What is the best strategy for surviving the robot apocalypse?
Since my first thought was pizza and books, which you (wisely) ask about later, I choose a universal remote with a big red OFF button, and enough batteries to keep that thing working until the space aliens come to our rescue.
Favorite 826 memory?
There are many: Making tiny boats in a science workshop! Getting a card from someone who was learning to read! Seeing the lightbulb pop on over a student's head when that one thing we were stuck on got unstuck! Dramatic performances of stories written moments ago! And all the grins, which have merged into a single, giant smile over the years.
Please describe your ideal pizza.
When in doubt I go with mushrooms and onions, but that's only for unknown and potentially precarious dining environments. Close to home I have specific faves: in Ann Arbor it's Cottage Inn's "Spicy Mediterranean" (hot pepper rings, feta cheese, olive oil, and Italian seasoning), in Ypsi it's Aubree's "Tuscan Sun" (spinach, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and more!), and in Detroit you can't beat Supino's eponymous "Supino" (roasted garlic, black olives, chili oil, ricotta, mozzarella).
Tell the world a little bit about your 826 volunteering so far:
If I remember (and count) right, I'm in my lucky 13th year of tutoring, and I've taken part in a bunch of writing workshops and presentations as well — most of those are comics related, since that's a thing I do when I'm not tutoring. I've also sorted books, caught mice, and cleaned.
What are you superstitious about?
Food. When I was younger and played Little League I ate the same meal before every game, and I still kind of do that before I run in races. It doesn't guarantee success, but not startling your stomach is always a good idea before any kind of competition.
Never hide your talents! But two nobody see are my efficiency at brushing my cat and cleaning her litter box.
Hah. I see what you're doing here, Blotch: ask impossible questions, wait to pounce on wrong answers. Not gonna fall for that! I love 100s of books, but my One True Favorite is still out there somewhere, so I'll keep reading until I find it and you can't stop me. (But, maybe, this week, The Princess Bride? Or is it The Overstory?)
What was the best Halloween costume you ever sported?
Over the years there's not much documentary evidence of me dressing up, and I don't remember many either, but I found a picture of me dressed up as ace relief pitcher Rollie Fingers, and it made me laugh when I saw it. Look him up, and imagine a moon-faced 10 year old trying to rock a (fake) handlebar mustache while shoving candy in his mouth.
Words of wisdom to fellow and future volunteers?
Well. I don't think I'm the right person for this question. But you asked, so I'll say that even after more than a decade of tutoring it still amazes me how much more wisdom you end up with when you try to share some of yours.