Elida DeKlein, 24
Fifth Ave at Baltic St, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Wed Dec 3 2008
What are you up to?
I'm on my way to Target to buy a shower curtain.
Are you exhibitionist-sheer or opaque-modest?
Uh-oh, so I'm not going to get much out of you.
[Laughs] When I was 19 I had a see-through curtain. But I've switched—I think 'cause I had a shift in personality.
This metaphor is working better than I'd thought it would.
I know! It's kind of a revelation. I think it's because I moved to the city from Wilmington, North Carolina. I was a big fish in a small pond and now that's changed.
What do you do?
I'm an adjunct lecturer and grad student at Brooklyn College. I'm teaching freshman English. It's tough; they're straight out of high school.
You're young, too—ever feel their age?
Sometimes, yes; especially because I teach at 8am, I find myself slipping into my own speak. I don't know if it helps or hurts....I just know that last week I said "whatevs," and they giggled.
Do you think books are on the way out, thanks to digital things and blogs? I don't think so. But I don't go on the computer a lot. I had a blog for a while, when I had my clear shower curtain. I was honest about who I was dating, who I was sleeping with...
So your dates could read up on how they performed?
They could! No one ever complained. Once I went on a date with someone and slept with him and he didn't call me. So I said his band was shitty. Even he didn't complain. [Laughs]
More from Elida
"They just built a Duane Reade near where I live in Bed-Stuy. Last week I was walking out of it and somebody pointed at me and said, 'They built that because of you. We didn't need it here.' I didn't know what to say. I guess it's kind of true."
"I have two cats, Conor and Veruca. They're like my kids. This is embarrassing, but I named Conor after Conor Oberst when I was going through my Bright Eyes phase. My roommate named Veruca after Veruca Salt."
"I've been seeing this guy for six months, but we're not serious. We tend to only see each other like once a week. I've tried to talk to him about it and I know he doesn't want to get serious. I think we both know that after the holidays we're probably no longer going to exist as a couple."