1. First question relates to the photo above–what is it?
Jayden: Uhh, I’m torn between grapefruit and salmon.
Richard: I’m going to say shrimp or salmon. That white fluffy part looks kinda shrimpy.
2. Should we be signalling our existence to alien life? Why?
Jayden: After 2020, we should just lay low and not tempt there to be more shenanigans.
Richard: Obligatory, “I’m a smut writer, not a scientist” disclaimer. Yes, but only because it’s a moot point. We can barely make it to the moon, but we can look for life in other galaxies. We’ve been blasting signals into the cosmos for decades already, and will most likely continue to get “louder” even if we’re not specifically trying to signal. It seems like anyone advanced enough to actually get here from however many light years away won’t have a problem finding us.
3. What is one thing you do not understand about yourself?
Jayden: I don’t understand … I don’t know. I don’t understand how other people see me the way they do.
Richard: How I’ve managed to make it this far mostly intact and successfully.
4. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
Jayden: I like a little bit of mayo on meatball sandwiches. (A bit of mayo, meatballs, parmesan cheese, American cheese, and marinara sauce.) Try it. Trust me.
Richard: Chocolate ice cream on apple pie. My grandfather liked it, and supposedly almost got refused by a server once over it. It’s tasty, and it’s a nice way to remember him.
5. What are two of your go-to strategies to help make big decisions?
Jayden: Journaling and therapy. God I love therapy.
Richard: Lists and thinking way too long after I’ve already made my mind up.
Bonus: How replaceable are you?
Jayden: Oh, well, this is a question that pokes at my insecurities. I think I’m easily replaceable. In fact, I’ve been replaced many times over in relationships. I’m grateful to have some partners now who tell me otherwise, but it’s probably my biggest worry.
Richard: My brain says completely, but my fingers don’t want to type it. I guess not at all? If someone else asked me if they were replaceable, I’d say, “no, no one else is as good at being you as you,” (I think that’s a Sesame Street lyric) so I’m going to try to be as kind to myself as I would someone else.
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