Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Betty White... Now THAT'S Recycled Style!

I sometimes wonder how my my funny, sophisticated and lovely business partner, Elisa, puts up with me.  Why do I say this you ask?  Well, I'm a rather random guy with a mind that tends to be running in seven and a half different directions at the same time.  Sure, I get a lot accomplished for our growing infant of a company, but at what cost?  For example, the other day I was walking through an Anthropologie store looking for a touch of inspiration.  I came across a book that contained a collection of Proust Questionnaires from Vanity Fair magazine.  Elisa and I are both huge fans of interviews and the people who do great interviewing such as, Dick Cavett, James Lipton, Charlie Rose and occasionally Kermit the Frog.  Now, interviews have nothing to do with finding and selling Recycled Style, but my distracted mind couldn't help but read a large quantity of these interviews.
I wanted to buy the book but the picker in me has a hard time purchasing anything that I can't resell for a higher price.  So I instead decided to get online and look up some of these interviews to send to Elisa.  Well, lo and behold, I came across one interview that was not in the book... Betty White.  I thought to myself, Betty White, now that's recycled style!  So I proceeded to waste a good hour of my night and write Elisa an email that contained not only Betty's answers to the Proust Questionnaire but some of my own comments to her answers.  The entire thing is rather long but here were some of the highlights...
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being with animals.
For some reason I envision Betty sitting around with a Grizzly Bear and Monkey drinking Vodka Tonics.  After a few drinks, Betty and the Monkey start making fun of the Bear until he goes into hibernation.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Animal charities.
I sense an animal theme coming in this interview... She hopes to be reincarnated as a dolphin.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My neck.
Me too!  More specifically, I hate the neck beard that I grow.  I yearn for something more full and cool looking.

What is your current state of mind?
That reminds me that I want to buy the Euphoria beer with the Elephant wearing the Santa hat.  Until then, my mind will be contemplative.

What is your most treasured possession?
My golden retriever.
So we're back on the animals, Betty? I don't think that your golden retriever would like saying that you "own" her, Betty.  Kind of sounds like animal slavery.
What is your favorite occupation?
Being with animals.
First you own then and now you occupy them.  You're killing me, White!

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Sense of romance.
The hopeless romantic is a dying breed and not well regarded as it was back in say the 1950s.  Just look at lots of the films back then when men were portrayed as a playful, charming gentlemen instead of sleazy jerks.  Lucky for you, Betty, I'm a throw back.  Sign me up!

Who are your favorite writers?
Nevil Shute, L. Frank Baum.
Mine are Bill Watterson and Woody Allen.  Dare I say that Betty is a bit more sophisticated than I?

Who are your heroes in real life?
Charles Darwin.
Betty was the Walrus. 
Where am I going with all of this nonsense??  Well, if you have any random questions for us, put your best interviewer hat on and ask us a question or even a series of questions.  If we get a big enough response, we'll post some of the best questions.  Hope everyone is having a great day!


  1. Hi, just making my way through a few blogs from junkologie, and wanted to "introduce" myself. My husband and I are avid junkers, and re-purposers, and have a little etsy shop, also. I look forward to following your finds, we're always looking for new inspiration!

  2. Hello Allison! Thanks for stopping in:) We will definitely check out your etsy shop!!!

    ~Elisa and Dusty

  3. Loved the interview/responses! And now, I am feeling pressure to come up with great, witty questions...maybe even deep questions. I'll get back to you. ~Mindy