Aaron Blake: The FishbowlDC Interview

ablakepic.bmpSay hello to The Hill’s Aaron Blake.

How many suits do you own? Three and a half. I don’t know how you lose half a suit, but I did it somehow awhile back. It was the left half.

What word do you routinely misspell? Republican. I slip the b in before the u, so it’s Repbulican.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Not yet, but I intend to. I haven’t been good about checking out the new releases on Netflix.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? See above.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I have always despised that person whose cell phone goes off in a quiet room, so I keep mine on vibrate.

What time did you get up this morning? 6 a.m. I’m from the Midwest, and apparently this makes me certifiably crazy on the East Coast.

When did you last cry and why? I cry every time I walk outside in the cold wind. For some reason, it make my eyes water like crazy here. Crying for real? When my family’s dog died about a year ago. I was a mess.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? I like to keep my sins non-deadly, but if I had to choose one it’d be pride/hubris.

Beach, city or country? City, with occasional and necessary trips to the others.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Where I come from, all the men are handsome, all the women are strong and all the children are above average.

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What color is your bathroom? White.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 200, and I appreciate and cherish every one of them.

What’s your opinion of New York City? It’s embarrassing, but I’ve never been. I was going to go over President’s Day weekend, but it fell through. I’ll go soon and report back. Promise.

What’s your favorite letter? HH, which I didn’t know was a letter until Mitch Hedberg told me.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? David La Vaque, who edited the sports section at the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Daily. He hired me as a 17-year-old with neither experience nor a clue about anything, and he didn’t even require a face-to-face interview. Few people besides my parents have shown such faith in me and then helped me to achieve.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Yes, The Onion’s podcasts are fantastic. A recent one: “Man Surprised To Hear Himself Tell Matt Damon He’s A ‘Big Fan'”

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? I actually started watching it this season, but I’m too embarrassed about that fact to claim a favorite at this point.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I’m a bad, bad person.

Who is your favorite active journalist? A tie between John Oliver and Geraldo Rivera.

What did you have for breakfast? A cinnamon raisin English muffin with crunchy peanut butter and apple jelly, Granola cereal, milk and green tea. Same thing every day.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? Mesh shorts. I wear them whenever I’m at home.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothpaste.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Super speed. I’m a runner, and it’d be nice to win something one day.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? The Mr. Stokes doll from Extras.