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Interview Questions 17

March 25, 2019

What do you like to wear when you go to work?

I used to wear whatever I wanted to work. I would wear t-shirts and jeans and when it was cold, I would throw on a hooded sweatshirt. I wore sneakers until they would be falling apart and then I would keep wearing them. My clothes often had holes in them. When I first got an office job, I was frustrated that I would have to wear button up shirts and ties. I had never really been a tie guy. As soon as I felt I was able to get away with it, I stopped wearing a tie to work. I was not very invested in that job as it was just something to do to pay the bills. When I went back to school to become a paralegal, a change came over me. When I got my first job after school, I gladly put on a tie. Throwing on a buttoned shirt, slacks, nice shoes, and a tie puts me into work mode. When I don that combo, I feel professional and I think that is reflected in my work ethic. Besides, it is expected by clients and other professionals that I appear dressed like a proper assistant. Sure, there are some days I would rather not wear a tie but most days it is easy enough to wear one. Part of that is that I have shirts that fit my neck size and I learned that you do not have to cinch a tie to the hilt. It is not that hard to be comfortable and well-dressed.

If you could be Batman or Robin, which one would you be?

I have been a huge fan of Batman in many forms since I can remember. Batman was way better than Superman or any other hero out there because he was more or less an ordinary guy who did ordinary things. He used intelligence more than he used actual power to save the day. I truly fell in love with Batman in 1989 which was arguably Batman’s second movie outing but the first in theaters. Through all of the stories through all of the years, the comics have stressed how much pressure Batman is under. He has to make the tough choices and he has to make the plan. Honestly, I always liked being in a support role. Every job I have ever had has been in a support role. Robin is right there by Batman’s side, helping him save the day but following his mentor’s lead. Robin also makes Batman better by occasionally challenging him when Batman goes off the rails a bit or when Batman is otherwise incapacitated. Actually, although it was not a choice, I would love to be Oracle. Oracle was the former Batgirl who became Oracle after an injury left her wheelchair-bound. She used a vast network of computers and contacts to help Batman, his allies, and other heroes around the world. That seems like it is right up my alley.

Do you prefer cats or dogs?

I would have to say that I prefer cats. Dogs are great, though. Dogs are big bundles of energy and all of that seems to be focused into love and excitement. They are always happy to see you and happy to see everyone they ever see. In my experience, most dogs immediately run and jump all over everyone who comes in the door even if it is their owner who they have seen thousands of times. As a natural introvert and somebody who likes to actually do stuff in their house, this sounds tiring to me. I would kind of like to watch television without having to deal with the barking. I know that means that I am missing out on the love and affection of a lot of good boys and girls but I just cannot deal with it. Also, people with dogs never seem to be able to go anywhere. They always have to be back to walk the dog. By the way, walking the dog is the one part I did not have a problem with. Cats, on the other hand, are largely low maintenance. They handle a lot of their business on their own and only bother you when it is time to eat (which is all the time but that can be managed). Cats seem to know when you want to be alone and when you want company. They are more like roommates than pets sometimes.

Interview Questions 11

January 22, 2018

If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

My first inclination is that I would write a book but honestly I could do that bit by bit every day currently and not lose too much time. I might be finished with the book in months or years but I would finish it. However, I would really like to learn to fight. Don’t get me wrong, I have no targets in mind and I do not actually want to fight anybody. I would like to learn a few fighting disciplines to gain more control of my body and more mental and physical prowess. I would go back to practicing my archery on a regular basis. I would take up sword fighting, probably with a Claymore or a dagger/rapier combo because it would just feel so cool. I am not sure what unarmed martial art I would want to try and learn. I am a big fan of the aesthetic of boxing but something a little more versatile would probably be better. Krav Maga is a grab bag of martial arts that sounds right up my alley. Of course, a movie nerd like me would love to study something like Wing Chun just like Jackie Chan and Brue Lee (to name just two). Going to the gym is currently time-consuming enough without having to expend mental energy and even more time learning techniques. Also, the way things are going, if society breaks down I might need those fighting skills.

If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

Yes, the name of this blog is Wolf of Words and that is also my gamer tag in various games. The noble wolf is an image that inspires me and that ideal is something I strive for. As I have discussed previously, it also a reference to my family’s old tradition of literally howling at the moon for a healthy bit of chaotic behavior. No, I would not pick the wolf to answer this question. I would actually pick a dog instead. Dogs are domesticated animals who are very loyal. Loyalty is one of the positive qualities that I know I have. I love my family and friends and I stick by them through thick and thin. I also tend to go for a walk any time that I start to feel anxious or depressed. A good workout (usually walking or biking lately) makes me happier. I am a curious person and I like to sniff out the reasons why things are happening around me and the truth of the matter. Just like every dog I have met, I do not really like strange dogs. When I see a dog out on the street, I tend to shy away from it just in case. Just last week I actually got chased by an aggressive dog on my street. Oh and while I am not a big talker, like most dogs, once you get me started I find it hard to shut up even if what I am saying is of little consequence.

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Would you post about work on Facebook?

This earns a big “Hell No” because this is bush league behavior to me. When I see people complaining about an aspect of their job on Facebook, I want to say “look for a new job”. I know that they are just venting but Facebook and Twitter are not the places for that. I have read so many stories about how posting on social media got somebody fired or disciplined in general at their job. First, you have to use the adage “if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all” at least when it comes to work. You do not want to offend or embarrass your boss. Also, complaining about co-workers is a risky endeavor because what happens when they stumble upon that post accidentally? Nothing good will happen. I also just think that sort of complaining or venting just reflects badly on the person doing it. You may be asking “What about posting positive work things?” I am of the firm belief that work time and personal time should remain separate. I do not want to broadcast the inner workings of my office to people who have no business reading it. Also, I work in the legal field and that sort of thing could possibly get me fired and/or a lawyer disciplined. No thank you. As one of my law professors said: “If you need to vent, get a dog.”

Sometimes a Dog is Just a Dog

November 28, 2016

So, something new has happened in my life recently. I’m not talking about Thanksgiving which was an adventure worth having but, if given the choice, I would have taken tradition instead. No, I am talking about a dog. My brother has started fostering dogs for the local SPCA and that I agreed to help him since I am spending much of my time at home working on schoolwork. When he goes off to the gym or meets with a tenant, I get to watch his temporary dog. (The dog is temporarily his and yet permanently a dog) I really do not mind even though it can get a little distracting. I am working on final papers for the semester so I am not really out and about.

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Here she is.  Who’s a good dog?  Rizzo is.

Of course, this is Baltimore so there is one breed of dog that is likely to be hanging out at a shelter in the city. Yes, my brother picked up a bonafide purebred pitbull. Her name is Rizzo and yes that name is based on the character from Grease even though she looks nothing like any of the actresses I have seen in the role. In fact, her coloring ends up making her look more like a cow than any dog I have ever seen. She is a sweet dog at age two and she still has a lot of energy and not a lot of focus. She will lie down on her bed next to my couch as I type away at this computer just fine. Then, the door opens or some weird sound happens from somewhere nearby and she is up on her feet. It is cute but a little distracting. I think she will grow out of that.

Unfortunately, “pit bull” is a dirty word in American society today. Pit bulls were originally created by breeding terriers with bulldogs. The idea was to combine a terrier’s agility with the bulldog’s bite strength. The reasoning for this was to create a creature bred for violence and specifically the pit bull was made for dog fighting. Unfortunately, that is what a lot of them are still used for these days. Their behavior leads to people vilifying the poor misguided things. I was always skeptical of labeling pit bulls inherently dangerous. Now that I have met Rizzo, I am sure that the reasoning is flawed.

Rizzo is strong as hell. In a lot of ways, she is much stronger and faster than I am. I have seen her savage objects with her teeth and I know how capable she is at destruction. She could destroy me and not even work up a sweat while she did it. While she is very capable, Rizzo is not interested in that. I have seen her meet a few people now and she is just excited as your average Labrador retriever or hound dog. That excitement has never translated into an attack or any indication of violent behavior. So, I don’t believe any domesticated animal is inherently dangerous. It is all in how the dog is treated. If you train a dog to be violent,  it will be violent. If you treat the dog with love and respect then it will do the same. Whoever adopts that dog will be lucky.


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