So T-Dot got interviewed by Jameil (when I learn how to do links I will show ya'll some of this shit so it actually makes sense) and I thought that shit was cool so I asked T-Dot to interview me. She asked the tough questions. Here they are, with my answers...
1. Why do you seem to be so passionate (read: angry) about so many things? Does anything make you happy?
if you had read my blog consistently you would know that Melinda Dolittle made me happy. Um...my wife and my dog make me happy. My home. My work and my office. My father being retired and my Mother being on the brink of retirement. Reading the blogs that I read every day makes me happy. Watching a gifted athlete or musician makes me happy. Um...HOT DOGS make me happy T-Dot. Barbecuing makes me happy. Beer makes me happy as well as cigars and Scotch. Grey's Anatomy makes me happy as well as Top Chef. But you knew all of this didn't you? Bad question T-Dot. BAAAAAAD question. Step your game up JOURNALIST.
2. Are you homophobic? Explain.
Well, answering this question implies that I agree with the term 'homophobia' as something real. The dictionary defines a phobia as an irrational, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons. Now, if you asked me if I fear that homosexuals will break in my house and try to get my booty while I sleep, then the answer would be no. That's not a fear that I have. Interestingly enough though, the term 'homophobic' means "prejudiced against homosexual people," and a person who is considered homophobic is sometimes called a homophobe. That's a lil different from an actual clinical phobia. And I didn't know this, but critics of the term "homophobia" consider non-medical usage of the term to be controversial. Go figure. Now that we're clear on that, the answer is no, I'm not homophobic, and that's based on either usage. I used to have really strong feelings about homosexuality and whether or not it was cool, or right, or nasty...but I work in the arts and not liking gay people just doesn't add up to career advancement for me. Plus it's stupid not to like somebody just cause of who they screw. Now, the whole DL thing we got going on in our community, sickens me, and those DL dudes scare me. i think they are the scum of the earth. So I might be DLdudeaphobic. I dunno...Another subpar question sister.
3. What's something new you learned about your wife today?
Well the day just started and I only spent about 15 minutes with her this morning, and I was sleepwalking through it so I'll use yesterday. Yesterday I learned that my wife really wants to be a good wife and gets frustrated when she feels like she has fallen short of that. Ironically, she never has. She really is a good wife. I appreciate her. Good question. I just don't feel right telling all of her business up on her. She should get her own blog for that.
4. If you had to pinpoint a significant event or experience in your past that made you the person you are today, what would it be?
I damn near flunked out of school. I mean, I had no earthly idea what I was doing, but even sadder than that, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Here is what I did...I spent the better part of the summer in my parents basement. A lot of that time was spent in silence, thinking, sleeping, some thought I was depressed. I know my father did. I rode MARTA a lot and did quite a bit of reading; mainly about prominent African-Americans and studying the lives of people whoo I respected. But, what I really needed was some time to be alone with my thoughts and figure out who the hell I was and what I wanted out of life. Young brothers get pulled in so many directions and everywhere you turn it seems that people are telling you what you SHOULD like, SHOULD become, SHOULD think, SHOULD have, SHOULD look like. I had to reject all of that shit and come up with my own set of rules, opinions, likes, dislikes, wants, and needs. I realized that I didn't have to listen to hip-hop if I didn't want to, and I didn't have to drive a nice car and live in a big house if that didn't interest me. I realized that it's ok smoke cigars and drink Scotch with my friends and that is a pefectly acceptable way to have a good time. I realized that doing work that I was passionate about was far more important to me than making a lot of money, and I realized that gas grills suck and that real men use charcoal to cook meat. Shit like that. Individuality is so underrated and I'm happy to have it. Another good question. So you do have skills.
5. What's one thing you wish more people knew about you?
Honestly T-Dot, anything people don't know about me, I probably don't want them to know. Honestly...