Friday, May 18, 2012

Meme: Playing 11 Questions

My friend Diana who documents her experiences abroad in a blog called Raising Expats
 tagged me in this meme. Normally I'm not so crazy about these kinds of things, but I figured since I'm very quickly running out of recycled material, this may propel me back into the blogging game. 

So that everyone is on the same page, here are THE RULES :
  1. You MUST post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger sent for you in the post, and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers, however, you can break the rules and tag fewer people if you want. Make sure you hyperlink their names/blogs.
  4. Let them know you've tagged them!
  5. Have fun!

Here are the 11 questions Diana asked me:
  1. What is the craziest thing you've ever done that you will admit to online?                                This really depends on a person's definition of crazy.  But I'd say the most spontaneous and out of my mind thing that I've done is follow my favorite band (at the time) nearly around the country (also at the time, which was the USA).  This was during my college years, so money was tight as well as time.  I slept on the street at one point, took shady looking buses at all hours of the day and night, befriended security guards as well as stage hands, and eventually did get to meet the band who by that time recognized me from my many times in the front row. But as crazy as it all was, I learned a lot about time management, organizing transportation and housing (extremely valuable in the tour planning I sometimes do now), networking, and taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves, sometimes in strange ways.  That and I figure something like that gives me at least some coolness points...                                           
  2. Are there any choices you would have made differently knowing what you know now?      I have often thought about this very question.  Especially as I get older.  What's funny is that the way I lived my life, especially when I was a child, was to try and avoid certain mistakes and learn from the experiences of others.  I wanted to avoid being faced with this question and answering yes.  Unfortunately, life does not work that way and now I find myself wishing I knew that then.  Sometimes you have to make your own mistakes and learn from your own experiences.  It's only through them that you shape yourself.  Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I chose a University instead of a Conservatory. Would I have a better equipped skill set? What if I didn't take relationships so seriously in High School? Would I be more adept in the dating game?  If I trusted in my abilities more when I was younger and stopped being so self conscious about everything?  But these are all things that made me who I was and through the experience I had as a result, made me grow into the person I am today.  Who knows if I would like the place I ended up if I made different choices?
  3. What is your earliest childhood memory?                                                                                   My parents sometimes ask me if I remember certain things from when I was really young.  Since it was so long ago, it becomes hard to place exactly how old I was when a certain event happened, so it helps to run those memories by them.  I remember going with my father to the post office to check the PO Box he had.  This apparently was when he and my mother were switching off taking care of me and before I went to a "day care", so I must have been quite young at the time. 2 or 3 years old?  I remember being really excited about going to the post office because the PO Boxes made me think of secret drawers with potential treasure hidden inside.  The fact that there were rows and rows of them certainly sparked my fantasy.  Another reason it's hard to pin down certain memories is since I had (and still have) an active imagination, real events would blur with what was happening in my mind.  So somehow that trip to the post office turned into a hunt for a magic key that would open the right box holding the answers to the universe...or something of the like.
  4. Was there one event in your life that changed everything?                                               Definitely the tour I went on in 2006 where I met my current colleagues.  My band in New York was invited to be the opener for one of my current bands (and at the time was one of my favorite bands, not the one mentioned in Q1) and it took us on a three week adventure throughout Europe.  It remains one of the greatest experiences of my life.  There is really nothing like falling asleep to the soft rocking of a tour bus on the road, waking up in a new city, exploring the city a bit, setting up, sound checking, playing a concert to an enthusiastic audience, celebrating a bit afterwards, and then repeating it all again over 3 weeks.  While I was on that tour, I had a dream that the life I had in New York was a nightmare I had finally woken up from and my life on the road in Europe was my reality.  Everything just felt right and for a moment I was convinced that it was true.  When we got back from that tour, I didn't allow myself to sink into the depression that was threatening to come around and set to work on getting back there somehow.  I managed it in about 1.5 years and I don't regret it one bit.  That experience was a real game changer and it was the launching point of the adventure I currently am on.
  5. Have you ever had your heart broken?  Who hasn't at some point? Although if you refer back to Q2, the experience of one heart break sort of scared me into shielding my heart from another.  And anyone who knows anything about love knows that if you keep doing that, you doom yourself.
  6. 10 years ago, did you think you would be doing what you are doing today?  I certainly had hoped I would be doing some form of what I'm doing now. 
  7. Follow up on Q6, what did you think you would be doing 10 year ago?  At that time, I probably thought I would be on Broadway or something in that vein.  Early Music as a career wasn't really on my radar.  But I think my teenage self would have been happy to know I was indeed a professional musician...although shocked at the location.
  8. Where do you want to be in 10 years from now?  I'd like my career to be at another level.  Expanded and evolved.  I have no idea what that means.  It also wouldn't hurt to get that whole love thing figured out though. 
  9. Have you been to your High School reunion?  No, although I think some of us had some form of one last year when an influential teacher of ours passed away.  As for a formal High School Reunion...unless I was back in the States anyway, I probably wouldn't go.
  10. How many countries have you lived in?  Just two.  The States and Germany.
  11. What unknown musician would you recommend?  My...self?  Ok no that's cheap.  I can recommend someone who is on the rise.  She's from my hometown and won second place on the Bravo reality show Platinum Hit. A very talented singer and songwriter named Jes Hudak. Although she's not really unknown, I would say she should be more known for her talent. But to be cheap: VocaMe, Estampie, Qntal, Barquilla. Meine wenigkeit.

My Questions for the lovely ladies below:

1. What do you find to be your best quality, physically or personally?
2. What is your vision of Utopia (a perfect world)?
3. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
4. What is one place in the world that you've always wanted to visit but haven't made it there yet?
5. Whatever happened to chivalry and courtesy?
6. Name one book that you always go back to, no matter how many times you've read it.
7. What is your totem animal? (In Harry Potter speak, what form would your Patronus take?)
8. What are your thoughts on the way we interact today?  Is it convenient or impersonal?
9. Do you prefer the mountains or the sea?
10. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
11. What is your go to karaoke song, or if you have never done karaoke before (if so, we will fix that) what would it be?

Here are the bloggers asked to continue the game, BLOGS TAGGED :

1. Alisa-Munich Rococo 
2. Anastasia-New Yorker Goes Native
3. Laura-Packing Up My Suitcase Heart
4. Evelyn-Mother Was Right
5. Diana-Raising Expats (Hey, I don't know that many bloggers!)

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