It’s just the German word for “mayor”.
The idea of interviewing NYC mayoral candidates has been around for a while. But I didn’t want copy&paste-statements and political clichés. Those can be found all over the internet and print media. And I’m aware many political types will provide answers to questions that haven’t been asked to avoid answering questions that have been asked.
So, if you’re a NYC mayoral candidate or on a candidate’s campaign team, here are a few sentences to be completed – if you dare:
A friend of mine from Oregon once commented that NYC is not America. To foster identification with NYC by the rest of the US, you would . . .
The five most endearing traits of NYC that come to mind are . . .
When a friend visits NYC, you tell them to . . .
The greatest purchase you’ve ever made in NYC . . .
A purchase you’ve regretted was . . .
If you were to adopt a signature outfit, it would be . . . And it would try to convey . . .
TV shows / films / books / plays that you think give a good idea of what NYC is like . . .
You cope with the summer heat by . . .
When my grandpa was campaigning for mayor of our small town, he made it a point to go to every home and introduce himself. He won in a landslide. In order to reach as many people as possible . . .
One of my grandpa’s pieces of advice for political success was that you must talk to every idiot, but you must never tell them they are one. This piece of advice could have served you well when . . .
It seems every mayor-hopeful seeks validation from their picture being taken with the current mayor and other popular figures. You’re particularly proud of . . .
Admittedly, I haven’t got the best memory when it comes to faces, and I’m pretty ignorant of celebrities. If we ran into each other and got to exchange social niceties but I showed no sign of recognition, you would . . .
If you wanted to take German classes, you would hire me, because . . .
In Germany, when you see a woman approaching a flight of stairs with a pushchair and / or several small kids in tow, you lend her a hand. When I once did this in NYC, the mother in question was grateful, but a friend of mine chided me for attending to a stranger’s needs. You side with . . .
NYC landmarks you yet have to visit are . . .
A childhood superstition of yours was . . .
Your comfort foods include . . .
You’re good for the Jews because . . .
Did your grandfather ever sext with young women from nearby towns?