Friday, May 25, 2007

Joe Blogs Interview

A long time ago I got this great interview. I thought I'd repost it while I find the muse again.
Some things I would add would be shrinkwrappedscream's site (see my links) and a new movie- right now it's Cinderella. :))
Thanks again Joe! You can find him at:

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Joe Blog's Interview #54 Alpacas Are Cute
Name : Rachelle Black

Age : is this a trick question??

Location : The beautiful Kern County mountains in CA

Vocation : you mean, like what I want to be when I grow up? Oh yea, alpaca rancher, super mom, wife extraordinaire... that sums it all up.

Philosophy : You might as well laugh kid, it ain't gonna get any easier. Nope, that's no it... oh yea! Life's tough, if we stick together and help others, who have less than we do, we can only get stronger. And laugh a lot!

Sum up what your blog is about.
It's just me, talking about whatever tickles my funny bone, sharing stories about my lovely alpacas, laughing at myself, and bringing pieces of that in my life. I've had lots of tribulations in my life and humor has been the only way to get me through it. If I can share some of that with others, and it makes you laugh- my job is done.

Why are you doing your blog?
Therapeutic value and a tax write off (I haven't exactly figured that last one out yet)

Whats the funniest entry on your blog? Hmmmm.... I don't know. I don't like to talk about myself much so you decide. But my personal favorite is "Twas the night before Christmas" It kind of shows my funny and serious side. Maybe I'm like a fine wine, I get better as I age. Or, maybe I'm like an old cheese and just get stinkier, who knows?

What is your writing style? Kind of a Heinz 57 variety. A little humor, a little seriousness, some posts are informative and some require duct taping your head so it doesn't explode. In all seriousness, I love to write and share. So, you may tune in one day and laugh, and the next day cry- visit often so you don't miss out! :))

How much would you sell your blog for? $1.5 million- - - whoa, I think I hurt myself typing that so fast. Why,know someone who wants to buy it?

What do people commonly say about your site? You mean someone reads it? Kidding! I don't know, I have really enjoyed the friends I have made, and people met through this blog, they are very supportive and encouraging. They say things like-"You're so funny!" and "I want to name my first (or 5th) child after you!" They don't? Hmmm.... have to train them harder I guess.

Why should someone visit your site? Because they can, wait a minute, I was having a mom moment there.... Really, it is just too hard to go through life all serious and stuff. My blog is all about life and how tragically-terrifying-exhilarating-grief stricken-pee your pants-laugh out loud funny it is. There have been many,many bad things, and bad choices that have occurred in my life, but I'm still here and I'm in one piece. If I can share my experiences and help someone else in the process, that's what it's all about. If this appeals to you, I guess I'll see you there.

Climate change is caused by man. Myth or reality? I don't know.... I have been using my blow dryer a lot more lately, think there's a correlation??

Are there any blogs, you enjoy reading? I love Sarah Flake at she is really a riot! I am a regular stalker, er, I mean reader. Also, creatively I would have to say I love the beautiful imagination of Plumpie Mousie at It's like a glimpse into another world.

What would you have written on your tombstone? Loving mother, caring sister, devoted daughter, good friend. Wow, that's a lot to live up to, I'd better get busy!

Would you go on a reality TV show? Not if it involves eating anything still alive, or high places. But if I get to meet Leif Garrett- I'm all over it.

What one website would you recommend and why?
Well, I obsessively check the weather on NOAA but that's not for everyone. I don't know, I visit a lot of gaming sites.... I'm not being a big help on this question am I?

Tell us a random funny story that comes to mind.
Okay, once a looong time ago I was dating this guy who's dad thought I was a loser. Since I was young I have had my two front teeth bonded or veneereddue to sensitivity (and a huge gap!).The day before my bonding cracked and a whole slice of my tooth cracked right off. I mean, the gap was apparent and even worse because before putting the last bonding treatment on they actually widened the gap. In desperation I super glued it back on because, of course, it was a holiday, AND a weekend and I couldn't get into the dentist for two more days.It worked great! You couldn't even tell, it was perfect.

So here I am eating and trying to make the best impression I can. Someone tells a horrible joke and I laugh too loudly, then take a bite of my mashed potatoes, chew and swallow.... and find out to my horror that the piece of my tooth is missing. I think quickly, surely I would have felt the crunch,right? I mean mashed potatoes aren't crunchy!! I panic and cover my mouth, everyone asks what's wrong and I explain behind my hand. Of course his father wants to see, and does everything but rip away my hand from my mouth. I am just totally embarrassed and trying to convince my boyfriend it's time to leave when his father picks up his martini glass to take a drink. The strangest expression crosses his face,and I see him hold the glass up to the light. "Um, Rachelle, I think I found your missing part." he says. Yup, sure enough, there it was in all it's glory soaking up the vodka and having a great time.

I manage to *not* crawl under a rock, get the piece back, his wife finds the super glue and I consider locking myself in the bathroom and never coming out. Carpe Dentum indeed.

Had any supernatural experiences?
Yes, about six months after my grandmother died and I was struggling with grief and a cocaine addiction, I was laying on the couch in my mother's house depressed. I suddenly smelled my grandmother's perfume, and my whole body felt like it was getting a warm hug. I couldn't move, and was filled with peace. The perfume faded after a while and the sensation of being hugged went away. I went through everything in the house looking for anything that smelled like her perfume- Avon's Rose is a Rose- but my mother assured me there wasn't anyone there, she hated that smell and would never have it around. It was Grandma. I frequently see people from the corner of my eye, and once there was a man in white walking on my lawn in the middle of the night. The veil is very thin at times my friends, very thin.

What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Treasure the ones you love in your life. Tell them you love them and how much you appreciate them as often as you can- and never take their presence for granted.

Can you tell us a joke?
Nope, not too good at that, but how about a random fact?In Nebraska it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup. Go figure.

Tell us just one of your favourite actors, actresses, comedian, song and film.
Danny Kaye, Doris Day, John Bytheway, Yikes, I didn't plan that rhyming streak there! Oceano by Josh Groban. Um.... movies are hard- I have too many that I can't live without. Currently The Incredibles is a big fave.

What’s the most incredible thing that’s ever happened to you?
The fact that I lived through my terribly destructive addictions and found God again. Funny, He was right there waiting for me.

What would you wish for with 3 wishes?
World peace.... oops, pageant moment, sorry...
1) For people to be kinder to each other
2) to be more like my Savior
3) to be a better house keeper (yup, for reals)

Now it’s your turn! Ask me one question, anything you like.
Do you wear a pair of those cool shades like Joe Cool (aka- Snoopy) does? Cool beans if you do. And thanks for the interview!

Joe Blogs : Not much use for sunglasses in England, unfortunately. I like your funny story, Cool Beans!


dawn said...

This was a great interview. I knew you were good people. Have a great weekend

Rachelle said...

Hi Dawn!
Well, thank you! It was a fun interview. I loved Joe's blog already and it was such an honor to be there.
Good to see you here :))

Gardener Greg said...

Great interview. I really enjoyed your blog.


singleton said...

Just more and more of the beautiful you coming out!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Ooooh! Ooooh! OOOH!!!!

I can't BELIEVE you went and put me up there.. me ears have all gone and turned pink now..

I LOVED this interview, 'specially the cringe-inducing, sides-splittingly funny "tooth" incident.

You ROCK girl. (Consider yourself twice hugged!) x

Bardouble29 said...

Wow, what a fun Interview! Fun to learn lots o new stuff about the people we blog with.

Rachelle said...

Dear Garderner Greg,
Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the compliment! I'm comin' over to your place later!

Rachelle said...

Dear Shrink,
Well, I'm ever so glad to be able to enduce 'side splitting'.
Next time I'll try for 'pee your pants' HA!!!!!
Thanks my friend for visiting! :))

Rachelle said...

Dear Singleton,
I am blushing! You are so sweet. If you only knew.....

Rachelle said...

Dear Bardouble,
I am so glad to have met you!
Thank you so very much for being a part of my bloggosphere :))

david mcmahon said...

Hi Rachelle,

Just a quick note to let you know I tagged you yesterday. See the post titled `Race to the Finish Line' on my blog.

And JoeBlogs was on Aussiejourno's Weekly Blog Awards for several weeks - his work is great!



Rachelle said...

Dear David,
Gee, and I didn't even see the can of spray paint!!
Hmmm.... on my way to see what's up.

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