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1. One thing you wish you had never done and why.

Oh, I’ve certainly made mistakes…but I know that everything I’ve done has led to who I am right now, and given that I’m pretty happy with that, I don’t think that I would change anything at all. I’ve read and watched too many Time-Travel stories to be entirely comfortable with the thought of changing anything in my past, no matter how small!

2. You are really into music and like to put things together (Friday music, etc.) what is your ultimate top ten playlist?

Good lord — I have no idea. My iTunes library currently features over 5,300 songs, and is constantly growing. I can’t even begin to think of a top 10. In fact, I don’t think that I have an “ultimate” anything, really….like John Cusack says in “High Fidelity”, putting together a mix is a very artistic process, and a lot of thought goes into it, depending on the purpose of the mix and what you want it to say.

3. When I worked at the Metropolitan Opera, you applied for a position there (in PR, I think). The politics in the place meant that the job went to a muckety-muck’s niece, but do you think it would have been a good fit for you?

As good as any other, really — I am nothing if not a social chameleon. I can fit in to most dynamics fairly easily, which is something that I’m thankful for.

4. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you are a very happy drunk. Why do you think that is?

Simple lowering of inhibitions, really — I am, as much as I have difficulty realizing it from time to time, a fairly happy person, when you get right down to it. I get worked up over bullshit, sure, but the lowering of inhibitions makes me realize the bullshit for what it is, releasing the happy core.

5. Where does your political viewpoint stem from (is your family liberal too, or did you become enlightened on your own?)

The overwhelming majority of my entire extended family is a collection of long-time rabid liberals…and rabble-rousers as well. That was the environment that I grew up in, which had me viewing things in terms of “right” and “wrong” — and then when I was old enough to examine the issues intellectually, it only reinforced those beliefs for me.

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