Here's another interview for the interview series file. Enjoy!
- Who are you? What do you?
I've had lots of jobs, but at the moment I only have three: running a folk club, host= ing a radio show, and teaching ballad-singing at the Folk School. Two of these are volunteer jobs. I am also a 40/50-hour per week babysitter for my 2-year-old grandson and adult in charge at my house. I have recently acquired a sewing machine and a few art supplies, and got my concertina back from a friend who borrowed it; the projects, they will come.
Ongoing activities for years include folk dancing, especially Border Morris. I have been dancing, I reckon, for roughly 51 years. Singing, roughly 60; collecting songs maybe 53. Reading, since before I started school. (I read history, detective stories, and Kipling, mostly. I will also pick up= anything by Terry Pratchett, and have only been disappointed once there. I like Shakespeare, don't care for Thomas Hardy or most poetry.)
Things I can do well enough to have made money at, either occasionally or on a regular basis: Drawing and painting. Sewing in a pants factory. General assistance in a doctor's office. Singing. Belly-dancing. Salesclerk-type selling: candy, pictures and mirrors. Writing. Teaching mentally ill and/or learning disabled children. All these jobs have their ups and downs.
As for Intellectual stuff: I admire but do not have the temperament for heavy-duty intellectualism: teaching has made my natural instinct for pragmatism even stronger, and too much nitpicky defining and speculation becomes boring to= me fairly quickly. Also there is a heavy-handedness that goes with too muc= h categorizing; I like exceptions to rules.
Jet Packs or Hovercars?
They both sound like fun!
Lets talk about technology: What kind of technology do you use, and what's the coolest thing that technology enables for you? What about your technology do you find frustrating?
I am a fairly backward person technology-wise: I'd say things like "the wheel" or maybe "cars" or "dishwashers" here. And I do like my computer. I also like binoculars. And shoes that actual ly fit your feet, that's technology. Digital cameras have proved convenient but slightly disappointing: they don't move fast enough. Cellphones are a mixed blessing too: they always need charging, and people expect you to HAVE one.
Favorite song at the moment? Tune? Who are the runners up?
Song, at the moment: Dick Gaughan singing "Fair Flooer of Northumberland" or Louis Killen singing "April Morning." or Peter Bellamy singing "We Have Fed Our Sea," or Pete Morton singing "Another Train."
Tune: "Orange in Bloom/Sherbourne Waltz," and there are millions of runners-up. I like shapenote hymns when someone else is singing them, but am too much of an anarchist to like following dots myself. Plus I am rather surly about church, and all the praise-the-Lord-ing gets to me sometimes. There is no why; there usually isn't, with what I like. I could come up with one if I tried, but I am not by na= ture very introspective.
Wikipedia, for one. YouTube. Gutenberg Press. Sky and Telescope. Amazon.
What do you think was the most important event of the last 15 years?
The ongoing growth of the Internet--a new Wild West. :D
One thing that you're most looking forward to in the next year?
Reclaiming a few lost skills (see the first question)
One thing that you wish you could learn?
Gardening. Actually, I'm not sure "wish" is the correct word: if I want to know something I can get a fair start on doing it. But I do intend to try my hand at making a proper garden next spring.
Doctor Who v. Red Dwarf?
Dr. Who: mostly because I've never seen Red Dwarf but maybe once...
Where can we find more about you/your projects?