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[think kit. day five.]

INDIANAPOLIS — I interview people constantly. It’s my job — I’m a reporter — but I feel like most of my casual conversations are interview-like. I know that’s kind of weird and not necessarily an endearing trait, but I genuinely like learning more about people and asking lots of questions.

So today’s Think Kit prompt — interviewing someone about their greatest moments of the year — was a matter of choosing a conversation to take notes on. I also used it as an excuse to call my sister, which I don’t do often enough.

sisters

IMG_4201So, I texted her after work and promptly fell asleep on the couch. Perfect plan: I can’t snooze a phone call I asked for, so I timed our call to wake me up after a solid hourlong nap. And then I’d go about my day.

I didn’t realize she was working late, so I ended up sleeping until 10:15, but I digress. I asked her about the best moments of her year, and she started with the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win. Excellent choice.

Actually, she started like this:

“My favorite moment of the year would probably be … mmmmm … this calendar year, right?” 

– yes – 

“Mmm, OK…”

[pause]

“Ummmmmm…”

[pause]

“Mmmmmmmm…”

[pause]

“I guess it would be — well …?”

I get it, it’s a tough question. I think I started the same way when Tom Hanley interviewed me for his Think Kit post, but I was entertained.

Anyway, where were we? Ah, yes: Blackhawks. Victorious.

Here’s a downside about being the only person in my family to live “far away” — when the Hawks (or the Bears) are on, my siblings flock to my parents’ house, where everyone dons the appropriate team garb, sits on the couch and tunes in. They have celebration rituals that involve synchronized clapping, catch phrases and so on.

The night the Hawks won the Cup, I was out in Indy with Matt and others, but I called into the DiGangi viewing party, and we yelled and celebrated together when they defeated the Bruins.

As Erin recounted the excitement, I actually felt a little sad. It was one of the best moments of her year, but I remembered the feeling I had at that moment: I was missing out. I’m used to it — I’ve lived away from my family for several years, so I miss a lot — but still. No fun.

Her other top moment was news to me. One of her best friends from college is expecting her first baby next summer, and Erin’s voice was full of excitement when she described getting the news:

“We were out for my birthday” — November — “getting sushi, and we were out with some other people and she called us over” — she and another friend from college. “We laughed and we hugged and we smiled and we jumped around together. It was fun.”

Happy face.

That was roughly the first 10 minutes of the conversation. The remaining 40 minutes consisted of some great discussions, like the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the components of strong communication, weird behaviors on social media, my contribution to this week’s #tbt and what to get our parents for Christmas. Mom, if you’re reading this, YOU’RE IMPOSSIBLE TO SHOP FOR.

Thanks for giving me an excuse to talk to my sister, Think Kit. By extension, I thank you for keeping me from passing out for five hours after work again, like I did yesterday.

[Think Kit Dec. 5 prompt: Interview at least one other person about their favorite moments of the year. Why were these moments important? Were they major events, a particularly memorable minute, or somewhere in-between? Share what you heard.]

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