Every month we profile a neighborhood resident who’s also a fan of our Facebook page. If you’re not a fan, become one now … we give away loads of free stuff, nearly every day. And, if you’re interested in answering a bunch of goofy questions and being featured in an upcoming profile, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the subject line “I want to be a Facebook fan profile” and tell me what neighborhood you live in.
In our August issue is Kessler Park resident Debi Lang. She’s “north of 30” and is founder and president of Caring For The World Films, a non -profit production company which produces documentaries about relatively unknown but successful international humanitarian aid organizations.
What’s a little known fact about you?
I dream in foreign languages. Usually French, Spanish and Russian. I speak Russian, a little Spanish, but not French.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I am never embarrassed — I always call myself out and laugh about it. However, if I were to be embarrassed, I am certain it would involve a bodily function, and would be at a really classy place like the Winspear Opera House.
What’s the one thing you wish you could do but are reasonably sure you never will?
Summit Everest. However, I will get close … base camp for sure.
What makes you laugh out loud?
When my hubby and I do “Song Speak”. It’s when you speak completely with song lyrics or song titles. It helps a lot if we have a glass of wine or a Mi Cocina Mambo Taxi.
What’s your strangest or most random Facebook friend connection?
The page “Overheard in the Control Room“. I could have written every post on it. Sooo funny to see that other people in the biz view TV the same as I do.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Marine fighter pilot, with a close second being a war reporter. I’ve wanted Walter’s (that would be Cronkite) job ever since the first time I watched him from my high chair. (My childhood nickname was Debi Wa Wa, as in Barbara Walters)
What’s one question you think other Facebook Fans could help you answer?
What is the sugar-free recipe for those Mambo Taxis they serve at Mi Cocina? Actually, the regular recipe would be good to know as well!
How would you explain your neighborhood to someone living in, say, Newfoundland?
Hilly, green, eclectic, diverse, funky, close to everything, beautiful architecture, but make sure you wear your Kevlar coming into our area … it’s a joke, calm down …
What brings a smile to your face every time?
When my dog runs to greet me with her dog wagging and she has her favorite toy, “Lambchop”, in her mouth.
What item in your closet is most humiliating?
I already know I am a walking fashion faux pas so I am not humiliated by anything I have. However, my husband is horrified by my red high tops, short overalls and tie-dye shirt. In fact he refuses to be seen with me when I wear them.
What celebrity would you most like to meet for coffee and why?
Greg Mortenson …. I would love to do a documentary about his humanitarian work. He wrote Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools. Wish I knew him back in the ’90s when he first started his work.
If you could import the brain of any person, living or dead, into your own noggin, whose would it be?
It would have to be someone really witty, since I totally suck at that. Maybe Conan or Jon Stewart.
Who is your hero and why?
My mom. She had very undesirable childhood and could have turned out to be a bitter, vengeful and angry person. She is the exact opposite. … She’s spontaneous, adventurous and she funny as hell. She meets no stranger. She is why I am who I am today.
Would you skydive in the most beautiful place in the world? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I have done it three times — once with my mom after my dad passed away. I like to see things from all angles … can I take my camera?
Do you have an benign confessions to make?
I am my absolute worst critic. When my videos are shown in public, I cannot watch them. I actually get physically sick.
When did you realize you were no longer a child?
When my parents gave me the boot at 19 and said “Have a good life — it’s time for you to move on and move out!” However, my dad said to me as he was shoving me out the door: “You will be back in less than a month.” I never went back!