Tell us one of your favorites. Favorite joke? Okay, I know. It’s like the oldest one ever and the most boring one ever. Why did the chicken cross the road? There’s nobody here to stay any, like, what. Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry I missed that. I don’t even know the answer anymore. Is it like to get to the other side or something? Oh my gosh. How could I completely just forget that? That’s like one of the first jokes I ever heard in my life, and I don’t know how I remembered that. I think it’s the one of the first jokes that I ever told to somebody. Oh my gosh.
Do you like carving pumpkins? What’s the most creative design you’ve seen? I think the most — So, yes, I do like carving pumpkins. And I believe that the most creative design that I’ve seen, has been our family’s designs. So, every year like we have this book where it’s like a lot of pieces of paper that you can cut out and then you like get the paper wet and put it on the pumpkin and then you use cutting tools to cut out the outline. So ours always turn out really cool. We’ve done things that have words on them. We’ve done like castles, just like a ghost. I think we might’ve done like a witch with a broom. We’ve done tons of creative designs, that no one sees because we live on a private road up a long driveway, so no one sees them anyways, but I think it’s just fun to do, fun to be creative for a little bit. Yeah, it’s just fun.
So yeah, does orange represent anything in my culture? So I’m an Indian-American. I have an Indian culture. Our flag. Our flag, had one of the stripes in our flag is orange. A lot of our foods, like, you know, our spices, our sweets, they’re orange, or like a shade of orange. I don’t why I didn’t think of that. We have a sweet called laddoo. That’s probably my favorite orange colored food. It’s a delicious sweet. You guys should go try it. Any Indian store, they’ll have it. Its laddoo, L A D D O O. Best Indian sweet. A lot of clothing in Indian culture is also orange. I know for weddings, we have a ritual where everyone wears yellow or like a shade of yellow or orange and it’s just part of the ritual.
Can you think of some words that rhyme with orange? Almost rhyme? Okay, okay. Orange, orange. Orange. Or… hinge. Door hinge. A door hinge! Is that even a word? Is that like a thing? I think that’s a thing, right? A door hinge. Yeah, orange, door hinge. That rhymes somehow. Door hinge. Yeah, isn’t that like the thing that like keeps the door attached to the wall? Is that even what that is? Am I thinking of the wrong thing? That’s what that is. Right? A door hinge. Yeah. Why am I forgetting what a door hinge is?
Yeah, going into that, I guess and then and then COVID hit. And that just changed everything. I lost like a year, sophomore year, just of like how to like properly be organized, manage school, how to like go with that. But it also taught me how to be adaptable, you know, adapt to everything like that, even though the curriculum for this thing was always just like vastly different. Thought it was gonna be so much harder than it was. And I just got out using the bare minimum. And of course, I was dealing with a mental strain of being in isolation. So, probably after about half a year, I probably just burnt out and did not care anymore. Plus there was a month in time, actually right around the one-year COVID anniversary woohoo! March was such a fun month, just a lot of just horrendous mental health issues happening in every aspect, you know. Friends, family. Just all of that just kinda happened. So, yeah. Actually funnily enough, got an email from my French teacher being like, “Hey, you disconnected in class. Are you ok?” And then I kinda spilled the beans to her and everything like that. Then I got an email from my counselor about two hours later. It was like, “I’m always here if you need to talk” and I’m like, “You know what, I’m doing ok. I’m keeping an open dialogue with my parents.” So yeah, we’re looking into whatever that is, I guess. But it definitely changed how I viewed school and just like, I wanted a break too the summer, you know. Truly take some time and like hang out with people, you know, just have a relaxing summer, you know, take a break. That didn’t happen because I had to take a government class due to scheduling issues, they could not work it into my schedule. So yeah, that was oh it was so, so much fun. So, I truly never did get a break. So yeah, that was definitely fun. Still not done with the class as of August 19, 2021.
Do you think you’re a lucky person or an unlucky person? Well, it’s a good question. I have a friend who I feel like is a very lucky person. She just, she seems to have — things seem to go her way. She’s won the lottery. She’s been on — She was chosen to be on a TV game show. She — I mean she just kind of like big things that you just sort of think of. “Oh my gosh, like, that was pretty lucky that you, y’know, that you won that or that you got to do that,” or, y’know, something like that. And I kind of have always felt that about her, that she kind of has this luck about her, and I don’t feel like I necessarily have that. Nothing that anybody would probably ever, really consider lucky has happened to me like that. But I feel extremely lucky in my life or, y’know, I don’t know if maybe lucky is not the right word, but grateful, y’know, I feel like — I feel like I’ve kind of, y’know, lived, y’know, the best life that I could, y’know, I don’t know. And I don’t know if that’s luck or if that’s or what that is, but I do feel — I do feel like that’s, y’know, maybe a little bit lucky.
I see some orange on the spine of a book on our shelf called — the book’s called the Wonder Trail, which is about a writer from The Office. I think Steve Hely. I’m trying to read his name. About a writer’s journey from California. He drove his car all the way to, I think, the tip of Argentina and it was a fascinating look. I’ve always wondered what would happen if you did just keep going in your car. My girlfriend and I have driven to the Mexico border, but we’ve never driven across the border. We drove to the border and then crossed it in a rowboat at Big Bend National Park, and then we experienced Mexico that way. But I did always kinda wonder when we left Southwest Texas and you could look down, I think, around El Paso you can see — is it? I think, it’s Juarez. I remember looking down at Juarez and feelings so intimidated from afar. It’s this massive metropolis over there, and I’ve always kind of been curious, what happens if you — if you cross that border and you just go. Not for any particular reason, not to go vacation in Cabo, but to just drive until you can’t.