An Interview with Myself

Bowing to the demands of my own powerful curiosity, I have agreed to a give an exclusive interview to myself. My publicist disagrees with my decision, but I believe I have a strong connection with myself and I think I can be trusted to report my answers fairly.

tat3.jpgQ: Hello Erica. I’m glad you agreed to this interview. You have been pretty reticent with the press lately. What’s been going on?

A: There have been major changes in my life this year. I haven’t felt it was appropriate or respectful to write about them here.

Things have settled down a bit recently. I’m no longer engaged, and I’m living in rural Ithaca near some friendly horses and sheep.

Q: Wow. Do you want to talk about what happened?

A: No. Thank you.

Q: I hear you are moving to the Bay Area in the next few months?

A: I’ve been looking at the Bay Area and NYC as possible places to relocate. After visiting last week, I decided to move to San Francisco.

San Francisco is one of the geekiest, friendliest places I’ve ever been. The city is beautiful, I’ve got good friends, there are interesting projects, and I’ll be among my fellow dorks.

I’m really looking forward to learning the city, starting a new job, volunteering at 826 Valencia, and being immersed in the calm, weird, sunny West Coast atmosphere. Come visit. Bring chocolate babka.

Q: Where are you going to work?

A: An excellent question. I’ve interviewed at a few places where I would like to work. I will know more by next week. Stay tuned.

Q: Don’t you like Ithaca?

A: I love Ithaca and I adore my job at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which is why I’ve been here for four years.

However, that translates to about 40 years in Internet Time. It’s time for me to start a new project. I might return to Ithaca someday, once I’ve made my fortune. I’d like to live on a big farm with dogs, books, a wood stove, and all my friends.

Q: Ok. That covers the big topics. What else is going on?

A: I’m having the best year of my life. This weekend I swam in a waterfall, watched a turtle lay eggs, drove a sports car really fast, petted dogs, helped a friend find tractor parts, drank local beer, picked flowers, was charged by a deer, and met one of the first US African refugee coordinators who was working in Botswana in 1965.

Q: Well, thanks again for letting me interview you, Erica.

A: I’m welcome. Thank me.

20 Replies to “An Interview with Myself”

  1. Awww…Ithaca has lost another cool person!

    Best of luck in CA, and watch out for the cyclops. We’ll do our best to keep Argus off the trash heap, this time.

  2. Great site! I just found it recently but am set up now! I’m so happy that there are cool librarians coming along to liven things up! I’m passing the site along to a couple of people, younger and older. I spent one summer long ago in Berkeley and took a photography class in SF, at SF State. My fantasy self would love to be moving there, or to Portland (either west or east, actually). By the way, where do your super cool green icons come from?? If it’s not a trade secret.)

    Let’s all be Libraian Avengers! Avenging Angels — Rock on, everyone.

  3. Hi,
    I’m in England and just found your site while searching for some fun stuff for our Information Services Staff Away Day.
    I hope you have a wonderful time in SF. I have a couple of friends there in Bay Area and Novato. It’s a terrific place and I want to return for more than just a 2 week holiday sometime soon.

  4. OHOHOH! And did you turn 30 too? I’m doing a very informal poll and most people say that their life took a turn for the better on hitting the magical 30 mark.

  5. Hi! I’m a Friend of Chuck, and I understand you are as well – he pointed me your way (and said that he pointed you my way.)

    Anyways, I love San Francisco and I hope you will too.

  6. And they struck all the people who were in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them. There was none left breathing. Then he burned Hazor with fire.

    oh, no, actually it should’ve been the one where the anonymous poster removes the beam from his own eye?

  7. Have a great time in SF, Erica! We had a lovely two years there. So much to see and do and eat — you will just love it.

  8. Good luck with everything your blog has been an addiction during library school.

    Has anyone ever noticed that when people quote the bible they never quote
    “Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.”
    or
    “If you bless your neighbor loudly early in the morning, he will take it as a curse”?

  9. Hey bible quoting person: Confucius said, “The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this.”

    7.Confucianism. Analects 12.16

    Now, kindly piss off.

  10. Luke 18:9-14

    To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

    “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

  11. Congrats on the SF move plans! :) I have ambitions toward that general area myself in a few years…

  12. Erica,
    I am living in UTICA right now, with similar SF,CA intentions (this fall!?).

    Most enjoyable self-interview, and nice blog. I’m working on a bookcentric web startup — would you offer feedback to a fellow upstater?

    -Cheyne

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