10 Questions with Baby Nick:   The Sock Puppet Interview

Sock Puppet:   Today is Tuesday, February 21, 2006. The time is 7:35 p.m. You, sir, are exactly two weeks old.  Do you have any questions before I begin?
Baby Nick:    No, but I would like to thank you for coming on such short notice - you're a real pal.  Also, I would like to say hi to my Mom.  Otherwise, go ahead and fire away, Mr. Interlocutor.

Q: Nick, baby, everybody wants to know - what's your favorite color?

A: That's an easy one: periwinkle.  Without a doubt.  No question.  Unequivocally.

Q: And, of course, the elephant in the room that absolutely begs to be let out:  what is your favorite animal?

A: (wincing) Oo, I was afraid you were gonna ask me that one.  So many amazing species - how can I choose just one?  Really, it all depends on which animal documentary I've seen most recently on one of those nature channels.  Honest.  Last week, for instance, I saw an amazing documentary on National Geographic about the Rocky Mountain big horn sheep.  I was completely thunderstruck by the way they ram heads while running at each other full speed.  Instantly I was smitten.  But then the next day I saw this show on PBS about the hippo - who doesn't love a hippo?  And yet at the same time these creatures are clearly not to be trifled with.  At all.  In fact, hippos can be some pretty scary creatures when they want to be.  But if I could only choose just one, I guess I'd say the giraffe is my favorite. 
To be that tall - the next best thing to flying.

Q: On a somewhat related note - who are your favorite cartoon characters?

A: I know it's almost a cliche to say Bugs Bunny, but really, Bugs is the coolest. Totally unflappable.  Fiendishly clever.  And such a body of work - Rabbit of Seville, What's Opera Doc?, Long-Haired Hare - you know, the one where Bugs really does a number on that stuffed shirt opera singer at the Hollywood Bowl by impersonating Leopold Stokowski and subjecting him to the most savage physical workout of his life ever.  Laughed till I cried.  But Droopy also slays me - love, love that little guy.  Daffy Duck is another one whose work I think is just brilliant - his whole road-rage personality was, in a way, far ahead of its time.  Also Gerald McBoingBoing - I love the elegant simplicity of his approach to language.

By the way, my favorite cartoon giraffe unquestionably is Chuck Jones' singing sensation in 1961's "Nelly's Folly" - one of the last great Warner Brothers cartoons:

Q: What would you say is your most treasured possession?

A: At the moment, I'd have to say my cow beanie baby.  But that could change.

Q: When you get free time here at the hospital, what activity do you enjoy most?

A: I'll give you a hint:  it begins and ends with the letter Z.

Q: What's an activity you look forward to doing with your folks when you get older?

A: Seeing how many different kinds of birds we can identify in our back yard.

Q: Given your interest in broadcasting, who is your favorite local meterologist?

A: Bob Ryan from channel 4 news - he really seems to enjoy his work.  It's always nice to see when someone is well suited for his job.  That kind of enthusiasm can be contagious. 

Q: Some day you hope to be able to ...

A: ... find a salamander in one of the creeks near my house.  Did you know that the salamander is the mascot of my (future) elementary school?  By the way, can you tell a salamander from a skink?

Red Salamander                                     Five-Lined Skink

Q: Complete the rest of this sentence:  If I were the President, I would...

A: ... sign an executive order requiring everyone to be nice to each other - punishable by community service.

Q: Baby Nick gives thanks and praise to...

A: ... all of my family and friends for their generosity of spirit and outpouring of support in celebration of my early arrival.  Not to mention all the great food.  Yum!

Sock Puppet:     "Nick, Baby..."                                               Baby Nick:   "Nope - it's Baby Nick"