An introduction through questionnaire

Every issue, Vanity Fair publishes a Proust Questionnaire. This addition to the magazine focuses on asking celebrities arbitrary questions about life and their experiences. To begin with a brief history lesson, the Proust Questionnaire was formed by and named after Marcel Proust, a French novelist and critic who lived during the turn of the century. Proust arranged a set of questions he believed told something about character.

Though I am no celebrity, or at least only inside my head, I wanted to properly introduce myself to readers. I hope to teach you all something about me so my columns can be read appropriately!

1. What is my necessary extravagance? Every week I waste about a quarter of a tank of gas to dine at one eatery on the Post Road near the Darien/Norwalk border. For those high school students reading this, you probably know exactly what establishment I am talking about. Yes, Chipotle. My first encounter with Chipotle was last year’s week of finals. My friends and I carpooled on down to Chipotle where a new obsession of mine was established. From then on, a weekly trip would be made to get my pork burrito with brown rice, black beans, red-hot salsa, cheese, guacamole, and lettuce.

2. Where is my favorite place to relax? The Highline Park in New York City is no doubt one of the greatest destinations to travel to outside of Wilton. The last time I was down there, I was so enthralled by the scenery I did not even realize how far I had walked. For those who lack exercise like I do, might I highly recommend a stroll on the Highline. If you don’t know what it is, Google it immediately and book a 3:34 p.m. train out of the Wilton station and spend your entire night on the park.

3. What is my favorite pair of shoes? My LL Bean moccasins. Those babies keep my feet warm during the glacial car start-up at 7:30 in the morning. I can’t tell you how much I hate the cold. If I could, I would follow suit with nocturnal creatures of nature. Sleeping through the blistering cold for four whole months? Heck yeah!

4. What is my most treasured possession? My iPhone. Need I explain myself? I’m almost certain that roughly half the people reading this have an iPhone and already know how fantastic it is. I digress.

5. What is my favorite word? Rambunctious. I very specifically remember an argument in second grade where I debated a fellow student as to whether or not my description of one “rambunctious child” was in fact correct. I (obviously) won the debate and will never forget why rambunctious is significant to me. I also love the words debauchery, rendezvous, and debacle.

6. What is your favorite quote in a movie? “But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.” Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally.

7. What do I love most about Wilton High School? If I had to choose, probably the faculty. I don’t dislike any of teachers I have had, I just call them all characters! A special shout out to “mah gurl” Miss Michelle Cota, the best English teacher anyone at the high school will ever have! Oh, and my guidance counselor Mrs. Waterman, she’s the best there is! Fortunately, the staff is a great one at WHS. Go seniors!

8. What is my favorite SNL skit of all time? It comes down between “Celebrity Jeopardy with: Burt Reynolds, Sean Connery, and French Stewart” and “Debbie Downer: Disney World.” I fall beside myself every time.

9. What is my greatest achievement? Being the student I always want to be, and being able to convince myself I had read every single novel displayed in my room. I hope people who come into my room say to themselves, “Wow, Terrence is quite the conversant young scholar I never knew he was.” (Notice: I used the term “conversant young scholar”… what intelligent use of diction.)

10. Lastly, with whom would I most like to dine? Charlie Rose and Seth MacFarlane. Mr. Rose is, in my opinion, the best interviewer on any television network. He conferences and deliberates countless topics with persons of interest and intellect. He would never cease to lose conversation during the meal. Mr. MacFarlane is the creator, writer, and animator of Family Guy. If you haven’t gotten around to watching Family Guy, I highly recommend using your next lazy Sunday to watch it, and hope you will see why I would have him sitting at my dinner table.

I really do hope that this was an interesting read. Perhaps everyone learned a little something about the columnist who is published every fourth time in the five-person cycle. Have a super rest of the day.

Terrence McLaughlin is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four classmates.