The Questions Project: Peter LeGrand

We have a special guest this week on The Questions Project. His name is Peter LeGrand and as of today we have been dating for a whole cycle of the sun (happy one year, Peter). He’s a law student at the University of Illinois and he’s interested in tax law so I think I’ll keep him around to maintain a cushy lifestyle. 😀
Jk. But really, he’s a wonderful individual and we met at Mizzou when I was a bb freshman and he was a junior and also my FIG teacher. I had a bit of an observational crush on him freshman year because his jawline is impeccable and he’s easily one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met.
I’m incredibly grateful to have him in my life, and even happier he’s decided to put up with me.
And here’s a cute picture of us so you can look at that jawline I mentioned:

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1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
It’s of the sun setting over the Illinois landscape as I made my way back from Chicago to Champaign.

Photo taken by Peter LeGrand.

Photo taken by Peter LeGrand.

2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
I have! Most recently, it was for speeding, but he let me off with a warning since I was driving to see my girlfriend for the first time in months. 😉

3. What’s your heritage?
I am a European mutt, with my primary blood being German and French, but with healthy percentages of English, Irish, Danish, and Dutch worked in too.

4. What was the last lie you told?
That I’m a healthy percentage of Dutch. Whoops!

5. What’s the weirdest prank you’ve ever done?
Probably a toss up between convincing my residents I bleach my hair blond, convincing residents I wear contacts/have glasses, and convincing my residents I was younger than them. Basically, I had a weird tendency trick residents.

6. Do you trust anyone with your life?
My parents, you, probably all my extended family (cousins and aunts and uncles, oh my!), friends Kyle and Michael, family friend’s like the Yeshecks, and most of the dogs in my life. This is especially true of my loving and loyal dog Rigby, who would fight an army for me.

7. Describe the perfect pizza.
I’m at my childhood home alone, with a fresh show or film ready to play on my laptop or DVR, and then the oven bell sounds. There it is, the perfect pizza, a perfectly prepared deluxe Tombstone pizza. The crust is a golden color, not too crisp or crunchy. The cheese is gooey and I engulf the whole thing in one sitting while enjoying the aforementioned show or movie, casually drinking orange juice and snacking on iceberg lettuce between pizza bites. It takes nearly an hour, as I savor this perfect scene.

8. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
“Hello Rigby, what are you… NO NOT MY SOCKS. Ok, good boy, good… NO DONT JUMP INTO MY BED… y’know what, you’re very cuddly and UGH GROSS THE SLOBBER, THE SLOBBER! I’m up, I’m up, let’s go for a walk, ok? Jeesh!”

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?
Yes, as long as the person I’m making a switch-er-roo with doesn’t mind meeting up to let our kids play and we get to keep a positive, healthy influence in the lives of the children we both invested so much time and care into raising.

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?
NOPE. If the price of their crime is life imprisonment, I think they’ve done a little too much to deserve a warning/near miss. Punishment plays an important role in our society for deterring future behavior, especially for felonies.

11. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for money?
Yes, although I will amend this to say for “substantial” money.

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?
This is too dark for me!

13. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
Wait, is this like “time traveling to any point in life and living for a week”, or just suddenly reverting to a certain age? I’d definitely time travel back to my youth and act with more confidence/less fear about looking like a nerd and just own who I am in high school. Turns out people (by and large) are decent folks, and I wish I’d had more faith in that when I was younger. If I just would suddenly change age for a week, I’d like to be 27 during my finals week so I could ace my classes and grow a full beard in a week… Like that’ll happen eventually, right? Right??

14. Who was the last person you sang to and what did you sing?
Rigby, with a rendition of “Shake It Off” as it played on the radio.

15. What question do you hate being asked?
“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?”

16. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would have two ham sandwiches, with cheese, onions, and mayo with the ham on wheat bread, alongside cherry yogurt, apple slices, carrots, some potato chips, and a large glass of OJ.

17. How do you start a conversation?
Awkwardly… also, typically by asking a question about something I know the other person to enjoy, be good at, or have strong opinions on.

18. If you had a brainwashing machine, who would you use it on?
Evangelical leaders, especially those who use Christianity to shame and guilt others into conforming to their specific ideals.

19. Have you ever eaten a crayon? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
No, and live calamari.

20. Are you still learning who you are?
LOL. I don’t think people “discover” who their “true selves” are. I think people decide who they are, and most people are afraid to acknowledge their weaknesses and (to a lesser extent) embrace their strengths. At the end of the day, we are based on how we choose to act. Based on that belief, I’ll say that I’ve come a long way in determining the kind of man I want to be, but I’m definitely still working on becoming more patient, disciplined, and better at delaying self-gratification like fast food or watching Netflix for long term benefits that healthy living and studying provide. It’s not a matter of learning that I can do those things, but deciding that I want to be the kind of person who does those things.

21. What’re you afraid of?
Not being able to find a job out of law school and disappointing all the people who’ve supported, encouraged and still believe in me.

22. Do you dance?
Of course! I love swing dancing, line dancing, and waltzing the most, but I’m also a slow dancing star and a not-so-great-but-still-enthusiastic dancer in non-partner dancing situations.

23. What’s the weirdest thing about you?
I LOVE hanging out at libraries. Oh, and I have a third nipple.

24. What’s the most normal thing about you?
My disdain for Missouri drivers, the South, and the How I Met Your Mother finale.

25. What are your thoughts on honesty?
Essential to any meaningful relationship.

26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
EAT ME (because I want my tombstone to be a Tombstone pizza, please and thank you… Also, I know what I’m making for dinner now!)
…But it’d be nice if I had like a full inscription with many laudable qualities and accomplishments, because I lived a life of great importance to my family, community, and country. Like, IDEALLY, that’s the situation.

27. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Evangelical Christianity’s incredible reliance on hypocrisy

28. What feels like love to you?
Romantically, that moment when “her and I” becomes “we” when considering a future together. For friendship, being able to trust another to see me at my weakest and most vulnerable without fear, and the knowledge that they could completely trust me to be there for them at their moment of greatest need too.
…Really, being loving others comes down to two things: Loyalty and listening.

29. What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I would like to walk into a room of strangers and feel confident I belong.

30. How would your friends describe you?
Hopefully as loyal and a good listener. Also, empathetic.

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