Sylvie Szafranski tagged me, and I’ve now contracted a meme that’s going around. If you’re not hot for Josh Trivia (and who is these days, what with the price of eggs and all?), you should skip this post and head straight to your favorite purveyor of fine delicacies.
1. I have a hard time not singing along with songs I like. When I listen to music in the car, I tend to sing along as loudly as I can, especially if I’m alone or with people I feel particularly comfortable with (like my wife and daughter).
2. I once saw the band Electrafixion, formed by the singer and the guitarist from Echo & the Bunnymen, play at a bar in North Carolina. Echo & the Bunnymen is one of my favorite bands, so I was awfully psyched. After the show, my friends and I hung around outside the bar, and I ended up meeting and talking with Electrafixion/Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, who I’d idolized for years. He was incredibly nice, funny and self-deprecating. We mostly talked about comics we liked.
3. It took me longer than four years to get my undergrad degree. After my first year of college, my grades weren’t so great, to the point that I was on Academic Probation, so I dropped out of school. After one semester of working fast food, I was ready to try college again. I usually went part-time, partly to make sure I was staying focused and maintaining decent grades, but also because I’d quit fast food and gotten a job at the university library, and I loved working at the library so much, I worked as many hours as I was allowed in a semester. Despite the fact that I loved working at the library and hanging out at the library, it took me almost 10 years before I realized that I wanted to go to library school and make libraries my career.
4. I love being a librarian, but sometimes I wonder what my life would be like now if I’d instead become a professional comics writer or improv performer or singer in a successful post-post-punk band.
5. I know I’m being neurotic, but I worry a lot about my health. I frequently stress about contracting something terminal or permanently debilitating. Lately, I’ve become particularly worried that one, some or all of my teeth will fall out, even though they show no signs of doing so.