This is the seventh installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.
Barbra Paul, Client Services Administrator
Barb sits diligently at her post at the front desk, minding the door. She’s in a classically-Barb pink outfit, complete with pink sandals, pink nails, and pink hair.
VM: How would you define the Barb Brand™?
BP: Opinionated. Sweet (nope, I take that back. That’s not true). Strong willed. Kind to the right people, if they deserve it. Hard working.
VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?
BP: My pink! She points the the pink streak in her hair. My mouth (the sarcasm part of my mouth). I love to be sarcastic. I love the response.
VM: What’s your favorite song right now?
BP: I gave that a lot of thought. I love all country music, but I swear, the national anthem makes me cry every time I hear it. That would be my favorite.
VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?
BP: Oh yeah. I gave two weeks of my entire soul to my family during Meema Palooza (when my grandchildren stayed with me). It was my heart, my soul, and my potato hole. It was all of me. I love to give memories, have memories, and keep memories.
VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?
BP: Common sense, because people don’t have it. And it’s not taught in the home anymore. Don’t give out your credit card number to people on the phone. Don’t put your finger in the electrical socket. Come in out of the rain, unless your bathing. Common sense isn’t so common these days.
VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?
BP: Big Bang Theory! Sheldon is my favorite character. He’s so awkward and perfect.
VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.
BP: Squints suspiciously at me. I must have missed that question in the list you gave us. Good things happen to me all day, everyday. If I wake up in the morning and I’m not dead, it’s a good day. She laughs.
VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?
BP: A quilt.
VM: What kind of quilt?
We have a staring match until Barb yields and tells me more about her quilt.
BP: I knit, crochet and sew. But I sewed a fabric quilt. My favorite one is a basket made from retro fabric from the 50s. That one was for recovering from cancer the first time. That was in 2000, but that’s my favorite. I got up every day, a little bit longer each day, to sew. That’s what got me out of bed.
VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?
VM: Didn’t even have to think about that, huh?
BP: No! It’s my favorite name and I wanted to name one of my kids that but it didn’t work out. So I would be Johnathan.
VM: Tell me something I don’t know!
BP: You should know everything by now, I’ve been here long enough!
VM: It doesn’t have to be about you.
BP: She sighs. I don’t know what you don’t know! You probably know everything, you’re a reader and a writer.
She thinks a little bit more. I went to kindergarten when I was 4! And I graduated from college when I was 55! Did you know that?
VM: I did not!
BP: Well there you go.