1. Who is your favorite “Joe/Jo” and what can you tell us about him or her?
Wow, the longer I looked at that name, the weirder it looked! I don’t know a whole lot of people named that and/or have a favorite so I’ll take you through what my brain did after reading the question. Firstly, I thought about Joey DeLauro, a kid I played games with in the cafeteria in 3rd grade. Then I thought about Joey Tango, a crush I had in 6th grade. Then I thought about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, an anime Ash and I both like. And then my friend’s husband is named Joe and he’s a good guy. So yeah, that’s my answer.
2. Who were you named for and do you or did you know that person?
No. My dad just liked both the names Claire and Justine. He thought they sounded pretty.
3. Do you have a middle name and do you like it/use it?
As mentioned, it is Justine and I kind of hate it. Though have grown used to it.
4. Have you ever named your car? Tell us about it, please!
Surprisingly, I have not, considering I enjoy naming objects. I had a friend who named two of his cars Connie and Maybelline but none of my cars presented a name. I did name my Roomba; it’s Francisco.
5. Tell us the name of a fictional character you have never forgotten and why you remember it so well.
The first one that came to mind was the sailor, Billy Budd, from the story of the same name by Melville. I had to read it in a grad theory class and I ended up writing my essay comparing the characters in the story to archetypes in professional wrestling. It was quite a paper!
6. Share something random with us about your week.
Well, today is my birthday so I am in a contemplative mood about entering my 40s. Yesterday’s post entailed some ideas about the last day of my 30s, if you feel so inclined. The day didn’t begin great, however. Little things like being woken up by thunder at 2 am and not being able to get back to sleep for a while; a guy in a Miata going 55 in my neighborhood flipping ME off as I tried to exit my driveway; my office manager being a bitch to everyone straight away. But you know what? I have reached a point in my life where I have to let that stuff go. So I am listening to Whitechapel and Draconian, two of my new favorite bands, and feeling confident in myself.