BY DOUG WERNERT
Published January 12, 2006
The Michigan Daily: Hi, is Laura there?
Random: This is she.
TMD: Hi, I'm calling from The Michigan Daily and you've been selected to do this week's Random Student Interview. Are you up for it?
R: Sure, why not?
TMD: Wonderful. So how it's going?
R: Pretty good.
TMD: Did you get any good gifts during the holiday season?
R: I got an iPod so that was nice.
TMD: Yeah, that is pretty good. What was the best present you got when you were a little kid?
R: Oh, wow. Um - my trampoline.
TMD: You got a trampoline? Do you still have it?
R: Yes, I do.
TMD: And it's still as bouncy as ever?
R: Oh yeah, haha.
TMD: So did you ask for the trampoline or was it a surprise.
R: No, I asked for it.
TMD: Why did you want a trampoline?
R: I was a cheerleader/tumbler/gymnast so I wanted to be able to do stuff on it.
TMD: But couldn't you do that without the trampoline?
R: Well, not really. I could, but it's more fun with the trampoline.
TMD: Do you ever just jump up and down for fun?
R: Yeah, I do that too.
TMD: Give me your best "Your mama's so old" joke.
R: Oh my god. Can I ask my roommate?
TMD: Yeah, sure.
R: OK - OK, we have a "Your mama's so fat" one. Is that OK?
TMD: Yeah, that's fine.
R: Your mama's so fat, she used I-75 as a slip and slide.
TMD: Oh! Oh! The roommate came up with that?
TMD: Wow, your roommate's pretty cool. Maybe we should get her on the line, too.
R: Do you want to?
TMD: It doesn't matter to me.
R: Hold on, hold on - Hello?
TMD: Yeah, who's this?
TMD: Hi Kaitlin. You know you're now doing the Random Student Interview for The Michigan Daily.
R: OK, sweet.
TMD: So you're the one that came up with that your mama joke, huh?
R: I did.
TMD: That was a pretty good one. Where did you get that one from?
R: I think in elementary school.
TMD: Really? Never happened at my school. What else happened in your elementary school?
R: What else did I do? I kicked boys?
TMD: Why did you kick boys?
R: Because boys have cooties, hahaha.
TMD: Oh, do we still?
R: No that went away.
TMD: When did that go away?
R: I think they went away at age 12 or 13.
TMD: Because then boys became hot?
R: Yeah, pretty much.
TMD: Well, not me. I wasn't hot until like 19 or 20. What's the last movie you saw?
R: "The Family Stone."
TMD: I've never heard of that. What's it about?
R: It's about a family and one takes his girlfriend home for Christmas to meet the family and it's kind of disastrous. It's funny, it's tear-jerking. I give it two thumbs up.
TMD: Wow. I think I saw that movie. I think it was called "Meet the Fockers."
R: No no no.
TMD: Now do you want to keep going or do you want to put - Laura, is that her name? - back on.
R: I'll put Laura back on - Hi.
TMD: Hi, Kaitlin was really nice! Do you two get along quite well?
R: We do. Very well.
TMD: Did you know her when you moved in?
R: No, we went in blind, so it's a success story.
TMD: So what made you become close? Was there like a defining moment?
R: Not really. We're just kind of one and the same. We have a lot in common.
TMD: People say that all the time and I don't really think that's true. People will be like "I like movies" and someone will be like "Oh, I like movies too!" That's not really having something in common.
R: But we have weird things in common, though.
TMD: Like what?
R: We like the same foods that people usually don't like.
TMD: Like what?
R: Like dill pickle chips.
TMD: Dill pickle chips?
R: Yeah. See?
TMD: Well, there you go.
TMD: So Laura - I'm talking to Laura, right?
TMD: What's your favorite comic strip?
R: Calvin and Hobbes.
TMD: What about the Lockhorns?
R: They are pretty funny. I'm not gonna lie.
TMD: Do you want to be like them when you get married?
R: No, they hate each other!
TMD: Yeah, but they're still married.
R: I know, but they hate each others' guts.
TMD: Well that's not so bad! It's not like he's cheating on her or anything.
R: OK, well no. I don't want to be like them.
TMD: OK. So how are classes so far?
R: They're good.
TMD: Did you do any icebreakers or anything in any of your classes?
R: Well, we just sat around the room and gave our names and a hobby or something.
TMD: Now, let's say you had to choose an adjective to describe you that starts with the same letter as your name. That's a common icebreaker. What would you say?
R: Um - loopy.
R: I can't think of anything that starts with an L!
TMD: What about Leaping Laura?
R: Yeah, that'll work.
TMD: What do you think Kaitlin would pick?
R: Kinky Kaitlin. She said kinky.
TMD: Oooh. Oh boy. Maybe you should put her back on the line.
R: Do you want her back on the line?
TMD: It doesn't matter.
R: Hold on. She's coming back - Hi.
TMD: Hi, Kinky Kaitlin. How are you?
R: I'm good.
TMD: We're going to keep going with the interview now. What's the most bizarre thing you've ever eaten? Keep in mind I know about your dill pickle chip fixation.
R: That's not that bizarre.
TMD: Have you ever had shark? They had shark in the cafeteria one time a couple years ago.
R: Oh, I don't eat anything that swims. My aunt used to make me macaroni and cheese with frozen peas in it.
R: I don't know. It started when I was young. My aunt just served it to me like that so I got some vegetables and it stuck. It's really not that bad.
TMD: Are you afraid of anything, like currently?
R: I'm terrified of sharks and bumblebees.
TMD: Were you afraid of anything when you were a little kid?
R: I was afraid of the dark, but who wasn't?
TMD: Were you afraid the Boogeyman was hiding in your closet?
R: I used to think I had a crocodile under my bed.
TMD: Did you check underneath?
TMD: But isn't that a bad thing to do? If the crocodile was really there -
R: I made my parents check.
TMD: Well, why would you do that? You want your parents to be subjected to being eaten by a crocodile?
R: Better than me! No, I'm just kidding.
TMD: Jeez, Kaitlin! Have your parents ever done anything to embarrass you?
R: My mom always threatens to bring out this picture of me where I'm wearing nothing but her knee-high boots and an umbrella and a sombrero.
TMD: Oh boy. I hope you were a little kid.
R: Oh yeah. No, that was last year, haha.
TMD: Well, sombreros are no longer in style. All right, Kaitlin. I am out of questions. Is there anything you want to add?
R: No, I think we're good.
TMD: All right. Thank you so much for doing this. Look for it in the magazine on Thursday.
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