Personalities Plus — Kirby Rowan

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
“Sleep in, combo Mexican plate for lunch, work and correspondence with friends in the afternoon, doing a kind deed for someone who doesn’t expect it, then a relaxing evening stretching late into the night talking with bright people about anything and everything.”

What did you think about on Sept. 11?
“We cried in front of the TV, absorbing the sad fact that murdering innocent people is still being done by angry, ideological fools.”

Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why?
“It would be in two stages. Hour one would feature Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Bill Buckley and George Will. Each is brilliant, arrogant and opinionated. I’d soak up more than I ever learned in school. The second stage would feature Molly Ivins and Al Franken. I’d laugh so hard I’d forget what I learned during the first hour.”

What do you think about Portales?
“The streets are safe, the people are friendly and now that I’ve learned the street layout, other towns look like different countries.”

What’s your favorite TV show, past and present?
“ ‘M*A*S*H,’ for showing that for most of us, love and compassion are more powerful than hatred and violence.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I was talked into playing guitar in a back-up band with no preparation at the Eastern New Mexico University ballroom, in front of way too many people. The “artist” expected us to play everything perfectly on the fly, and we couldn’t. It was so bad I had to keep my back to the not very appreciative crowd.”

Do you have a favorite joke?
“Several, but you can’t print them …”

Tell us a story about your mom or dad:
“My dad died in 1967. To this day I get “preapproved” credit card offers in his name, citing his good credit. Did he pay his bills or what?”

What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?
“I hope to be a working guitarist and a political columnist, and be really good at both.”

Who is your hero and why?
“Delores Penrod, for contributing to our community more than anyone I’ve ever known.”

What’s your favorite part about your job?
“Having a great boss and nice co-workers and delivering flowers to interesting new people and folks I haven’t seen in years.”

What is your most prized possession?
“Thousands of letters I’ve exchanged with treasured friends and the timeless memories they represent.”
— Compiled by Loretta Kos