1. Best sandwich?

The Monte Cristo is really good – or at least, I remember thinking it was really good when I was a kid. A tomato sandwich with really good salted tomato, multiple thin-thin slices of cheddar or smoked provolone, pickles (slices not chips!) and a bare skifter of mayo.

2. What’s one thing you own that you really should throw out?

Eyeshadows from two presidential administrations ago.

3. What is the scariest animal?

Prions? No, not animals. Ticks.

4. Apples or oranges?

Apples, apples, apples. Honeycrisps. I don’t care if growers out East complain that the trees are too finicky and they can’t compete with Washington. Good. Our apples are winners.

5. Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?

I think when I was a child? Not since, that I recall.

6. What do you think happens when we die?

It’s not Doctrinally Correct, but I think there’s probably a period of lingering around before purgatory.

(I also find David Bentley Hart pretty persuasive.)

7. Favorite action movie?

Atomic Blonde. John Wick. Hot Fuzz?

8. Favorite smell?

Leaf mulch. A particular bush whose name I’ve forgotten. Garam masala. Sheets that are still a little bleachy smelling. Freshly printed paper.

9. Least favorite smell?

Vanilla and lavender together. Cruciferous vegetables gone off in the fridge.

10. Exercise: worth it?

Do I believe that it is worth it? Yes. Do I live as though I believe that? No.

11. Flat or sparkling?

Sparkling, forever! Hides the odd tastes water can have. (The best water comes from the drinking fountain just past security in PDX.)

12. Most used app on your phone?

The browser! By a mile. Otherwise Spotify.

13. You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life: what is it?

14. What number am I thinking of?


15. Describe the rest of your life in 5 words?

Jesus, how would I know?