In Blogging 201, a WordPress course I took part in, we got homework to reach out and got ourselves a blogging buddy. I published a timid call for action in this mock-advertisement and (surprise!) I got an answer! The versatile blogger behind 20/20 Hines Sight took pity on me (aww!) and agreed to be my buddy forever and ever for today (yay!).
My blogging buddy allowed me to publish here her patient answers to my naïve questions concerning herself and her hometown, Washington, D.C. Enjoy the interview, don’t laugh at my dumbness (too much) and for more, head over straight to 20/20 Hines Sight blog!
Mara: You surely explained that a thousand times to the ignorant likes of me, but once again, what is the significance of your blogging name, 20/20 Hines Sight?
20/20: 20/20 Hines Sight started off as A Chick’s Opinion and then after a couple of posts I decided my vision wasn’t terribly clear and I hated the name, so I stopped posting and got to thinking. I finally decided what I wanted the blog to be about, but still had no satisfying name.
Thanks to my superhot Ophthalmologist and his desire to get my eyesight as close to 20/20 as he could: when he said, “20/20”, I knew what my new name would be – 20/20 Hindsight. It was an “Ah Ha” moment followed by the crazy lady grin. There’s a phrase, “Hindsight is always 20/20”. So my blog name would be 20/20 Hindsight, but then another “Ah Ha” moment came and I thought I’d use my last name Hines as a play on words. Pretty clever, right? (Mara: Ah ha! Right, smart!)
Thanks, superhot Ophthalmologist, for your due diligence in trying to get my eyesight 20/20. (Mara: Can I have the superhot ophthalmologist’s number pretty please? I want 20/20 vision too. – And the superhot ophthalmologist… )
Mara: You live in the US capital. Does living there feel special? Does it perhaps make you feel more American for that? Or is it just like living in any other US city?
20/20: Growing up in the capital of the United States is great, but there are so many things one takes for granted. I don’t necessarily feel special or feel any more American than if I were living in another US city. I’ve travelled quite a bit to various cities within the States, and they all pretty much have the same feel and design.
It’s just that some are smaller than others. It seems like every city’s capital building has a dome and it’s a Romanesque design, so nothing really special or spectacular. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. (Mara: Oh. Now you effectively discouraged everyone from Work and Travel USA, and people will go Work and Travel Washington instead!)
Mara: You share your hometown with the President. Are you intimidated by the proximity of the government or do you feel that you have the same claim to Washington as anyone else does?
20/20: Ha! Interesting question. Definitely not intimidated by the proximity. I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go. It’s really quite interesting and more often than not very unassuming. I don’t work too far from the White House and the US Capitol building and we often get the brunt of activity (street closures).
There was one time on my way to work they (the police) wouldn’t even let us walk across the street. Frustrating. Definitely going to be late for work. I don’t like politics and I don’t like politicians, but we’ve elected them and their offices just so happen to be in Washington, DC, so I guess they have as much right to it as I do.
Quite frankly, I really don’t think it matters whether they’re in Washington or in their own home states, they’d still find a way to fuck shit mess up. Perhaps the last couple of sentences went beyond the scope of what you were asking. (Mara: I share your despair. I indulge in chocolate to make the bitter facts a bit sweeter. Also I drink. Just kidding… )
Mara: As to the practicalities of living in Washington, are there any extra security measures that affect ordinary citizens? Either permanently or only for instance when top political figures are visiting?
20/20: Since 9/11 the security measures that were put into place definitely affect ordinary citizens. They can be an inconvenience, but it is what it is. You learn to live with the road closures and permanent detours.
Mara: You are about to move to Denver, Colorado. Were you unhappy with Washington as your hometown? What was the stimulus for you to move out of Washington?
20/20: I love Washington, DC. It’s home because that’s where I was born and raised, and there are a ton of great things to do here. But at the same time it’s not home. I’ve always felt more comfortable in Denver, Colorado. I’ve always felt that was my home.
So, I made a promise to myself that after I finish school, I’m headed there. Another year and I’m there. Watch out Colorado! (Mara: Oh, now I’m envious. I want to move to a home too! Will you take me with you…?)
Mara: Thank you for bearing with me, happy moving and happy living!