Happy Monday, Falcons fans! I know I put my interview series on pause for a few weeks because of all of the activity centering on the calendar shoot in Bermuda. I'm back, however, and I have a fantastic interview today with two-year veteran Alicia D. (pictured above). Read on, my friends, and get to know her a little bit better.
Sara: For starters, I know you're from outside Georgia, just like I am. Hooray for out-of-towners! Tell me where you grew up and something cool about it.
Alicia: I'm from a suburban town in Washington state called Gig Harbor. It is so beautiful there, with evergreen trees all over the place and lots of waterfront views. One of the cool things about my hometown is the rivalry between the two high schools: Gig Harbor and Peninsula. The annual football game between them is called "Fish Bowl" and it's always a big deal. The events leading up to the game, the traditions and the game itself is a huge part of what makes Gig Harbor an awesome town. Go Tides!
S: How many songs do you have on your iPod?
A: 516 songs.
S: Really? You seem like you'd have more than that! What's currently on your workout play list?
A: I like to be aggressive when I workout, so I have songs from NOFX, Stone Sour, Digital Summer, Avenged Sevenfold, Social Distortion, Slipknot, White Zombie and the always great Busta Rhymes, to name a few.
S: Speaking of music, I know you like metal — not so typical for a cheerleader! What's so appealing about it?
A: I think growing up in Washington, with rock music having such a huge influence on the culture in Seattle, really influenced my taste in music. Something about really great guitar riffs — that crunching sound — with some high-energy drums just gets me moving.
S: Quick. Choose one. Call of Duty or Madden?
A: Call of Duty, hands down!
S: Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible? Why?
A: I would rather fly. Besides cutting my commute time down and saving tons on gas, it would be so much fun! I also think I'd play pranks on people riding an airplane: "There's someone on the wing!"
S: Ha! I can see you hanging out on a plane wing waving at people, freaking them out! All right, on that note, if you could be the best at anything in the world, what would it be?
A: Probably singing, because I'm HORRIBLE at it and have always admired those that can carry a tune. Plus it'd be nice to have a sing-off with Mariah Carey... and beat her.
S: Who was your childhood hero? Are they still?
A: My childhood hero was Janet Jackson. She had all the best dance moves and the greatest songs. I had my mom play the Rhythm Nation cassette in the car so often, I'm sure even she still remembers the words to "Black Cat." I hope Janet comes out with something again because she was and still is fierce!
S: Who would win in a battle, a ninja or a pirate?
A: A ninja, with their mighty roundhouse kick to the face!
S: Like Chuck Norris? A Chuck Norris ninja! Awesome. OK, if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: I would love to travel to Egypt. There's so much history and unique culture there. Since I love to learn, visiting the pyramids and the museums would be amazing.
S: What's your favorite dance recital memory?
A: My favorite memory from a dance recital is also my worst one. I think it's my favorite because it makes me laugh just thinking about how embarrassing it was. My dance teacher at the time thought it would be a good idea to do a dance to "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's. She wanted to do a literal interpretation of the song title, and so there we were, a handful of 14-year-olds dressed up in bright red unitards with giant pinchers and those headbands with the bouncy eyeballs attached. I was mortified, as I had to run across the stage twirling and pinching the air with my claws, and pretending to be cooked in a giant pot of stew.
S: That is, hands down, the best dance recital story, perhaps of all time. All right, last question: hot dogs or hamburgers?
A: Hamburgers. With cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, mustard and ketchup. And fries on the side.
Stay tuned for more interviews in my series, and get ready to really get to know your AFC!