About Julie - The Dirt on the Lady
Julie in Paris, May 2002.
I love this picture of me - and it's not particularly for the way I look (God help that hair!). I suppose it's just a memory of a day. Isn't it amazing how your thoughts often drift back to one year or one day or even one hour of your life? Well, on this particular day I was in Paris. And while I know it's cliche to quote Hemingway, he put it into words better than I ever could .... 'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.'
Before setting out on this trip we decided to interview people along the way. It all started with "ten questions" that were actually quite boring on the surface. But simple questions often lead to deeply personal conversations, and that was what we hoped for. Just how often do you get to know someone in the most basic sense? How often do you stop to ask someone ...
1. Where are you from?
I've always enjoyed working for small companies
because I can get my head around the entire operation. It feels exciting
at times to turn "a little something" into "a little
something more". But like so many 20/30-somethings, I'm always
thnking about the next exciting thing. At the moment this is to become
a documentary filmmaker (cool, eh?) Starting next month, I'll be taking
weekend classes at a local film school to learn a little more about
Traveling around the world had been a dream
of mine for years. And I'm so glad that I did it. If you have the
desire and the means to see the world, as I presume everyone does
on various levels (the desire that is), then you should just do it.
It's something you'll never regret. And no matter what people say,
it's never too late to set off on a trip like this. I truly believe
that - it's all a frame of mind.
Nigel and I formed our own little family by tieing the knot a few years ago. We'll be keeping our family small -- just the two of us and Dizzy our cat -- until further notice. It's fun this way, really Mom!
My Mom is a middle school English and Literature
teacher and my Dad is a hotel manager. My older brother John and his
wife Lynda are parents to Paige, the apple of every Clappier family
member's eye (including mine). And my younger brother Brian goes to
the University of Wisconsin and will soon be working toward a law
This one is just silly. It just depends
on the day. Chocolate. Thai green curry. Deep dish pizza. Don't get
me started. It's not very interesting for me to elaborate on this
since I have access to a wide variety of foods, unlike so many of
the people we met on the trip and asked the same question. So my diet
is not particularly "regional". Although it is certainly
I'm at my computer in my apartment in Sedona,
Arizona listening to the Rolling Stones. Why? Because I enjoy sitting
around in my pajamas.
One of my Dad's favorite memories is the
time I told him that , "I hate computers and will never have
any use for one." Well somedays I still feel that way. But the
internet has come a long way since then and I don't really know what
I would do without it now.
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