August 07, 2003

***SPOFI LOCKER ROOM INTERVIEW #13*** msacheson & aacheson: "dammit, how'd my wife get on here?" Lucky 13! Our first husband-and-wife interview! (btw, here's our first boyfriend-girlfriend interview) And Pantheon couple no less! (It all started with this innocent question.) So much to ask, so much to say. Let's get on our way!

[ This interview brought to you by the SpoFi EPL Fantasy League: We're crazy and we love it! ]

posted by worldcup2002 to navel gazing at 12:36 PM - 179 comments

Well, I am chuffed to be able to do this interview. First, let me apologize for springing this interview on you two achesons. I haven't seen any SpoFi activity from you guys in the past couple of days, but am counting on you to be lurking around here somewhere. A quick word on the format: In interviews with couples, we will do a question and 2-answer (one for each better half - heh!) format. I will then follow with the next question, etc. I also ask that the peanut gallery refrain from interjecting comments and questions until after the interview is done because it's kinda easy to lose track of the conversation. (I know it's futile to ask this, but I like doing it anyway.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:45 PM on August 07, 2003

Q1. So msacheson (#7), how'd you get pulled into the SpoFi Pantheon? What qualified you to get in? And aacheson (#68), how'd you get pulled in? Why'd you sign up so early but not get involved that much?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:49 PM on August 07, 2003

ask that the peanut gallery refrain from interjecting comments and questions Are you nuts, WC? Half or more of the fun is from us (those) loonies piping in.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:35 PM on August 07, 2003

I'd put it down to him being nuts...

posted by StarFucker at 02:47 PM on August 07, 2003

Just like clockwork, the biggest nuts start cracking.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:51 PM on August 07, 2003

pshaw, I'm flattered that you named me one of the biggest anythings here on SpoFi, the land of giants!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:37 PM on August 07, 2003

I fear this will be the first interview where the interviewees don't show up. This could beat Samsonov14's interview record for 56 comments before he answered the first question. Man!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:24 PM on August 07, 2003

I think I like it better when the interviewees make a grand, unexpected entrace a la Samsonov.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:45 PM on August 07, 2003

I do see a trend developing here.

posted by kloeprich at 07:38 PM on August 07, 2003

We may actually get knocked off the locker room main page before we get an answer.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:37 AM on August 08, 2003

Somebody insult them, because right when you do they'll come marching in, just at that moment and catch you doing it.

posted by vito90 at 08:30 AM on August 08, 2003

Hey achesons: Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries! If that doesn't work, we'll have to taunt them a second time.

posted by mbd1 at 08:49 AM on August 08, 2003

I just farted in their general direction.

posted by vito90 at 09:15 AM on August 08, 2003

*I wish the Pantheon would put this in the Side Bar.*

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:54 AM on August 08, 2003

Hey guys, sorry I'm late! What were you asking me?

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:39 AM on August 08, 2003

vito, that was uber-smelly, reached here all the way from Seattle! Yuck!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:58 AM on August 08, 2003

We are now the Knights who say... "Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG! Zoom-Boing! Z'nourrwringmm!"

posted by jerseygirl at 11:55 AM on August 08, 2003

Pull the other one!

posted by lilnemo at 11:56 AM on August 08, 2003

Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person!

posted by jerseygirl at 12:01 PM on August 08, 2003

SpoFi: An anarcho-syndicalist commune.

posted by lilnemo at 12:03 PM on August 08, 2003

Bye the bye, wc2k2 excellent subliminal advertising.

posted by lilnemo at 12:09 PM on August 08, 2003

OK, time for the 'first response' guesses. I'll take..... 72nd comment (assuming it doesn't hit the sidelines first).

posted by gspm at 12:12 PM on August 08, 2003

SpoFi: Dadaism for jocks.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:17 PM on August 08, 2003

Put me down for comment 64. "Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"

posted by jerseygirl at 12:46 PM on August 08, 2003

Where are they? (The call goes out for the crime-fighting duo. A searchlight cuts through the clouds ...)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:53 PM on August 08, 2003

Iím betting 41. A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces... "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

posted by Samsonov14 at 12:55 PM on August 08, 2003

Put me down for comment 52. Comment 87 if we don't get the Grail. "This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedemir. Explain again how sheeps' bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes."

posted by lilnemo at 12:56 PM on August 08, 2003

*clippity-clop clippity-clop*

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:14 PM on August 08, 2003

My guess is # 87. Two boys are playing football in Central Park when one is attacked by a rabid rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy rips a board off of a nearby fence, wedges it down the dog's collar and twists, breaking the dog's neck. A reporter strolling by sees the incident, and rushes over to interview the boy. "Young Giants Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal," he writes in his notebook. "But I'm not a Giant's fan," the little hero replies. "Sorry, since we are in New York, I just assumed you were," says the reporter. "Little Jets Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack," he writes in his notebook. "I'm not a Jets fan either," the boy says. "I assumed everyone in New York was either for the Giants or Jets. What team do you root for?" the reporter asks. "I'm a Cowboys fan," the child says. The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, "Little Redneck Maniac Kills Beloved Family Pet".

posted by vito90 at 02:33 PM on August 08, 2003

I'd enter a guess, but I'm not sure if the comments are African or European.

posted by mbd1 at 02:39 PM on August 08, 2003


posted by corpse at 02:40 PM on August 08, 2003

Stop me if you've heard this one before... What do you call the clear liquid that oozes out of a mustard bottle just after you twist the top? Pre-mustard.

posted by StarFucker at 02:57 PM on August 08, 2003

I'll never eat another sandwich.

posted by lilnemo at 04:11 PM on August 08, 2003

I thought it was just water!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:34 PM on August 08, 2003

"Running away eh? You yellow bastard, Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!" "It could be carried by an African swallow!" "Oh yes! An African swallow maybe ... but not a European swallow. that's my point."

posted by garfield at 04:48 PM on August 08, 2003

55. We're knights of the SpoFi table, We quote whenever we're able, We do interviews, and fantasy leagues, With verbosity impeccable. We dine well here in Camelot, We eat ham, and jam, and spam a lot.

posted by pfuller at 04:53 PM on August 08, 2003

The real question is: If monkeys could write the Great American Novel, could SpoFites quote the Holy Grail entirely before the achesons answer question number... ONE?

posted by lilnemo at 04:56 PM on August 08, 2003

"It's just a flesh wound."

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:06 PM on August 08, 2003

"I told you, we're an anarcho-syndicist commune, we take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week."

posted by jerseygirl at 05:28 PM on August 08, 2003

"But all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting."

posted by lilnemo at 05:37 PM on August 08, 2003


posted by worldcup2002 at 05:55 PM on August 08, 2003

"Bring out your dead."

posted by pfuller at 06:34 PM on August 08, 2003

68 "...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped."

posted by kloeprich at 08:15 PM on August 08, 2003

77. "We are the Knights who say... NI! "

posted by therev at 08:42 PM on August 08, 2003

I wanna banana!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:30 PM on August 08, 2003

89. "Awwwwk ... she turned me into a newt!"

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:28 PM on August 08, 2003

100. "One day my son, all this will be yours." "What? The curtains?"

posted by squealy at 05:25 AM on August 09, 2003


posted by therev at 04:59 PM on August 09, 2003

I think I will have to quit if we get knocked off the page before a first answer.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:21 PM on August 09, 2003

"She's got huge ... tracts of land."

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:28 PM on August 09, 2003

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? er, 67, can't be long now...

posted by BigCalm at 06:09 PM on August 09, 2003

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? Well, one let in a lot of soft goals for the Flyers.

posted by therev at 07:12 PM on August 09, 2003

man, still no sign of an acheson?

posted by jerseygirl at 11:31 PM on August 09, 2003

I have a sinking feeling.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:51 PM on August 09, 2003

Maybe they are at Disney World ....

posted by jasonspaceman at 08:08 AM on August 10, 2003

Maybe it was all just one big tease! Man, I hate that sooooooooooooooooooooo much!

posted by therev at 10:55 AM on August 10, 2003

(tap, tap) this thing on?

posted by msacheson at 12:07 AM on August 11, 2003

Yes, hello. Um, jeez, I really didn't expect to win..just being nominated among my fellow SpoFiers was flattering enough..I really hadn't prepared anything. Well, I am chuffed to be able to do this interview. First, let me apologize for springing this interview on you two achesons. I haven't seen any SpoFi activity from you guys in the past couple of days, but am counting on you to be lurking around here somewhere. Yup, sprung it on us alright. It's amazing how little I come 'round sometimes. In the back of my mind recently I wondered if you would make good on your hints, innuendos and threats of a few weeks ago. Lo and behold, you were all waiting for me. And my lovely wife. But she's hit the sack already tonight, and I'm about to join her. Is it okay if we jump into this monday morning? I promise active answers to your questions, which I'm sure you've researched heavily over the last couple days. goodnight.

posted by msacheson at 12:17 AM on August 11, 2003

This could beat Samsonov14's interview record for 56 comments before he answered the first question. Man! Tie. 56 before I showed up. see you in the morn'

posted by msacheson at 12:19 AM on August 11, 2003

Pfuller wins! A pretty good guess with 55. Now we can get on with interview-related off topic posts.

posted by gspm at 01:10 AM on August 11, 2003

"Wicked wicked Zoot ... she is a bad person and she must pay the penalty. And here in Castle Anthrax, we have but one punishment... you must tie her down on a bed ... and spank her. Come!

posted by garfield at 09:02 AM on August 11, 2003

Well, it looks like we may have a new law about SpoFi Locker Room interviews. The Law of Sprung Interviews, aka the Law of 56: "If interviews are started without the knowledge of the interviewees, it will take 56 comments before they answer the first question."

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:44 AM on August 11, 2003

Witness the Samsonov14 interview.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:48 AM on August 11, 2003

Q1. So msacheson (#7), how'd you get pulled into the SpoFi Pantheon? I was young and vulnerable. jacknose e-mailed me and the others in the Pantheon. He had been scouting us on MeFi whenever there were sports-related posts. What qualified you to get in? We're still trying to figure that out. I think it was my ability to pull in the yachting demographic.

posted by msacheson at 10:01 AM on August 11, 2003

Yachtfilter's quality has been declining for quite some time. I'm glad someone stepped up.

posted by mbd1 at 10:14 AM on August 11, 2003

Here we are. We were just keeping you guys (and gals) in suspense... So, "how'd you get pulled in?" Well, Marc kept going on and on about this new BETTER Metafilter that was wholly to do with sports. I figured I'd sign up to get the user numbers up to make it look more popular than it was in those days. Why'd you sign up so early but not get involved that much? You have to understand, I grew up in a house where there was ZERO interest in sports. My family didn't watch any on television, live, whatever. I considered "sports" to be when I'd go to Sears Point with my Dad and watch the antique car races and SCCA races. Sports to us were hiking, windsurfing, car racing, stuff like that. Didn't grow up watching or participating much in sports. So anyway, I meet Marc, who lives, eats, and breathes sports, which was an eye-opener. In fact, when I met him and spent a Thanksgiving together at his house, I was horrified to see the TV on with Football on, and all the guys in the family sitting around burping and scratching and grunting all day while the women cooked them dinner. I didn't even know football was on on Thanksgiving-what a waste of a beautiful day! And I sure as hell wasn't going to cook dinner while they sat around and burned their brains out watching football. Not my style. So the short answer is, I didn't grow up into sports but living with him for 10 years has made me a little better. I watch some sports and enjoy some of them, but I don't really feel that I can add much to Sportsfilter, where people know a WHOLE LOT more than I do. What can I really add? Thus..the low usage on my part. (Long enough answer?)

posted by aacheson at 11:01 AM on August 11, 2003

LOL, aacheson. That was great. Now, I have to remember all the great questions I was going to ask ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:49 AM on August 11, 2003

Q2. aa (I don't know, that has a nice ring to it), tell us about your first hockey game. ms can chime in with any embarrassing details.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:56 AM on August 11, 2003

I wouldn't let not knowing much about sport put you off contributing aacheson. After all, wc2002 knows nothing about football and it doesn't stop him.

posted by squealy at 12:09 PM on August 11, 2003

(Acually, it's not just AA, but AAA) Well, I flew in (I lived in Boulder then) to surprise Marc at home in NY (we were still in college, he was living with his parents that summer.) That night was the 7th game of the Stanley Cup finals in 1994, where the Rangers were tied for the cup with Vancouver. His mom had gotten him ONE ticket to the game that night, in the US Tobacco luxury box in Madison Square Garden, and he was all psyched to go to it, being a pretty obsessive Rangers fan. So about 3:00 pm on the day of the game, I show up in his living room unannounced and he comes downstairs and two very obvious emotions play across his face... #1 "WOW! Amanda's here!" and immediately after #2 "SHIT, I only have ONE ticket to the game tonight. Am I going to have to choose between the girlfriend or the Rangers?" (Guess who would have So the second sentence out of my mouth after "hi" was "Don't worry, your mom got me a ticket to the game tonight, too" and suddenly he's happy..he gets girlfriend AND Stanley cup game. It was hilarious. So yes, my first hockey game was fricking awesome, the Rangers won, and wow, what a way to be introduced to hockey! I spent the whole time trying to figure out the rules (So, this's kinda like soccer, right?) but I'll let him tell you the rest.

posted by aacheson at 12:12 PM on August 11, 2003

I don't know where he is... So we're at the game, it's loud and crazy, and I'm periodically asking him what this and that ruling is about, why the ref did that, etc. I'm screaming my questions at top volume to him because it's so damn loud in the Garden. So a penalty gets called and I scream out "What was that for?" Marc screams, "Icing!" and I scream "WHAT'S ICING?" Except at that very second, the Garden went SILENT. Pin drop silent. You know when, after an upopular call, everyone gets quiet and sits down, well, that happened and I scream "WHAT'S ICING?" at top volume. I swear, everyone in the luxury box and about 1000 other people turned around to stare at the idiot who's at the 7th game of the Stanley Cup and doesn't know what icing is. What is she doing there??? I think Marc wanted to crawl beneath the seats. Ah well, he still got some that night.

posted by aacheson at 01:01 PM on August 11, 2003

Hahahahahahaha! That is brilliant, funny and tear-jerking at the same time. Masterpiece. I wonder if we should leave it at that and just skip to the next question. I don't know how you can improve on that.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:04 PM on August 11, 2003

I'm going to skip ms's response. He can catch up if he wants to. I'm movin' on! Q3. So, you guys have been married how long? When, how, where did you meet? How did you fall in love? When did you know you were in love? Who popped the question? How was it done?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:09 PM on August 11, 2003

best. first game of hockey. game 7. rangers. clinching. the cup. story. evah.

posted by gspm at 01:46 PM on August 11, 2003

Oh God. Do you really want to know that stuff? We've been married 6 years in June. Got married in Berkeley and had the ceremony on the Berkeley campus. We've been together since January 1993. We met in London, while we were studying abroad. I went to his school's (Syracuse) program, even though I went to UC Boulder. The funny thing was I went there saying "I don't want a boyfriend. I just want to date a lot," and WHAM, 3 days later we were dating and haven't had a "time off" or anything since then. Even through 18 months of living 3000 miles apart. (see...long distance relationships CAN work!) I fell in love because he wouldn't stop following me around. Sounds mean, but it's true...I got really used to him being around and got to know him really well. We had a wondeful time there together...travelling, drinking, going to see all the sites in London, dancing, drinking, bar hopping, weekends in Paris and Amsterdam, could one not fall in love? But I really fell in love because no one had ever been that kind or caring to me ever before. He talks a big game but he's a big old softie. (No, not THAT kind of softie. Get your mind out of the gutter.) I knew I was in love when I went to Paris for the weekend with my Mom and Sister who had flown out to visit and ALL I WANTED TO DO was get back to London and see Marc. All I thought about was him, all I wanted to do is be with him. Here I was in Paris and I didn't care. Troo wuv... We moved in together after graduation and he moved out to Berkeley with me. I'll let him tell the story about showing up at my parent's house the first night. A classic. My parents are way cool. I'll let him tell about the engagement too, as it was all his shindig. Very well done, though. I'm sure he has a different take on falling in love...he did it much faster than I. (Sorry honey, am I ruining your street cred here?) You wouldn't have pegged us as that compatible though at first. I love techno and dancing and raves and got straight A's, didn't really do drugs. He was a complete dead-head stoner, stoned 24/7 (no, really), loves the Dead, hates dancing, got some appalingly bad grades in college. Ah well, you never know how things are going to turn out. Worked out well for us, though. Marc's on his way home...I'm sure he will chime in soon.

posted by aacheson at 01:49 PM on August 11, 2003

Marc's on his way home...and you're in big trouble. :)

posted by dusted at 02:17 PM on August 11, 2003

He's got to catch me first.

posted by aacheson at 02:18 PM on August 11, 2003

Ooo, I'd like to see that.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:38 PM on August 11, 2003

Wha ... did I say that?!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:40 PM on August 11, 2003

You're ALL in big trouble!

posted by msacheson at 02:41 PM on August 11, 2003

He was a complete dead-head stoner, stoned 24/7 (no, really), loves the Dead Do you get the point? (Where's Weedy?) I went to his school's (Syracuse) program, even though I went to UC Boulder. I wanted to go to Colorado-Boulder, but my parents negged it early on. So I married an alum instead. Sports context: Syracuse had just beaten Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl in a mathup of teams at their early-90s peaks. She came to London amidst all these Syracuse fans and didn't even know we had played in football.

posted by msacheson at 02:41 PM on August 11, 2003

That night was the 7th game of the Stanley Cup finals in 1994, where the Rangers were tied for the cup with Vancouver. wow, Amanda, I'm impressed that you knew it was the team from Vancouver. Hhmmm...what are they called?

posted by msacheson at 02:44 PM on August 11, 2003

msacheson: Dude, stop being the sports stonehead already. Tell us the luuuurrrrrrv story.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:48 PM on August 11, 2003

I popped the question in summer 1996. After a cousin's wedding in Newport, my parents, Amanda and I went sailing for a week from Nantucket to Stonington (no, really, that's the name of the town). While on Martha's Vineyard I thought of a neat way to surprise her with the ring. You ever been on one of the old style merry-go-rounds where you lean off your horse to get rings? The Flying Horses carousel in Oak Bluff is the oldest in the country, and I had been on it many times on trips in the area. (I knew I could get more rings than her.) The ride is very popular with kids, and that means parents (and tourists) are forced to stand in line with their screaming kids hopped up on sugar for 30-45 minutes. Not good times. Especially for Amanda, who has zero patience for screaming kids. Right, hun? So we're in line and it's a beautiful day outside, and the kids are screaming, and the line moves slow, and Amanda asks if we really *have* to ride the ride. I said very sternly, "Yes, going on the ride" (left "dammit" unsaid). She obliged to wait and didn't complain another time before we got on. We both got outside horses and good reaches for the rings. Actually, I think she was better than me because she was quicker each time. And I had something on my mind: don't let the engagement ring fall out of my pocket. The ride slowed and neither of us had snared the brass ring. While I was waiting for the ride "to come to a full and complete stop", as the guy always says (and I obeyed), Amanda jumped off and headed for an exit. I couldn't let her get away, but I couldn't get off my horse.* My foot was stuck in the kid-sized stirrup and I almost toppled over. I yelled for Amanda to wait, and she did, letting a number of people past her to the exit. When I caught up to her, I knelt and said, "Sorry you didn't get the brass ring, honey, but I hope this one is better. Will you marry me?" I know I surprised her because she didn't say "yes" immediately. She asked, "Are you serious?" Yes, I was, and we live happily ever after. Now please excuse me, I'm feeling a little verklempt. *which is different than getting my horse off.

posted by msacheson at 03:11 PM on August 11, 2003

I did too know about CU losing to Syracuse. I just didn't care. I went to the football games to drink and socialize. Period.

posted by aacheson at 03:27 PM on August 11, 2003

And they're the Canucks. So there.

posted by aacheson at 03:32 PM on August 11, 2003

The proposal was pretty cool. Still makes me happy to think about it. :)

posted by aacheson at 03:33 PM on August 11, 2003

I like poking fun at Amanda's sports IQ, but she does surprise me sometimes. But she also does silly things like mispronounce "Nordiques". (nor-dee-queues)

posted by msacheson at 03:38 PM on August 11, 2003

Q4. OK, fast forward to today. What do you guys do now? Work-wise, I mean.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:54 PM on August 11, 2003

that is a pretty terrific proposal story :)

posted by jerseygirl at 03:57 PM on August 11, 2003

can we have a group aaawwww...

posted by msacheson at 04:01 PM on August 11, 2003

I'm a network engineer stationed as a consultant at a large govt. agency in the San Francisco. I was brought in to help oversee their migration from Banyan Vines to Windows 2000, but now I'm just on the support team and running cool special projects. I'm one of the few with a good tech job in San Francisco now. The few...the proud...the employed.

posted by aacheson at 04:04 PM on August 11, 2003

...and the pregnant.

posted by msacheson at 04:08 PM on August 11, 2003

I left a spirit-sapping inside sales job at a software company in January 2002. I'm in a teacher credential program at SF State and will be teaching middle school math a year from now. A long break from working (and earning) and a big career change, but it will be good. For one thing, teaching seems like a great career for me. Everything else was just a job.

posted by msacheson at 04:09 PM on August 11, 2003

A straight-A partier...nice work man!

posted by garfield at 04:24 PM on August 11, 2003

Garfield, it's all about balance. :) Learning to drink obscene amounts 4-5 nights a week and not get a hangover, so you can wake up and make it to class every day.

posted by aacheson at 04:30 PM on August 11, 2003

Teaching in middle school? Yikes! I hope you have infinite amounts of patience and a concealed weapon license, especially in the Bay Area.

posted by dusted at 05:42 PM on August 11, 2003

Dammit, Man, I just lovely sappy love stories. As long as there's sports and drugs. And gettin's some. Especially the gettin' some part. Tell us more ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 06:03 PM on August 11, 2003

Congrats, ms and aa! You guys should come across the bay for a BBQ sometime (ok, billsaysthis, you can come, too. heh. And you, too, kirk. A Pantheon gathering! Whooo!). My wife and I can then bore you to death with parenting tips. And stories about Syracuse and SU. You can also meet mini-worldcup2002. (Oh, yes, we have more in common than you realize. If you want to know more, you'll have to visit.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:04 PM on August 11, 2003

Q5. Now let's go back in time again: What were you guys studying back when you were stoned, drunk and lovey-dovey in college? And Banyan VINES! Damn, aa! That brings back memories of Novell Netware (I can't believe those guys are alive!). LANs and WANs and MANs. Network integrators! Systems analysts! I thought that thing died when the Web kicked in.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:26 PM on August 11, 2003

What was the question again? Studying History. Lots of it, but focused on recent US diplomatic and military history. I know, a lot to do with being a Network Engineer. Go figure. You know, Banyan had some really great things about it-too bad they're not supporting it anymore. More jobs for me, though!

posted by aacheson at 08:48 PM on August 11, 2003

Mini-WC is pretty good at footie for 30 months, if he gets WC's height and Mrs. WC's brains he'll be one to watch out for late next decade.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 PM on August 11, 2003

I majored in Broadcast Journalism at the Newhouse school at Syracuse. Got to sit press-row for many Dome games. Quite an auspicious start to a TV career that I decided I didn't want. Then I went into the golf business, then the stupefying world (for me) of software sales.

posted by msacheson at 10:40 PM on August 11, 2003

Q6. aa, given your knowledge of US diplomatic and military history, are current US actions in Afghanistan and Iraq consistent with previous policy actions? Are there precedents that we can point to that predict the success or failure of current US actions? Are current US actions really in the interest of "national security"? What defines "national security"? Will our history predict our future? Does history really offer up useful lessons? As for ms, how did you get from journalism to golf to software sales?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:09 AM on August 12, 2003

When do we get to see a wedding picture? Sorry I'm jumping in so late. Man I have missed so many chances, but I can't leave this one. I think Marc wanted to crawl beneath the seats. Ah well, he still got some that night. My God. Do you have any sisters?

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:03 AM on August 12, 2003

As for ms, how did you get from journalism to golf to software sales? I'll go into it later...I have to leave to go play golf, so I'll be out all day. Sorry. No, I'm not sorry.

posted by msacheson at 09:54 AM on August 12, 2003

Acually, I do believe that our current actions in the Middle East are consitent with our more recent (in the last 30 years) policy actions, even if they're not our nation's "stated" policies. Recent administrations have taken many short-sighted, not-big-picture actions in the Middle East in the recent past-such as supporting the Taiban to defeat the Russians in Afghantistan, and supporting Saddam to defeat Iran, and (some might say,) supporting Israel to defeat the Palestinians... I think that the end results of those actions can show pretty clearly that we are going to leave both Afghantistan and Iraq as messy or messier than they were before. If you add to that that now we are giving loads of money and arms to Pakistan, which is extremely unstable and can become a "rogue" nation very easily. If Musharraf (who came to power in a miliatary coup anyway) leaves the scene and is replaced by someone more stringently Islamic, we will have another Afghanistan-Iran-type state, complete with weapons and money that we've supplied to them that they will probably use against us. All because our government refuses to look more than a few years forward and take a larger world-view before they take actions. They seem especially bad in this regard when they are acting in the Middle East. I'm not saying we were wrong to get into Afghantistan (and perhaps Iraq as well,) I just think we're showing our short-sightedness yet again to the world that we don't think beyond the macho military stuff and into the difficult questions of what to do afterwards to make the country stable and functional. Yet again, we left that part out of the planning and will leave it to whatever happends when something newer and sexier comes along to invade. But you weren't really serious with that question-so I'm not going to answer the rest. I haven't had to answer intellectual questions like that since college. My brain hurts.

posted by aacheson at 10:43 AM on August 12, 2003

God help us all. I was serious about those questions, although I'm thankful you were able to keep your answer short. I really would like to get some context around the controversy, the "WMDs", the oil. One question, have the Republicans been more hawkish than the Democrats? Let's go back to WWII. Or WWI?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:02 AM on August 12, 2003

lack of foresight. you nailed it.

posted by garfield at 11:14 AM on August 12, 2003

I think comparing world event since WW1 & WW2 to those two wars are like comparing apples to oranges. We entered those wars because the world really was in danger and under attack by a colition of nations hell bent on taking over. WW1 was more of intertangled alliances that brought us in and created the whole war, but we entered WW2 because the world was in danger, Germany, Italy and Japan threatened all of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Even without Pearl Harbor, I'm betting that if the Axis had continued to win, we would have entered eventually, even with the fiercely isolationist beliefs of the government (except FDR) and the people of the country. I don't think FDR was hawkish by nature, but the world events made him so. Truman was president when we got involved in Korea, and (as an armchair quarterbacker), was Communism really that much of a threat-was that war justified? I'm not sure. Then you can argue about JFK was hawkish on staring Vietnam and Bay of Pigs, and on that I'd agree with you. Again, was communism that much of a threat? I think we started our slippery slope slide of myopic and lack of forsight interventions with Vietnam. So I don't know...I think that Presidents are all hawkish when world events cause them to be so. That's part of their job. I think though that Republicans have a more pro-miliataristic view, they view using the military as a great first or second choice of action, while Democrats may try to discuss and try other methods before using force (as the Bush team calls it "lawyer their way" through things first.) I also think that the Democrats are more focused on the Domestic side of things and the Republicans are more focused on the world. But I don't have a lot of facts to back that up. This particular president and especially his staff are all well-known hawks of the highest degree. You'd be hard pressed to find bigger hawks that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz!!! They've been aching to go after Iraq for decades, and they got their chance after Sept. 11 and pressed and pressed to go into Iraq at the same time as Afghanistan-even without any proof whatsoever at that time that Iraq was involved. (By the way, read "Bush at War" to get a great view of the decisions after Sept. 11 that led to Afghanistan. Great book.) I think you can argue that Bill Clinton was a wimp....perhaps we need someone thoughtful right in the middle next time?

posted by aacheson at 11:33 AM on August 12, 2003

But what does the US gain after Afghanistan and Iraq? Soldiers being taken out by RPGs? Has the US "rooted out evil"? Has the US advanced its "interests"? And I'm not talking about contracts for Bechtel and Halliburton and other "Friends of Bush & Cheney." OK, that was rhetorical. Here are the final questions I have on the topic: How is it the US all gung-ho in going in after still-undiscovered WMDs in Iraq, and just "lawyering their way" around on N. Korea and its self-admitted collection and continuing development of nuclear weapons? Why is the US "freeing the people of Iraq" but not other African nations, or say, Burma/Myanmar? What is the unifying policy objective or objectives underlying these apparently inconsistent or hypocritical actions? Is it a realpolitik? Is it a devious secret plan? Is it just bad coordination? What is the truth?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:06 PM on August 12, 2003

What is the unifying policy objective or objectives underlying these apparently inconsistent or hypocritical actions? Is it a realpolitik? Is it a devious secret plan? Is it just bad coordination? What is the truth? Bet you never thought you'd get those questions on SpoFi. And your head was hurting before...

posted by dusted at 12:44 PM on August 12, 2003

Where's the "whats your favorite beverage/food?" question? *ducks out of the way of flying objects coming from wc*

posted by jerseygirl at 12:48 PM on August 12, 2003

I'll get back to that, you monkeys. It's Americans not asking these questions that allows the administration to go about their merry way, blasting other countries in the name of the American people, scaring American people to give up their liberty and privacy, and generally selling out everything to big corporations. All so we can keep watching "Friends", buying SUVs, and posting silly questions at SpoFi. It's a brilliant strategy, really.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:53 PM on August 12, 2003

aa, do you have an author for that title?

posted by garfield at 01:28 PM on August 12, 2003

I think there were a few REAL reasons for invading Iraq. I'm not saying if I disagree or agree with them, but I wish the administration was at least truthful about the reasons. 1. I think Bush et. all view Iraq as a real opportunity to do some good in the Middle East, set up a "democratic" or at least a more democratic state, and show the middle east how it can be done. (Too bad they didn't plan it out ahead of time to allow for this.) Additionally, it's of very strategic importance to have bases/troops there, right smack dab in the middle of the Middle East-with all those nasty "rogue" nations all around. 2. Of course, the oil is important. Iraq has more oil than any other country in the world. Period. 3. I think they also view invading Iraq and Afghanistan as opportunitites to "show" the other govts. in the middle east that we mean business. It's not wimpy Clinton anymore, who was too afraid to commit and maybe have soldiers die in order to get OBL. We aren't just tied to shooting warheads from ships anymore. They hope to scare Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and others into reassessing their open assitance to terrorists and to scare them. Because, let's face it, the only real thing that those governments in the middle east seem to listen to is power, force, and violence. They couldn't care less about "lawyering" of issues. Afria has no strategic importance, no oil, and is so screwed up all over the place, that where do you start? Additionally, they've done nothing TO US to justify invasion. There's nothing the US needs or really wants in Africa, no one there has nuclear weapons or really has the money or ability to support terrorists, no real strategic reason for us to be there, so why "waste" people and money there? Okay, now my head REALLY HURTS. Ouch ouch ouch. Garfield, yeah, it's by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. Really really amazing book. He interviewed Bush's whole staff, including Bush, and presents everything that happened in a non-opinionated way. It's really a fascinating read.

posted by aacheson at 01:29 PM on August 12, 2003

As if we hadn't had enough of Iraqfilter elsewhere

posted by squealy at 01:46 PM on August 12, 2003

Whoa, this interview is actually making me think. Watch out Tim Russert, WorldCup is nipping at your heels.

posted by trox at 01:51 PM on August 12, 2003

WC, I think you better lighten it up before we lose everyone here.....(they're throwing the dreaded "xxxfilter" label at us!) And all this while Marc is out playing golf all day. The inequities of it all! I want his life.

posted by aacheson at 01:55 PM on August 12, 2003

One last 'war' comment, or actually more something to think about. Doesn't Africa offer the one thing that a capitalist super-power craves? A vast untapped consumer market? I guess that's why I'm puzzled by alot of this. Oh yeah, thanks aa!!!

posted by garfield at 02:25 PM on August 12, 2003

garfield: I think that most of Africa does not qualify as an "untapped consumer market." Consumer markets are only "tappable", from a big-corpo perspective, when there is an emerging middle class. I don't think you can say that for Africa. (Any Africa economics experts want to confirm/challenge that or provide more details/research? How about a link to general GNP per capita figures for the whole continent, as well as by country, and how that rates against the world?)

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:06 PM on August 12, 2003

And now, for something completely different:

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:06 PM on August 12, 2003

Q7. aa, how has msacheson affected your sporting activities (whether participating or otherwise)? And vice versa? I know ms didn't answer my last question. But he's out playing golf on a Tuesday. Which pretty much answers how he went from journalism school to the golf business. ... And sales. I guess the more interesting question is: What made him quit sales and decide to teach? You can answer for him, aa. We're having fun without him.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:12 PM on August 12, 2003

wc2k2 - I don't think GNP is not a good indicator for an untapped market. hence, untapped: they have the bodies, they just need the infrastructure. Either way, Africa is the next frontieer.

posted by garfield at 03:36 PM on August 12, 2003

Well, now I play golf-though not as much now as I used to, and I even enjoy it! The problem with me and sports is that I am just plain AWFUL at the regular organized ones. Played JV soccer in High School and quit after 2 years because I was so bad. Ran cross country for 4 years in HS, and never made it to Varsity. I shoot 114-120 in golf-which is pretty awful. So it's hard for me to get into them when I'm so embarrassingly bad and he's so much better than me. And we're very competitive, and I always LOSE in sports stuff. Doesn't make me want to run out and do a lot of them. I now watch golf and hockey (though would never turn it on myself.) I go to baseball games (don't like watching it on TV much and HATE "pitcher's duels" BORING.) Occasionally I read Sports Illustrated. I appreciate the wit and wisdom of Sportscenter. I know a little more of the history and lore of certain sports, and a greater appreciation for them and why people like them. But I'm never going to have a favorite team of any kind, nor seek out sporting events to watch on TV. And I will never, ever, EVER enjoy football in any way, shape, or form. I hate John Madden more than anything in the whole wide world. Marc had never been backpacking before he met me. Now we're into backpacking and hiking and he's as devoted to Yosemite National Park as I am. He's seen some SCCA race events at Sears Point. He had never been snorkeling/diving before we met. Basically I've introduced him to the wonderful non-sports-like outdoors stuff. Now when we travel, we hike and snorkel and swim and search for animals and birds. We go camping a lot. We were both into sailing before we met each other so that's not changed, but he's the only one who races sailboats. We're both really into snowboaring, got into it together about 4 years ago-although he just started doing the backcountry stuff. I'm not good enough for that yet (and was a little pregnant when he went on his first trip in June.)

posted by aacheson at 04:09 PM on August 12, 2003

I'll let him tell you about the sales to teaching stuff. But he is telling the truth, sales sucked the soul and happiness out of him. Sucked out his enjoyment of life. It was awful to watch. You know, some people just aren't made for the "corporate life" and he was smart enough to realize that he was one of them. Being a corporate slave myself, I don't "get" it (who DOES like working for a big corporation? You just grin and bear it, right?) but he really just couldn't do it. It went against something deep within his soul. He is going to be a GREAT teacher. Really amazing. I'm very happy for him and can't wait for him to start teaching full time.

posted by aacheson at 04:13 PM on August 12, 2003

Thanks, wonderful answers all. We went skiing up in Vancouver early in my wife's pregnancy. She still kicked my ass going down the slope. She even fell once or twice, but with no ill effects. Whistler was the biggest mountain I'd ever skied, and I got charley horses on my thighs that were so bad I had to stop on the slope and unclip the skis, so I could straighten out my poor out-of-shape legs. We love skiing.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:24 PM on August 12, 2003

So, should we move on or wait for ms to catch up?

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:25 PM on August 12, 2003

Let's wait. I don't think anyone cares so much about what just I think (except maybe myself.) We need a little Marc-perspective here.

posted by aacheson at 04:29 PM on August 12, 2003

btw, I've been thinking of getting into snowboarding, esp. after mini-worldcup hits three. You guys give lessons? Know any good spots up in Tahoe? Only been there once - NorthStar. Awful drive up and back, snowchain weather.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:30 PM on August 12, 2003

Back to Africa: I'm pretty sure the combined GDP of all the countries is less than that of the nine counties which make up the Bay Area and possibly less than that of Santa Clara County all by itself.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:06 PM on August 12, 2003

Bear Valley or Boreal are GREAT places to learn. Cheap. Great kids programs. Great beginner packages (rental, lesson, only allowed on beginner slopes for cheap.) Small mountains. Good snow. Really quality places. Bear Valley isn't in Tahoe (which is a bonus in my mind) and it's a great family ski resort. The first 2 days of learning to snowboard are incredibly painful and really ego-shattering. You will hurt in places you didn't know existed. After 3-4 days, though, you will be able to get down intermediate slopes without any problem. Snowboarding kicks ASS.

posted by aacheson at 05:31 PM on August 12, 2003

I can vouch for Boreal, too. I learned how to ski and snowboard there (I don't know about now, but it had a definite snowboarder majority when I was there). I rarely ventured off the safe green and blue, but my crazy ex-girlfriend loved the black diamond slopes.

posted by dusted at 06:55 PM on August 12, 2003

Thanks for ths snow tips. Where's ms? Still playing golf? Man, that's a lot of holes. Are you really sure he's playing golf? Wha?

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:27 PM on August 12, 2003

yep, lucky me, out on the golf course on a beautiful day. So nice, I pulled an Ernie Banks and played twice: after 18 with my uncle halfway between Oakland and Sacto, I played 9 more at Tilden Park in Berkeley. It was a great day and evening. I worked at Tilden for about 3 years, and I love the course and the park surrounding it. aa, how has msacheson affected your sporting activities (whether participating or otherwise)? And vice versa? vice versa: aacheson has let me play golf, go sailing and about anything else I'd want. (great wife) She even went along with me coaching an under-12 boys soccer team a few years ago. That was a great and tough task, but I really think it showed me I can handle kids of that age, and it helped form my idea of teaching middle school. I'll probably coach soccer or golf in the future, too, once I get my teaching career started. I do like playing golf with her (except for that time in Hawaii on our honeymoon..the worst fit I've seen her throw) and I like sailing with her, too. As she said, she's really gotten me into camping/hiking/backpacking. When I did a backcountry ski trip in June and camped by myself on the eve of the trip, it was the first time I had camped without her. It felt weird and, well, not right. wc: did I miss any questions? when are we getting to favorite sports moments, why I'm embarrassed to be a NY Rangers fan, best NY pizza places in Berkeley/Oakland and best hot dogs (Walter's in Mamaroneck, NY)?

posted by msacheson at 12:03 AM on August 13, 2003

I think you need to catch up on Q6. You can skip all the war questions and just answer the last one about j-school and golf and sales. Thanks for the tips. I'll ask those questions next.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:38 AM on August 13, 2003

msacheson: What about the pizza in Mamaronck---Sal's??

posted by dales15 at 08:28 AM on August 13, 2003

of course.

posted by msacheson at 11:53 AM on August 13, 2003

j-school and golf and sales I grew up middle-class/privileged. Privileged that I could sail or hang out at the Larchmont Yacht Club (snootiness beyond Bushwood CC), even though my parents weren't members. I lived in a safe town where we never locked our doors. My middle school and HS (Mamaroneck) had TV studios, and it was the most fun elective to take. We could roam the halls and make fun of people. Cover sports. (Or, as we did very appropriately once, report on the death of a classmate.) And it went out to the community, so my parents and relatives watched, too. It was a pretty lucky thing to have. My class produced a 10 minute newscast (think: SNL Weekend Update-meets-Wayne's World local cable-meets-Ferris Bueller's Day Off) every day that our friends watched live in their homerooms. I tell ya, that's something Tom Brokaw never has to do: face his friends and enemies in the hallways and nooks of high school right after live TV. I followed my TV interest to the Newhouse School at Syracuse, figuring that a diploma from there would get me a reporter gig in Podunk, South Wyoming or a PA/writer job in a big market. I was more interested in being a producer than on-air talent, so it made sense to come to SF and live with Amanda in Berkeley. I got a PA job at KPIX, which was lively and interesting. I fucked up many times early, but became a favorite of a weekend producer who let me write and cut packages. Being in a newsroom when the Simpson verdict was read and when the Unabomber was caught were two amazing moments. After a year and a half, I was passed over for a staff PA job (I had been part-time 40 hours/week) and decided to leave. Not knowing it at the time, that was the end of that career path. I thought I'd get a job anywhere, somewhere I liked being, and that was the golf course (Tilden Park GC in Berkeley). From pro shop starter to ass't manager/tournament coordinator, I worked hard for a manager I liked. My stock rose quickly and I took an opportunity for a Mon-Fri 8-5 job with American Golf, selling/arranging the big events at 10 local courses. It was a fun job to talk golf all day, I guess, but I missed the face-to-face. Even though Amanda had told me sales wasn't for me, and even though I also knew it, I took an inside sales job at a software company in Alameda. It was early 2000, and the trends were still up. I was the sales ass't for a few account managers in the field, writing up their quotes and orders and helping customers. Shortly, though, the trends were down, and amidst the layoffs I lost any remaining interest in an office-phone-computer job. (however, I did meet metafilter while working there) So a sudden departure and break from doing anything has gelled into a hyper-busy life of student/sub teacher/house husband, but I'm happier running around than being stuck in a box.

posted by msacheson at 12:27 PM on August 13, 2003

By the way, the news companies treat their Production Assistants like CRAP. Really amazing stuff. Slave labor and no thanks. But there are a million other people banging down the doors to get in there, so they don't care. So the next time the on screen graphics look all wacky and the tape they run doesn't match, try to remember that the person there is being paid about $4.00 an hour, has probably been there since 2 AM, gets no benefits, and gets shit on all day by the anchors and management. And don't get me started on the the golf company he worked for.... I'm amazed at the depths some companies will sink to in the way they treat their employees.

posted by aacheson at 01:22 PM on August 13, 2003

If you have time, ms, could you please come and tidy my house, too? Everyone could use a house husband. But I digress! We are in danger of being knocked off the locker room main page. (Those darn baseball fantasy leaguers and their player trade shenanigans! I say just let people use whatever player they want, just like in our lovely soccer leagues. Nobody messes with anyone's trades. It's a game, fercryinoutloud! But I digress again.) On to more fun questions! Q8. So hey, aside from work and sports, what other fun stuff do you do?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:25 PM on August 13, 2003

Well, we're painting our house, cutting a tree down in the back yard, just finished a huge retaining wall rebuild, putting in a sprinkler system, and are starting to put together a nursery. Fun stuff, all. Living la vida loca, that's us. I haven't been doing much of anything cuz I feel like bloody hell all the time. I consider it a great Saturday night if I'm in bed by 8:30. Ah, how the mighty have fallen. I never thought that growing a little 12 oz. thing in my belly would suck the life-blood out of me. But it really does. Actually, we're leaving for Hawaii on Saturday, so we've got that going for us, which is nice.

posted by aacheson at 01:41 PM on August 13, 2003

Whew, you guys are amazing. Have a great trip to Hawaii (take me!). Now, where's the ol' ms?

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:54 PM on August 13, 2003

what other fun stuff do you do? One thing I don't do anymore is spend much time on the computer, as you can plainly tell. Sorry for all the breaks, but the work I'm doing around and outside the house takes me away from SpoFi. When I do catch up on computer stuff, one of the things I do is manage my fantasy golf team. I'm in a league that started in about 1997 and functions more like roto football or baseball than the typical fantasy golf online. In our league, we draft the players and only one person can have any given player, so the bidding goes real high for Woods, Els, lefty, Love, etc. But, with a salary cap, whoever has Woods has probably spent 2/3 of their total on Tiger and has to settle for cheap b- and c-listers to fill out their team. It's worked out really well and has some fun guys in it. Besides that, I've gotten into photography and love my Nikon Coolpix 4300. It's the perfect digital for me to learn how to take pictures with. Sure, some of the functions are easier to control with an SLR, and I'll get there, but with great semi-automatic scene settings, I can great photos and practice controlling the aperture, shutter, metering etc. It don't cost nothing to make mistakes, and the good ones I can print out or send. A good-quality digital camera has really opened a new hobby to me.

posted by msacheson at 03:09 PM on August 13, 2003

Super. Let's pen in some time so you guys can give me tips on snowboarding, house and yard maintenance, and digicam picture-taking. And networking. I'm serious. OK, barreling on ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:13 PM on August 13, 2003

Q9. What are your favorite food and drink? I'm also interested in aa's diet as her pregnancy continues. What weird new stuff are you eating, or craving more than ever before? What favorite foods now make you sick?

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:15 PM on August 13, 2003

I crave ice cream, but I hear that's common.

posted by msacheson at 04:20 PM on August 13, 2003

oh, you asked HER.

posted by msacheson at 04:21 PM on August 13, 2003

What are your favorite food and drink? We like tasty, home-cooked meals of meat, starch and veggie, such as my famous marinated steak with rice and broccoli. When we're entertaining, Amanda makes a mean bruschetta. When we go out, we prefer Thai or Indian. It helps to live next to a thai restaurant in Rockridge. I don't drink beer as regularly as I used to, but my favorites haven't changed: Guinness, Sam Adams, Pyramid Hefeweizen. We're not big wine people, and we don't drink coffee at all. That gets strange looks from people. No coffee?

posted by msacheson at 04:25 PM on August 13, 2003

Tea. Mmmmmmm.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:43 PM on August 13, 2003

Finally we get to the tough, hard-hitting questions.

posted by dusted at 04:48 PM on August 13, 2003

The only things I crave now are cheeries, nectarines, and Salt & Vinegar potato chips (but not together.) I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic so I can't go crazy and eat whatever while I'm pregnant. I visit this pregnant diabetic program whom I lovingly refer to as the "Sugar Nazis" every week who make me feel awful if I devitate an inch from my prescribed eating plan-as a danger to the baby... ("WOULD YOU THINK OF THE CHILDREN???") So no ice cream or even CEREAL, of which I used to eat about 5 bowls a day. I've only gained 6 pounds in 21 weeks, so I'm doing well. Kaliber (made by Guinness, of course) is a friggin AWESOME non-alcoholic beer. Funny, I thought I'd miss the drinking but I really don't. And it's funny to watch Marc get stupid drunk sometimes (when before it used to be the both of us)...but not that funny to have to drive him home that way and make him drink water and listen to him complain the next day. Pre-pregnant, I was a Bass, Corona, and Newcastle Brown kinda lady. Marc's right on with the food...Indian and Thai curry are the weakness in my soul....

posted by aacheson at 04:48 PM on August 13, 2003

And the final question to bring this breathtaking interview to a close is...... (Drumroll please)

posted by aacheson at 04:50 PM on August 13, 2003

"Where is the most unusual place that you and your husband have ever made whoopee?"

posted by msacheson at 05:14 PM on August 13, 2003

and, for your amusement, the classic answer.

posted by msacheson at 05:16 PM on August 13, 2003


posted by corpse at 05:36 PM on August 13, 2003

He lies.

posted by aacheson at 05:44 PM on August 13, 2003

jeez, wc, where'd you go?

posted by msacheson at 07:38 PM on August 13, 2003

Are the acheson's talking to themselves? That's got to be a SpoFi interview first.

posted by kloeprich at 08:00 PM on August 13, 2003

a bit of a delay but... Congrats on the new acheson!

posted by jerseygirl at 08:54 PM on August 13, 2003

Sheesh. I was trying to maintain a little decorum here. My goodness. Wow. Gonna ask something like: what's your favorite color or something like that. But let's end with a barrage of winners ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:10 PM on August 13, 2003

Q10. Boy or girl? What are you gonna call him or her? When is the baby due? What's next for SportsFilter? How do the Pantheon make decisions? Do you have secret meetings of the council? Also, who will be the next Governor of California? Arnold or "Arnold" (Gary Coleman)? And, finally, who should I interview next?

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:13 PM on August 13, 2003

Chew on that. And let me know if you guys wanna do a SpoFi Bay Area get-together. Maybe a SpoFi baby shower - sports theme? Yeah, baby, yeah!

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:16 PM on August 13, 2003

1. Don't know. Decided not to find out if there's a stem on the apple or not. 2. Still debating that one. Can't come up with any good boy's names. Perhaps WC? 3. December 23. Aiming for getting that tax break in before the end of the year. 4. ???? 5. What decisions? 6. Is that where he goes every Thursday? 7. Jesus, I hope it's not Arnold. What a wreck. 8. How about someone interviews you? Cheers all. Hope we haven't bored ya'll silly. -Amanda

posted by aacheson at 10:54 AM on August 14, 2003

1. Our intuition is leaning towards boy. 2. Mini-ach would be a good SpoFi username. 3. December 23. Hanukah-Christmas-Kwanzaa baby. 4. We haven't made a decision since owillis was missing. Turns out, he's moving up to bigger and better and a dee-lux apartment in the sky-y-y. 5. We meet in an old, abandoned fraternity house. 6. Is that where he goes every Thursday? No, honey, fantasy golf meeting. 7. WhatchatalkinboutWillis? 8. Jeez, I dunno.

posted by msacheson at 11:23 AM on August 14, 2003

I will be glad to interview WC next. But I refuse to be limited by his tradition of excessively simplistic questions!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 01:03 PM on August 14, 2003

What if we did this... the 15 people that have been interviewed so far each get 1 question to ask WC and we'll conduct the interview that way. We'd have to set some ground rules about 1 question each and waiting until the previous question is finished before starting a new one. People that have questions and haven't been a Worldcup interview victim can help the others, perhaps.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:28 PM on August 14, 2003

the revenge interview! yeah, that sounds good. do that. and how about adding an interview category to the locker room categories? they are piling up and it would be good to have the lot of them available in a single click rather than sifting through the navel gazing postings.

posted by gspm at 01:40 PM on August 14, 2003


posted by Ufez Jones at 02:07 PM on August 14, 2003

And FWIW, I'd still really like an interview with rcade or jacknose. Or both.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:13 PM on August 14, 2003


posted by jerseygirl at 03:20 PM on August 14, 2003

Yeah, as Ufez points out, he's already been there, done that. I'd much rather interview rcade or jacknose rather than be interviewed (again!). So, you achesons come up with some other idea, or else the peanut gallery will take over. Quick note: Our last interviewee, wfrazerj, suggested rcade, before I twisted his ... I mean, helped him change his mind.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:40 PM on August 14, 2003

Jesus, I would have never found that interview with WC. I agree, let's put "interviews" as a new section in the locker room. I'd never find all of them. KNOCK KNOCK-ANYONE OUT THERE? To someone who has the power to get that that a possibility?

posted by aacheson at 04:14 PM on August 14, 2003

Erm, that would be someone like your husband, perhaps?

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:24 PM on August 14, 2003

har har. He has no power...are you kidding?

posted by aacheson at 04:52 PM on August 14, 2003

wc, thanks for the interview. I want to email you and get together...I can't find your address in your profile. please e-mail me at - but keep in mind we're gone on a baby-moon until next Friday.

posted by msacheson at 01:18 AM on August 16, 2003

DAMMIT. I missed the really topical interview with History majors. And stoners. My god, I'm a card carrying stoner-politics expert. Ask garfield. Or my mom (she also says I'm quite a catch).

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:03 PM on August 18, 2003

I'll keep that in mind Weedy, just in case things don't work out with Marc. :)

posted by msacheson at 04:42 PM on August 22, 2003

Err, that was me, not msacheson. I hate this logout stuff!

posted by aacheson at 04:43 PM on August 22, 2003

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