Questions that Matter with Joseph Carrabis

I asked the questions that matter of Joseph Carrabis! But first, the book:

Now the questions!

Welcome, welcome! We shall start with: How did you meet your best friend? (Animals count here!)

I asked to borrow her typewriter so I could finish a term paper (indicates how long ago it was). Susan (wife/partner/Princess) and I were in a German class together in college. My typewriter died and I needed to finish a paper for English. To thank her, I asked if she’d like to go see a college production of Pippen. It was the snowiest night of the year (anybody remember the New England Blizzard of ‘78)? For who knows what reason we decided to go for a drive to the ocean (about twenty miles away). I had an Opel GT (think “mini-Corvette”) and managed to skid it off the road attempting to turn back. I asked if she was okay, she was, and said to hang on, I’d get us back to her apartment. I did and asked if she’d like to go to dinner sometime. Foolishly, she said yes. We’ve been together 41 years.

She was moved by your bravery! What is your most bizarre talent?

Had to ask Susan this one as I self-describe as “dulling and bore” hence, by definition, I can’t have a bizarre talent, let alone one that stands out as most bizarre among several bizarre talents.
Susan offered “directionality.” I seem to be one of those people, who like migratory species, has a magnetic sense. I’ve always had it. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that science caught up and said, “Oh, how ‘bout that. It seems some people also have a magnetic sense.”
Example: We often go for drives to no place in particular, just to get out. Doesn’t matter how far we travel or what backroads we’re on, when it’s time to start back I’ll know which way to go, which roads to take, how far to go on those roads, et cetera.
Personally, I think this ability stems from one of my first for-real jobs as an interstate trucker long before there were mobile phones and GPS. Might also stem from all the years I spent hiking and hitchhiking. However I acquired it, I’m happy to have it.

One of my awesome talents is getting lost! We would make a great team! Tell us something you’ve never told anyone else.

I have seventeen toes at the ends of each of my fingers.

*Is left speechless* If you were in a circus, what would your job be?

Bearded lady. I already have the beard so I’m halfway there.

I would think your toe-fingers would get you a job. Favorite drink?

A good, well aged, single-malt Scotch. One of my teachers, Calum, taught me how to enjoy Scotch. I’ve been grateful ever since.

I’ll drink to that! Describe your best pair of socks.

Susan is an amazing and gifted knitter. I benefit as much from her successful experiments as anyone. Once she had two skeins of yarn leftover from two different projects. I asked her to make me a pair of socks, one sock from one skein, the other sock from the other skein. These skeins were multicolored, one predominantly blues, the other predominantly reds.
I’ll wear these socks when I’m onstage, teaching, giving presentations, whenever I have to stand up in front of people, basically. For one thing, I know I’m wrapped in Susan’s love by the feel of the socks.
But another thing is that sometimes people will whisper to me that I’m wearing different color socks. Sometimes it’s not a whisper.
My response is always the same and is completely accurate; “They’re not mismatched. It’s the same information presented at different frequencies.”

When it’s made with love, it’s never mismatched! Now, flash me! Write me a flash fiction story, no more than 50 words, please!

They past us, silent, mourning, forgiving our stupidity. Our children’s future, gone. The right to decide their own fates, gone. We built the pyramids. Didn’t we have the right to climb them?
We defended ourselves. “Quantum Entropy! To observe is the change!”
The last, fading, asked, “What did you see?”

I love it! Thank you, Joseph, for giving us a glimpse into your mind! Support Joseph by checking out the new book! Then join me next Friday to show me your toe-fingers and read another interview!

Twitter: @JosephCarrabis

Happy reading! 🙂


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