The first friend I remember (that wasn’t a child of my parents’ friends) was Trish. We met when we were four years old. My family had just moved to Quesnel. I rode my bike to a neighbour’s house and knocked on the door. When it was answered, I asked the lady who appeared if she had any kids my age that I could play with. She had a daughter who was a year or two older but she was at school. So I got back on my bike and went to the next house. Mrs. Schley (who would later drive me to kindergarten with Trish) answered the door. I said, "Hello, my name is Jodi. I am four years old. Do you have any kids I can play with?" Trish was hiding behind the door. Mrs. Schley introduced us, and then we went outside to play.
I just used Trish on my application to renew my passport. Under relationship I put "friend". Under years known I got to put "27". That’s pretty rad.
How many times have you moved in your life?
I’ve lived in seven different cities. I’ve lived in two different countries in two different continents. But just moving? Ummm… a clean 20 times. But that isn’t including all the summers I moved back home to work while I was in university.
At what age would you say you stopped being a kid?
I don’t think I’ve entirely stopped being a kid yet.
What’s your favorite scent?
There are so many! I like the smell of dinner being almost ready when I wasn’t the one who had to cook it. I love the smell of jasmine. I love the smell of suntan lotion on warm skin. I like the smell of a warm spring breeze coming through the window after the floors have been washed. Many others.
Have any good-luck charms?
I have a wee stuffed hedgehog named "Lou" that I took to every exam in university.
Have any snow dances/superstitions for getting a day off of school?
No! But that’s an awesome idea!
When you were five years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? And now?
I wanted to be so many things. At one point I know I wanted to be a lawyer. An actress. A veternarian. But for most of the years where children are expected to answer that question (people stop asking when they realize you proabably aren’t going to grow up. Ever.), I would answer, "rich". Now I would settle for happy.
Can you read music?
Yes, but not very quickly. It may have something to do with the fact that I don’t play any instrument particularly well.
Can you speak another language?
I can speak very little French and even less Korean. And most of what I know in Korean is dirty words.
What’s your favorite cereal?
Your opinion of the 80s?
I actually hate all the glorified reminising about the 1980s. I don’t think it was a better or worse decade than any other.
Given the chance, would you become a hippie?
Actually, I probably… I was going to say "wouldn’t"… but it would be kind of fun. I would give it a go.
Do you believe in magic? Think you’ve done any?
I believe everything is magic. So what I do must be magic too. Or at least… that’s what the boys tell me. WHOO!!!*
*Not lately. I hate this country for that.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
I would go to Orla and Joe’s wedding in Ireland in August. I really wish I could be there with them!
Who would you want to be stranded on an island with?
Did you read a lot when you were a kid? And now?
I only had few friends as a kid – I was a nerd. And I went to the library a lot. I still read a lot (and most people would still probably consider me a nerd).
Have you ever watched cheesy sci-fi shows like Farscape and Buffy?
I did watch the first few seasons of The X-Files. Does that count?
Do you like Broadway musicals? If so, name a favorite.
I’m not big on musicals. They are the theatrical equivalent of seeing a Disney movie. They can be entertaining, but it usually doesn’t go deeper than that. I’ve seen one live musical (Rent) and I hated it. I was *in* a musical (The Wiz – I was Adaperle, the good witch – go ahead and try to make a witch joke that I haven’t already heard a thousand times) and that was fun. I would actually like to see Phantom.
Do you like instrumental movie soundtracks?
I do. My favourite one is for "Kundun"…. I hope I spelled that correctly.
Do you like indie movies?
Not particularly. I like indie music though.
Do you have a favorite composer?
I actually like Phillip Glass, a minimalist composer from NY.
Do you have a favorite director?
I like the earlier stuff from the Cohen brothers. I really appreciate the stuff that Tim Burton does. Oh, and I do dig the way Michael Mann and David Finscher do their films. And what’s his face… the guy who did Life Aquatic… that guy’s good too. I’m too lazy to Google it. You Google it.
What superhero did you always pretend to be as a kid?
I had to be Wonder Woman if I wanted to play with the boys.
What is your favorite Disney movie?
The Brave Little Toaster. If you haven’t seen it, you should. And then you will understand a bit better what the hell is wrong with me.
Did you have any mortal enemies in elementary school?
Probably. As mentioned before, I was a nerd. I got into fights every once in a while, sometimes because I was trying to look out for my little brother. I forgive my enemies pretty fast though (I quickly forget that we are supposed to be enemies) so I don’t really remember any one in particular.
When, would you say, was the best time of your life?
This time is kicking some serious ass.
What are you looking forward to most in life?
Finally finding that sense of being "there". Or "here", I guess, if I’m "there". Sigh. Hard to explain.
How do you express yourself?
I blog sometimes. I make jokes that aren’t funny to anyone but me.
Are you a fan of the movie Office Space?
I love Office Space. Any time there is a miscommunication at work here in Korea, someone will inevitably say, "I heard you are having some problems with your TPS Reports." Of course, there is always a knob or two that have never seen it and they don’t know what we are talking about. I also think that "no talent ass clown" may be one of the funniest insults EVER.
Do you watch anime?
If you could have one superpower:
I would like to be invisible. Once when I answered this question I was accused of wanting to be invisible only so I could find out what people thought of me. At the time, I argued with whoever that was. Now… nope. I’ll admit it. I would find out what people really said about me when I wasn’t around. And then I would destroy them.
If you could be any animal:
A bird. Bet you ass clowns thought I would say "monkey", but I like to look at and laugh at monkeys – I don’t want to BE one. I wish I could fly though so being a bird would be pretty cool.
If you could change something in any book, movie or TV show:
I would change the season finale of season 6 of 24. Weak.
What movie made you want your 7 bucks and 2 hours back?
In what year were movies still seven dollars? The only movies I’ve seen that make me wish I had not wasted the time and/or money are Clockwork Orange and Time… Time something. So bad I don’t even remember what it was called.
What movie scared the crap out of you?
When I was a kid – Raiders of the Lost Ark and Poltergeist. As an adult – Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist.
What movie made you cry?
The last one I remember that made me go a messy rubbery one is Big Fish (but I saw it just months after my dad died and it is about a dad dying). The one that made me cry the hardest (to the point where I couldn’t watch it with someone I couldn’t trust 100%) was I am Sam. Oh man! I cried so hard (starting near the beginning of the movie) that Mike had to ask me if I wanted to turn it off. I wasn’t just sniffling through that one – I was SOBBING. It is really good though. My moms told me that when I was a kid I cried pretty hard watching The Fox and the Hound.
What movie do you love even though you know it’s stupid?
Strange Brew. Most retarded movie of all time and I freaking love it. Take off, eh!
Favorite Monty Python skit:
I really like "The Undertaker" sketch.
Bronwen Wallace and Leonard Cohen (both Canadian).
Favorite toy when you were a kid:
I want NO GUFF FROM YOU SWINE…
Do you still dress up for Halloween?
Yes, of course!
If you could have any animal for a pet:
A helper monkey.
What embarrassing/amusing incident do your friends always love to bring up?
My *real* friends wouldn’t do this to me because they know how much I hate being embarassed. Besides, I don’t do thinks to embarass myself. HA!
Do you blush?
Not really. It takes a freaking lot to make me blush. It has been accomplished though.
Do you hate public speaking?
I love public speaking! Lord help everyone in the room if I have a glass of wine and a microphone!
Do you hate numbers?
Just the number six.
Do you think you were brainwashed as a little kid?
We were all brainwashed as children. Just some more so than others. I think my parents tried their best to allow my brother and I to be free thinkers (damned hippies).
Do you agree with the religion you were brought up with? Do you plan on giving your children a choice in the matter?
I wasn’t brought up in a particular religion, I still don’t follow a particular religion, and so I suppose I agree with not being brought up in any particular religion. I wouldn’t force religion on my own children any more than I would arrange a marriage for them. I think it is important that all people are given a choice. That said, I also wouldn’t prevent my children from persuing a religious path and would support them whatever they would choose.
What is your philosophy in life?
You should act as though everything you do is of upmost importance with far-reaching impact across all life and time. And then laugh your ass off at yourself for believing it.
Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?
I’m an optimistic pessimist. Or a pessimistic optimist. I hope for the best and expect the worst. I would call myself a "realist", but as I don’t make contingency plans for "the worst", so I’m not really much of a realist.
Do you frequently experience deja vu?
I did experience deja vu a lot until my mid-twenties, but I don’t very often anymore. I wonder what THAT means?
What little-known band/singer would you recommend to anyone?
I’ve been seriously digging Midlake. Check it out.
Do you have a favorite animator?
Rough Draft Studios in Korea (they do The Simpsons and Futurama).
What single event/person/thing has most changed your life?
All events; each person; all things… they all have impact and influence on our lives. The difficulty lies in assertaining how each one has impacted your life.
What’s your favorite Shakespearean play?
I have most enjoyed reading and performing Macbeth; I have most enjoyed watching Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Are you a ninja or a pirate?
I wanna be both. I’m a ninja-pirate, baby.