The Questions Project: Daniel Raymon

Daniel Raymon is a junior at Mizzou. He’s a native Columbian majoring in information technology with minors in computer science and math. SEE? NOT A JOURNALISM MAJOR. CHECK IT OUT! Daniel and I met because he was the TA for a comp sci class I was in, and now we’re in an IT class together and it’s a dandy time. I’m thankful to the STEM world for introducing me to people I probably wouldn’t have gotten to know at Mizzou otherwise. Thank you, STEM world, and thank you, Daniel, for all your help in classes where I’m the only girl.

Sometimes we have arguments over the merits of PCs versus Macs, but he’s mentioned wanting to get a Mac, so I’m going to say I converted him even if I didn’t really.

1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
I’m making a game with a friend, and we were drawing stuff on a chalkboard. The only way to keep the drawings though was to take a picture on my phone. There were a lot of pictures too, cause my phone sucks.

Picture taken by Daniel Raymon.

Picture taken by Daniel Raymon.

2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
I have been pulled over exactly once, and I still think it was BS cause it was for running a stop sign, even though I had to wait for a bus to cross before going through the intersection.

3. What’s your heritage?
My mother’s side is mostly from Eastern Europe, and my father’s side is mostly from Western Europe, but other than that I don’t really know my history very well. I shamefully don’t keep track of stuff like that. I just know that I’ve spent more time with my father’s side of the family than I have with my mother, so I’ve grown up with a caring personality, but also one with attitude and stubbornness.

4. What was the last lie you told?
This one. Other than that one, I think the last lie I told was about knowing how to play some poker variant because I got in a poker conversation with a friend’s mother, who proceeded to invite me to play with the family. In the 15 minutes before we played, I looked up all the rules to make sure I knew what I was doing. It was some stud variant, but I don’t remember exactly which one.

5. What’s the weirdest prank you’ve ever done?
A prank? Man I’m usually not the perpetrator, I’m almost always a spectator. I guess I’ll describe the last good prank I was involved with instead, cause I don’t know a weird one. I was spending Spring Break with some guys, and we removed the boards under the bunk beds so the guy on top would fall through them. We had to try very hard to cover it up because the bunk beds were in their own room, so we all lingered in there until he got up there and fell through, but it was well worth it.

6. Do you trust anyone with your life?
Not. A. Soul. Only if it’s involuntary. I’ve learned to not trust anyone, and it’s gotten me out of several sticky situations, of which I don’t really want to describe.

7. Describe the perfect pizza.
I once had this pizza that was spinach artichoke with white sauce, and that might be as close to perfect as I can get. I really like my veggies on my pizza cause I’m a monster, so I could probably find another topping to add to those that would make it better.

8. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
“Did I seriously just have that dream?” and “I’m still tired.” Those are the two most popular thoughts I have then.

9. You discover that your wonderful one year old child is because of a mix up at the
hospital and not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake?
I would be a little concerned if it took one year to figure out that it’s not my child, but I would exchange the child. I’d feel bad for the child more than me though, because he might have future trust issues.

10. Would you be willing to lie to a court for a close friend if it meant saving your friend from going to prison for life?
Can I slightly bend the truth so that it’s not lying? Honestly if he or she gets into that position, I probably wouldn’t want to be their friend anymore, so I would send them off. I’m not sure if a friend could be close enough for me to do that.

11. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for money?
If they didn’t look like crickets, probably. If it was just like a bowl of crickets not modified at all, I would never. Especially if they were alive.

12. If you could have anyone locked in a room so you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?
If I was knowingly putting the plan into motion, nobody. That’s not something I could consciously do cause that’s not me. I can’t even imagine something that I’d want to do to someone at this point.

13. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
21, so I could be there already. One could only guess why.

14. Who was the last person you sang to and what did you sing?
I got into a conversation with this girl about how I can get my voice to go impressively high, even though it’s not very good at that pitch. To prove it, I sang to her radio in the car, which happened to be Separate Ways by Journey. I enjoyed it because I love the song, but I don’t know how much she enjoyed me singing.

15. What question do you hate being asked?
As a TA, the worst might be “Is there a quiz today” or (insert question about the assignment that they should know the answer to). As a person, it’s probably “Are you okay?”, right after a situation that makes me really obviously not okay, such as getting hurt.

16. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Like has to be done a certain way? If I could pick different kinds of sauces that would go on my pasta and what kind of pasta, nothing else comes close to that. Otherwise, it’d probably be a good philly cheese steak. If I were to guess, which is usually a bad idea, I would say that wouldn’t get that old.

17. How do you start a conversation?
Generally, I don’t. I guess I do the typical “How are you doing? How was your day?” talk, or if it’s somebody I don’t know, I’ll ask for their name, where they’re from, etc. Usually my strength lies in keeping a conversation going, but I have to follow someone else’s lead.

18. If you had a brainwashing machine who would you use it on?
I wouldn’t trust myself with that kind of power, so probably no one. I might use it on somebody I don’t like, just as a permanent way to keep them away from me, but getting that far on my bad side has not been done by anyone yet (they’ve come close though).

19. Have you ever eaten a crayon? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
Have I ever…I don’t think so. I generally agree to eat weird foods at some point as long as it’s not identifiable on sight, so I’ve eaten fish eyes before, which tasted like any other seafood I’ve had. I go crazy over seafood, and most people find seafood unbearable, so the list could continue from there.

20. Are you still learning who you are?
Every day. I change people often, and it’s very sudden, so it will be a long time before I settle with a way to define myself.

21. What’re you afraid of?
The typical ones are on my list for sure, like spiders, snakes, most bugs, the dark, heights, etc. The one that tops my list though is failure. Nothing else comes anywhere close to that. A lot of times I’m afraid enough of it that I just try to ignore this fact so it doesn’t become a subject of conversation or thought.

22. Do you dance?
Define dancing. I can do like a little of Napoleon Dynamite, does that count? I’m a terrible dancer, and I rarely dance because of it.

23. What’s the weirdest thing about you?
Can I say everything? I guess for starters, I play Magic: The Gathering, which already says a lot. Most people want me to stop there.

24. What’s the most normal thing about you?
Can I say nothing? I like to interact with most people, so I guess that’s normal. I have feelings, I swear (that has come into question before).

25. What are your thoughts on honesty?
I guess it’s important. I will admit I don’t always do it, but it definitely bothers me when I’m not honest.

26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
Can I have like a resurrection date? I have no idea what I’d want on it. Surprise me.

27. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I have learned to exercise a lot of humility, so probably it would be something along the lines of people downplaying someone else’s actions when they do it too. The feeling is usually suppressed around people I’m close to, but for a lot of people, I just start screaming internally.

28. What feels like love to you?
I would probably say that it is love if it immediately makes the day better, no matter how bad the day is. I don’t want to say it’s just a significant other, but anything that brightens the day no matter what is something that can be loved.

29. What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I would love to actually be able to make good looking pictures. Good artists might be the most impressive people to me, and I always have a soft spot for modern art that looks spectacularly realistic. Unfortunately, I mess up my stick figures, and I am an engineer, so I am as far from being able to do so as I might get.

30. How would your friends describe you?
Strange. That’s the only word that comes to mind. Very, very strange. Likeable, relatable, enjoyable, but strange.

Next week: probably another journalism major. Contact me if you’re interested in sharing 30 very invasive questions that are really only as invasive as you would like them to be. *smiley face*

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