Friday, March 30, 2007

5 Telling Questions

My favorite M has a very witty, well-written blog. You should go there and partake of the funny. Also, you should read these questions she asked me (below), and see if the answers amuse you.

Name your top five movies of all time.
I'm going to have to count 3 movies as one, because they are the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I do mean the extended cuts. I'm not kidding. I don't know if it's just because I saw it recently, but I love Little Miss Sunshine. I have a special place in my heart for Hook, as well as The 'Burbs. To finish it off, I'll go with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder). The concept of "top five" is pretty fluid with me, by the way.

How did you come to major in dance at BYU?
I declared my major as civil engineering when filling out paperwork before leaving for BYU. Not sure why. I was told growing up that I was good at science (mostly by my family). I did well on the science reasoning section of the ACT, but other than that I'm not sure where this information came from considering that my grades were average. I think it was a misguided attempt at various family members to give me some self-esteem. Unfortunately that only works until you realize how good you actually are at something. But that's another story entirely. So after changing to microbiology upon BYU arrival I soon realized I couldn't get very good grades while also staying up until 4am most nights. Not to mention that microbiologists just sit in labs with fluorescent lighting. Which made me feel better about switching to psychology.

Now here was something I could enjoy! A nice soft science with plenty of room for self-discovery and lots of feelings. And the talking! Oh, the talking! Those of you who know me now, and especially those who knew me then, can appreciate how much of a good fit this was. (In fact, all joking aside, I'm planning on returning to school one of these days. I'm thinking of becoming some kind of counselor/therapist.)

I was missing something. Something ridiculously artistic and time-consuming. Something to be taken seriously, to pour my soul into, and to also take a chance with. I had barely any dance training, and even the training I had wasn't good, or recent. Plus I'd never done Modern dance before. But when I took my first class, I knew that I would be a part of it in any way I could. I found out that I'm an average dancer, but a good choreographer. I finally made the student choreography company after 4 consecutive semesters of being told I wasn't good enough. I've come away from the completion of my major with mixed feelings. It boils down to the love of the dancing/choreographing vs. the vast amount of selfish/difficult people you meet. It was hard. I'm still deciding how I feel about it.

What was your most unique experience working at the MOA?
Definitely when I caught the couple making out in a closed gallery. As if we wouldn't notice with all the cameras blinking around them, or care that they had clearly undone the partition to get back there. Not to mention that everyone was called into Control to watch the whole thing on camera while I took care of it, since it was my position at that hour. Cripes!

What will you miss about living in Michigan?
The diversity: lots of different foods, religions, skin colors, bumper stickers. And our good friends that live 2 doors down, who have a blog here, and quote Arrested Development as much as we do. And going on walks with (said friend) Kristen. And the falls and springs. And even the winters! And all the trees, which are everywhere. And the AADL.

*Warning, rant ahead: But NOT Bally Total Fitness, who I hate. You guys sucked before, and now you suck even more. Your new schedule is terrible. And I'm glad my contract is lapsing and I'm moving to a new place where I can join a better gym. The kind with nice people and good classes and, you know, space to work out in.

If you could be a superhero, what would your power be?
Flying, and seeing the future. I look forward sooo much to having flying dreams. It's the best feeling ever! Plus, then I could not worry so much about saving various family members from certain death, because I could foresee it and then fly to their rescue. (It seems cooler in my head, and more satisfying. But this paragraph just sounds like pretty much what Superman already does. Still.)
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1. Leave me a comment saying, "I too am an egomaniac."
2. I'll respond by asking you up to five questions. You will answer them, because you like talking about yourself.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

8 comments:

Paul said...

Of course, it goes without saying that it was "The (De)Evolution of Snake Boy" which was the clincher for getting you into the student choreography company, which is why you didn't say it, and probably why I didn't really need to say it either.

Oh, and tell Matt Barlow that, "Man, I love cork."

Robin said...

I love this. It makes me happy. I probably am an egomaniac too... I mean, I think you have to be to major in dance. ;) (and I hope I wasn't one of those difficult people you had to deal with at BYU)

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be the one to point out the "pink elephant in the room", but someone has to have the balls to say it...Kendahl is super selfish for leaving Ann Arbor!! I mean does anyone else buy the whole "ryan's got a job in Arizona" thing? Truly.

kendahl said...

Robin,
I don't know if you have a blog, but if you do you must answer these questions there and tell me where it is. If not, you may answer them here, in any length you like :)

1. What are your top 5 books of all time?
2. Is there any appendage of your body that is evil?
3. If you had to be in fairy tale, what character would you be?
4. What is the best Modern piece you've ever seen (live or not)?
5. Name your 3 best qualities. (Not a question, AND I stole it from someone else, but still, list them.)

kendahl said...

also,
you were certainly NOT one of those people! in fact, you are the antithesis of the type of folks i'm thinking of.

Robin said...

Phew... I'm glad to hear it. Here are the answers to my questions... loves.

http://therobinsays.blogspot.com/

LL said...

Hi Kendahl! I love your blog. :-) Can I be an egomaniac too?
I'm http://ithinkihavefrostbite.blogspot.com

I can't believe you're moving to Arizona already! The people in our ward are great, and I have met so many amazing friends here, but you all keep moving, and that sucks for me!

-Laurellee

kendahl said...

oh good, another egomaniac!! and by the way, i also think it sucks. i've got a list of cool people here in A2, and i'm leaving them all behind. that's why i must insist, as i usually do, that you move to AZ. okay!

Here you go:
1. What was your best job ever? And worst?
2. What are the 5 books you've most recently read? Like/hate?
3. How did you come to live in Ann Arbor, and do you like it?
4. Do you have any causes that you feel strongly about (political, charitable, etc.)?
5. What's the funniest movie that you've seen? What's the best movie you've seen?