FBLA 20 Questions: Pedro and The Watcher

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We don’t normally offer double-features in this here space, but the Orange County Register has worked hard to market columnists Peter Larsen (aka Pedro) and Michael Hewitt (The Watcher) as a single, uber-hip brand, so we’re going to aid and abet and hit them with our patented stupid questions:

1. What newspapers do you read? Michael Hewitt: The Register and the Times, of course. And the Grunion Gazette, the local weekly.
Peter Larsen: The Orange County Register with breakfast, the LA Times from the recycling bin at work and the NY Times and Washington Post online when I think to look

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?
MH: Do you mean when I’m swearing under my breath at Kobe?
PL: Giant head = lots of brains = ability to read with mouth closed.


3. Which Web sites (aside from FBLA, of course) are on your favorites bookmark? MH: Well over 100. I couldn’t do without Futon Critic, Reality Blurred, Epguides.com, Survivor Sucks and, during Idol season, MJ’s Big Blog. And no day is complete without a stop at I Can Has Cheezburger?

PL: Fimoculous, Kottke, Waxy and Boingboing for random stuff. Goldenfiddle and What Would Tyler Durden Do? for celebrity gossip. You guys, LAObserved and Big Action! for media friends. Some combination of Large Hearted Boy, Stereogum, Fluxblog, My Old Kentucky Blog and An Aquarium Drunkard for music. And it’s safe to say YouTube changed my life.

4. Where do you get your car washed?
MH: When I’m feeling flush, I go to Circle Marina on PCH in Long Beach. Expensive but good.
PL: At the wash-it-yourself car wash near my house, where you plug in quarters to use their water, sprayer and brush. If I really hustle I can get it done for four bucks — and it’s a work out, too!

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name?
MH: Of course. Both of them.
PL: Of course, it’s Daniel. And while we’re talking about dentists, why don’t they give you nitrous oxide any more? Some of my fondest dental memories involve nitrous oxide but it’s never on the menu anymore.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when?
MH: Entropy will kill everything eventually. Newspapers are likely to go sooner, probably when somebody comes up with an electronic reading device that works as well as paper.
PL: Naaah, you must be mental.

7. What was the last book you read?
MH: The Hours by Michael Cunningham or The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. I tend to read two books at a time, and I’m not sure which I finished first.
PL: Dishwasher, by Pete Jordan, aka Dishwasher Pete. As a fellow alumni of Hobart U. it was pretty much required reading. Currently almost done with the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

8. What’s the last book you say you read?
MH: No one ever asks me.
PL: BeemerTM (I swear it’s next on my list!)

9. If you got a unicorn what would you name it?
MH: Corny. Or Meal Ticket. You could probably scratch up a lot of green if you had a unicorn.
PL: Well, first of all, did you know that unicorns can only be, uh, mounted by female virgins? I read that on Wikipedia, so you know it’s true! In any case, even though I’m not a female virgin, if I were ever able to own a unicorn I would name it, I don’t know, Bukowsk,i so that I could always count on my unicorn being game to split a 12-pack of PBR with me.