XVR27's Improv Interviews - Dawn E. Emanuele - Raw

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An Interview With Dawn E. Emanuele

The Interview - RAW

Introduction: Just as a note as you read this raw transcript of the interview, you should know that this is the first interview I ever conducted, I did not know that Don was going to be there before I arrived (so I didn't have notes handy on his career highlights beyond what I was already familiar with), and thus I also didn't have questions scripted and tripped over my own tongue a bit. In the ten hours it took to type this up, my intention was to keep every word spoken exactly verbatim. I personally believe that an interview has a flow to it and that how I worded the questions affects the answers, so I left nothing out. For those of you that just want the questions and answers however, a copy of the interview split into categories will be posted to the website soon. The interview took place Saturday, August 10, 2002 with e-mail follow-ups for clarifications. Total interview time was a little under an hour - total recorded time was around fourty-five minutes.

ChivalRuss: Alright, let's start out with acting - formal training, experience, and some of the stuff you've done.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Umm, early, like in grade school, I remember being in a play, "Babar's Birthday", and (laughing) "Snow White & The Seven Dwarves" where I was the mirror and one of the trees and the background, but I was in kindergarten at the time.

ChivalRuss: Did you have to practice to mimic movements as the mirror?

Dawn E. Emanuele: No, it was pretty much just remembering my lines and a couple lines to a little kid can be, y'know...

ChivalRuss: Frustrating? Or intimidating?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, yeah, intimidating. I was very, very shy as a kid. Umm, it'll probably go under the personal section, but I was the kinda kid that even if we went to a family function where there were second cousins or cousins that weren't, y'know, immediate, what I'd end up doing is just, like, avoiding eye contact with them and I spent a lot of time hanging out with the adults; y'know, the great aunts and great uncles that were my grandparents' age and listening to them - I was very quiet and they'd forget I was around and talk very natural. So, even at a young age, I was surrounded by adults and would hear adult conversation and things like that. You get kind of a different perspective. I wasn't talked to like a little kid, I was talked to and around, like...

ChivalRuss: Like an equal.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yes, like an equal, yeah. And I would avoid eye contact with my second cousins or something and then, finally, they would break me down enough and we could go out and play and we would just get into it when we'd have to leave. Y'know, and I was just very quiet and very shy and I went to a lot of different grade schools. My mom always encouraged me - I took swimming lessons, violin, ballet, tap acting, modeling - all in early grade school. Y'know, my mom wanted me to do stuff. She bought me art supplies and crafts and I was, I have half-sisters, but I was basically raised as an only child. I get along great with them, but they're quite a bit older than me. So, y'know, it's, umm... I've always been encouraged to be creative. When my mom just came to the [art] shows, she spent most of the time looking at my artwork instead of everyone else's even though she'd seen it before. Y'know, she was very encouraging and tries to make suggestions that are valid like that to help me along. So, a lot of support, always.

ChivalRuss: How about more recent (post-school) acting.

Dawn E. Emanuele: OK, well, this is a little complicated, because I was in, like, Brownies and Girl Scouts and then I ended up stopping that. In fifth grade, they found out that I was dyslexic, a mild dyslexia, and I bounced around through so many schools that I was so quiet that they just passed me on. And that went on until the fifth grade when I had a teacher named Miss Therese Pfeifer who was just an amazing inspiration. I won art awards and writing awards not only locally, but nationally, because of this woman and her encouragement for all of her students. And I had her for fifth and sixth grade. And she made us square dance and she made us sing in front of the school and she gave me that confidence that I could do things, and she sat with me and two of the boys in my class and taught us how to read a first grade book and by the time I was in seventh grade, I was almost at a seventh grade level. Because of private tutoring and because of the help she gave. And I started coming a little more out of my shell and then, when I got to high school, acting started because I wanted to hang out with my friends. I started out as a go-fer. And then before I knew it, I was a stage manager. And then the next play we did, I was acting in it and I was helping with the costumes and I was doing the make-up. And then we had to find the props. And then I was the director's assistant and I was in charge of line counts and making sure everyone got on stage and cleaning up and permission slips, and it was like... I was the one that people went to. So I did some acting in some smaller plays and I was very passive about things. And they started up a ComedySportz...

ChivalRuss: ComedySportz?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Comedy and sports and the last "s" is a "z". And that's a lot like Second City or "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", but it's two teams that play against each other and it would be, like, two high schools - two high school teams against each other. We were the Buffalo Wings one year, and the next year, we were like the Whatzits or something like that, I can't remember right now.

ChivalRuss: What area?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

ChivalRuss: So were you born here and grew up here?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, I grew up in Milwaukee, I was born in Green Bay but we only lived there until I was about a year old. Umm, I've lived in Milwaukee for the last twenty-six years then. I was born November 5th, 1974. And in high school, I had a cousin who was in ComedySportz as a professional, actually got paid to do the performances and I always thought that it was interesting and fun, but when I went to sign up for it, it was full. So, I missed it because there were too many people. Well, within a couple of weeks, so many people had dropped out, I was on the team. And, by the end of the season, I was the captain.

ChivalRuss: Was your cousin still on the team?

Dawn E. Emanuele: No, I was trying out for the high school team. He was actually an adult who had been doing it who, on Friday and Saturday nights, would do performances where people would pay ten bucks a head to drink and eat and laugh their butts off.

ChivalRuss: Which, of course, made a big mess for the cleaning crew.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Oh, of course, completely, but y'know, they got paid extra if they cleaned up too. And so, it was one of those where it was like I started out kinda small on the totem pole and I kind of soared right up there. I was in Explorers, which is actually a division of Boy Scouts, so I was officially a Boy Scout (of Boy Scouts of America) and I started off just as a nobody and before I knew it, by the end of that year, I was president. So it's like this big creative rush where I ended up joining something small but, given the chance, I end up just taking off. That happened a few times where I start off as a job, even the job I currently have now managing a restaurant, I started off three days a week - I could walk to the place - and the next thing I knew, I was management. So I have nothing wrong with this progression in my life. Then after high school, the year after that I stayed on with ComedySportz and I went back and helped out with the drama department and with the ComedySportz team. I also worked with the Milwaukee Players, which is a professional theater group. I did props and set building, where we take huge sets from Biloxi Blues and Much Ado About Nothing to work with.

ChivalRuss: You wanted me to ask you about Much Ado About Nothing...

Dawn E. Emanuele: Right, I told you to ask me about Much Ado About Nothing. Well, I had auditioned for one of the lead female roles. I can't remember the name, which is obviously a clue to the fact that I didn't get the part. But part of that is because, I know that they liked me quite a bit because they encouraged me to come and tryout for other things, but we did an improvisational thing. I was supposed to be a young girl who totally had a crush on a boy. He was supposed to be so cute and so wonderful. Well, despite the fact that I am auditioning for a Shakespearian play, my brain goes straight back to the ComedySportz and I just start going on and on about this gorgeous man with sideburns and a tight tee shirt and I get so into it that I had him riding a motorcycle and I took my arms... and I started making motorcycle sounds and I was being, like, incredibly weird. And so, umm, yeah, I didn't get the part. I can't necessarily say that I agree with the girl that was cast but wow, I couldn't have got it for the overacting if that was the problem.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Really, those are the formal things that I've done. I'd love to get back to the theater, but it always seems like just a matter of time. I've done fashion shows, runway, for some stores or some charities, things like that...

(phone rings)

ChivalRuss: I love the pause on this thing. You turn on the pause, and nothing works - record, fast forward, rewind, play. It totally stops the thing from being able to work. OK, so your acting background is done and your improv background. Next, the costumes. Tell me what you do and how you got into it.

Dawn E. Emanuele: I'd probably have to say that the beginning of my costuming was with Barbie. The things I would do to Barbie is, as you get older, it's less fun to play with Barbie and act out scenes, and it got to a point with me where it was more fun to just dress them all up and set scenes and then I was done playing. I'd still do that even when I was fifteen. What I would do is I would take tin foil and I would create outfits out of that for Barbie, including bikinis or lavish dresses or huge hats or ball gowns or things like that. One time I took a balloon that said 'I (heart symbol) Italy' and it was a white balloon and what I did was I cut it so that it actually looked like a skin-tight tee shirt for Barbie. So for years, she had this 'I love being Italian' tee shirt with no sleeves and the head cut out. And I would just do stuff like that. I would make Barbie clothes and with me, I first did what all little girls did, taking slips and wearing them as bridal veils and things like that. But I would also then take pieces of material and wrap it around... I would always try to get the most out of everything. When I was in high school and we did Robin Hood, I tried making a few outfits but I wasn't quite there - I didn't take any sewing classes or anything. My great-grandmother had insisted on buying me a sewing machine when I was about twelve or thirteen which just, mostly, sat around a lot until I was about twenty one or so. I mean, I'd play around with it every one in a while, but I really started getting into it. I started making costumes for a "Cry For Dawn" character that I'd actually wear to GenCon. And I didn't know what the hell I was doin'. If I could go back and do that costume, it would be so much easier, but I took it and I transformed it and I've never had any formal sewing training or anything like that. I've now progressed to a certain point where I can look at something that needs to be altered or changed somehow and I can completely pull it apart in my brain, but I can't explain it to somebody else. And the hardest part for other people to understand is that I look at it and I know how to fix it. It is so simple to me, like the alteration or something, but it's the translating it to somebody. It's almost like if I taught myself how to play an instrument. Y'know, I can hear a song in my head, but I wouldn't be able to translate to somebody else how to get the notes across or what chords they were. It's been in the last couple of years when I get bored on a Friday, go out in the afternoon, buy some material, come home, make an outfit, and have it to go out that night. I've developed quite a reputation where it's gotten to the point where it's automatically assumed by most of the people I meet, whether it be at conventions or my friends, that if it's a cool outfit, I made it. But I will never take credit for something that I didn't make.

ChivalRuss: Oh, of course.

Dawn E. Emanuele: I don't think that's right, y'know? I will flat out say, "Yes, I made everything but this." Even if it's a skirt you see an inch of underneath another skirt. I don't think it's right to pass myself off as something I'm not.

ChivalRuss: Sure. How many would you say you currently have?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Outfits?

ChivalRuss: Yes, that you've made.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Umm...

ChivalRuss: Rough estimate?

Dawn E. Emanuele: I'd say around a couple dozen; not a huge, exorbitant amount, but then again, what I'll also do is I'll try to get the most out of pieces. Like, I'll see what I can add to, or take away from, other clothing or accessories to make and create a completely different look out of the same piece(s) of clothing. And I'll do that sometimes when a friend is giving away stuff to Goodwill. And I'll say, "Oh, well do you have that black corset?" or "What about that red shirt?" Yeah, it's different material, but it would go good with the flowers along the bottom. And you can just see this light of, "Oh, well maybe I shouldn't be giving this away then" [look in their eyes] and they didn't even think about it, and that's what I try to do.

ChivalRuss: What's your favorite thing that you've created? Describe it as best you can.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Well, I really like the dress that I had yesterday.

ChivalRuss: I can actually put that up on the site.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Right. The corset is the only part I did not make. The rest of the dress I did make, and the front actually laces up, but it gives it a different look with the corset.

ChivalRuss: That did look good yesterday.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, thanks. And one thing I do want to say is when I go through the trouble of making clothes for myself, I'm going to use expensive, or expensive-looking, materials because if I would've made that same black velvet dress but done it out of plain, blue cotton I would've gotten compliments, I'm sure...

ChivalRuss: But it would've lost that edge?

Dawn E. Emanuele: But it wouldn't have been that show-stopping... I went to Denny's last night and handed out six business cards because everybody was just so... it caught their eye. And I think if you're going to go through the trouble of doing something, you should make it worth while and you should definitely make it long lasting.

ChivalRuss: Alright - martial arts. Tell me about this.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Well, it goes back to the fact that I'm really super-shy and when I was nine, that summer, I was outside with my cousins and some neighborhood boys were causing some problems and my mom was sick of me getting picked on. And I always got picked on in class; this is true. I was always so quiet. And I was small; because of where my birthday falls, I ended up being a year older than everyone else because I didn't quite make the cut-off date. But I was still usually one of the four or five smallest children in the class. That and that it wasn't until fifth grade that they found out, "Hey, there's an actual reason why she's in the fifth grade and can't spell her middle name 'Elizabeth' or 'Milwaukee' or 'Wisconsin' or the street she lives on, let alone the word 'street', and she's at a first grade spelling level". Meanwhile, my reading comprehension was at twelfth grade and my logic was, like, eleventh or twelfth grade. Everything else put me at a higher grade level. Everything did. Even math skills put me at a higher grade than what I was supposed to be, except for the spelling. So, it didn't really lend itself to me being very confident. And I got into a kind of skirmish with the kids and my mom was sick of it and took me to a martial arts school and I went to the same school from the age of nine until about the age of sixteen or seventeen until it got to the point where it was easier for me to say that I was in it to actually go. Y'know, it was one of those where I'd start to not go. Although, I would like to get back into it because it was a definite anger release. Not that I'm a violent person, but...

ChivalRuss: ...but everybody has anger.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, I realized even about six months to a year after being out of it that I was angry all the time. And yeah, you could look at it and say I'm a teenage girl, but... y'know. And I was really pretty good at it. I was not shy when it came to sparring. Umm... I would walk up to people, kids who had just gotten their green belts - the belts that they had to reach before they started sparring - and I would get right in their face and I'd look at them and I'd go, "More fresh meat." I'd nod, then I'd turn and walk away. And I had some of the boys so intimidated that even during a testing where we're not supposed to be physically harming each other and just going back and forth and demonstrating things, that I would... they'd be terrified to have to spar against me because I would stretch, my mom made me stretch before class, in addition to everything else because at ten I developed tendinitis in both knees, so I was growing too fast. Yes, I'm only 5'3" now, but I was still somehow managing to grow too fast at this point and not stretching my tendons enough. So I had to really do that and because of that, my mom's got a couple of pictures of me kicking men in the head. I was very god at sparring and even the men would be nice to me because I looked a lot younger than I even was and they didn't want to hurt me until I punched them in the chest and then, "OK, we're gonna spar like we're actually sparring."

ChivalRuss: What martial art was it?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Tae Kwon Do. It was the same school that I went to... the American Tae Kwon Do Association, also known as the ATA. It was a very good school. I was very comfortable and very safe there. I had four cousins that also went to that same school.

ChivalRuss: Is Tae Kwon Do more ground based? Offensive or defensive? Throwing?

Dawn E. Emanuele: No, it's not throwing, it's more hands and feet. It's a lot about control. We were taught to use control to learn things before we were aloud to spar against each other. And then we had to get to almost a black belt before we were aloud to break boards because they didn't want us to hurt ourselves, but rather to give us an outlet to express our power. And the white belt is like the clean slate, like you have no knowledge and you're still learning. The black belt is a combination of all the colors, so by the time you get to the black belt, you should be knowledgeable in everything below it. So that's why it would take a while to progress to it.

ChivalRuss: How high did you get?

Dawn E. Emanuele: I got to a first degree black belt decided. Recommended, in my school, was where you had up to six months to test to become a decided. Recommended was like a 'you just sort of got it' and then in decided was 'you have it and it cannot be taken away from you' unless you, y'know, maliciously went out and broke someone's leg. Then they'd just be like, "You know, you might not deserve this." But it helped me with so much and it taught me so much over the years - respect and definitely, if I ever have children even in my care, they will be taking some kind of self-defense classes. I'm not going to pressure them that they have to take them, it gave me confidence in defending myself, knowing that I could stand up for things and if something came down to it, that I would at least have a chance and not have to worry. So that started pulling me out of my shell too. That, and going into the ComedySportz, and the theater, they were all happening right after each other, things became very natural. And with acting, the only time I'm nervous is before I get up on stage. And once I'm on there, I love it. As long as I know my lines, I'm fine. And with ComedySportz, there were no set lines, y'know. You just... on the fly, pull it out of your brain, throw it against the wall, watch it splat, and hope everyone laughs. Which I just thought of right now.

ChivalRuss: The last question on the topic. Off the top of your head, how much do you think you remember and how effective do you think you could be?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Well, as far as my speed goes, I'm probably not fast. But I was in it for so long, even though it's been about ten years since I quit, my boyfriend - Joel Talacko - he and I have been together for seven years and before the recent car accident that we were in, him and I would actually spar together. And he's from a completely different school of thought - he learned from an ex-cop and a creepy military man that is half blind. So, you know, he learned a lot dirtier street-fighting where I learned very clean 'you could only hit above the belt below the neck or anywhere on the head', but on the chest, it was just the chest - no back, no side... it was very controlled. But fighting against Joel, it was pretty much anything goes. And with him, neither one of us are ticklish, so we will have pressure point fights...

ChivalRuss: Oh...

Dawn E. Emanuele: ...where we chase each other around and make each other's arms go numb or eyes water and giggle hysterically the entire time. Nothing at all is ever meant malicious by it; we have never done it maliciously, ever. It's always been an, "Oh yeah, punk? You think that's funny? Here you go." And we're just giggling the entire time.

ChivalRuss: All in good clean fun.

Dawn E. Emanuele: ALL in good clean fun. So yeah, I think I could still kick somebody's butt.

ChivalRuss: Anybody? Or just somebodies?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Somebodies - I'm not gonna, y'know, go around picking a fight too often. Part of it helps by being a compass. I never really had to use it.

ChivalRuss: OK. Next Section: Hints & Suggestions. Let's start with performance: getting up on stage in front of a crowd.

Dawn E. Emanuele: OK. Well, making sure that your nose is wiped, you don't have to worry about that. Check that you don't have toilet paper hanging off the back of your heel is probably also a good tip just to think about. So, once you've got your appearance down... When I was little, I used to panic when I realized that everybody in the group was looking at me and I don't know why anymore because it shouldn't make a difference if you're talking to one person or if you're talking to a hundred. You're still going to say what you're going to say. If you mess up, you mess up. Big deal. As long as you don't do some severe Dan Quail kind of 'I'm-sticking-my-entire-leg-in-my-mouth' problem.

ChivalRuss: I heard him say once that that tasted funny.

Dawn E. Emanuele: (gigging)

ChivalRuss: Actually, I could believe that he'd say that though.

Dawn E. Emanuele: (laughing)

ChivalRuss: Do you have any stunt suggestions based on your martial arts experience; did you want to just throw something in?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Uhh...

ChivalRuss: Basic, y'know? Not if they're doing anything complex. For example, how might they want to set up the stage to prepare for basic impromptu stunt effects like falling?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Well, make sure people don't have anything they can trip over. Big exaggerated movements are good, but try to be aware of your surroundings. Uh, there was one time where girl kind of flung her arms and ended up knocking another girl kind of off the stage and, unfortunately, she was one of those girls that doesn't handle pain real well. But, because she's an actress, she tried to suck it up and she just doesn't handle pain real well. So she's in a scene where she's supposed to be funny and this girl has tears welling up in her eyes. Sometimes, things are just unavoidable. So, I don't know if you can really...

ChivalRuss: If you're on the stage, watch for the edge.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah. Yeah. And, um, the most important thing that I was always taught about... improvists: don't screw your partner...

ChivalRuss: Unless you're a professional?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah; it's one of those where if you know for a fact that they can't do something like if they've got a bad knee, don't make them kneel down. That's not fair - c'mon, use your brains. Also, if they tell you, "go get my camel", don't look at them and say "No" because that's just a scene killer. It totally just stops everything. You might as well have crickets in the scene in the background automatically. You know, it's not going to help anybody.

ChivalRuss: Challenge, don't...

Dawn E. Emanuele: You just walk over and you get the camel. OK? Or something can happen in the meantime, but...

ChivalRuss: Challenge them, don't get them stuck.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Right, right. Help the scene go along. And you're not going to make yourself look better or funnier by stopping the scene. You know, it's not going to help the scene. It's gonna be better if you help set things up. By refusing to do something, you brake the flow. If someone tells you to eat a cockroach, just eat it! You're not really eating a cockroach, but the audience will react like you are. Besides, since you can't read the mind of the other person, they might have a really funny joke to go with it. If you can make something work, it'll make everyone better. And that's the thing about improv - it's supposed to be fun for everyone. Not just, "OK, I'm gonna hog the good joke, I'm gonna hog the good line." That's just rude.

ChivalRuss: OK, any other specific improv-related tips either regarding specific improv games you've done or things that you've seen work out really well. In other words, things you should do as opposed to what we were talking about before (things you shouldn't do).

Dawn E. Emanuele: Well personally, I'm not the best song person. I'm not the best at on-the-spur-of-the-moment make-up-songs person. So, just for the enjoyment of the crowd, I think it's better if I stay away from the rhyming thing. And, watching a show like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", you'll see them utilizing the best characteristics of each person on the show. Y'know, one person is great at making up songs., so there's a couple of different games where that's what he does specifically. With some people, you can just see their strengths and weaknesses. They might be good at figuring out who the person is that tries to walk through the room, so that's what they do. Play around with the games and learn for yourself what you can do. If you really want to get better, then you do have to practice, but don't just assume that you can do every single game. Everyone does have their strengths and weaknesses. It's about fun. So, it's not going to be any fun if I'm standing up there trying to make up a song and I can't get any. It's just like, "Umm... next."

ChivalRuss: And then you have Colin [Mochrie] who always plays the woman on the series.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah (laughing). Y'know, it's about audience enjoyment when you pick on the bald one, but it's in jest. If you know that person seriously has a problem and is looking into hair plugs, you may want to...

ChivalRuss: ...lay off that particular area.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, yeah, because fist fights... although, a pie fight is funny.

ChivalRuss: Unless the pies are in tins, trust me.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, yeah yeah. Ow.

ChivalRuss: Any other tips or suggestions about performing, projecting an air of confidence?

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yeah, well it is all about attitude. Also, sometimes the clothing you wear will change your attitude. For me, a sexy walk can only come when I wear heels and the slinky dresses as opposed to the combat boots and the jeans.

ChivalRuss: I don't think I took a picture of you in jeans. Combat boots and jeans, for you, are kind of out there - I've never seen you in jeans.

Dawn E. Emanuele: With me, I have such a difference in my personality. Back into the personal part again. I have known people for five or six years who have never seen me wear pants, who don't know that I don't wear makeup. They've never seen me without my hair done. They've never seen me without nail polish. They've never seen me with glasses on and didn't know I even owned glasses. There was a surprise party I threw for Joel two years ago. Everybody came a little bit early and I hadn't been able to get out of the house. So when everyone showed up, I'm wearing cut-off knee-length jean shorts, flip-flops, my hair is in a pony tail, had my glasses on, no makeup, and I'm wearing a sports-bra tank top. I just walked in, shoved vacuum cleaners at them, and I'm like, "OK, somebody needs to take out the garbage", "Please do this", and "OK, here we go. I need to take a shower." And I went and took my shower and I came out and my hair was done. my contacts were in, I had my makeup on, jewelry, dress, nice clothes, and apparently, the entire time I had been taking a shower and getting changed, the only topic of conversation was the fact that none of those people had ever seen me like that before.

ChivalRuss: Well, they had to talk about something, I guess.

Dawn E. Emanuele: But, it's one of those where there are other people that I work with on a daily basis who have only ever seen me in seel-toed shoes, long black jeans - no shorts or anything ever - either polo shirts or extra large tee shirts, no makeup...

(break for a phone call for Dawn)

ChivalRuss: OK, the personal section. You've been dating Joel for seven years.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Yep.

ChivalRuss: How'd you meet him?

Dawn E. Emanuele: (sighs about running low on time)

ChivalRuss: The quickest way for you to describe it.

Dawn E. Emanuele: Umm, nine years ago at his friend's birthday party. My best friend had taken me there. He was seventeen, I was nineteen. He was all hopped up on Mountain Dew, Pixie Sticks, and the fact that he didn't have to go home that night. I was made at my boyfriend, my glasses had broken, and my mom had decided that even though I was nineteen, she was going to take the car away from me. So, I was in a bad mood. When we met that night, I thought he was kind of cute, but a little bit of a spaz. He thought I was cute, but a b**ch. And you know what? We were. and we ended up in a staring contest and we never got to finish it because I had to be home. Two years later, my best friend calls me up and tells me, "I have the perfect guy for you. He's into acting, Renaissance, tarot card reading, and martial arts and talking to him is just like talking to you. He does art, too, and everything's great." And I liked him so much right away and we clicked and we're cute and we get along well and I don't know of any other couple that can work together like we do. We worked at a restaurant together - a horrible, real job - and we do the shows together and we vacation together and he's very encouraging and he's cute; that helps.


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