answers you offer, all interspersed with your special and inviting wit. But, I would have expected nothing less from you. I'm going to go back later and peruse your responses in more depth.

Voyager said...

Thank you for the thought provoking questions.

CS said...

Interesting answers. I am loving this meme - it seems to pull very thoughtful and honest responses from people.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Reading this has hooked me on you and your blog. Wonderful, thoughtful answers to Ian's most intelligent questions.

Thanks, guys.

Alda said...

Very interesting and thoughtful answers - the description of your kayaking trip is amazing.

Voyager said...

CS, It is an interesting meme. I've seen some really lame ones go around, which I ignore, but this is different.

HISF, Thank you for the compliment. Ian's questions were great. I regularly head over to your blog too, where I am always rewarded by a great read.

Alda, Thank you. Now kayaking in Iceland, that would be a trip! Hmmm.

No one has picked up the interview challenge yet! Cmon, don't be shy.


Jocelyn said...

Who knew I could like you even more?

But I do. You are so cool.

Diana said...

OK, dammit. I'll step up and say, "Me! Voyager, pick me!" (but it may take a while to post the responses. See, it's finally gardening season over here and there's room for more dirt under my nails...

Voyager said...

Jocelyn, Oh my, I am blushing. Thank you.

Diana, Yay!!! I'll e-mail your 5 questions to you, but give me a little time to work them out.


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