The Five Questions

It’s like the four questions at passover (thank you Sunday School) but different. Here are the five questions that I realized I wanted to know from my friends. Getting the questions answered not only from friends, family but people I don’t know. Because I love people I don’t know.

1. What are you doing today?
2. What do you wish you were doing today?
3. Where do you hope to see yourself in a year?
4. What is your greatest weakness? BUT what is you actual greatest weakness, as in, what don’t you tell your interviewer?
5. If you won the lottery, would you choose for the lump-sum, or the lesser sum over a series of time?

if you want to answer the questions send them to
celiegold AT gmail DOT com

One of the best parts of asking people these questions is their discomfort- “was this email intended for me?” or “why do you want to know?” People are so tricky about answering some simple questions. So wary.

But here are my answers:

1. What are you doing today?
The receptionist who works the front desk has taken the day off, along with tomorrow, so I am currently answering the phones and basically answering the same question. Please look at websites before you call an institution. It would make things easier for you. I’m gchatting with various friends, jobhunting, reading “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and making a list of things to pack for New York City.

2. What do you wish you were doing today?
In all honesty, I wish I was wearing a white tee and shorts, sitting on my parents’ old porch in Needham, reading my book, drinking an inordinate amount of black coffee and making to-do lists. Some of the items on my to-do list would be things that I had already done and can therefore actually cross off as soon as I finished.

3. Where do you hope to see yourself in a year?
Well, I know I’m going to be living in New York City, since I signed a lease and everything. I’m hoping that I’ll have a steady, 9 to 5 job and fill my nights with improv shows, standup, rehearsals for projects that I’m either directing or at least taking part in. I’m hoping I still do yoga, my hair is still long and that my friends are still there. Oh, and that I’m not in debt.

4. What is your greatest weakness? BUT what is you actual greatest weakness, as in, what don’t you tell your interviewer?
My greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist. Okay, but in all honesty my greatest weakness is a lot of the time I really really hate projects that can’t be finished. I love the feeling of getting something done on time. I’m terrified of eyeballs. They make me throw up. I get claustrophobic in small elevators. When I’m angry I lose my temper and say things I regret. When I lose my temper I punch the roof of my car which makes me feel better. I can handle change well, but usually about a month in, when everyone thinks I’ve adapted, I have one day in which I simply fall apart. I’m talking red nose, bawling for no reason and complete hysteria. It’s one day, and one moment, but after that, I get right back into it. Happens without fail. Every year.

5. If you won the lottery, would you choose for the lump-sum, or the lesser sum over a series of time?
Lump sum. Invest that cash.

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