This week, the students of Hopkins Interactive have decided to change things up a bit and all present a common blog topic. Through the blogs and the message board, we really enjoy providing you with a glimpse of our lives at Hopkins while helping reveal to you what might lie in store for you in you decide to become a Hopkins student as well. In addition to detailing life here at Hopkins, we also all enjoy getting to talk about totally random things that we love. Just like we've done with the Off-Topic Discussion Forum of the message boards, we're taking a break from Hopkins talk and discussing our Favorite things!
So here we present out personal answers to a common survey of our favorite things about the worlds of books, movies, television, and much, much, more.
Who is your favorite author?
I am going to have to say F. Scott Fitzgerald. Or well, no. Maybe Kurt Vonnegut. Fitzgerald has just such a wonderful tone to his writing that is a mix of the glamor and idealism of the "Roaring '20s" era but still exposes the fragility of it all. And Vonnegut is just great. I've read Slaughterhouse Five twice because it's my favorite one. I was so sad when he died. So it goes...
What is your favorite website?
Oh geez. There's so many. Ok I (jokingly) love www.amigosdeobama.com. I speak exactly zero words of Spanish which makes it even funnier for me...it has a reggaeton song about Obama in the background. Ridiculous.
Obviously, nytimes.com is my life so that is probably an all time favorite.
Oh no ok, I figured out my all-time favorite: www.menupages.com! Menu pages is brilliant. There's versions for New York, D.C. and a bunch of other cities. You can see every menu of every restaurant ever. I live on this site when I am home in New York.
What is your favorite item in your bedroom?
MY BED. I am sitting on it right now as I type this! I have a queen size bed because I live off-campus and it is so nice and comfy and warm! Ok I am going to be really REALLY lame and admit that my favorite item of all time in my bedroom is Bunny. I have a stuffed rabbit. It's name is Bunny. Obviously. It was a really creative name when I was two years old! Now you all know about Bunny, so you should all feel really special. Oh, and my Derek Jeter calendar. That's definitely a favorite.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest invention of your time?
Not seriously: the hair straightener.
Seriously: Gmail. Not quite an invention but oh my goodness it is the best thing ever.
What is your favorite news source?
FOX NEWS, obviously. JUST KIDDING. I am a devout reader of the New York Times.
What is your favorite movie series?
I have a non-answer for this one. I do not have a favorite movie series...BUT here's why. I have this rule for myself where I don't see sequels to movies I like. I just feel like sequels ruin things. The first one ended, just leave it! Therefore, since I've never seen the sequels to movies I have liked, I don't have favorite series of movies.
What is your favorite time of day?
Right now, 2am. I am a night person and always have been. No one calls / emails / texts you or anything at 2am. You get to do whatever you want, catch up on mindless things with no interruption!
Who is your favorite one-hit wonder?
I grew up in the 90s so the opportunities for this one are endless! Chumbawamba. Tubthumping? Anyone else remember that from 5th grade? Ok you were all probably in like 2nd grade but whatever.
Which famous person living or dead would you like to have a cup of tea with?
Senator Chuck Hagel. He is the Republican Senator from Nebraska and he recently announced his retirement. He was among the first Republicans to break from the Bush administration and was vehemently opposed to the Iraq War having served in Vietnam. He's so eloquent and a man who is really guided by his principles. Anyways, I'm a politics nerd and I think he's cool.
What is your favorite quote?
So so so many of these! I tend to watch movies that I like over and over and over again so I quote those all the time. However, I also am a big music person so I have many song lyrics I love. There's so many profound ones but I am going to say my favorite quote is a line from a Jimmy Eat World song called Futures that says
the past is told by those who win/ my darling, what matters is what hasn't been
Ok I guess that's not really a quote but whatever. I think it means that you have to understand that the past, regardless of your failures or successes, is in the past and there is so much more to come and that is really what is important.
Are you a dog person, cat person, or other?
Definitely a dog person. Dogs are just the best. Also, I wouldn't mind being one. I just want to sit all day on a cute little bean bag bed and chill out in the sunshine.
What is your favorite game?
I am going to take this to mean sport....so my answer is BASEBALL. My religion is baseball, in particular, the New York Yankees. Baseball has such rich history and I just think it's an amazing American institution.
Who is your favorite TV villain?
For the record, this question is REALLY hard when you watch shows like Gossip Girl, Brothers and Sisters, and the Gilmore Girls (back in the day). Oh but you know what I just remembered? Roger Klotz. From Doug the cartoon. No, not the ABC version! The Nickelodeon version -- that was the real deal! Roger was so mean and was always messing things up for Doug and trying to hit on Patty Mayonnaise. He was the worst. (also, I am officially a six year old child)
Where is the one place in the world you would want to visit?
Definitely Italy. I've never been and I want to go so badly!
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Aside from perezhilton.com? Eating nutella right from the jar.
To finish this survey, we will be stealing questions used at the end of eveyr broadcast of Inside the Actor's Studio. James Lipton, the host of the show, always finishes each interview with a questionnaire invented by the great Bernard Pebo. Here goes:
--What is your favorite word? Aforementioned.
--What is your least favorite word? Discombobulated.
--What turns you on (creatively, spiritually, or emotionally)? Traditions. I love stupid, sappy traditions.
--What turns you off? People who ask too many questions. Oh and fanny packs. The stylistic choices of New York tourists elude me.
--What sound or noise to you love? The sound of the M96 bus going down 96th Street in the middle of the night. The city never sleeps.
--What sound or noise to you hate? Ok. That AWFUL noise that some stores have (especially in outlet malls) That two tone noise that goes off EVERY TIME someone walks in our out. It is EXCRUCIATING.
--What profession would you like to attempt? Presidential speech writer.
--What profession would you absolutely not like to attempt? Doctor.
--If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "I agree, the Yankees should have won the World Series in 2001."
To comment on any of my answers or just to share your views and continue the discussion, be sure to head over to my thread on the message boards or comment below!