New Times: In one sentence, what do you do all day in your job?
Erika Delemarre: I design, I create, I connect, I network, and I push pixels.
NT: What's wrong with the world today?
ED: I would have to say the lack of quality interpersonal communication. As much as I love and rely on all things digital, I feel that, as connected as I am, I'm also disconnected from things I need most. I think we're so used to using machinery and technology that we forget how to be human. Living. Breathing. With a pulse... As I sit here with my Droid
NT: Who's your favorite local band?
ED: What Laura Says
captivated me within quite literally weeks of moving to Tempe. And they remain on top. It was a show at Peace Tree House
, before it really became what it is. Sean Brennan
introduced me to them, and they've been great friends ever since.
NT: What was the last show you attended?
ED:I actually went to a couple shows on Friday. Ashley Harris
and I saw Jim Adkins
do a secret show at Teakwoods
. It was an acoustic set. I've been a fan of his since I was a teenager, and it's so great to have a musical act that you connect with like that. Then we went to Sail Inn
for Matt Pond PA
, which was amazing.
NT: If you could time travel, where would you go?
ED: I don't think I'd want to go to the future, for starters, because I'd want it to be a surprise. I think I'd go back to pre-Industrial Revolution
. Lead a simpler life. See if I could hack it since I dream about it so much.
NT: What's the worst job you've ever had?
ED: I've actually never had a worst job. I did spend a few years working for the Coldstone Creamery
empire. It wasn't that bad though. I learned a lot. I started in high school, went through college, and as an early graduate worked my way up the corporate ladder.
NT: How good are you at cooking?
ED: Pretty terrible. I have my few choice favorites that I'm really great at, like grilled cheese, mac and cheese. Basically anything with cheese
. Yeah. I've got a lot left to learn in that department.
NT: Where do you go to be alone?
ED: I ride my bike around Tempe Town Lake
. Get off the grid and the streets as much as I can.
NT: Who's your all-time favorite fictional character?
ED: Huh. I would have to say Aslan
from the Narnia series. I love those books
. I can't even count how many times I've read them. Aslan's my homey.
NT: What's the first album you ever bought?
ED: Green Day Dookie
, but my first concert was James Taylor. My mom, she's so gutsy, went up and introduced herself during his set break and he actually held me. Pretty cool.
NT: Where is the best view in Phoenix?
ED: From the middle of Tempe Town Lake at sunset. I row, ya know. Sitting in the middle of the lake, facing west as the sun goes down, you've got all the planes overhead heading for Sky Harbo
r. So you've got these engines blasting and then all the traffic on the bridge, in the middle of a manmade lake. You can see the silhouette of the city. If you don't row, at least stand in the middle of the bridge.
NT: What's one thing you hate about Arizona?
ED: I guess urban sprawl. But that's not just Arizona.
NT: What's your homepage?
ED: It's Google. It's my iGoogle page; streaming news from NPR
, photo and travel blogs, plus time and weather for a bunch of cities I've traveled to around the world.
NT: Do you give money to panhandlers?
ED: Depends on how well they handle their pans. No. Typically I don't carry cash with me. I'm more prone to giving them leftovers or buying them food as opposed to giving them cash.
NT: What's your drink?
ED: Gin and tonic with extra lime. I mean a lot of lime, a lot, a lot, of lime. One might say I like my gin and tonics pulpy.
NT: Who is your mortal enemy?
ED: I hope I don't have any enemies. I have to say I get in the most fights with traffic. If I could ban one thing from the face of the earth, it would be traffic in all forms.
NT: What's the deal with Sheriff Joe?
ED: What's the deal with Jan Brewer is more like it. I don't know. I'm really glad that Janet Napolitano has moved on to the White House and is making things happen there. But, now we're watching this state turn more and more red. Frankly, Joe Arpaio and Jan Brewer are embarrassing.
NT: What would you do if you won the lottery?
ED: I would buy a sail boat and sell all of my possessions that I didn't need or want on that boat, and I would sail around the world. Not just a straight trip, but I'd follow coastlines and stop in different cities and just find local, humanitarian aid type of projects that I could work on, or start my own. You know, keep sailing, keep traveling, and then come back to those places in a year or so and keep those programs moving forward in the right directions. I would never, ever in my life sit behind a desk again.
NT: What's hanging above your sofa?
ED: I have two black and white photo prints of flowers, and a big mirror I never look in.
NT: What's the best love advice you have?
ED: Shoot. I'm the one who needs the love advice. I would probably say to always live and love with an open heart, and, as hard as it is to put yourself out there and take risks, even if you take the chance to get terribly hurt, you're also taking the chance to have something really wonderful come into your life. Oh, and to travel
with the person. Because if you're not good travel companions, then you're never going to make it in life.
NT: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
ED: Nice work, kid. Made me proud.
Note by request of the subject: This interview contains the personal opinions of Erika Delemarre and does not reflect the opinions of her company.
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