Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Interview at Infusion Tea

Monday, I met Elizabeth Maupin the theater critic for the Orlando Sentinel, at Infusion Tea. Elizabeth wanted to interview me for the print edition of the paper, and I am always happy to talk about this blog and how it is changing my life.
As is my habit I showed up early and ordered some lunch and an iced tea. I decided I would try and get a sketch done before she showed up. But like a true professional, she had the same idea of showing up early so she ordered and we ended up having lunch together. I did not sketch her since I wanted to focus on our conversation and getting the facts right. Yes even I know when to put the pen down.
I admired her analog approach to the interview, she took notes with a pencil and paper and she came up with questions as we talked. I hope to learn from her example and improve my own interviewing skills for the blog. I might not have related all the joys and heartaches that have come about on this journey but I think she understands the pleasure to be found from taking the time to listen and sketch in a world that is moving way to fast.
When she left I sat back and continued this sketch. The guy working on his laptop was there when I arrived and he remained when I left. Several others sat staring at laptop screens and working in this relaxing setting. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that people are now truly mobile and work where they feel most comfortable. I feel like I have joined those ranks, minus the laptop.

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