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Interview With The ‘I Drink Your Milkshake’ Snorg Tees Girl

Tara The Snorg Tees Girl

Well, the internet definitely works in case anyone was wondering. A few months ago I wrote a post about snorg tees girls, the idea was to let the internet and social media find some snorg tees models for me so I could interview them. The post didn’t go popular on any social media (although it seems to be doing well on Google now :)), so I pretty much gave up on my idea and moved on. But, the web works in mysterious ways and a few months after the post went live I was able to get in touch with Tara (I won’t bore you with the details) who was one of the 5 girls in my original post (#4 to be precise). She was nice enough to agree to do an interview with me.

Of course being a bit burnt out on blogging (and really slack) I didn’t post the interview for ages, but eventually I decided to write it up and so here it is, my interview with the ‘I Drink Your Milkshake’ snorg tees girl.

1. Are you a vegetarian, vegan or predator?

I’m a predator.  I grew up on a livestock farm, so not eating meat would be cause for a catastrophic meltdown in my family.

2. What is your favorite

Color?

I’ve always been partial to blues and greens…but I wear a lot of black.

Food?

I think I could eat Thai and Japanese food every day.  And chocolate.  I’m a chick…duh.  OH!  And bacon.

Movie?

The Exorcist is my favorite.  I have lots of others in my top 10, but that wins hands down.

Song?

There’s no way I could choose a favorite song.  I love so many different types of music.

Band?

Haha, again…see above.  I adore Bjork, Radiohead, Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, At the Drive-In, and many more.

Sport?

I played volleyball for four years in high school, so I suppose I’ll go with that.

Celebrity?

I’m going to break the rules and name a few.  John Malkovich and Kevin Spacey.

Desert?

The Sahara?  ;o)  Just kidding.  My favorite dessert is anything involving chocolate and caramel.

3. What is 2+2*2?

It’s 6, right?  Because you multiply first and then add.  Ah…the things one learns in middle school and forgets by adulthood.

4. What do you do for a living (besides being a snorg tees girl :))?

Well I was a full-time model/actress for almost six years.  It was really fun and I was lucky to support myself with it.  I recently decided to get a full-time job in the events industry, so I work for a furniture company that rents pieces to huge corporate events, weddings, fashion shows, and more.  I also write for the music section of a local alternative magazine.  I still take some print, runway, and voiceover jobs here and there.  Like Snorg!

5. Do you enjoy it?

Yes, I love everything I do!

6. Are you a good dancer? If yes, are you clubbing good, or good-good?

I’m a terrible, terrible dancer.  I even took belly dancing classes, and I still fail.

7. What your ideal Christmas present?

Something that the person obviously put a lot of thought into, big or small.

8. What country would you most like to visit? Why?

I really would love to go to Australia (nudge nudge) or Ireland.  Mostly for the beautiful scenery and culture.

9. Did Greedo shoot first?

I actually just went on Wikipedia to figure out what the hell you were talking about haha.  So…I’ll have to bow out of this one.

10. Are you a “whats on the inside counts” or an “image is everything” girl?

What’s on the inside counts.  Always.  Because if you’re lucky enough to live to be 80 years old, you’re not going to be much of a looker.  So you might as well be a rad person.

11. What would you consider a perfect night out?

I like to do lots of different things.  Go out to dinner, hang out at the bookstore, go to see bands play….but lately my favorite thing to do is come home, make dinner for my boyfriend, and watch a movie.  I’m getting old.

12. Dogs or cats? If dogs, big ones or small ones?

I’m more of a cat person (I have two).  But I like dogs, too.  My friend (who’s a total country girl) said something really witty one day that I always held very true.  She said, “If a dog can’t jump up into the back of a pickup truck…it’s not a dog.”  So yeah, small dogs usually suck.

13. A week at the snow or a week at the beach?

I hate being cold…so the beach.

14. Do you believe in karma?

Indeed I do.

15. Who is better Kirk or Picard?

Picard is better for the series.  Kirk is a fun character to make fun of.

16. What is your favorite city? Why?

I love Chicago and Portland.  They’re both so alive with culture.

17. Were you popular in school and which subculture (if any) would you have put yourself into (jock, goth, muso etc.)?

I went to a very small school…so being “popular” was out of the question.  I mean, everyone knew each other anyway.  I definitely wasn’t considered the “hot chick or anything.”  I had spiky blue hair, played in a rock band, and was really active in clubs like Drama, NHS, Academic Team, etc.  So I was kind of like a nerdy…punk?  Hahaha.

18. In your opinion were/are you a tomboy, girly-girl or something in between?

I was always a tomboy.  I played a lot of sports and never really wore makeup. Though I definitely embraced my girly side as I got more involved with modeling.  I love funky fashion and think it’s fun to dress up….even if everyone else is in jeans hahaha.

19. Do you have any siblings? Do you get along with them?

I do and I do.  I have a brother who lives a couple hours from me.  We definitely have different interests, but we get along really well (another part of getting older).  I was very close to my sister, but sadly she was killed in an auto accident a couple of years ago.

20. Do you like to read? If so what kind of books? What is your favorite book?

I do like to read.  Though, reading for pleasure hasn’t really been in the cards since college (English majors are forced to read…a lot).  I’m just now getting it back.  My boyfriend updates his comic collection pretty frequently, so I poke through those often.  I’d have to say my favorite book isn’t really a novel, but I can read it again and again.  It’s called “The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction”….it’s basically all sorts of wacky short stories from the ’70s-now.

21. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

I would hope and assume to be happy and healthy. It would be great to freelance full-time again, or possibly own my own business. I intend to stay in the entertainment industry in at least a small capacity ’til the day I die. And I’m sappy and full of estrogen…so hopefully I’ll be married and have my own little screwed up family haha.

22. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life so far?

I tend to overflow my schedule with a variety of jobs and hobbies. That’s tough enough without adding additional stress. So when my sister died almost three years ago, I felt this horrible strain between maintaining my normalcy and taking the time to heal. It was hard juggling school, work, band, modeling, acting, relationships, and everything in between…and doing it all with a smile on my face despite being in the worst state of my life. On top of that, I felt a responsibility to take care of my family and help keep us all tight during such a devastating time. I did try my best, and I made it through, but it was beyond difficult.

23. Is there something about you that no-one would ever be able to guess just by looking at you?

I would assume there are MANY things. I don’t like to be predictable. J Here are a few:

  • I can make myself burp.
  • I’ve castrated two pigs in my life.
  • I’ve spoken in front of about 1,000 people on multiple occasions.
  • One thing that makes me really happy is driving with my music cranked up eating fast food without wiping my face after every bite. (I know, it’s terrible).
  • I have a hard time saying the phrase “butt cheeks” without laughing.
  • The thought of going to a chiropractor makes me feel faint and nauseous.

24. What are you really passionate about? Why?

I’m passionate about expression. I think that’s a big part of why I became a model, actress, and musician. Those arts allow me to put a little bit of myself into every project, photo shoot, etc. And nothing burns me up more in life than feeling like I cannot express myself, say my piece, or show how I feel. I am a big advocate for affirming people’s emotions and opinions, whether it’s directly or through art.

25. Being American, how do you feel about Obama as the president, good, bad, don’t care? Why?

I care. I care a lot. I almost cried happy tears when he was elected…I think I didn’t stop smiling for days. I know that he’s no messiah, and there will be lots of changes he’ll HAVE to make in order to get us out of this mess. And unfortunately, I think people will blame him for it all…but I feel that ultimately, all of his decisions will be made in order to help his country. I don’t know the guy, but my gut says he has good intentions. I don’t think Americans have had that piece of mind in a very long time.

26. And now for my patented Lazarus Long human being test (well i guess Lazarus patented it, but since he is fictional I figure I got dibs):

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance
accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,
give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new
problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight
efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
”   –  Lazarus Long

Hehe, the funny thing is, when I read that quote it made me think of my Dad. I think he could do all of those things if he hasn’t already. (Besides the dying one…thankfully he’s still alive, and he’s not allowed to die for a long time haha).

So hmm…

  • I have never changed a diaper, but I’ve seen it done, so I wouldn’t be too worried about it.
  • I could totally plan an invasion if it was something I was passionate about and took the time to really plan it. Otherwise I might get hasty…because I tend to just jump in and do things, then figure out the rest later. UNLESS I really care about it, then I’ll take the time. OK, now I’m getting redundant.
  • I haven’t butchered a hog, but I’ve seen it done (I was on the meat judging team in school for a while)
  • I would leave the building designs to the experts. Haha.
  • Con a ship? Heck yes. Let me at it.
  • I was an English major in college, so I had to write many-a-sonnet.
  • Balancing accounts isn’t fun, but I can do it.
  • I could build a wall. But I’m not really into manual labor, so I wouldn’t do it by choice.
  • Set a bone? You mean like…first aid-style? Eeeeeeh…I would do it if I was stuck out in the woods. By no means would I enjoy it. I’m pretty good about “sucking it up” and just doing something if it must be done.
  • I think I’m pretty good about making people comfortable…so I hope I could make someone feel at ease in their last moments.
  • I don’t like taking orders, but as I get older I’m learning how to. I think it’s all in how the orders are given. I don’t like being barked at…but if I’m told or asked to do something in a respectable way, I don’t have a problem with it.
  • I think I’m good at giving orders because I don’t like to do it…so I’m extra polite about it. Honestly, I’d rather just do everything myself.
  • My cooperation skills are above average (not perfect….above average).
  • I tend to want to work alone, even if it means losing sleep and sanity.
  • I used to be pretty darn good at math, so I can solve an equation or twelve. But I had a really good math teacher in high school (Hi, Artigas!)
  • I over-analyze every problem…ever.
  • I’ve pitched some manure in my day (grew up raising livestock)
  • I’m no computer genius, but I can program some things.
  • Of the meals I cook, some are tasty, some are not…but all are edible.
  • I’m pretty good at fighting with words. Until my current boyfriend, many people I dated hated fighting with me because I’d back them into corners with their own quotes. That was fun. But now I’m dating someone super smart, so I can’t do that haha. I haven’t really had to be physical with people…but I think if I was fighting, I’d be really pissed, and thus I’d just see red and start swinging. Efficient? Perhaps not. Effective? You bet your ass.
  • I haven’t died yet (surprise!). Dying gallantly would be fine….but I’m not going to go out of my way to do it. As long as I don’t die a coward or a numskull, I’ll be content with my demise.

And that, as they say, is that, hope everyone enjoyed it.

  • Dan

    Lazarus Long? The person who said that was Robert Heinlein.

  • http://www.skorks.com Alan Skorkin

    @Dan of course it was, but he said it in one of his Lazarus Long novels, so the quote is attributed to the character rather than the author :), hence my comment about Lazarus being fictional

  • http://www.trainerlisting.com.au Age

    Love it. Great work Alan.

  • http://martin.cron.com Martin Cron

    Genius! As I work on/for a large ad-supported web site, I see the snorg tees girls a lot, but I never thought about asking any them the Lazarus Long question.

    Thank you for putting together some of the most important citizen journalism I’ve seen in some time.

    • http://www.skorks.com Alan Skorkin

      Hehe, was fun :)

  • cindy gillard

    “…never thought about asking any (of) them the Lazarus Long question.”
    –No, I think I know what kinds of questions would seem appropriate to ask tee-shirt girls.

    “Thank you for putting together some of the most important citizen journalism I’ve seen in some time.”
    –this mocking comment (mocking the idea of interviewing tee-shirt girls as if anyone cared about anything they said or did) tells it all, and comes straight from a long tradition of men interviewing cheesecake girls while collectively sniggering at the pretense.

    I’ll *bet* it was fun.

    Thanks! Makes a girl feel good.

    • http://www.skorks.com Alan Skorkin

      I can’t really tell how sarcastic you’re being. But I can tell you this, I really enjoyed doing the interview. Tara was really nice and I had a lot of fun and I’d like to hope that she never felt disrespected during the process (that’s not what I am about). I certainly don’t remember sniggering at any point. Of course I can’t answer for people reading it, but that’s between them and their conscience.

  • jamie

    she’s so great! good work, i especially liked the heinlein question. well done, sir.

  • Sam

    She is definitely multi-talented; a very interesting young woman. Thanks for the interview!