Friday, May 27, 2011

The Sib Series Presents: Sibling #5

Meet Ian.

(A.K.A. Iano, Ina)

 Iano Iano Iano. My little bro Iano. The first child born into the family who I viewed as a 'non-peer'. No, this was not the usual competition in the jungle of our home to be crushed and dominated. This was my "little" brother. The age difference was big enough for me to understand how cute babies were, and he was my boy. I loved that little tyke. Still do. 
How would I describe this brother of mine? 
Years ago, my girlfriends and I had a code word for certain boys we'd come across. They were slightly mysterious, bordering on shy. And handsome. For whatever reason, they didn't thirst for the never ending quench of the social rat race. They kept more to themselves. 
Hey, have you noticed (so and so)? Total diamond in the rough. Totally. we'd remark.

Most of us Hansen children came shooting from the womb demanding the utmost attention, confusing the glare of an obstetrics lamp as the first spotlight for our stage. This is me! This is me! This is me! We all seem to scream it. Seriously. Gather us together in a room and you'll soon witness a cosmic battle of visible personality disorder meets king-of-the-hill. Okay okay, that may be a bit extreme. 

But...there is Ian. Quieter. More thoughtful. Organized. Meticulous. Very observant. Genuine. Funny. Quirky. And Good. So, so good.

The son who cleans the kitchen after everyone has gone to bed, worried about Mom feeling overloaded.
The student who works and scrimps to save every last dime to afford all of his own schooling and travel.
The brother who comes over at 12:16am after a call from his sister (me?!), because of the (nonexistent) sound coming from the (nonexistent) intruder outside of her house while her husband is out of town on business (oh yeah, and will you stop at the store and bring treats on your way?).
The uncle who Ellie Belle loves baby-chatting with.

He's quite the dude. 


Welcome Ian, and thank you for breaking the nauseating cycle of marital euphoria and agreeing to do this interview solo.
(just kidding folks, we loved those ones too)

With that said, you are going to have to describe YOURSELF in three words. I'm not letting you get out of this one.

It is incredibly awkward to boast or describe myself in three words and not come off as some conceited jerk, but I'll give it a whirl:  Funny, Dashing, Humble.

Funny: I like to think that I am a funny person who doesn't take life too serious. I enjoy making people laugh and seeing between the lines.
Dashing: Well now I wouldn't be very humble if I went into detail about this one. Let the pictures speak for themselves haha.
Humble: I can't think of who said it but the quote goes something like, "the moment you start speaking about how humble you are is the moment you can be most assured you certainly aren't." But I do think I am a person who tries to grasp how incredibly lucky, blessed, and fortunate I am. 
(Oh and I'm gonna cheat but I am also very RANDOM at times haha)

What is your happiest memory, and what makes it so special to you?

Like everyone else's response to this one my happiest memory is a collection of many, but mine is at a certain place-the last place on earth anyone would think you could be happy: Elko. Specifically the deer hunting trips with the cousins and uncles that we have every October. This trip consisted of the most red neck/hillbilly times. Shooting guns at junk toys; Uno tournaments in a run down cabin in the middle of no where; Jeep rides; Chasing cattle with motorcycles; Late night hide n go seek games; The journey to the hole in the ground that was our toilet in the middle of the desert; Dad's famous hot cocoa and trapper's toast; The trailer full of candy that dad let us buy on the way there. The list goes on. It is special to me because it was a time to be trashy and have fun with the guys and we had it every year so a lot of my childhood memories come from that place.

What do you love that you may not openly express?

I love mowing our lawn. I don't know why but I think it's because I get to soak up the sun and enjoy the small piece of earth that I live on. Also the smell of the fresh cut grass. {Insert editor's note: Daniel's brother.}

What food would you choose in a extreme eating contest?

What a strange question, but ummmm probably since it is extreme I'd pick jalapenos just to see the faces and see how much I could take....

What are you most grateful for? What are you LEAST grateful for?

I am most grateful for people who are grateful and least grateful for people who aren't grateful.

What do you fear? What makes you sad?

Simple: SNAKES! I think they are the most evil thing to inhabit this earth. Think about it, from the beginning it was a serpent that was the bad guy. Still is in my book. But on a more depressing and serious note; I fear losing those that I love. Nuff said. Besides the obvious the other thing that makes me sad is a missed opportunity. You can make a fool of yourself doing something you were hesitant to try but it is better to try than not at all and then throughout life play the "what if" game.

What characteristic do you most seek in the opposite sex? What quality does the 'girl of your dreams' possess that would really hook you?

 Haha, coming from the single guy all of my answers will sound very superficial and typical of a guy my age. I actually love a girl who has a good sense of humor. I think it is such a good connection that is hard to find. My girl obviously has to have nice hair, a good smile, and beautiful eyes but the main quality I look for is if she and I make each other happy without trying, so I guess it is kinda a two part thing.

What is your definition of success? Who is your role model and why?

My definition of success is if at the end of the night you can lie in bed and say that you did everything you did to make your day and someone else's day a little better. I believe in taking those small steps otherwise you'll never reach success. I don't really have a specific role model but it would be that person that makes others better while improving themselves. My best example and closest thing to a role model is C.S. Lewis. He was such a brilliant person who constantly sought to understand and make himself and the world better. I strive for that.

What dysfunction in our family do you find mildly endearing? Or to put it in other words,  "It just wouldn't be the Hansens if there wasn't any (fill in the blank) ?

Let's break it down,
It just wouldn't be the Hansens if:
Daniel wasn't OCD about our cleanliness
Rachel wasn't stealing food from our fridge to take to her house
Jacob wasn't proposing some business idea that could change our lives
Sarah wasn't primping herself in the mirror every 2 minutes
I wasn't singing a song out loud
Forrest wasn't presenting his next big move for life (i.e. traveling the world for 5 years)
Mallory wasn't texting or talking about boys with Kate M.
Larissa actually had a bed time

For the in- laws (you're awesome so I won't bring you into this one)

If the whole world were listening to you and you only had two minutes to speak, what would you say?

Well if any of you out there have heard the George Patton speech from the movie I'd probably say that. But seriously I would just talk about living your life to the fullest while maintaining dignity and integrity of self and being kind to everyone you meet. It's so easy to be a jerk or hate or be negative but its hard to find the good in things.

What does your happy place look like?

 I have never really thought about my happy place, but in the long run it is me coming home from work seeing my kids smashing their face up against the window waiting for me to get home and my (future) wife making a nice home cooked meal and all of us having that very quintessential dinner as a family. But as a college student right now my happy place is being on a beach at night with a bonfire and good friends roasting marshmallows and just talking and laughing.

What is your life motto?

Don't really have one but a few:
   "No regrets"
   "Live Laugh Love" 
   and "Life is to be lived, not just endured"

A genie arrives and grants you three wishes, what are they?

The first would be to end all diseases. The second would be to have Walt Disney come back to life so that he could spread more Disney magic around and teach me how to animate and draw. The last would be to have a personal chef that followed me everywhere and cooked whatever I asked for (desserts especially).



Well Ian, all I have to say is...who needs Walt Disney when we could instead read an interview such as this?

Thanks for sharing.



Mrs. Officer Andelin said...

That was fun.

I especially liked the "it wouldn't be the Hansen's..." question.


Now when I see him at Red Robin, I will have more to talk about with him than my pregnant self-though I am sure he enjoyed that....:/


Daniel said...

Classic! "What can happen to an old fashioned?!"

This was the best interview so far... except perhaps Sibling #1's.


Sarah Hansen said...

Oh Ina. What a delightful interview. I was anticipating something great but it turned out to be BEYOND my expectations. Such a gem. Except why did you you say that I look at myself in the mirror every 2 minutes? I let at LEAST 10 minutes lapse....