Rogi Allison Riverstone (born Rogi Allison something else) Riverstone was a suggestion by a friend and sister poet on my 21st birthday. I had been going by Rubyfruit (from the novel by Lesbian author Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle). My friend---Judith Volborth----found that name ridiculous, and suggested Riverstone, from a poem I'd written about a mutual friend's son. I didn't want my father's name.
a run-down garage conversion, surrounded by gardens I dug myself.
Old description:new manufactured, on two and a half acres of mountalin pasture, under the Milky Way, surrounded by mountains, valleys, horses, cows and goats. [out of date, but I hate my present apartment in the city, so I left this in]
Homelessness happened July, '99. I'm still trying to recover from it. The people who took me in where not friends; they saw an opportunity to victimize a vulnerable person. Most of my animals were abused and/or died there. My things were stolen and vandalized. I barely made it out. I haven't had a decent place to live since. And my health has deteriorated badly. I'm still trying to recover.
5' 4, about a meter and a half, I think....
biological female; psychological androgynous, with a hint of eunich.
cat-green/gold/hazel/brown with dark flecks, browner near the pupil.
Curly/kinky mousey chestnut, mixed with blonde fine, grey, and horse-hair straight black.
FAVORITE TV SHOW?:
NOVA, COSMOS, Nothing Sacred, Jack Horkheimer's Stargazer, Night Line, Charlie Rose, 3rd Rock From the Sun, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, That Girl, The Victory Garden, Zoom, Ken Burns' documentaries (and things of that calibre) Baking With Julia, Two Fat Ladies, The Wood Wright's Shop, Hill Street Blues, Ed Sullivan, The Carol Burnett Show, Red Dwarf, Martha Stewart Living (I know, I know), Colores! (local PBS New Mexico documentaries), Jeopardy.
WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?:
that cute cow print from Gateway, but webtv uses cursor arrows, not mouses. My webtv kbd rests on a metal, breakfast-in-bed tray with foldable legs, along w/my ashtray, a pen, a mechanical pencil, my cigs, my remote controls, a note pad, a lighter and tooth picks (which r more for cleaning food out of kbd keys, rather than teeth).
FAVORITE BOARD GAME:
Net4tv ezine, Unitarian Universalist World, Highlghts, National Geographic, Scientific American, Skeptical Inquirer, and small press rags--especiallly feminist.
Bread baking, Mexican and Asian restaurants, rubber cement, sage, babies, sun-dried bedclothes, monsoon season, sex, chocolate, sun-soaked cat fur, rabbits, fresh horse poo, espresso, car wax, lemon.
WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD:
BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD:
when a kid is surprised/happy to see me.
FAVORITE THINGS TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS:
The same things I do on weekdays, but also includes the ""how-to" shows on PBS, any good teevee movies, and going to the flea market at the state fair grounds, when I can get a ride.....
FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK(s) OR CD(s):
I refuse to buy a CD player & am waiting for the return of vinyl. Soundtracks: West Side Story, Romeo & Julliet (all but the one with that di Caprio kid in it), Out Of Africa, Contact, Glory, Schindler's List, Fantasia, Peter & the Wolf, The Sound of Music (with Mary Martin, not Julie Andrews), Mary Poppins, 2001: A Space Oddessy, A Clockwork Orange, Holiday Inn (the Crosby/Cluney movie w/the song, "White Christmas", in it--my dad was the sound technician) Little Women (the one with Susan Sarandon as Marmie), Edward Scizzorhands, Ed Wood, Silence of the Lambs, The Lion King (I know, I know), Saraphina, Beloved, Eyes On The Prize, Ken Burns' The Civil War, The ColorPurple, Nell, etc. I like to be moved to tears and goose bumps.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THOUGHT OF
WHEN YOU WOKE UP THIS MORNING?:
Am I going to fall over a dog when I put my feet down on the floor; will I accidentally pee on myself if I cough; why didn't I go to sleep earlier; is there enough coffee?
ROLLER COASTERS DEADLY OR EXCITING?
PEN OR PENCIL?:
crayon, paint brush, spray can, felt tip, icing bag. pencil: drawing/colored or mechanical. pen: whatever doesn't require much pressure and is either fountalin or ball point.
HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE
I let the machine screen calls.
FUTURE SON'S NAME:
I'm pre-menopausal. This must have been written for young people.
Dead daugher's name: Viri Diana Osorio Riverstone.
GET ALONG WITH YOUR PARENTS?:
I have no parents, only genetic donors. I mother myself.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME?:
Several. Was I guilty? Well, technically (in other words, by THEIR stadards) yes. Would I do it again? Under the identical circumstances, of course I would.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?:
If this is a sexual reference, vanilla with hot fudge. If this is a culinary reference, yes.
CROUTONS OR BACON BITS:
My own croutons (I'm gonna make some today, btw) and REAL, crumbled bacon.
DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE?:
Oh, Gawd, YES!!!!!!!!
DO YOU SLEEP WITH STUFFED ANIMALS?
If you include over-fed dogs and cats, yes.
THUNDERSTORMS COOL OR SCARY?
Refreshing, stimulating, heart wrenchig.
WHAT TYPE OF CAR WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?:
a white, '71 Volkswagen beetle.
IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON, DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?:
Carl Sagan, Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, William Shakespeare, Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela, Adolph Hitler, Alexander the "Great", Carl Marx, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Hypatia, Sappho, all the remarkably intelligent women and people of color and people with disabilities and uneducated poor who were absolutely briliant and died in obscurity (please read "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" by Alice Walker), Phyllis Wheatley, Winnie Mandela.......many of these I would lock into a room, feed enticing things, and barrage with questions, until I finally got some answers.
FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?:
Good dark beers & ales; old fashions; vodka martinis; Johnnie Walker Red, soda & a twist, and Strega (an Italian liquer I can't buy now that I live in New Mexico--Strega means "Witches' Brew) and milk on the rocks.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGN?:
Trespassers Will Be Shot, Do Not Feed The Animals, Welcome--Please Wipe Your Feet, Not Responsible For Lost or Stolen Property, Enter At Your Own Risk, Open Twenty Four Hours.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE POET?
Anybody who understands that art is transformative, and not just and academic excercise, me.
DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?:
Not the dried-up part where it was cut, but the rest makes good soup.
IF A GIRL ASKED FOR THE SHIRT OFF YOUR
BACK WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO HER?:
I never disrobe in front of children.
WOULD YOU EVER ASK A GUY FOR HIS SHIRT?:
In order to quickly leave the bedroom without my room mate seeing me nekkid, yes.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED, WHAT
WOULD IT BE?
Elementary, Middle School or High School teacher, foster mother, year-'round camp counsellor, nurses' aid in a children's psychiactric hospital, VISTA volunteer, director of homeless shelter for women and chldren, women's studies professor, boarding house owner, vendor at flea markets/swap meets, philharmonic flautist, astrophysicist, marine biologist, world dictator.
IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT
WOULD IT BE?
Pitch black with rainbow highlights.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT AND WHERE
WOULD IT BE?:
I have a tatoo of a unicorn over my left breast, applied 25 years ago by a biker dude named Howie who had elephants on his knees and nipple rings b4 such things were popular. I was sober, and went with a good friend, who got the Ace of Pentacles over her left breast. As we left, the waiting room was full of gruff-looking men, and Howie said, "See you later, you big-titted heffers." I think he was bragging to the assembled, as women with tattoos were rare in those days..... I was mortified. It only cost $15.00.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?:
I've been in love since I was 13 with somebody; I'm in love, right now....it's unrequited.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING:
my Lesbian wedding to Barbara on the beach in Santa Monica at sunset, on grand ma's quilts, with helium ballons, followed by supper at a delicatessin and dancing at a queer disco bar until they closed, followed by Barbara going home with her girlfriend and me going home to sleep. My marriage to Juan Crispin Hernandez, in my $1.00 thrift store wedding dress tie died purple, in the basement of the Santa Monica Unitarian church, on the Vernal Equinox, in the rain, followed by Mexican Pizza & fresh strawberry wedding cake made by his aunt, while everybody spoke Spanish (this was before I understood conversational Spanish well), and I stood around, feeling ridiculous and completely left out.
WHAT IS ON YOUR WALLS IN YOUR BEDROOM?
My father's christening gown, a Kwanza calendar, cob webs, a peg thing with my most-frequently worn clothing, tacky wall paper that I would not have chosen. I have tall shelves; there isn't much wall space.
IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?:
It's cracked, and patched with Crazy Glue, and dribbling.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SNAPPLE?:
I like to make my own juices, teas, iced coffees, milk shakes, smoothies, etc. But I am chronically addicted to colas.
anything that was obviously important enough to the creators to have put some serious thought into. Not much involving car chases (exception: Bogart movies), explosions (exceptions: Gone With The Wind and Contact), mass killings (exception: Schindler's List, Saraphina, Malcom X), the words, "bitch" or "nigger" (exceptions: The Fisher King and Glory) and Mel Gibson (exceptions: Man Without a Face, Brave Heart) or Kevin Kostner (exceptions: Bull Durham, Dances With Wolves). Anything with Maya Angelou. Many with Jodie Foster, Quite a few with Johnnie Depp, and much of Wynona Ryder.
ARE YOU A RIGHTY, LEFTY OR AMBIDEXTROUS?:
more right than ambidextrous, but use both and also my feet, mouth, armpits, and tops of breasts for carrying things.
DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT
usually, when not too tired, angry, aggravated or under some chemical influence (which is rare--unless u include caffiene and nicotine--which don't count under the circumstances).
IF YOU COULD BE ONE GARDENING TOOL, WHAT
WOULD YOU BE?:
WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?:
my stockings which require a garter belt, my leotards, tights and panti hose, pillow stuffing for future projects, a cat, dust bunnies, cigarette butts, a dog bone, my summer clothing, and something which is nobody's business but mine.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?
zero, 1, 13, 42 and billyuns & billyuns.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?:
one that is perpetually insured & registered, is easy to repair, gets over 25 miles to gallon of gas and carries gobs of stuff.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH:
women's atheletics, Jeopardy, kids playing
SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO
SENT THIS TO YOU:
I would like to take her dancing...
**These are some extra questions that were added by previous people and were not on the original questionnaire.
*** This may be taking liberties but I've deleted a few that I felt were inane. - Joel Maurer
****Me too - Michaele Maurer
Would you/have you ever bungie jumped?:
Only upon penalty of death....
my own cooking.
Last Book you read?:
How Children Think
Name three or four of your latest
Worldwide Web discoveries:
-- http://www.seti.org/ - "http://www.net4tv .com/, games for webtv (though I'm sorry I discovered those now, as I seem to be addicted to Tetris, at the expense of sleeping....)
Almost anything by Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Carl Sagan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the person who wrote Pippi Longstocking, Winnie The Pooh (I know, I know), anything by Tom Robbins and ppl like him, The Tao of Physics, The Idiot's Guide to Volkswagen Repair and The Perfect Breads Cookbook.
Do you taste-test grapes at the market
With all that pesticide? Touched by unwashed hands of oppressed laborers, who must evacuate their bowels and bladders in the fields???
Favorite Chewing Gum?:
Bazooka, Dentine, anything sugarless w/wintergreen, Big Red, Mexican Chicklettes cuz the flavors are weird--e.g.: rose, lavender, and something that tastes suspiciously like rum).
Favorite Comic Strip / Comic Books?:
Those written by my old friend, Annie Doczi, Calvin & Hobbs, Life Is Hell by that guy who went on to do the Simpsons (which I also like),Dykes to Watch Out For.
PBS or MTV?:
PBS. And 3rd Rock From The Sun, and General Hospital--for some perverse reason that I don't understand.
Just about anything but Earth Tones---the more carnival, tropical, and silly, the better + black and also silver lame'.
Secret Hollywood Crush?:
Jodie Foster AND Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bogart AND Bacall, Katherine Hepburn and a bottle of good cognac......
First Person You Kissed?:
Carrie Rickey, as we had our Barbie and Ken engage in non-sexual intercourse.
Would you enjoy being part of an orgy?
Only as the caterer.....
IBM or Mac?
Webtv, Gawd help me.
Favorite Fast food?
Carne Asada Burrito (with extra Pico de Gallo salsa) at Losbetos Mexican Restaurant, Lomas & San Mateo, Albuquerque, NM, USA; Ginny's Diner hamburgers, Frankfort Road, Louisville, KY, USA; Taquitos, Olivera Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA; English Tea, some hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Japanese Tea, Golden Gate Park, San Fransiso, CA, USA; Coconut Cream Pie, that convent on Maui, Hawai'i, USA.
If you could be one animal what it would
Something damn hard to kill. <~~This answer stolen from friend who sent me this survey Thing. Either that, or as an animal as well loved as mine are.
How many rings are you wearing on your
fingers or toes?
as we speak? None, but have gone thru phases in past where I had more than twenty. Seldom wear ear rings, but, when I do, I tend to wear 4-6 at a time. I like to dress up as a wind chime.
Best time of year?
3-4 days after Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas---when I can buy excellent chocolates, marketed for those holidays, at extremely reduced (like 75-90 per cent) prices, and can therefore consume vast quantities of the substance for $1.00 a pound,
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