It's that time again. Time for Interviewing With the Starz!, where the questions are tough and the embraces are tender. Today we're talking with Dave Larsen who was in my ward in Rexburg and blogs over here about all kinds of stuff. Did you download his Rainy Day mix yet? You should. Anyway, here's Dave:
Name: David Joseph Larsen
Hometown: Rupert, Idaho. Never really thought I would be living here again but I am while the whole med school application process is going on.
Occupation: Psychosocial Rehabilitation. I work with "at-risk" youth. You know, "at risk" of getting kicked out of school or put in jail. A lot of them have aggressive tendencies, are on probation and have a crazy home life. It might sound tough but mostly we talk a lot about what to do instead of punching people and then play a game of Uno. I am the Uno King.
Does that position, as Uno King, come with some sort of crown and authority, or is it mainly a ceremonial office?
Basically, all who oppose me are crushed. I guess you could call me the evil dictator of Uno. Some call me the Uno Nazi because I have memorized all the rules and I enforce them. I win more than everyone else at the office.
Sadly, there is no crown.
Favorite type of donut:
Mostly whichever type is in front of me. I like maple and pudding filled, just not at the same time.
Would you rather be mauled by a bear, stung to death by bees or eaten by a shark? Why?
I going to have to go with being mauled by a bear. Being stung to DEATH or EATEN by a shark doesn’t really leave a lot of room for survival. Plus, I am pretty sure if I watch The Office enough I can learn key bear mauling survival skills from Dwight.
If your life were a song, what song would it be?
Hard Choice. "The Master Plan," by Oasis. I heard it was Noel’s favorite song he had ever done. If this is my song then it’s almost like I am his favorite too.
If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t love watching most movies I have already seen. Comedies seem to be the only exception to the rule. Maybe Cool Runnings or the Princess Bride. I can’t commit.
If you had your way, where would you live out the rest of your days and how?
I would live them out in my own comfy house with occasional trips to my other comfy homes in Chile, Europe, etc. I think it would be cool to be financially secure enough to spend a lot of time giving free medical care to underserved populations (if they ever decide to let me be a doctor). I’ll want to be busy when I am an old man.
What would your like your tombstone read? (Don’t worry, I’m not going to kill you)
As long as it is something with good grammar I will be happy. Erin will probably choose it.
The Three Stooges or the Marx Brothers?
Stooges. You may all hate me for this but I don’t even know the Marx Brothers. Maybe I am missing out.
What three TV shows can you not miss?
The Office and Lost. Those are the only two that I honestly don’t miss. I like 30 Rock too but I miss it sometimes. I always miss the Simpsons but I love it dearly and own a few seasons.
If you could erase one social problem with the flick of yr wrist, what would it be and why?
I would make everyone feel a great sense of personal responsibility for their actions. I believe that would help fix a lot of different things at once. I think every kid I work with blames everything wrong they do on everyone else. I could go on and on.
Who was your earliest remembered crush?
Kristin Meyer. I don’t know if it was a real crush but I remember telling my friend she was my girlfriend in kindergarten or first grade.
What five things do you hope people know or think about you?
2. Dashing. (I thought about listing off the Scout Law, but it doesn’t say anything about being dashing)
3. I love my family a lot.
4. I think a lot about what other people are thinking. Not necessarily what they are thinking about me, just what they are thinking in general.
5. I don’t have great phone etiquette. And I kind of like the awkward moments sometimes.
What three things are you terrified that people know or think about you?
I really really really don’t want people to think I am arrogant. I hate that.
I don’t want people to think I am lazy even though I am sometimes.
I don’t want them to think untrue things about me in general. I am mostly OK with what is true.
The Stones or the Who?
If you could have any super power (flight, x-ray vision, the ability to talk to undersea creatures, etc.), what would it be and why?
Flight would be awesome, but only if I could fly enough to carry Erin with me. I could start my own super exclusive courier business.
What is the deal with airline food?
I have only flown a few times but I would rate the airline food just above the cafeteria food I had in elementary school. I didn’t like it too much. But I did have some Bistro chicken in the Atlanta airport and it was pretty dang good.
What is your greatest unrealized ambition?
To get into heaven.
Most embarassing moment ever. Go!
So, my wife and I were about a week away from getting married. We were standing outside her apartment before saying goodbye for the night and we were talking a little about what all engaged people surely think about constantly (there was no one around, it was late). When Erin went inside she realized that her roommate heard everything we were saying through her open bedroom window. Wow. Glad I got that off my chest.
And that was Dave. Who will be the next BRR reader (or, BRRR) to be interviewed? Find out next week, cats & kittens.