but enough about you


1. why purple?
Amusement, novelty and inertia. My hair was long and ill-kempt for most of my high school and college years, a fact for which I sadly cannot even blame drug and alcohol abuse. After my friend Sylvan was kind enough to shave it all off for me, I decided to color it on a lark, and choose purple because at the time Boston seemed to have a lot of people wandering around with pink and red hair, but I hadn’t seen a lot of people with a full purple `do, and I liked the color a lot. I liked how it looked on my a lot better than any of the other colors I later tried, and it became this odd self-fulfilling prophecy: people bought me purple stuff, so I bought more purple stuff to go with it, and so on.

2. you love food. Tell me where/what to eat in 100 words or less.

I don’t know if I have a good all-encompassing answer for that: for all of my pretentions of foodiedom, I seek out new foods far less often than I should, and am prone to subsisting on comfort food for weeks on end. So instead, I’ll just say that street vendor food is one of the world’s highly underrated pleasures: the best soup I’ve ever had in my life was made for me on a streetcorner propane wok in Shanghai, under a plastic tarp in a downpour. When in a strange city and in doubt, see what the guy with the sidewalk cart is selling.

(Er, one small caveat: do not attempt this with the hot-dog vendors in Manhattan.)

3. How has polyamory impacted your life?

I think that my default answer to this would generally be a pretty cynical one, but having just gotten back from an extremely traditional straight/monogamous wedding ceremony, I’m feeling impatient with my own knee-jerk crankiness: for whatever hurts this lifestyle has imposed on me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. This thing of ours has brought me together with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life, and it’s good even, perhaps especially when they’re kicking my ass.

4. How did the “Nathan says hi”/minions thing start?

Heh. Three of the four players have LJ accounts these days…

The short form: when I found out that my friend Tim Pierce was moving from Boston to Chicago, I told him to keep an eye out for my friend Abby Franquemont, who lived there, and to tell her I said hi if he ever ran across her. Likewise, I told Abby that if she ever ran into a newcomer named Tim Pierce, she should send him greetings on my behalf. (Although Chicago is a city of several million people, this was not entirely a long-shot effort: both Tim and Abby were techies and usenet addicts.) Several months later, they ran into each other at a party and pretty much immediately said to one another: “Nathan says hi!” Abby wrote me an email the next day saying something along the lines of “dude, your minions really are everywhere”. I liked the sound of that, and kinda…ran with it.

Seven years later, I’m still happily beating on the stained spot on the ground where the dead horse used to be.

For the full story, you’ll have to ask , who tells it better than me on account of she was actually there. In addition to the characters previously mentioned, Joel Furr was involved, which officially makes it a Classic Usenet Moment for whatever that’s worth.

5. Please apply the classic fortune cookie formula and answer each question again with the phrase “in bed” added to it.

That’s a brilliant way to sneak in an extra four questions. Well now…

Why purple…in bed?
It matches the walls. Also, it’s easier to get purple dye stains out of pillowcases that are, er, already purple.

you love food. Tell me where/what to eat in 100 words or less…in bed!
You know that old phrase, “I wouldn’t throw him out of bed for eating crackers?” I do not subscribe to that theory. There will be no crackers in my bed at any time, by any one. Crumby sheets == horror.

How has polyamory impacted your life…in bed?
Among other things, it’s shown that I eventually need to buy a king-sized one. In the meanwhile, I have a twin aerobed that I keep handy. Fun is fun, but I need to be able to stretch out when it’s all over. (The aerobed, to be clear, is for me: guests get to sleep on the real bed of course.)

Also: it’s easier than you’d think to crack a box spring.

How did the “Nathan says hi”/minions thing start…in bed?
I’m pretty sure I was in a chair when it started. IRCing from bed has never been my thing.

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