I think people you meet are always, by instinct, going to try to put their best face on. If they stay in your life, it’s because their best face is the only face they are capable of using.
Eminem - Rabbit Run
My cup runneth over, I done filled it up
If you want to read an excellent oral history of 8 Mile, you can do so here.
I went clean-shaven for my final interview, so I’m all scratchy today.
Q:What do you do professionally when you are employed? What do you *want* to do professionally? Do you have a connection to the UK, or elsewhere in Europe (that causes you to have strong feelings about sports culture there)? And, I couldn't find the answer to this on your tumblr: who is Nick?
Professionally, I’m an instructional designer/trainer. That means I design and deliver training. That’s what I call myself, anyway. I’ve never really had a real clear direction when it came to a career path. I enjoy building a course from bottom to top and then delivering it. If someone would pay me to take photos professionally, I’d love to do that, but those jobs are few and far between.
I was born in North London, and my father was a lifelong supporter and season ticket holder of Tottenham Hotspur FC, a football (soccer) club. He started taking me to matches when I was five, and I went with him to those until I was 16. I grew up with the sport and saw it change over time. I got in a lot of trouble because of my association with the club and being a fan, and my dad decided that I needed to leave England because of his belief that I was either going to end up dead or in jail because of it. I guess the answer to that question is yes, I do have a lot of strong feelings about football (soccer) culture overall. It was and is a big part of my life. I currently have season tickets to the Philadelphia Union, who are in the US’s top league, Major League Soccer.
Nick is one of my circle of close friends. I don’t have a ton of friends in the area, but the ones I do have are long-time. Nick is someone I met in my senior year at Penn State, when he was an incoming freshman. He’s originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland. My friends Gene and Charlie have been mentioned here from time to time. Charlie is an ex-pat from Liverpool, and Gene is from Pennsylvania. Charlie is another college mate, and Gene was a friend of a friend (who moved away) and just started hanging with us after a fashion.
Two Door Cinema Club - Sleep Alone
And I may go
To places I have never been to just to find
The deepest desires in my mind
Lou Reed - Perfect Day (Later with Jools Holland, 2003)
There’s a guy doing kata during all this to Lou’s right, and Antony Hegarty (from Antony and the Johnsons) singing the second verse. I suppose it’s all performance art of some sort.
A sinkhole tried to derail my final interview today, but I know tons of back ways to go and was only around a minute late (leaving 45 minutes early for what should have been a 20 minute drive).
They’re making a decision this week. I thought I did really well.
So we’ll see.
Kings Of Convenience - Misread
How come no-one told me
All throughout history
The loneliest people
Were the ones who always spoke the truth
Maybe you didn’t KNOW you needed to hear some Norwegian folk-pop first thing on a Tuesday. Did you ever think of THAT? BAM.