March 03, 2020

Boredwalk Community: Save the Lost Pets

Oxford Comma Shirt

Welcome to our weekly Boredwalk Community series, where we ask Boredwalk fans fun questions! This week we're talking to Michelle Q. of San Diego CA, showing off a Oxford Comma shirt.

1. What's your actual day job and what's your dream day job?

I'm a copywriter for a board game and puzzles company, where I get to work with licenses like Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, and Cartoon Network. So I'm one of those lucky devils whose day job is her dream job. But my fantasy job has always been special FX makeup artist. Did you catch that Oxford comma though? (Ed. note: Always!)

2. What's your biggest pet peeve?

Talking over someone or interrupting a person in conversation is a bad look. I think it takes a great deal of mindfulness and respect to practice listening, despite today's predominantly non-verbal means of communication. Ironically, whenever I'm able to muster up a sentence and someone boisterous steps all over it, a little ghost comes out of me and I realize why I mostly keep to myself in groups of people. So it's a dance. A figurative one, not a Fortnite emote. (Respectful active listening is a lot like the Oxford comma โ€” you may not always notice its presence, but you probably *will* notice its absence.)

3. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

I wish I had the ability, for whenever I saw a "Lost" poster for someone's missing pet, to instantly return that animal to its owner just by touching the flyer. Just making that reunion happen would be reward enough for me. (What a generous, thoughtful answer!)

4. What is a surprising fact about you?

At one point I was able to say that Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for The Doors, was my then-brother-in-law's ex-wife's dad's son-in-law! What did that make me? Absolutely nothing. But I am currently 2+ years sober, which might surprise some. (That's great; congratulations! On both the sobriety AND your SNL parody version of

5. Where can the rest of the Boredwalk community find you?

If I'm doing it right IRL, they won't. But okay, I go outside and stuff on Instagram (@michellequillen) and have my only use for Facebook (@MichelleQuillenWriter).