As a group, the ChicagoNow bloggers were given the optional project of getting to know another ChicagoNow blogger via a Q& A session.
I was randomly (or not so randomly) assigned Bill Mayeroff – Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow; he’s a single guy who is intelligent, witty, loves a good beer, and enjoys being a professional dog-walker.
As a pure blogger, I have never had the opportunity to interview anyone before and turn it into copy. I have never been a journalist. Writing this bit has been a stretch for me, taking me far outside my comfort zone. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!
My regular readers know that I keep things clean. My 10 year old reads everything I publish – there really is no other choice.
That being said, I give you the Q&A I presented to Bill with his answers quoted verbatim, except where [ ] are place and for any expletives that pop up; <bleep> will be used in their place of an expletive.
That’s just how I roll.
Me: Since you have so many….what ONE job would you do and why?
Bill: Honestly, none of them. I want to retire. I want to buy an island off the coast of Alaska, build a house on it and live there. I’ll have about 10 dogs and a personal assistant to hunt moose and other wild game for me (and the dogs) to eat.
I’ll have a float plane for traveling. I’ll spend my days training my dogs for Frisbee competitions and fishing for salmon and cod and other delicious Alaskan seafood.
I’ll also probably grow vegetables and brew beer. <Bleep> having a job. Retirement’s where it’s at.
This answer made me smile, because Bill said repeatedly “I’ll”, meaning “I will”. Not “maybe”, not “I wish”, but “I WILL”. Admirable, to say the least.
Bill is a copy editor and journalist, so I asked…what ONE story would you like to cover/write and why?
Bill: I wouldn’t mind breaking the news of a world leader being assassinated. I’m talking about a first-world leader, not some military dictator from some tiny nation in the middle of nowhere. Those get killed all the time.
No, I want to break the news of an American president or a British prime minister being killed. Better yet, I want to break it via cellphone video, which will still be a far higher quality than the Zapruder film of Kennedy being shot.
As far as why I want that…isn’t obvious? Immortality. Nobody would know who Abraham Zapruder [is] if he hadn’t filmed Kennedy being assassinated. He would have been an unknown manufacturer of women’s clothing forever. But that crappy home movie made him immortal. And that’s pretty <bleep>ing cool.
Bill is also a professional dog walker, so I asked…what ONE dog is your favorite and why?
Bill: My dog, because there are none better.
Perhaps, but I think my dog is the best, so we’ll just agree to disagree about who’s dog is the best. We can, however, agree that dogs are awesome.
Bill is a self-proclaimed “drinker of bitter beer and bitter coffee,” so I asked…what ONE beer couldn’t you live without and why?
Bill: The best beer in the world is the one that’s right in front of you. So that’s my answer. The beer I couldn’t live without is the one that’s right in front of me.
And I asked…what ONE coffee is a must-have and why?
Bill: See my answer for beer. Same principle applies.
Bill is a Chicago White Sox baseball fan, so I asked…what ONE White Sox game would you like to see and why? (Who would the opponent be and where would they play).
Bill: I went to game 1 of the 2005 World Series at US Cellular Field. That was about the pinnacle of Sox games. I’d love to see more World Series games, but I don’t have a dream opponent for them. I just want the Sox to win some damn World Series trophies. I don’t care who they have to beat to get them.
Bill is a body modification enthusiast, so I asked…what ONE body modification would you like to have/do and why, or why don’t you do it?
Bill: I’d love to get a vasectomy. I can’t afford one at the moment, but as soon as I get a new job with better insurance, that’s a top priority. Why? Well, a vasectomy performed by a doctor seems like it’d be a far less painful way to keep from having kids than sticking my privates in a microwave and turning it on. And equally effective.
Vasectomy aside, the best modification I’ve made to my body to date is my Lasik surgery. How <bleep>ing cool is it that in two minutes, I went from not being able to read my alarm clock on the nightstand right next to my head when I sleep to better than 20/20 vision? I’ll tell you. It’s really <bleep>ing cool.
What ONE other thing would you want included in this post to help us know you better?
Bill: I have fantastic veins. Phlebotomoists love me.
Having been a paramedic, I can appreciate how great having fantastic veins truly is. Awesome for you, now go donate blood, and do some good with those fantastic veins.
What did I learn from this experience?
I learned from this experience that bloggers come in all different shapes, sizes and varieties. We have different backgrounds, different goals and different perspectives of the world around us. That’s why blogging is so cool, that’s why blogging works, and that’s why bloggers appeal to such an enormous audience. If you like to read, there is someone out there writing a blog about the topic you are most interested in. That’s cool.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Romans 12:6 (MSG)
4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
When you want to get to know someone, what questions do you usually ask?
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