My Interview Dealie
By Jairus Khan
Knowing where you got to now, would you have changed your youth for a more conventionally “happy” one understanding that you might have ended up somewhere else by now?
I almost said/typed yes there, for the first time ever in response to questions of that nature. That’s probably because I’m tired, and I’ve got sad music playing… but almost doesn’t count now, does it?
No. I wouldn’t have changed my youth for a more conventionally happy one. I’m happy with who I am, and I can’t guarantee that a more typically ‘normal’ Jairus would give a shit about the things that I care about.
It would’ve been nice, though, to have had stability at some point. I’d like to know what it’s like.
Do you get the giggles sometimes when you see and HTML form with a button that says “Submit” and think about how D/s computers and networks really are?
If you could have one classic comic book style super power, which would you choose?
The power of illusion over my fellow man. All Mysterio-style. It would be an end to my financial woes, which is far more pressing, desperate, and disquieting than I let on. Not to mention, I could foil a holdup at the First National and get the keys to the city.
Failing that, it would make an interesting party trick.
If you had the uncontrollable urge to eat cabbage, but every time you did someone close to you got angry for ten minutes (not necessarily at you), how would you cope with this?
If it’s a given that the urge of cabbage-eatie is uncontrollable, and there’s no avoiding the angry people (ie, with sleep/drugs/godzilla/etc), I think I’d have to prepare a Cabbage Room, with all kinds of things that are good to hit. Punching bags, Wing Chun dummies, inflatable clowns that keep standing up when you knock ’em down, etc.
And hidden speakers with music piped in from outside the room, with a mixtape named “Celine Dion Surprise!”
Where do you find hope and comfort?
I find hope in my future – in knowing that this isn’t as good as it gets, and that soon the time of ass-kicking and name-taking will be upon us. There’s hope when I work with communities, there’s hope when I work with musicians, artists, people who give a shit about the world around them enough to educate themselves.
The people around me comfort me. I won’t delineate between friends/family/community/etc — My friends are family, and they are in turn my community, truly. There is nothing within my power that I would not do for them, if they needed it… But in my darker (and more melodramatic) moments, I find comfort in the fact that all things are a process, and that this, too, shall pass.
But mostly, I find hope and comfort with Leslie, my partner in all things.
Interview Dealie Rules:
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I’ll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You’ll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You’ll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
6. I said phear the pants!