“I grew up in a small town in Nebraska, and when I was ten or so my dad bought 24 chickens and built a chicken coop, and then it was my job to take care of them, feed them, water them, get the eggs. Looking back on that I think I learned a lot of responsibility, but it also taught me that it’s fun to raise animals. It’s something I actually enjoy. I don’t just do it because it seems cool or is this ideal.”
You should get one of those shirts, you know like, “I listened to NPR before it was cool.”
“I had urban chickens before they were cool…or, when I was twelve.”
If you could describe how you’re similar to a chicken, what would you say?
“I think my hair is similar to the comb that they have. I usually have like a faux-hawk, or it’s just kind of messy, and it looks like a chicken comb.”
Do you lay eggs?
“No eggs. I don’t lay eggs, but I do like to eat them.”
What’s one of the first stories or memories that comes to mind from your childhood?
“Going fishing with my grandpa. He lives on this farm down in southeast Nebraska that has a pond. And he had this really old boat, and whenever I would go visit him we’d row out into the pond for a couple hours and go fishing. We’d catch crappie and bluegill and bass. Then after that we would go up to the barns and he would fillet the fish and after that my Grandma would fry the fish and we would eat them. That’s pretty much what comes to mind when I think about my childhood, is being on my grandpa’s farm. Spending warm summer afternoons just wandering around alone, exploring things and looking at old, decrepit houses in the neighborhoood. Climbing trees, all sorts of stuff like that.”
“I remember one time I was fishing with my grandpa, and I pulled back to cast my line and caught his hat and flung it into the water. He was just happy that it wasn’t his glasses, which one of my cousins had done a couple years prior to that.”
What’s something that surprised you about being married?
“I think something that surprised me is how many different kinds of clothes that women have. I feel like men have just a couple different pieces of clothing like pants and shirts, but with women there’s pants and shirts and skirts and blouses and cammies, and they don’t all go neatly into two drawers. They have to be spread out over a closet and four drawers and a winter closet. There’s just such a variety in the categories it’s hard to understand where things go. So, usually I just don’t put ’em away.”