The Five Questions with S

1. What are you doing today?
Writing a cover letter/applying for a job.  Going to a fancy lunch for
restaurant week.
> 2. What do you wish you were doing today?
Sitting outside.  Swimming in refreshing water.  Having sex.  Talking
to X and listening to him say that he’s sorry and that he misses me
and that he’s an idiot and explaining to me and to himself all of the
things that lead him to be so stupid.
> 3. Where do you hope to see yourself in a year?
Happy.  Like, really, truly happy.
> 4. What is your greatest weakness? BUT what is you actual greatest weakness, as in, what don’t you tell your interviewer?
I’m a really jealous person.  It makes me go crazy.  Also, I think I’m
a little too emotionally vulnerable.  I get swept up in things and
can’t see the big picture.  Also, when I get lazy I get REALLY lazy
and its hard to lift myself out of that.  I also get debilitatingly
shy in new situations and get afraid to speak or stand out or be good
at anything, which is ridiculous because when I’m comfortable
somewhere I have no shame, but when I’m nervous I shut the hell up and
become tiny.
> 5. If you won the lottery, would you choose for the lump-sum, or the lesser sum over a series of time?
Probably a lesser sum over a series of time.

The Five Questions with K

1. working for R, F & G, attorneys at law! (and by working, i mean slowly depleting the office candy jar supply)
2. learning to knit!
3. not doing my grocery shopping in my parents refrigerator. maybe i’ll be office-fancy somewhere.
4. i constantly obsess over the past, worry about bad karma. even when things in real-time are good and happy.
5. lesser sum over a series of time for sure. i didnt even know that was an option! but it sounds like an automatic money manager.

The Five Questions with L

1. What are you doing today?
Today I am at work, and then I will go out to dinner with my friend X. Hopefully not too late because I need more sleep. This morning I spent an hour on the phone with our payment services trying to reconcile my horrible record-keeping with mis-matched or lost payments. It’s fixed! Today I am making a mental note to keep better track of my hours.
Later today, during work, I will find time to call a dentist in NY to set up an appointment and also make an appointment with H&R Block to do my taxes (yay!!. . .) Also I’m paying my rent. Hopefully after work I will do some planning/shopping to continue furnishing my apartment. Wow. . .typing that sounds so boring. Let me close by saying that my work and play is kind of the same because I love what I do.
 
2. What do you wish you were doing today?
I wish that today I was traveling around Morocco. Although, I’m not picky; I could also travel to Eastern Europe, South America or Japan. Or just send me back to Italy.
3. Where do you hope to see yourself in a year?
You know, I’m not totally sure and I LOVE that. The state of not knowing what lies ahead is how I continue to live my life as an adventure. I could conjure up a general picture of where I might be, but it’s vague. I want to have a comfortable job so as to still be able to live where I live and have the freedom to make choices about my life. I want to be content with what I’m doing, and be working for the greater good. I want to have relationships with those I love that are rich and fulfilling. I want to continue to gain respect for myself and make decisions based on that self-respect. I hope that I continue to make my life exciting and fill it with enriching experiences both at and outside of work.
 
4. What is your greatest weakness? BUT what is you actual greatest weakness, as in, what don’t you tell your interviewer?
I trust people too easily, but i can’t figure out how to not trust everyone while still retaining faith in humanity. I’ve been screwed over enough times that I should have changed this way of looking at people, but I continue to think that people are basically good. If I think about it too much, I get depressed.
5. If you won the lottery, would you choose for the lump-sum, or the lesser sum over a series of time?
Lump sum, and manage it myself over time. I have good self-restraint.

The Five Questions with F

Five questions are answered in curious ways. Thanks F.  F details the setting of our interview, which apparently, according to F, occurred in person under grand circumstances, F narrates for my inner monologue:

I was seated poolside down at the Beverly Hills Hilton waiting for F. I had already lit my third cigarette and the busboy was clearing my appetizer- an artichoke compote that I had barely touched- when a voice behind me growled “let’s get this over with”. I turned around and there he stood, in a two-button linen suit by Armani, white alligator shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, and a black shirt with no tie by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. The way the sun haloed him reminded me of red carpet photos I’d seen of him before. Only this time he gripped an unlit H. Upmann cigar between his glistening teeth and Penelope was nowhere to be seen. He extended a tanned hand to me and sat down, waving off the maitre’d who came to offer us a bottle of Veuve Cliquot on the house. I quickly recovered my composure and remembered how long this guy had kept me waiting. I started with the questions immediately.

RG: What are you doing today?
F: I am sitting in a plush apartment in the middle of Rome, smoking caramel tobacco out of a sunburst-orange passatore pipe with the windows closed, and putzing around on the internet.
RG: What do you wish you were doing today?
F: I wish I were spending time outdoors with the (hypothetical) woman I love, going rock climbing, swimming in a brisk freshwater lake, cooking a filling and heart-healthy meal, and then after dinner tearing into an ounce of homegrown weed and reading up on theoretical physics. After which, of course, the lovemaking would commence.
RG: Where do you hope to see yourself in a year?
F: I have no optimism about where I will be in a year; I expect failure so much that I can only guess I will be waiting tables to support my habits of photography and filmmaking. Maybe I will be blogging too (“setting the bar low”).
RG: What is your greatest weakness?
F: Laziness, or sloth as the Hebrews put it best.
RG: BUT what is you actual greatest weakness, as in, what don’t you tell your interviewer?
F: I have trouble caring about anything thanks to what I’ve learned from Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Robert Anton Wilson, and John S. Bell. And Uli, the nihilist.
RG: If you won the lottery, would you choose for the lump-sum, or the lesser sum over a series of time?
F: I would take the staggered sum and never work a day job. Learn how to surf and drive across Australia. Yeah.