The outspoken, the outrageous, the outstanding...
Name: Victoria Walker
Location: At my desk
Where were you born? Detroit, Michigan
If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be?
This is hard! I would want to live in Hatteras, NC for the beach and the ocean -- Sandusky Ohio for Cedar Point -- Washington DC for the Smithsonian Museums -- Munich for Oktoberfest -- Amsterdam for the Heinicken Beer Museum and the Reijksmuseum being within stumbling distance of each other -- And in my own backyard, for the chance to watch the flowers and eat the tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries and grapes before TinyTuna gets home.
What did you want to be when you grew up? In third grade I remember saying I wanted to be "famous" when I grew up, and I got hazed something fierce for that. So, in order not to relive that psychological trauma again, I'll change my answer and say, "Really, REALLY famous."
Would you be more likely to be famous from your writing, or from your singing talents?
It better be Singing. I didn't endure years and years of lessons from deranged sopranos for nothing!
What were mealtimes like for you as a child? Depends. No -- we weren't WEARING Depends, although sometimes I think it would have helped. "Regular" meals were in the kitchen. With four kids we had individual stools and eating places built in around the kitchen cabinetry so we wouldn't kick the hell out of each other and start the usual "STOP TOUCHING ME" arguments. For more special occasions we ate together at the dining room table, but more often than not, someone would start laughing about something unfunny, causing all of us to start laughing about something unfunny, causing my dad to threaten banishment to the bedroom. Which made us laugh harder.
Do you get your sense of humor from GramTuna?
I think I get my humor from a sense of self-preservation. When you have to compete with three other siblings, two adults, a dog, two cats, fish, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, fiddler crabs and yes, an ALLIGATOR, it's survival of the fittest, baby! Actually, everybody in my family is wickedly funny, GramTuna included. In fact, this weekend all of us kids are in town and tonight we are having the DREADED family picture taken. I pity the fool who will be the photographer and has to deal with all of us at one time.
I do have to add that I was reminded by my mother and her sister that my grandfather, (maternal), was quite the writer. He was a career Navy man, and during those long months and sometimes years that he was gone, he would send letters home. They were called "The Pink Sheets" because his last name was Pinkerton. I don't remember reading these, but my Grandfather had an absolutely wicked sense of humor. Someday I hope to find some of these writings -- it would probably be a very "Circle of Life" kind of moment.
What family talents does Tiny Tuna seem to have?
If you asked her, you'd be sitting here all day. She would tell you she is an excellent singer, dancer, ice skater, writer, actress and cook -- to name just a few. She has the parental singing genes down pat -- we all have a music background -- but Ice Skating? No. Not unless being a Human Zamboni is a talent. Oh and yeah, she does have that Drama thing down to a freaking science.
Did you ever like any of your school photos? I have a couple of classics, that's for sure. In second grade I got in a fight with a girl at the bus stop, so my School Picture hair is all messed up. In fourth-grade I channeled Snow White and looked absolutely angelic. I think my true persona lies somewhere in the middle.
What was your first date like? It must not have been anything special, because I have absolutely no recollection, Senator.
Ever have any celebrity crushes?
No. Aren't I boring?
What is in your vegetable bin? I have been preparing for this question all summer. I have ceased placing actual produce in my vegetable bins, because I forget they are there until Eau de Compost wafts from the bottom of my Frigidaire. Now, my bins hold juice boxes for TinyTuna (on the left) and Mike's HardLemonade for Mom (on the right). Lest you think I'm anti-vegetable, my refrigerator is usually full of tomatoes (yes, I know they are a fruit), mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, squash, and anything else in season.
Except avocado, right?
Avocado is neither a fruit nor a vegetable. Avocado is a nasty. Ditto for rhubarb, if you were gonna ask.
What color is your car? Bright Red with small rusty accents. Technically Two-Toned Bright Red with small rusty accents. Rusty accents are my version of "spoilers"
Tell us about your new bunny!
The Fabster! Fabio the Fahhbulous! Fabio is quite the Bun. He is a white-haired french angora, which means he has very, very long luscious hair everywhere but on his face. We got him last February at the Bunny show and technically it is TinyTuna's pet. (HEE!) He wasn't a good "show" bunny because he has a microscopic white freckle on his black nose. He was very gentle, and we decided to adopt him. He gives "kisses" in the morning (licks like a dog) and loves carrots, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and of course...DANDELIONS! His parents were "Samson" and "Lady Godiva" so we felt we needed to give him a "beautiful hair" name. Someday, if we ever had a tan female, we'd name her "Farrah".
Are you having a good hair day today? HA! You forget that I work in a library, where we take an occuptational oath to have the worse hair immaginable. So no, I'm not having a good hair day. I'm having a late-summer, gotta-shift-so-why-get-dressed-up hair day. Dusty books don't care how you look.
What's your favorite perfume. Fresh Baked Bread.
Subtle, yet yeasty.
What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
A joke I heard about swimming :)
That was a good one!
What is your middle name. Kay. Don't ask, I dunno.
What types of books do you like to read? I tend toward essays (because they are short and to the point), non fiction, history, and award-winning fiction and short stories. I also have a strong affinity for children's picture books, and kiddie lit in general.
What do you read online?
Ay-Carumba! Too many, or not enough, depending on how you look at my bloglines list. I really do a mix of political (AMERICAblog, Wonkette), regional (Ocracoke Journal, Gothamist, LAist), Photography (APOD, among many others), Library (You don't really care about these, do you?) Humor (Surrounded by Nincompoops, Spamusement, Dan Wheeler), as well as every single journal posted up on HT. I am constantly fascinated by what people have to say.
What is your favorite type of cookie? There have to be three: 1. Oatmeal raisin. 2. The hardest Ginger Snap the store will sell 3. My homemade Persimmon cookies.
Who would you like to see featured on our next Spotlight? As I am answering this questionnaire on Friday the 13th...I think it only appropriate that we pounce on "The 13th Thing" -- *snap*snap* -- Our fellow writer, SNAPPIE!
Thanks Tuna, for being so much fun to interview and to hang out with!