Saturday, March 16, 2013

Introducing Vaughne Smith: New Contributor to M3

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 1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname no one calls you anymore?

My full name is Vaughne C. Smith. Well I have two nicknames, Boobie and "V". Boobie is a family nickname, probably because I was always attached to someone's boobs as a baby. I was told I would not go to sleep unless I was resting on a woman's chest in the family. Most of my friends call me "V" or by my name. I do have a third "secret" nickname but you know the drill. I can tell you but I would...well you know the rest. lol

2. If given the choice of any person alive or dead with whom would you want over to dinner as a guest? Why?

This is an interesting question. I guess I would have to say someone that's alive it would have to be Queen Latifah. I don't generally go coo-coo for coco puffs over celebrities, but if I did, it would be her. Queen Latifah is so cool to me and I get the impression she's a "what you see is what you get" type of person. Out of all the rappers in the hip hop days of the '80s and '90s, I am most proud of the direction she has taken in terms of her career. She's gone from pioneer rapper, to actress, to talk show host, to Cover Girl, and the list goes on and on and on. She's a true inspiration. There are several people who have passed that I would love to have for dinner, with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, and Bayard Rustin. There are many pioneers in the struggle for Civil Rights in this country but those are these are several of the few I would like to spend an evening with. I wouldn't mind having dinner with Louis XIV of France and maybe Queen Elizabeth I of England because they are some of my favorite figures in European History. I had a chance to visit Versailles and it's one of the most beautiful places I've been. Last but not least I would love to have dinner one more time with my deceased grandparents, my father, some close friends and relatives that have passed on. Besides the many family mysteries that were never solved, I would love to spend some more time with them, especially my maternal grandmother, if only for one evening.

3. Before making an important telephone call do you rehearse what it is you're going to say? What do you think about people who do?

It depends on the phone call. I guess if it's someone that I'm really digging on and asking out on a date, I might do a little dry run to figure out what I am going to say, just to make sure I don't stumble and say something really idiotic or embarrassing. Other than that, I just generally play it by ear. I don't really have an opinion on people who rehearse before an important phone call. It's always better to get your thoughts together before you open your mouth anyway.

4. Explain in as much detail as possible what would constitute a perfect day for you.

A perfect day for me would to be having some major chill time on someone's beach or near a large body of water on a really bright and sunny day. Maybe take some photos, drink some wine, and sharing it with someone that's really cool. It doesn't even have to be on a romantic tip even though that would be nice too. Just a day communing with myself and being in a state of gratitude and enjoying the things we tend to forget in our quests of life.

5. When was the last time you sang to yourself to someone else? Would you ever sing in public in honor of someone you love?

I sing to myself quite often, but not really for other people. They can thank me later, lol. I think if I really was in love with someone I would.

6. If you could live to 100 and retain either your mind or your body at 30 for the rest of your life which would you choose?

I want it all! Of course I want my mind to be intact but it's no good if your body has completely shut down and you are trapped in it. If I was absolutely made to make a choice, I would say my mind. I would not want to live life in a fog.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? Would you want to know exactly how when and where you will die?

Thank God some things are left up to mystery. In saying that I do believe people always know or get some kind of feeling when the end is near though. I don't want to know exactly when because I would probably OCD over it no matter how far away it may be. If the how is horrendous, I'd rather skip on that knowledge too. Where would not matter unless I'm in the middle of copulating in someone's deep freezer or a nursing home. Don't ask. My mind is kind of twisted and weird places and things about people are a turn on and no that does not mean I would be having sex with someone's grandparent, unless I'm around the same age as such said grandparent, lol.

8. If you could change anything about the way you were raised what would it be?

I think the only thing I would change is not get my way as much as I did. I was born the only child to my mom and was the only and first grandchild in the house for many years, so I was just a tiny bit spoiled maybe? I didn't always get my way, but I was probably allowed to more than most kids that I knew.

9. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality what would it be and why?

I want sight beyond sight! Why should Lion-O have all the fun? A little ESP can go a long way, especially when playing the lotto.

10. Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?

I want to travel more a lot more than I've done so far. Money or the lack thereof has stopped me so far; however, I am currently devising cleaver ways to make this dream come true and soon.

11. What is your most treasured memory? How would your personality or life change if you discovered that the memory was false?

This question is harder than I thought. I can't think of one memory that if it was false it would alter my personality or my life. I guess the only thing that would alter my life is to find out that my mother is not my mother or something drastic like that. Other than finding out I have a long lost twin or was adopted, I really can't think of something that would be dramatic enough to change my life on a large scale. As far as treasured memories, times spent with my family are probably the most memorable.

12. If you knew that in one year's time you'd die suddenly is there anything in your life you'd change right now?

I would be more fearless and just do and think less. Considering the circumstance what would I really have to lose?

13. What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Do you still feel any embarrassment when you think about it?

OMG, I can't believe I'm about to say this. A little back story is needed first. My mom likes to experiment and try new things in terms of cooking. So she cooked out of this cookbook she had and the recipe called for molasses. To make a long story short I ate more than what I probably should have. Fast forward to the next day in school. Let's just say by the third period I gave a whole new meaning to the term bubble guts. I made it to a bathroom just in time to soil my underwear and half the bathroom floor. To add insult to injury, when I called my mom and told her what happened and asked if she could come pick me up, she almost died laughing on the phone. Not a way a Junior in high school would like to spend his day.

14. When was the last time you cried in front of another person? By yourself?

I can't remember the last time I cried in front of another person. Maybe when my maternal grandfather died. The last time I cried by myself was this morning. Some things were getting to me and came to head.

15. What, if anything, is too serious to joke about? Why? Do people ever think of you as insensitive?

Someone's illness or sickness is too serious to joke about. It's crazy to make fun of someone as they are lying dying or in some kind of pain due to an illness. To joke about a dying child is especially egregious. I think people would see me as insensitive sometimes. Sometimes I joke around and things can get a bit off colored and some people may not find whatever it is I'm chuckling at to be funny. This goes back to my twisted mind. I have one of those quirky senses of humor and sometimes people don't get me. That's fine though, because I get me all the time.

16. What is the biggest misconception people have about you? Is there anything you can do to change it?

People probably think that I'm weird or corny or quirky and that's probably because it's true. I know the question calls for a misconception, but it's something that I really embrace. I would not want to be like everyone else. However, the misconception comes in because people tend to think that's all that is about me. I can be really reserved and just don't share several sides of me. For instance, if knew me on Yahoo Chat, you probably thought I was loud, brash, rude, funny, and really one dimensional. I admit I was all of that, but Yahoo Chat was an outlet for me, so I was more of a caricature. That' fine too because again, it was a chat room but people took the chat room for real life. Many had no idea that I had talents in writing, or that I got a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in English, or that I love old movies from the early Hollywood era or that I was raised to love reading and books. I know I largely fed into that misconception by showing only a side of me, but as I said before I tend not to expose myself to everyone. I guess I could change any misconceptions by displaying my other traits to the world at all times, but then where would be the mystery?

17. When was the last time you were afraid that you were about to die? Did you feel grateful or lucky to be alive afterward?

The last time I thought I was really going to die, or could have, was several years ago when I ran a car off the road. At the time I had no time to worry about it because I was trying to regain control of the vehicle. As I made my way back onto the road and drove a little further, there was a deep drop off to a road below. It was then that I realized that if I had ran off the road moments later, I would probably have crashed through the railing and onto the road below and probably killing myself, two of my cousins, and a friend of mine.

18. If you were to die tomorrow is there anything you wish you would have done? Not done?

If I died tomorrow I would probably wished that I had went after all the desires of my heart earlier in life. There's always no time like the present, but I wish that I would have started years ago and made some different decisions along the way. The one thing that I wish I didn't do was to waste so much time giving in to fear. Fear is a beast, man. A coward dies a thousand deaths it is said. If you let fear rule you, you will never live.

19. If you were forced to flee a burning house and you could easily save any item without endangering your life or others, what would you save?

Oh dude, I would save my camera, my laptop and memory cards, and my great-grandfather's flag that draped his coffin.

20. What do you feel most ashamed about doing in your life? Most proud of?

Wow another tough question! I was a good boy I'm kidding. I mean I was mostly a good boy but far from perfect. I think I am ashamed of the fact that as a child I lied about dumb things, but who hasn't? I think the one thing that I'm ashamed of doing is not finishing school while my grandmother was alive. I don't know if that's more shame or regret. Now the thing I am most proud of was seeing the smile and pure pride and joy on my mother's face as I graduated from college. That was the best day ever. Like I said before though, it was bitter sweet because my grandmother didn't live to see it.

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