Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Okay. . . I've been tagged. . .

I soooo live in my little bubble that I'm always amazed to find out that anyone other than Cindy, Joi, and my mom ever read this little ol' blog. But apparently they do! And I've been tagged one of them, the lovely Taz of Cut It and Pin It. Since I mustn't let down my non-related readership I am more than happy to answer these probing questions. . .

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Well. . . I had just graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in musical theater having already decided to take a break from acting having had a major breakdown earlier in the year. To fill the time between classes in tap dancing and crying, I worked at Tower Records (RIP) at the corner of Newbury and Mass. Ave. I knew a lot about soundtracks and pop music and had a grand time acting the know-it-all and making no money. All of my best stories come from my time at that store. . . memories. . . Oh! I also went to a metric ton of concerts that year (yet another way to avoid school) and was WAY into swing dancing and music. I went the whole 9 with that, it was a great excuse to wear my many vintage cocktail dresses (most of which I still have! though they are very tight if they fit at all, boo.)

2. Is missing!

3. What snacks do you enjoy?

What I enjoy and what I can have these days seem to be two different things. . . I love cheese and chocolate but I'm trying to be a good girl and eating a lot of fresh fruit, homemade soy and fruit smoothies, granola bars, and fresh juices (if it all works maybe I'll fit into those dresses soon!)

4. What would you do if you were a billionaire?
I'd be very generous! I'd give a million right away to the best public radio station in the whole wide world, KEXP. I'd do right by all my family and friends, buy a few houses, travel like mad, go crazy at Marc Jacobs, invest, and open a shop someplace wonderful. . . San Francisco? London? New York?

5. Where have you lived?
In order:
Bakersfield, CA
Boston, MA
San Francisco, CA
Back to Bakersfield
New York, NY (mostly in Brooklyn but briefly in Manhattan)
Back once more and for now in Bakersfield (sigh)

6. What jobs have you had?
Man. . . this question along with the 10 years ago question sure make this a depressing tag for li'l ol' Erika. . . Anyway. . . In order:
Clerk and know-it-all - Tower Records (Boston and San Francisco)
Substitute High School Teacher
Bookseller - Barnes & Noble
Personal Assistant
Admin Assistant
Sales Associate - Charles Tyrwhitt
Temping once more
VERY Small Business Owner - my imaginary boyfriend!!!

7. Who would I like to know more about?
Oooh. . . this is where I figure out who to tag. . . I'll have to think on that and get back to this one! Hum. . . thinking. . .

Well that's it!

Hearts and puppies,


Anonymous said...

Like you, I am a Tower refugee living in Bakersfield. Sigh! I visited the store you worked at many times over the years. Robert Stapleton was both the manager and regional manager/director at the store. Good guy, but probably still crazy after all these years. It was a great store, and it was so sad to see the lease get mangled and lost to Virgin. Oh well, it would have closed a few years later when all hell broke loose and the lights went out for the chain. I do a healthy amount of blogging on Bakersfield.com under a fictitious name Adam Payne. I headed up the Video Division for many years at Tower. Maybe we can share a coffee in town if you're inclined. Peace.

cvsolstice said...

Hi there. I believe we have a Heidi in common. Just wanted to slightly internet stalk you and suggest we craft together sometime since you are back in town. I am best reached via Heidi's my space just click on my nephew's boobies onsie...wow. That sounded incredibly odd. Well then, now that I have sufficiently either given you the creeps, chuckles or confused I will make my internet exit.

erika said...

HI Anon! (or is it "Adam?") if you're on myspace you should join the rejects, http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=159554831
Yes, Robert was something. . . he was very fond of me for some reason. . . it all started with a Gossamer key ring I had on my bag. . . strange man. . . Anyway, yeah, we should so swap stories! I'd like that!

erika said...

I love having a Heidi in common. Isn't she wonderful!?! I'd love a crafting buddy locally. We should def. mychat!

Anonymous said...

dear erika, I am trying to identify a booth/craftsperson called "Gavin & __(?)__" At the renegade craft fair. I am trying to give one of their stuffed robots to a beautiful female robot that I love so please hit me up at food360 AT mac dot com if you might happen to know. . . thanks!

Tom said...

Adam, we keep running into each other in the oddest places. See ya on b.com.


Paper Dolls For Boys said...

That was the best Tower EVAH.

erika said...

I agree, it was a pretty awesome Tower!

Taz said...

I wondered where #2 was as well! :D

Anonymous said...

There are some seriously odd people trolling your blog...