If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)
I have a couple of boxes full of personal memorabilia, relics, family photos, and my daughter's artworks, dating back to her first doodles at age one, which I'd likely grab first. At age nine today, Sara's a very accomplished artist and wants to be an architect or designer... so who knows; her artworks may be collectible, sought-after items one day.
What's the one clothing/fashion item you can't live without?
I'm not very clothes-conscious. I do tend to like lots of blues and blacks in my wardrobe. Clothes seem to reflect my conservative side -- but it's all just a cover for the fun-loving eccentric on the inside.
What's your favourite knick-knack and why?
I've purged my collection of knick-knacks over the years. I wish I still owned my old glow-in-the-dark Aurora monster models from when I was a kid. I used to have a whole gallery of them inhabiting my bedroom! I may yet buy the reissued models again off the Internet, just to satisfy the little kid still living inside me.
What's the oldest thing you own?
One of my obsessions is Winnipeg history and architecture. Passed down to me through my stepfather's family is an extremely rare Winnipeg picture book published in 1904. It's been reprinted in recent years, but originals are scarce. I believe two copies are preserved in the legislative library and Manitoba Archives.
Describe your most beloved piece of furniture.
An old flat-top steamer trunk (of unknown vintage) with a black, studded-leather exterior. It was passed down to me through my dad's side of the family. It figures prominently in my living room, looks awesome with the newer furniture, and always gets comments from visitors.
Is there an edible item we'll always find in your pantry or fridge?
My favourite snack food (or meal, if left to my own devices) is sliced Winnipeg-made kubasa with wheat thins, cubed marble cheese and smoked oysters.