Q: What’s hard for you?
A. Math is hard. Reading a map. Following orders. Carpentry. Electronics. Plumbing. Remembering things correctly. Straight lines. Sheet rock. Finding a safety pin. Patience with others. Ordering in Chinese. Instructions from Ikea.
Q: What do you want on your gravestone?
A: “Pardon me for not getting up.”
Q: What do you wonder about?
1. Is there a plug in the bottom of the ocean? 2. How does it feel to be a tree by a freeway? 3. Sometimes a violin sounds like a Siamese cat; the first violin strings were made from cat gut- any connection? 4. When is the world going to rear up and scrape us off its back? 5. Is a diamond just a piece of coal with patience? 16. Did Ella Fitzgerald really break that wine glass with her voice?
Q: What are some sounds you like?
1. Steady rain
2. Children when school’s out
3. Hungry crows
4. Orchestra tuning up
5. Ice melting
6. Piano lessons coming from an open window
7. Old cash registers/Ca Ching
8. Tap dancers
9. Fog horns
10. A busy restaurant kitchen
11. Elephants stampeding
12. Bacon frying
13. Marching bands
14. Clarinet lessons
15. Chinese arguments
16. Pinball machines
(The world is making music all the time.)
Q: What’s scary to you?
1. A dead man in the backseat of my car with a fly crawling on his eyeball.
2. Turbulence on any airline.
3. Sirens and search lights combined.
4. Gunfire at night in bad neighborhoods.
5. Leftover fish from two nights before.