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This week's star will be mlp!

Her interview will go until March 29th!

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  • In order to become next weeks victim, you must participate in the threads. The current weeks interviewee will then select someone who contributed to their thread to be the star for next week.
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  • If you are chosen for the next week and you would rather not be interviewed for any reason, you can decline.
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-Age: 55, next month

-Sex/Gender Identity: female

-Relationship status: permanently single

-Location (as specific as you are comfortable being): rural central Illinois

-Religious beliefs (or lack thereof): agnostic

-Political leanings: pragmatic liberal

-Are you a vegetarian or vegan (or something else)?: vegetarian

-What is the meaning behind your username?: I don't want to deprive Uno of the pleasure of coming up with variations of what "mlp" stands for.

-Have you ever met anyone famous? The most famous person I've met is probably Rosalind Carter. Oh, and Colin Powell, but only to shake hands with.

-Do you live with any companion animals? Yes. Four dogs: Jack, a JRT; Toby, a chocolate lab mix; Tascha, a Great Pyrenees; Gracie, a black lab mix. Twenty seven cats: Sebastian, Serenity, Kitter, Caruso, Tao, Zen, Ayla, Doc, Tuesday, Double, Sita, Shiloh, Babu, Elf, Moonshadow, Binky, JennyAnyDots, Matilda, Y.A.C., Lola, Sylvester, Santos, Sara, Alfie, Squirt, Y.A.M., Tofu. Nine parrots: Ziggy, a blue and gold macaw; Socrates, a blue and gold macaw; Rosebud, a greenwing macaw; Paco, a yellow crowned Amazon; Bertie, an orange winged Amazon; Frisco and Finnegan, and Luna and Leon, all cockatiels. Twenty two chickens: Captain Snuggles, Ramblin Rose, and the Annas (Anna One, Anna Two, for those who have ever seen/heard Lawrence Welk). Three Pekin ducks: Dagwood, Penelope, and Prudence. Approximately 100,000 bees. The chickens, ducks and bees do not, as a general rule, live in the house.

-Do you live with any companion humans? One, my ex (not to be confused with my ex husband), until the end of the summer.

-Where is your favorite place that you have visited? A moonlit path along a country road in Missouri.

-What do you enjoy most about being veg*n? Being able to look animals in the eye.

-With whom would you most love to have dinner? The Obamas. To me, they are the family everyone should have and almost none of us do.

-Do you have any secret talents? I used to have a place on my right leg through which I could stick a pin or a toothpick, but it wasnt really a secret talent, since I regularly grossed my friends out with it. HmmmI guess my secret talent is being able to sing so terribly that it makes people cry from pain.

-What dish/recipe can you make that knocks people's socks off? My chocolate pecan pie. My apple pie. My peach/mixed fruit pie. I make a vegan version of Salzkuchen (a German peasant dish from southern Germany) that my sister and I both believe is much superior to the original. Risotto.

-What's your favorite restaurant? I dont have one anymore.

-What do you do to cheer yourself up when you're feeling blue? I spend time with my kids. (Thats animals to you who think kids are human.)

-What's your biggest cooking/baking disaster? When I first started baking vegan, I tried many bany brownie recipes until I figured out the trick to vegan brownies. One batch had the consistency of car tires on the verge of melting. Oh, and when I was in junior high, my mother sent my father and me down to the basement to fry Berliner (kind of like a German doughnut). She told us to wait until the oil was good and hot. We waited for it to boil.
She called down finally, to ask whether we weren't done yet, and we told her we hadn't even started, because the oil hadn't come to a boil yet.
She called us some choice names.

-What's the one food/product, that you'd love to "veg*nize"? Cheese. Im not talking American cheese. Im talking buffalo mozzarella, Stilton, a great smoked Gouda, chevre all of the good stuff.
 

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It seems 'mlp' stands for 'menagerie-loving person'. (Well, if we remove the usage-for-entertainment connotation from 'menagerie'.)

Which VB member (other than me of course) would you want to have dinner with?

Translate the expression "lassen [etwas] bewenden" for me.

Who's your favorite American president?

(once again, the usual disclaimer about not being interviewed)
 

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Originally Posted by Sevenseas View Post

It seems 'mlp' stands for 'menagerie-loving person'. (Well, if we remove the usage-for-entertainment connotation from 'menagerie'.)

Which VB member (other than me of course) would you want to have dinner with?

Translate the expression "lassen [etwas] bewenden" for me.

Who's your favorite American president?

(once again, the usual disclaimer about not being interviewed)
Yes, it reached the point of insanity some time ago. In my defense, for all of my adult life until fairly recently, my household never consisted of more than ten cats, a pair of small birds, and from 1 to 4 dogs. The explosion in birds is largely the responsibility of my now ex. I knew I would be in trouble cat-wise when we moved back here to the farm - people have always dumped cats here, and if I take them to a shelter, they'll almost certainly be killed.
You're not going to invite me to your bat cave for dinner?! Probably Irizary, but lest anyone feel slighted, I have a hidden, nefarious purpose for taking the opportunity to size her up in person.

To let something be, to not pursue it further.
Of the ones prior to my lifetime, probably Lincoln - quite apart from his assassination, there's something haunting about him, and I admire people who can achieve despite having depression. Of the ones during my lifetime: Jimmy Carter is a man of integrity, but not a very effective president; Lyndon Johnson is the most interesting - a man of so many contradictions; I admire Obama's intellect and his tremendous self control. The politician I loved was Bobby Kennedy.

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Would you rather be a man or a woman?

Has this site soured you on veg folk?

sauerkraut on soy dogs?
No question - woman. I come from a long line of peasants. The men were largely incidental; the women were the ones that held things together. I think that's probably not unusual in peasant families. The individuals I have known and admired most have all been female. I think it is actually easier/more likely for a woman to tread a very individualist path than for a man to do so.
Sometimes.

No. Sauerkraut (home fermented) should be accompanied only by mashed potatoes and young, sweet peas. A veggie dog should be smothered in chili.

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Ever been out of the country?
I was born in Germany; we emigrated when I was five. Since then, I've been out of the U.S. only twice: in high school, with my mother, to visit my sister and other family in Germany; and between graduate programs, visiting family and travelling in Germany on a Eurail pass. Once I started working, in 82, I was never able to take more than a few days of vacation at a time. Of later years, I've of course been tied down by the menagerie.
 

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How do you express yourself artistically?

Which nut (or legume) butter do you like best?

What is your favorite big city and why?
 

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Are you or have you ever been a musician?

Which instrument would you most want to learn?

In what ways has living/growing up as a bilingual affected you (if at all)?
 

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What is your favorite part of IL?
Out of all of your pets you listed what is your most favorite?
What is your Favorite music genre
The farm, where I grew up and where I now live. The land is incredibly fertile, and the sky is huge. It would be perfect if I could move it to the outskirts of St. Louis, where I spent most of my adult life.

They're all special, and special to me. The ones who would/will leave the biggest holes in my life are of course the ones whom I fret over because they have health issues or otherwise require large chunks of my time. For example, Ziggy is on me pretty much every waking minute. He's the bird of my life. The cat of my life, Kate, died several years ago at age eighteen. She was my best friend for seventeen years. And Eli was the dog of my life. But each of them is so important to me. I have not grieved for a human with the intensity with which I grieve for them.
Songs that say something. Musicians I like a lot include Yussuf (both as Yussuf and as Cat Stephens), K.D. Lang, M. Ward, Iron & Wine, Dylan, Eric Bibb, Neil Young, Cash, in old age (the American albums). I like folk music from around the world, with the exception of traditional music from India. I like classical music (Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Debussey, etc., - don't like Wagner or most opera), but am not at all knowledgeable about it. Oh, and early sacred music.
 

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How do you express yourself artistically?

Which nut (or legume) butter do you like best?

What is your favorite big city and why?
I used to draw a lot - I preferred pencil and pen and ink. I also enjoyed working with clay. I haven't done it for many years - my profession was demanding, and once I get started on an art project, I tend to get obsessive about it. These days, the closest I come to expressing myself artistically is with knitting and experimenting with cooking and baking.
I like almond butter and cashew butter a lot, but my go-to remains peanut butter. Chunky, of course.
It's a toss up between Boston and San Francisco. They both have distinct personalities, which so few American cities have anymore. They're both close to the ocean, and both have a sense of history. I've only visited San Francisco, and I lived in Boston three years, so Boston probably has the edge. Also, I tend to prefer the Atlantic over the Pacific, and I like all of the old towns and historic sites within driving distance of Boston. Actually, other than St. Louis, they are the only American cities I've visited that I like.
 

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East or west coast?

Do you like sun tea?

Laminate floors or wood paneling?
East coast, as long as it's Boston and northwards.

Yes, I like sun tea, but not made with Lipton. *shudder*

Am I allowed to paint the paneling? Because then it would be the lesser of two evils.
 

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Are you or have you ever been a musician?

Which instrument would you most want to learn?

In what ways has living/growing up as a bilingual affected you (if at all)?
I am probably the most musically untalented person you will ever meet, IRL or in this virtual online world.

I did take piano lessons for a few years as a child.

If I could learn to play them adequately, the cello or the oboe.

My family tended to speak German when out in public - that way, we could have private conversations even with people around. It's been a hard habit to break - when I want to say something privately to a friend, I still have to stop myself from slipping into Schwaebisch. I think languages give you a different way of looking at things, because each language is particularly expressive in some way(s) unique to that language; to that extent, I think that just knowing a language adds layers, to some extent, in thinking/understanding.
 

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(1) What's your favorite German word? Tell us what it means and why you like it so.

(2) What's your favorite piece by Debussy? Whom, BTW, I also adore.
(3) What is your secret for not having risotto stick when you're cooking it?
(4) Do you need a written list to remember all your companion animals' names? Haha, just kidding (although I think I might, in your shoes!). What's it like living in such a full house?
 

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What word do you think in English is closest to schadenfreude?

What is the opposite of schadenfreude?

What is a time when you experienced schadenfreude (either yourself towards someone or from someone to you)?
 

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Can you list 5 words that describe your life?

What is the meal you would wish to be served right now?

What was one of your favorite things to play as a child?
Five words that describe my life: different, full, unexpected, grief, love

Nothing right now. I'm full.
(I had leftover chicken-fried tofu and German potato salad for dinner, and I just ate a cinnamon roll.)

I played with the cats all the time. (Outdoor, barn cats - my mother didn't tolerate animals in the house.) On the west side of the house, just about exactly where the duck pond is now, there was a large woodpile, about 30 feet long and roughly ten feet high, with an old apple orchard beyond. The cats and I would climb it all the time, and what no one else knew was that the wood had rotted out in the middle, leaving a little moss covered clearing. I would go down there to read. One day (and fortunately the cats had gotten bored and had moved on to other pursuits), I felt something on my foot. I looked down from my book, and a mouse was sitting on my foot, looking up at me. That's one of the magical memories from my childhood. I had a lot of hiding places that no one but the cats and I knew about, and I wouldn't come when called.


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(1) What's your favorite German word? Tell us what it means and why you like it so.

(2) What's your favorite piece by Debussy? Whom, BTW, I also adore.
(3) What is your secret for not having risotto stick when you're cooking it?
(4) Do you need a written list to remember all your companion animals' names? Haha, just kidding (although I think I might, in your shoes!). What's it like living in such a full house?
1. Mitleid. Literally translated, it means "suffer with", and thus is more evocative and expresses something more than "compassion" and something much deeper than "sympathy."

2. Probably La Mer

3. Constant stirring.
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No, but I have gotten to the point of having a checklist for when I have to med everyone, and just to skim through to make sure I've taken note of all of the cats daily to make sure everyone is alright.
It's not as crazy as you might think, except when the parrots let loose. There's something about Paco's rather foghorn sounding call that hurts Jack's ears, so he starts howling (rather than simply leaving the room), and that sets the other dogs off, which sets all the birds off. The thing that's really awe inspiring about this many cats is what I call the cat explosions. If you've ever lived with multiple cats, you'll know about these: something simple, like rolling off a chair while half asleep, startles one cat, and he takes off in sudden fright, which causes a chain reaction in all of the other cats in the vicinity. A couple of weeks ago, I saw the most awesome cat explosion ever. I don't know what set it off - I was in the basement, which had a couple of inches of water because of the spring thaw. All of a sudden, cats were exploding in every direction from the landing, sending food and water bowls, brooms, etc., flying. Some cats landed in the water unexpectedly, which geometrically expanded the mayhem. It lasted a good three minutes, and at the end I was picking up stuff all over the house that had been knocked off counters and tables. The cats, of course, acted very nonchalant.
 

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What word do you think in English is closest to schadenfreude?

What is the opposite of schadenfreude?

What is a time when you experienced schadenfreude (either yourself towards someone or from someone to you)?
I don't think English has a word that conveys the same concept. I would use "glee", but it would have to be used with a qualifier to distinguish it from the the good kind of glee.

Mitleid is the opposite of Schadenfreude.

I don't know that I've ever felt Schadenfreude. That's not because I'm incapable of feeling it, but rather because none of the people whose comeuppance would give me pleasure have gotten their comeuppance, or at least not in a way in which I would take pleasure. And really, I don't think that I would feel it with respect to anyone whom I know personally - I find myself feeling badly for the most unexpected people.

I can't think of anyone I know who would have felt Schadenfreude with respect to me. Maybe some of the *mean girls* in junior high and high school, but I don't think they ever had occasion to. IRL, I'm generally well liked.
 

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What is your favourite pass time?

If you could time travel, where would you go?

How long do you spend on VB each day? (I'm curious because I think I spend too long
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If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
 
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