A Seattle Q & A with Rachel Ratner.

Rachel Vincenza Ratner
Social Worker / Musician / Seattle Band Mapper
See her website.

This is my newest blog feature "A Seattle Q & A." Being born and raised in Seattle, I've come to meet a lot of stylish and unique people, who do a lot of cool things, so I thought I'd ask them some questions.

1. What trait(s) or characteristic(s) do you get from your grandparents?
Though I never really knew my father's side of the family I've been told they were successful business owners so I probably got my workaholic work ethic from them. With my maternal grandfather I share a love of learning, enjoyment of music and interest in science and history. From my maternal grandmother I'd say I received a sense of mischievousness, an enjoyment of baking, and scrunched up pinky toes. I hope as I get older to also inherit some of her catch phrases like "you're full of beans" and "now I'm all discombobulated" and "that Orlando Bloom sure is a hottie."

2. What's the best part about living in the Seattle?
My friends, my friends' bands, and being able to bike around to anywhere I'd like to go.

3. What do you always carry with you?
Chewing gum and this business card from a palm reader my mom took me to during a family vacation in Arizona a few years back. He looked like Gandalf and claimed he was Sly and the Family Stone's spiritual adviser. He examined my palms, gazed real thoughtfully at me, and then recommended I try and have 4 bowel movements a day and stay away from smokey rooms.

4. If you could have dinner with any deceased author, who and why?
Hunter S. Thompson because I'm sure he'd bring some crazy stories and be a real hoot.

5. Worst food indulgence? (the more secretive the better).
I love meat flavored snacks: shrimp crackers, fish chips, bacon jelly beans, beef jerky, and once ate bbq flavored meal worms.

6. If Obama were coming to your house for dinner, you would prepare your famous __________. (Include your recipe if you want!)
I'm not much of a cook but I've recently gotten into baking and made some pretty killer jalapeno cheddar scones the other day. They turned out delicious but the preparation was pretty painful. Frying the peppers filled my kitchen with spicy tear gas and the acidic dough left my hands and face red and swollen for hours. But I'd make em for Obama, no sweat.

7. If you had to make rules (like Fight Club), what would rule #1 always be?
Everything in moderation...even moderation.

8. No one knows _______________ about me. (fill in the blank). Make it as serious as you want to.
I have a half sister, that I've never met, who's 10 years older than me and named Rachel.

9. Is the Seattle freeze fictitious? How do you know?
It's hard to tell because I think I tend to err on the shy side so it took me a few years to get to know people when I moved to Seattle in 2001, but once I got more established I found everyone I've met to be very welcoming and friendly.

10. Where is the best place to eat dinner?
My grandma's house over the holidays, circa 1990, when she was in better health and in one night cooked squid pasta, mozzarella meat loaf, chicken parmesan, red peppers, pumpkin pie, chocolate creme pie and 10 different homemade cookies. But without access to a flux capacitor I'd say Than Bros which I have probably eaten at on average once a week for the past 13 years.

Some of Rachel's work:
Seattle Band Map.
Seattle Band Map.
Thanks Rachel!

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