The Top 10 Blog Interview With…@SuuperG
We all enjoy reading interviews but they often focus on the specialty of the interviewee and don’t really give the reader many clues about the person themselves. So I thought to myself, why not have a series of interviews with interesting people that I follow on Twitter where the questions will both allow us to have some fun and also give us an insight into what makes them tick.
The result is a series of interviews which begins with this interrogation of an amazing Twitter person Gina Stark aka @SuuperG. If you are not already following Gina I suggest you check her out and pay her excellent gitanablog a visit as you are missing out on all the fun. (I assure you Gina doesn’t always look like that, she tells me it’s a Halloween special!)
If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed 1 luxury item what would it be and why?
Bug spray. Kidding! (kind of) A fully loaded iPod with music and audio books (and a solar charger :D). Music takes care of meditation, exercise, emotions and even dance. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. And oh how I love the companionship of a good read!
Do you have any phobias?
I have two, actually. One is silly. Crunchy bugs. I’m serious! I can handle them sitting still, even the HUGE ones we have here in my alpine haven, but when they scurry across the floor and someone makes even the slightest move to stomp on it with a thick heeled shoe… Oh good lord, I can let out a squeal. I already didn’t love the idea of crunchy bugs when I was a surf rat teen and stepped on a cockroach with my bare foot. I think that was the introduction to my first vigorous dance steps. I know. That’s why they call it a phobia! It’s not rational! :P
OK, part II: I have an interesting relationship with my fear of heights. We keep each other in check. I used to be paralyzed to the point of trembling and blubbering on a little sky bucket at the zoo. But I decided I didn’t like the control it had. I guess you could say I have a fear of fear. So, about 15 years ago I started challenging it; you know, leaning over high up balconies, taking rides on sky towers, (the one in Queenstown, NZ is insane!) etc. I even jumped off a cliff strapped to a paraglider. But see, that didn’t take courage. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so the one trumps the other.
Who inspires you and why?
My mom. DON’T leave in disgust. Hear me out, please. There are many people who inspire me, but I think she is the most unexpected. I always say how lucky I am that she’s my mom because then I get to know her. She grew up in war torn Germany. She has had to work hard to raise three children on her own, as a young widow. I could go on and on..and so I will! ha ha :D She now works tirelessly as a volunteer rehabilitating wildlife (I wrote a post about her successful bobcat release ). Yet she never gripes. She never imposes expectations on her children, either. She stays open to new ideas and philosophies. Her motto about parenting is that a parent’s job is to become obsolete. I love and admire her by choice, not by a familial obligation she imposes. See? I told ya so.
If you were granted 3 wishes what would they be?
Whirled peas. That should suffice. OK, seriously. I know I’ll sound like a doe-eyed beauty pageant contestant, but I would take the power of those three wishes and focus on peace amongst humans, and extend it to all species. We would still have strife, and challenges; that is life and we need such things for balance. But come on people. We get angry at fellow drivers for imagined driving slights and then scoff at the news about ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere. Sorry. Soap box. Dismounting!
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Who says I get out of bed?
If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
Flying. Yup. Predictable. But hey, we already took care of world peace :P. Flying covers freedom and travel (not to mention bugs in teeth). Pretty awesome gifts, I’d say.
What do you think you will be doing in 10 years time?
I don’t know and I purposely keep it open. I’m not a planner, much to the chagrin of some who love me. It’s been working for me so far. Each new experience creates a new platform from which to spring to the next amazing experience and opportunity. Who knows? guiding people on machete-wacking treks through Nature Conservancy lands? Teaching belly dance in Spain? Selling obsolete used cars that can’t fly ;) . Cleaning toilets on an ice-breaker just to garner passage to Antarctica? Check in with me in 10 years.
What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
This is a family show, right? ;) OK, then, I’ll say driving fast. I live on wonderful, well-banked, windy mountain roads. How can I not push my Prius? But I donÃ•t feel very guilty about it :} I don’t tailgate though! haha
Which historical character would you most like to meet and why?
Aldo Leopold. Hands down. The most poetic, passionate land lover/conservationist/author ever. I am so moved by literally every single word and line in his “A Sand County Almanac” that to meet him I would feel that I would absorb his understanding of how “it all” works. Anyone who thinks they have read all the best from early naturalists like Walt Whitman and Rachel Carson has a huge omission in their inspirational prose. If you don’t yet care much for your own environment, you may be missing a chromosome if his musings on nature don’t move you, at least a little. Is that enough hyperbole? ;) You get the point.
You travel a lot, where is your favourite place?
Spain. Because it is both sleepy and sleepless. Historical, yet bold in its pioneering arts and architecture. The priority is life and the enjoyment of it, above all else. I’m thinking I can live with that.
Many thanks go to Gina for an illuminating and amusing response and for agreeing to be the pathfinder for this new series. Gina is taking part in the Twitterteam Himalaya Challenge in support of charity:water so please pop over and give your support to Gina and the team.
Please do return next week when another victim will be interrogated. Why not subscribe to the RSS Feed to make sure you don’t miss out.
*photo credits Gina Stark
Question mark Flickr Stefan Baudy