Nic, I'd like to thank you
for making yourself available to erwintang.com. With the current
labour action going on at UBC, I know you're a busy guy.
- I'm happy I've finally been judged worthy of a place on erwintang.com
(the testing process was exhausting)!
Why don't you tell our readers
what you're studying at UBC?
long to you have? I study history. More specifically I am interested
in the way in which children with disabilities have been treated
in the past.
As your lovely fiancée
alluded to in her interview, you're from New Zealand. What differences
have you seen between Canada and your native land? Any similarities?
have bears! You have beers! Seriously speaking the similarities
between New Zealand and B.C. are quite astounding. Its all the
snow and French out east that scares me.
You're a big Lord of the
Rings fan I understand. What does it mean to you to have a fellow
New Zealander making the movies and shooting it in New Zealand?
However, I am kinda sad that LoTR is the only thing most people
know about New Zealand. New Zealand is a lot more than just a
big film set full of extra's dressed as Orcs. No really, it is!
We've had this debate privately
before, but I'd like to share it with our readers here. You own
a Lord of the Rings t-shirt. Now that you're engaged, I think
you've been given full license to wear that shirt wherever and
whenever you want. After all, you don't have anyone to impress
anymore, you've found your love. You could wear black socks and
sandals and Lord of the Rings t-shirts everyday and Marcia would
still love you. In a way, I'm envious. What's your comment on
quite true. Maybe I don't have to shave as much as I use to (and
we all know how Marcia feels about beards) but I think she'd
draw the line at me wearing that T-shirt everyday (even every
week). Her love for me might tolerate it for a while, but her
fashion sense would soon kick in. Let's also not forget she often
doesn't need to say anything because you say it for her
When are you going to get
a new computer?
Shut up! I know its old but it works (kinda).
My sources tell me you like
to get up at unGodly early hours. Why are you waking up when
you could still be sleeping in a warm and soft bed?
Protestant work ethic
not that I really do any work. Come
to think of it I think I have a Protestant Procrastination ethic.
If you had it your way, would
I be at your wedding?
Below is a picture of three
women. If you could pick one, who would you want me to go out
on a date with?
The quirky French one on the bottom. No, don't ask me why.
We talked about going to
a strip joint in early September. Do you think we'll ever go
No comment (Are you trying to get me killed? LOL).
Would you believe I've never
gone to a strip joint?
No I don't believe it. You know where all of them are in Vancouver
(and probably the rest of B.C. as well)!
If we went to a strip joint,
would you wear your Lord of the Rings t-shirt for me?
Yes - I think Marcia would demand I wear it.
You're currently on strike
as a TA here at UBC. How do you feel about being on strike and
how do you feel about how UBC has acted thus far in negotiations?
As much as I would like to rant I won't. I will say that the
administration is MOST DEFINITELY NOT bargaining in good faith
and that I am disgusted in the manner it has conducted itself
(I most definitely am not a "kid" and - despite what
Martha might think - I do consider TAing part of my career path).
The misinformation (and down right lies) that it has been spreading
to the public and undergraduate students is despicable (as is
the amount of money they have been using to spread it - 10,000's
of dollars a weekend - when it has been pleading poverty to those
who deserve a wage increase)! The sooner the administration realizes
that it is running a public institution for higher learning an
not some nineteenth century sweatshop the better.
Do you remember the first
time you met me?
Yes, the new residents welcome dinner at St John's College. I
brought you a drink and then we danced 'til the sun came up (ooops,
not that last part isn't right - that what happened when I met
Do you remember what we talked
Michael's Fine Arts project I think (The visual beauty of mugshots???).
You and I play on possibly
the worst ball hockey team to have ever been fielded at UBC.
I know you've never played hockey before. What's your experience
been like playing Canada's game?
fun, losing doesn't bother me
I'm just said I missed that
number 15 guy from last Thursday because of my knee injury giving
him some hell would have made my night. I still can't believe
you missed my first body check (yes, yes I know body checking
isn't allowed in ball hockey but he ran into me
I've never been to breakfast
here at SJC. Can you tell me what it's like?
You're the only person I
know who can read 100 page in a night and actually get something
out of it. Tell us your secret.
Its just something that comes with the territory in Arts.
What's your preference, a
really good hot dog, or a really good slice of pizza?
Pizza every time.
Betty or Veronica?
You've lost me there.
I've been playing the lottery
lately. Could you give me six numbers for Lotto 6/49?
23 9 14 37 7
You've played rugby once
or twice before, can you tell us about your worst injury suffered
not sure if this counts. I broke for ribs at Wednesday night
practice and then played a game on the Saturday because I didn't
know they were broken (I thought they were only bruised). Let
me tell you tackling someone when you have broken ribs is certainly
no fun. Still doesn't beat my father's compound fracture or my
brother's three concussions though
Ah rugby what a game!
Have you ever been caught
naked in public?
Nic, on behalf of everyone
here at erwintang.com, we'd like to thank you for answering our
questions. Before wrapping this up, is there anything you'd like
to say to the other readers of erwintang.com?
Now you've put me on the spot! Hows'bout those Canucks? (Is that
okay?). Seriously, I just like to say what a great guy you are
Erwin. Your friendship has really made moving to Canada a lot
easier for me. Thanks.