Ashley Blonquist is from Axtell, Kansas. She went to school at my dear Mizzou, where she majored in Mass Communication. I met her this summer while interning at the local ABC station, KMIZ, or ABC 17 News. She was working as a producer on the 9 am and the noon shows. And p.s. she basically made those shows a thing for KMIZ (it’s the only station in the market with a 9 am newscast). Now, she’s working as a morning producer at KCTV in Kansas City, which is market 31. Y’know – just a casual 100+ market jump considering Columbia is market 138.
So, kicking off The Questions Project for my final college year: Ashley.
1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A picture of me drinking out of a pineapple! It was at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival in KC. I’m so cultured now.
2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
Once. I was caught texting and driving in Manhattan, KS. I told him I went to Mizzou so I didn’t know the ordinances in place there (I did) and got by with a warning.
3. What’s your heritage?
Mom’s side – English and German Dad’s side – direct quote from my dad: “Blonquist is Swedish the rest is Heinz 57 with some Indian thrown in” (where does he come up with this stuff?)
4. What was the last lie you told?
“Yeah I’ll definitely text you back.” (to strangers in Westport)
5. What’s the weirdest prank you’ve ever done?
I’ve racked my brain trying to think of an answer and can’t come up with anything. I’ve never really been a prankster, which I’m now realizing is BORING. I’ll work on it.
6. Do you trust anyone with your life?
I’d like to think so. I know the obvious answer here is supposed to be my family or friends, but now I’m just way overthinking it. Like would I trust them to help me out of a dangerous situation? Would I trust them to make the right decisions if I’m dying? Would I trust them to take care of my eyebrows if I no longer can? I don’t know that there’s a right answer – or the same answer – to all of those questions.
7. Describe the perfect pizza.
It’s a Shakespeare’s pizza with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms, and globs of pepper jack cheese. The crust would be more doughy and fluffy though…maybe brushed with garlic and butter. And I would sprinkle parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper on top.
8. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
I. DO. NOT. WANT. TO. GO. TO. WORK. (My feelings are a lot angrier these days because my alarm goes off at 10:30pm so I can be to work by midnight. I don’t recommend it.)
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?
A. I don’t want kids so that probably wouldn’t happen to me.
B. I wouldn’t correct the mistake. At that point you’ve raised the child like it’s yours…as has the other family. It would be really painful, but I don’t think you can just swap out kids like that as if nothing happened!
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?
If I knew there would be no consequences for me, absolutely.
11. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for money?
How much money are we talking here? How many crickets? If the money was in the hundreds and the number of crickets below 5…yes. If the stakes are higher…we can negotiate.
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?
His name is Rhett Butler. He’s one of my best friend’s cat. And we loathe each other. I would lock him in a room (without my friend in sight) and repeatedly tell him that she’s never coming back. Yeah that sounds inhumane, but you’ve also never met this cat. (See for yourself: I was sending a snap chat to one of my friends and caught him creeping in the background. Look at that death stare!)
13. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be? I’d probably want to get a glimpse at 30. I’d love to see how established I am, how many boyfriends I have, if I’m hosting The Price Is Right, what kind of vacations I could afford, etc. It’s only five years away, but a lot can happen between now and then.
14. Who was the last person you sang to and what did you sing? I always sing to one of my best friends Regina. I don’t know if there’s a specific song; we usually just make incoherent noises to each other — like Michael Jackson ‘hee hees’ or something like that. But if an actual jam comes on in public…sorry everyone!
15. What question do you hate being asked?
I hate being asked, “what’s wrong?” I’m usually asked that when everything is wrong, which makes me go into rage mode or makes me cry like little monster kids in the grocery store who were just told they can’t have any candy.
16. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mom’s spaghetti, a side salad from Murray’s, garlic bread, a glass of 2% milk and a big ol’ glass of wine — probably a wine from Les Bourgeois. And maybe some Graeter’s raspberry chocolate chunk ice cream or a piece of cheesecake for dessert. That’s still up for debate.
17. How do you start a conversation?
With strangers I usually make some sarcastic remark about what’s going on around us, or I simply ask, “How’s it going?”
18. If you had a brainwashing machine, who would you use it on?
I would use it on everyone who has hate in their heart for no reason. The senselessness of our society is out of hand…and a lot of people need to be brainwashed into thinking there’s more to life than tearing other people down or hating someone, simply because you don’t like them or agree with their beliefs. Whether it’s the color or their skin, their sexual orientation, their religion, their gender, their age…whatever the case may be.
19. Have you ever eaten a crayon? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
I’m pretty sure that’s a negative on the crayon. As far as the strangest thing…it’s pretty gross. I once found and ate an orange piece of chewed-up gum on the sidewalk. I of course brushed the ants off first. You would think that would have stopped me…
20. Are you still learning who you are?
Every single day. I think it’s a growing process and I hope it never stops.
21. What’re you afraid of?
I have very irrational fears. I’m terrified of the deep sea. I can’t even bring myself to watch that episode of Planet Earth. And SNAKES. I get teary-eyed thinking about those pricks. I’m also afraid that one of those semis carrying like twelve cars will be in front of me on the interstate and the chains will snap, sending all the cars flying towards me. And BIRDS. Don’t get me started on birds. I’m also starting to learn I’m very afraid of letting people down.
22. Do you dance?
I dance very often. I love going to Body Jam and Zumba. And when I’m out – drinking or not – I go hard. I don’t dance to show off for other people, either. Or let guys and their bad rhythm push their hips into my butt and call it dancing. WOOF.
23. What’s the weirdest thing about you?
I sometimes make myself laugh..then commend myself for being funny. I also meow when I’m distressed or when I get whiney.
24. What’s the most normal thing about you? T
his is a little more tough because I think everyone’s so unique there really is no normal these days. But I think the *most normal thing about me is that I want what everyone else wants — to be happy. I think that’s the ultimate, most normal goal amongst everyone.
25. What are your thoughts on honesty?
I really agree with the old saying, “Honesty is the best policy.” I believe you need honesty to have a true connection and relationship with someone. But I think it’s important to point out to all those people who say they’re completely honest and use that as an excuse to be mean…that’s just complete crap. I absolutely hate when people say things like, ‘Wow that shirt looks horrible on you” and pride themselves on “just being honest.” No, that’s rude and uncalled for. Be honest, but don’t use that honesty to blur the line between being genuine and being an asshole.
26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
I think I’d want to keep it simple with just my name and years lived. If I wanted to get cheesy, I would maybe want some lyrics from ‘I Was Here’ by Beyonce.
27. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Oh man. I have so many. But I think my biggest one is when people don’t use the correct your/you’re. It sends my soul into a fit of rage.
28. What feels like love to you?
To me, it’s that feeling you get when you give someone a big hug – two arms and all – and a huge weight is lifted off your chest. And you feel like everything is going to be okay because that person is in your life.
29. What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
There’s so many now that I’m thinking about it…I’d want to learn how to make wine and beer, because booze. I’d love to learn different languages so I can land jobs in other countries. I’d love to learn how to play the drums, violin, and piano because I love making music. I want to learn how to sew because I have a lot of things I need to sew. And I’d love to learn any skills that helped Tina Fey and Amy Poehler become who they are, because I want to be them when I grow up.
30. How would your friends describe you?
I hope they would describe me as loyal, honest, funny, great eyebrows, and more beautiful than Beyonce.
Many thanks to Ashley! On that note, I have a couple people lined up for the next few weeks, but if anyone’s interested in answering questions, or submitting questions so I can switch up from time to time, you know where to find me.