Monday, March 22, 2010

Super Punch Interview: Christina Penn

(Super Punch interviews are posted every Monday. Please read the bottom of this post if you'd like to participate.)

Meet Christina Penn:

1. What is your idea of the perfect day?

Sleeping in without Bosco [my Boston Terrier] waking me up as he growls in his sleep or tries to sneak under my blankets. Having some Waffle House hashed browns [capped and smothered!] and coffee with friends. Then hitting flea markets and antique shops. Grab some Thai or Indian food for lunch. Finish the day either watching Reservoir Dogs or a good zombie movie [or both!]. Then having drinks, laughing, and talking with friends while sitting on the porch into the late hours of the night.

2. Describe one of the best moments in your life:

I'm bothered that it took so long to come up with one, which I think tells me something. It was my 24th birthday, where we had a big cooler of beer, a fire pit, and vegetarian bbq. Bunch of my friends were there and sitting around the fire, laughing and talking.

3. What is your most common nightmare?

Somebody trying to break into my house. Or finding myself being flung from heights by some strange turn of events. Or [seriously] there's a reoccurring dream I've had since I was a little kid that always comes in flashes like a pop art comic book about a cat demon digging me out of a hole I'm hiding in and eating my brain.

4. What are your three favorite possessions?

I classify these as the things I'd save if there were a fire.

First would be my dog Bosco.

Second is a vintage green glass necklace that belonged to my grandmother [passed away of cancer in the Philippines in 2008...miss you Ahma].

Third would be my first true antique. A cabinet card photo of a midget woman [born without feet, per some pencil writing on the back], taken by the famous Chas Eisenmann. It was given to me by an antique dealer I worked with who found it in an 1800s family bible. She was going to toss it because it was 'too weird', since she only dealth in 'fine antiques'. I didn't realize the significance of Chas Eisenmann's photos till years later when I bought 'Monsters: Human Freaks in America's Gilded Age: The Photographs of Chas Eisenmann' as a valentine's day gift for a boyfriend at the time.

5. What is your goal for 2010?

Sift through some of my vintage/retro items and decide what to give away, what to toss, what to keep, and what to sell since I bought a house. I've been accumulating stuff for 10 years and have enough for 3 houses! Also to get in better shape, hone my fashion sense, and write more. I'd also like to take a random trip, whether by car or plane. I keep joking about Vegas with friends. Maybe this year is the time.

6. What super power would you most like to have?

Healing powers. I work as a social worker for cancer patients. It crosses everybody's mind at my work at least once a day.

*Previously: Read more Super Punch interviews here.

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