Carolyn, 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.
no problem Erwin. I think you might have missed it, but the TA
strike has been over for, what, about maybe 6 months now? I mean,
yeah, I certainly was a busy person back then. It actually kind
of sucked. A lot. But anyway, that's all over now and I'm glad
I've got time to do this cool interview you've created with questions
designed specifically for me. I'm pretty excited about doing
this, and can't wait to see what questions you've made up for
I'd appreciate it if you didn't call me a guy though.
Why don't you tell our
readers what you're studying at UBC?
I'm doing my MSc in Physical Geography, actually Climatology
Urban Climatology to be more specific
.um, well, actually
it's evaporation in an urban environment, you know, atmospheric
water vapor type stuff thingie...
Hey. You still awake?
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?
You sure are a joker there Erwin! Ha ha! Yeah, um, I don't have
a fiancée. I mean, I know you guys like to picture us
women together, you know, doing stuff, pillow fights, nighties,
but seriously, I'm into guys. Plus anyway, you know I'm from
the US, right? I mean, I might have mentioned at some point that
I did live in New York State for a year and a half, but we moved
from there when I was nine, and I frankly can't see how you'd
mix up New York with New Zealand. Plus I don't have a New Zealand
accent, so that should give you a clue. I'll just figure it was
a typo. Anyway, I'm from Arizona, I case you forgot, and the
biggest difference I can see is that it rains a lot here. In
Arizona, not so much. Also, people here say funny things like
"aboot", and have coins called "loonies".
One of the biggest similarities I've found is that I get sunburned
here too. Oh, and people speak English! Who would have thought
it? Here I am in another country, and people speak English!
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?
now I can see it really wasn't a typo, and you really do think
I'm from New Zealand. I don't know where you got that idea, but
I'm not from New Zealand. I'm from Arizona. Let's get that clear.
Anyway, I do love the Lord of the Rings, and I think it's awesome
that it was filmed in New Zealand. It was a perfect setting for
the movie and had the desired effect of transporting the viewer
to another world. It also made me want to visit New Zealand some
day. Yeah, maybe I can go visit my family there, since I'm FROM
there and all. HA HA HA! *sigh*
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
the hell are you talking about? Damn, Erwin, if I didn't know
you better, I'd think you were asking me someone else's interview
questions. Ok, FYI, I do NOT own a LOTR shirt. I also don't recall
ever talking with you about this hypothetical shirt, and even
if I DID have said shirt, fiancé or no (Note that I said
fiancé, not fiancée, because I'M INTO GUYS you
perv!), I'd probably keep wearing the shirt as long as I still
liked it and stop wearing it only when I stopped liking it. I
figure if someone's going to love me, they'll have to love my
weird quirks as well, so might as well get that out into the
When are you going to get
a new computer?
The one I have is only a year old, so I haven't really been thinking
of getting a new one. Why, are you getting a job at Future Shop
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?
Your sources are unreliable. I am almost never up at ungodly
early hours, and if I am, I'm not liking it and would much prefer
staying in my warm soft bed. If I am up that early, it usually
means I have not slept the night before. If you ever do see me
at breakfast earlier than 8:30am, you can pretty much bet I'm
sleep-deprived and jacked up on caffeine and likely to say lots
of amusingly nonsensical things. I might wax poetical on Pop-Tarts
for all I know.
Which leads me to the question of why we are never served Pop-Tarts
at breakfast. Do they not have Pop-Tarts in Canada? I'd totally
eat a whole pile of them! Oh. That's probably why they don't
serve them. Have to keep me away from the Froot Loops as it is.
Am I the only one who LOVES the spelling if Froot Loops? It makes
you want to say "Froooooot Loops!!". FROOOOOOOOOOT
LOOOOOOOOPS!!!! I'm guessing I am probably alone in this.
If you had it your way, would
I be at your wedding?
Sure. You seem like a fun guy and likely to say something memorable
on video camera at a wedding, especially if you've had a few
glasses of champagne. I don't know when or if I'm ever going
to get married, but if I do, consider yourself invited.
I'm kind of wondering though about your seeming fixation on fiancées
and weddings. Are you feeling your biological clock ticking?
If you ever need to chat, you know, I'm just down the hall. I
feel your pain, brother. You need a shoulder, you just come on
by. Don't forget to bring carrot cake though. Or at least the
icing. Yeah, forget the cake, just bring me a big ol' tub of
that icing. And a spoon. Now that's good eatin', I tell you what!
Below is a picture of three
women. If you could pick one, who would you want me to go out
on a date with?
Interesting question! I think I'd like to see you go out on a
date with the Amelie girl. She's cute and kinda quirky, and you're
cute and kinda quirky, and I think you two would hit it off really
well. Plus she just looks like a nice girl that you could take
home to meet the family and everyone would love her to death,
That model-looking chick on the upper left looks like the type
that would just get men to spend money on her until there was
no more to spend, then lose them like yesterday's LOTR shirt.
She looks mean.
And Bea Arthur is just way too old for you. That'd just be scary.
I don't know what you were thinking with that one. Can you say
"oedipus complex"? You might want to get that checked
out, maybe switch medications? What with that and the whole New
Zealand thing, I'm thinking maybe your doc has misdiagnosed you.
How's that whole paranoid schizophrenia thing doing, anyway?
We talked about going to
a strip joint in early September. Do you think we'll ever go
*sigh* Erwin. I'm trying not to lose my temper here. I understand
it's your standard male fantasy, and it's fun for you to think
about these things, but seriously, not all women are bicurious,
Um, well, actually I did go to one once though. It was for my
boyfriend at the time. He wanted to go and his friend wanted
to go and his friend's girlfriend was going and it was really
well, I'd never been to one. Plus it was free
for women to get in. I thought it would be interesting to see
what it was like. It was kind of weird to me. It was kind of
like being in the locker room before a dance recital or something.
The women just casually walk around mostly naked, not doing much
but just walking around being mostly naked until it's time for
them to get on stage and become even more mostly naked. It's
weird. I haven't been to one since and don't really have any
desire to. Once was enough.
But as for you and I going to one, I don't remember ever talking
about that. I must either have a horrible memory, or you really
don't remember ANY of our conversations, so you're just making
up crap. I tell you what, bub, if this interview keeps going
like this, I can guarantee that you and I will NEVER go to a
strip joint. And I'm reconsidering that wedding invitation.
Would you believe I've
never gone to a strip joint?
It's not that surprising, really. If I were a guy, I wouldn't
be spending my hard earned cash to have some chick get me all
worked up and not be able to do anything with her. It seems like
that would just suck like something that really sucks a whole
lot. I'd rather watch porn. It's cheaper.
If we went to a strip joint,
would you wear your Lord of the Rings t-shirt for me?
Dammit, Erwin!!! GOD, you're a perv! Number one, now we are definitely
NOT going to a strip club together. Number two, I told you I
don't have a LOTR shirt
and I certainly wouldn't wear it
at a strip club even if I did. I don't know what kind of sick,
twisted fantasy you're developing here, involving me, a strip
club, a LOTR shirt and Bea Arthur, but that can stop RIGHT NOW.
Unless maybe if Bea wears the shirt.
But she can't touch me.
And I'm not touching her.
In fact, I don't even want to SEE her or know she's there at
all, because she's just
I feel violated.
Yeah, that's a definite no.
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?
Well, as I pointed out earlier, the strike ended like 6 months
ago, and I'm back TAing again. In fact, I'll be teaching two
labs on Thursday. I'm still pretty bitter about the strike. I
felt that the UBC administration behaved rather poorly, and I
am left with the feeling that UBC is not a university, but a
corporation. In fact, the only reason I am TAing this term is
because I want the teaching experience. If I didn't plan to teach
as part of my future (hopefully) career, I would not have accepted
another TA position here at UBC and would have relied on alternate
funding. I was so negatively affected by the strike, in fact,
that I decided I no longer want a PhD. I don't want to teach
in a "corporation", and that's what it seems that today's
universities are becoming. I'd rather teach at a junior college.
Do you remember the first
time you met me?
I don't remember the very first time I met you, but I do recall
the first time I had any real interaction with you, which was
during the room crawl of fall 2002. You were pretty drunk, and
were babbling quite a bit. Lindsay kept trying to get you to
shut up, but she had no luck. It was pretty amusing.
Do you remember what
we talked about?
I think you were fixated on the idea that you were drunk and
talking too much. You kept talking about how you were talking
Did I mention that you were drunk?
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?
you were doing pretty well for a while, but now we're back to
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ERWIN?!!? We don't play hockey
together. You know this. I've never played hockey with you in
my life. Not once. Not ever.
I did play it
a few times in Phys. Ed in Junior High, but that was a long time
ago and you certainly weren't there. In fact, I think I actually
liked it. I think it was actually one of the few sports that
I didn't completely suck at in school. But when it came down
to it, I didn't like the whole whacking other people with sticks
and hurting them thing, so other than during gym class, when
I was forced into competitive sports against my will, I never
I've never been to breakfast
here at SJC. Can you tell me what it's like?
I've been missing it a lot lately too. Sometimes I sleep too
late and other times it hardly seems worth the walk across the
courtyard. There are way too many carbs served at breakfast,
I can tell you that much. On Wednesdays and Thursdays there are
no eggs, and on the days when they do have eggs, they usually
limit it to one egg per person. I'd really like to have more
than one egg for breakfast. Egg has 3 letters, you know. I'd
be happier of I could eat 3 of them.
Conversation can be fun at breakfast, but too often breaks down
into raisin throwing chaos. I feel sorry for whoever cleans up
after breakfast. It's all the carbs they serve. If they'd serve
more protein, I'll bet the raisin throwing would decrease. I'm
going to do a scientific study to prove that, and then they'll
see. You'll all see. You'll be sorry then! All of you!
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.
I don't know where you got the idea that I can do this, but it's
so far from the truth it's not even funny. Seriously. It's not
funny Erwin. I'm getting tears in my eyes now, thinking how much
you've totally gotten wrong about me. I thought we were friends.
I thought you at least knew one or two things about me. I thought
maybe you'd ask me something about my love of the color red and
how it has 3 letters, about how the planet Mars is red and has
4 letters, about how very few names have three letters (Ben is
lucky enough to be the possessor of a 3 letter name), and no
other color that I can think of has 3.
Blue has 4. green has 5. Yellow, purple and orange all have 6,
but I guess those are kind of ok too because you know 6 is just
3 times 2.
I learned that 3 times 2 is 6, and 2 times 3 is also 6. They're
both just different ways to say 3 plus 3!! I couldn't believe
it when I learned that. Truly amazing and useful, really. I can
read ok, I guess, but certainly not 100 pages in a night. Sometimes
I have to read the same sentence 3 times before I understand
all the words. I love 3.
What's your preference, a
really good hot dog, or a really good slice of pizza?
Well, hot and dog both have 3 letters, but pizza has two 'z's
in it, which is a really cool letter. Plus pizza fills you up
better than a hot dog. You have to eat like 5 hot dogs to get
the same happy tummy feeling you'd get with one good slice of
You know something funny about Canada? You guys say 'zed' for
the letter z. That's funny! Who would have thought it?!?!
Betty or Veronica?
Would you cool it with the damn bicurious crap already? Plus,
THEY'RE CARTOONS!! Hello!?!? I've never understood that seemingly
exclusively male thing of thinking sexually about cartoons. I
don't think I've ever wanted a male cartoon character. Ever.
Of course, that could be because all the male cartoon characters
I've ever seen are repulsive
or it could be because I know
they're NOT REAL.
How's that whole paranoid schizophrenia thing doing, anyway?
I've been playing the lottery
lately. Could you give me six numbers for Lotto 6/49?
2 23 6 32
If you win with them, I demand a share of the winnings.
You've played rugby once
or twice before, can you tell us about your worst injury suffered
god. You are SO delusional. Seriously, you need help. Well, just
to indulge you, even though I have never played rugby, the closest
I ever came to a rugby injury happened at this bar I went to
in Germany. A lot of American service men were in the city and
a group had gone out drinking on the same night my friends and
I went out. One of my friends and I were standing at the bar
when, unbeknownst to me, a fight between a couple of these jarheads
broke out near us. Before I even knew what was happening, one
of the guys took a swing at the other guy, who was right by me.
He completely missed the guy and punched me instead, right in
the ribs. I took a full on guy punch in the ribs. It knocked
the wind out of me and tears started flowing almost instantaneously,
but it was more like my eyes were watering uncontrollably than
anything else. I couldn't have cried if I'd wanted to. I couldn't
even breathe. I was making scary kind of wheezing noises, but
no air would go into my lungs. That sucked like something that
sucks a whole lot, I tell you what. That spot in my ribs hurt
for months too. I should have had it checked out, probably, but
I rarely go to the doctor unless I think I'm going to die. I'm
weird like that.
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?
Right. The severity of your mental disorder is made clearer by
the obvious misuse of "we". You do realize that you're
the only one that runs erwintang.com, right? I was starting to
feel hurt that maybe you had just recycled someone else's interview
questions because you couldn't be bothered to make specific ones
for me because you just don't care about me enough, but now I'm
beginning to understand that it's not me, it's you.
I've always wanted to say that. It's NOT me, it's YOU. Go. Go
seek the help you need, young erwintang.com. You've got a lot
of potential and I'd hate to see it wasted on pointless personality
disorders like this.
And to all the readers out there, please, help Erwin to help
himself. You're not doing him any favors by encouraging this
sort of thing. We need to put an end to this website delusion
and set him on the path of righteousness, good metal health,
Pop-Tarts and pizza with extra cheese. But no cheese on the Pop-Tarts.
That's a taste sensation I could do without.
And in conclusion, I just want to add that I like red. Red has
3 letters. Red is for emergency!!!!
Piss off, freak boy.