are you? What is an mchick" exactly?
are the descriptive phrases: Im a freelance advertising copywriter,
singer, voice actor and obsessed gardener. Married, no kids. Typical
80s kid, though I missed the slacker phase and went right to work.
I wish Id pierced or tattooed something, but limited myself to
multiple hair colors. Who and what I am exactly is impossible to define.
I subscribe to (INSERT GERMAN SCIENTISTS NAME)s Uncertainty
Principle: As soon as you try to pin something down, thats when
you change it. What is an Omar, exactly, anyway?
Wow, I have a whole set of Terribly Happy archives
that are supposed to answer that question.
I have a raft of old journals (and a fledgling blog) that are supposed
to answer yours, but so far Ive mostly ended up describing my
moods, outfits and latest musical obsessions.
you did have a tattoo, what kind of skull would it be?
Hmmm... the first idea that comes to mind is Bowhead. As
in pink, with a bony bow protrusion on the top. And in puffy
dot lettering Be cute or die!
That is too cool. How do you think the skull got the bow? Was it purchased
or inflicted upon the skull somehow?
are two forms of Bowhead: BowNogginus Origini, which is born that way
and runs with members of its own species in packs known as the Greek
System. The calciferous bow protrusion on their skull is an inherited
genetic trait, along with a taste for khaki, ribbon belts and lite beer.
is BowNogginus Ironica, which is really a lifestyle choice. The bow
it funny how what you (editorial you) write rarely represents how you
act or are perceived as a person in Real Life? I think theres
a huge dissonance that caught people offguard when the Net really started
to take off. People were falling in love with people they would never
have even looked at twice in the physical world and making friends in
Russia. Which is all to ask, what ARE your latest musical obsessions?
Im funnier on the Net than I am in person. And less schlubby.
Other than that, I think Im about the same, really. I was late
to the whole Net writing party intimidated, and too in love with
scribbling in little books. But when that started being intimidating,
the Net was a lot easier.
Musical Obsessions: Fountains of Wayne. Hotel Costes V and the song
One Night in Rio. The Jazzmusique station on Itunes radio.
Supreme Beings of Leisure. And I really wanna check out this CD by Lyrics
Born, but I havent got it yet.
its all Jazzy DJ stuff, by and large. A couple of years ago it
was Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee & Blossom Dearie (all jazz singers).
Before that, I was nuts for old R&B and funk, like Maceo Parker,
the Meters, Bill Withers, etc. Go figure.
I can tell by my vast powers of deduction and by your e-mail address
that you live in Austin how long have you lived here? What do
you think of it? Are you a hippie?
10 years. Love it. Patchouli makes me gag, but Im glad the
hippies are here. A cousin once said she felt so much more at home in
Fredericksburg because there are just so many weirdos here...
My response was, But Im GLAD there are so many weirdos...
This is why I fled Dallas as fast as I could.
do you think of Fredericksburg peaches? Arent they the fucking
The FUCKING BOMB is right. In fact, its cool to eat all the trademark
foods of lots of Texas areas. Support the farmer, all that stuff. I
remember eating Noonday onions in East Texas when I was a kid and they
rocked the casbah. And I swear this spring I will make it to the Luling
Watermelon Thump. You cant make shit like that up.
the downtown Farmers Market the shiz-nizzle?
I would probably think that, but Ive never gone out there. I hear
its The Shiznit, though. Whats the best places to eat in
the city of Austin? You sound like you know a lot about eating right.
You got me there Ive actually only been once myself.
But like the aforementioned hippies, Im glad its there.
well, theres Eating Right as in eating healthy. And
theres Eating Right as in Get Your Righteous Grub On.
In the first category, youll see Mothers, Kerbey Lane, Hyde
Park B&G, Veggie Heaven, etc. In the second category (definitely
my favorite) you get Hills Café, Gueros, Mikado Sushi
bar (WHY is that place not packed all the time!?? Wait, shhh....), various
Chinese joints introduced to me by my Taiwanese-American husband, Waterloo
Ice House, Curras for brunch and Crack-tastic coffee, Rounders
pizza, Shoal Creek Saloon, Mrs. Bs, Zuzus, Hyde Park B&G
(this time for the fries), Kerbey (this time for the pancakes and NEVER
for the service)... MMMm, in the words of Homer, me so hungy...
the copywriting job youre most proud of? Tell us about it.
I wrote and produced a TV campaign for KLRU-TV on a limited budget
and even more limited bandwidth. The idea was to capture the diversity
of people who enjoy and are affected by public TV (not just eggheads
and little kids). I ended up casting a bunch of my musician, actor and
other creative friends plus a bunch of really interesting people
who showed up for an open casting call. We had literally zillions of
possibilities. Grown-ups singing C is for Cookie. Punks
and hippies doing imitations of Bob Ross (little happy clouds...)
And a sweet older couple who ended things off with KRLU is the
greatest! (yes, thats backwards. and perfect)
most of what I do doesnt matter very much, ysee. But that
was meaningful, if only to the handful of people who were there.
you my favorite writing job. But my favorite job in advertising was
actually producing some TV spots for the ARC of Texas. I got to make
a group of developmentally disabled adults into movie stars for several
days. Everything about it was incredible. Watching a gifted cinematographer
show a parent her mute, wheelchair-bound daughter glowing in the light
of the camera in a patch of sunlight... hanging out with a rockstar
named Zedrick... getting gorgeous shots of two older men who worked
together like two halves of a whole... Tremendously cool. Members of
the crew even came up to me saying it was one of the best shoots theyd
ever been on.