Q-and-A with Abby Emmert

Feb. 6, 2006

What is your favorite board game to play?
“My brother and I and some of our friends have had some really fun games of Sequence. I like it because it’s a game of strategy and teamwork. I also like 13 Dead End Drive.”

Have you ever touched a boa constrictor?
“Actually, I’ve touched a few boa constrictors in my day. Anytime we go to the State Fair we go to `Snakes Alive!’ and get a picture taken with one of the huge snakes. The first few times I cried a little but now I’m getting used to it. It’s really scary if you have to hold the head because it wiggles around. This last summer Tiff, Stacy and I got our picture taken with a snake named Bertha and it was awesome!”

Who taught you how to juggle and what’s the toughest part of juggling?
“I taught myself how to juggle. I got a little set and just read the directions and then practiced until I could do it. Now I have a pretty nice routine going. The hardest part for me is keeping my facial expressions in check.”

The team held a Saved by the Bell party last summer. What was that like and who were you?
“It was a ton of fun. We had awesome decorations – we even had a `Where are the now’ wall – and some really great costumes. Everybody wanted me to be Tori, but I decided I could be Kelly because it was my birthday. I was part of the Hot Sunday group with Crystal (Lisa Turtle) and Tiff (Jessie Spanno). We also had Krista as the girl wrestler, Stacy as Stacey Carosi, Morgan as the ROTC version of Lisa Turtle, we still aren’t sure who Jo was, and Ebony and the freshmen came as a crew from rival Valley.”

What is the most bizarre food you have ever eaten?
“I don’t really eat bizarre foods. We ate a lot of conch in the Bahamas, grilled conch, conch fritters, conch fries – all sorts of it. I guess that was maybe the most bizarre for me. I don’t really get too crazy when it comes to food, after all my favorite food is sandwiches.”

Do you have any exciting vacations or things you want to do this summer?
“Yes I do. We are in the process of planning a trip to Hawaii. We’re not really sure what we are going to do once we get there, but we are just going to book the tickets and go. It’s going to be a blast. I’m also looking forward to some concerts, Trek Fest, the State Fair and spending some time at home with my family.

Do you have any phobias, if so which one(s)?
“Well, I don’t like downward escalators because I was holding a baby once and almost fell down one. I’m always really cautious when getting on them now.”

Which actress would you pick to play you in a movie about your life and why?
“I’d pick Rachel Bilson from The O.C. It’s my favorite show, and she’s one of my favorite actresses. She’s pretty funny on the show and I think she’d do a good job of portraying me. She would have to pack on quite a few pounds and some freckles, but we do have the same hair color.”