On the FLY – Sara Muslim
Welcome to our second installment of what is proving to be a very sporadically ongoing series, “On the FLY: Brief Conversations with FLY Employees.” This week we’re talking with one of FLY’s newest additions, Sara (pronounced Sah-rah [sɑɹɑ]) Muslim.
- Name: Sara Muslim. I don’t have a middle name, but I wish I did.
- What department are you in?
I’m an account manager.
- How long have you been working at FLY?
Ok, today is September 22, I joined July 16, so…do the math because I’m bad at math. [Laughs] I’ve been here two months and some days. That’s a good estimate, “some days.”
- What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I had overnight oats. It’s like cold oatmeal. You make it the night before. You put oats, and almond milk, or whatever milk you like, and…seasoning? I don’t know cooking terms. Cinnamon and honey and stuff like that and you leave it inside the fridge for the night and you eat it in the morning and it’s really yummy!
- What’s your favorite lunch spot in Midtown?
Dean and DeLuca. I can’t support it with my current budget, but I do really like it.
- Do you binge watch anything? What are you bingeing?
I binge watch anything I start watching, just because if I stop even for a couple of days, I’ll never come back to it. I recently binge watched the second season of Narcos, which was so good! You should watch it if you haven’t. And I’ve started New Girl. I don’t know how I feel about it yet, because I’m not a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel. Her quirkiness is a bit annoying. But it’s cute, because it’s a happy show, which is a nice change from Narcos, which is about drugs, and cocaine, and murder.
- Was there ever a moment when you feared for your life?
This was about three weeks ago, I almost got hit by a car. I was extremely lost in my own thoughts, and I was so convinced that the little white light man was on, [laughs] and I just started walking. All of a sudden, this taxi driver pulls up right next to me and I turn and look at him and I’m ready to fight, and he’s like, “what are you doing?” He points at the traffic signal which is still red, and I’m like, “honestly I don’t really know anymore,” but I was so committed to being angry that I still got pissed off and kept walking. I’m a New Yorker. We don’t know how to accept when we’re wrong.
- Ignoring certain cultural exceptions, why do you think pigs are food, and dogs are pets?
I don’t eat pigs, so I disagree. No, [laughs]. But it is weird. Like, why was Goofy such a personified character, but Pluto was a pet? But they’re both dogs. Goofy had human features. So it’s arbitrary. People eat anything they can eat. And people can domesticate…well they can try to domesticate, sometimes unsuccessfully, anything they want. Sorry, I don’t really know where I’m going with this! [Laughs] I never thought about it because I don’t eat pigs, so now I’m like, why do people keep cats, but eat rabbits? Ducks? Chicken? I think people morally justify whatever they want to justify. You pick and choose the things that speak to your own sense of rationality and your own sense of morality, and I think that’s kind of what happens with religion and food.
- Scenario: an asteroid, large enough to end life as we know it, is hurtling towards Earth. You’re the only one who knows about it, but no one would believe you if you warned them. You have 3 hours to spend however you choose. What do you do?
I would eat a lot of ice cream. No, would I? I think I’d finally find out where Tina Fey lives and pay her a visit and be like, “listen, if there’s one last thing I do on Earth, that’s saying hi to you.” Or probably just cry like an idiot is more likely.
- Do you have any gum on you? Can I have a piece?
No, but do you?
Interviewer: I don’t.
Sara: I just ate pesto sauce spread so I’m very self-conscious.
Interviewer: the follow-up question was going to be can I have a piece, but you don’t so…
Sara: Sorry. Beat you to that question!
- What’s your favorite number?
Someone once told me that when you add your birthday up it should be your lucky number – I don’t think that’s valid. My birthday is December 19th. So 1 + 9 is 10, and since then I just decided [10 was my favorite number]. I don’t have a lot of favorite things. I don’t have a favorite movie. I don’t have a favorite song. I don’t know how to explain it, I just don’t have favorites very easily. I never even had a favorite university. I just thought, “if I had to, it’d be NYU,” and that’s where I went, which was exciting. But yeah, so I just decided that if someone asks, 10 would be my favorite number, and there you go, you asked. People don’t ask that to adults anymore. People don’t ask adults things like that. “What’s your favorite number? What’s your favorite color?” No one knows!
- Do you believe in luck?
Kind of, but it gets very complicated, because I also believe in fate. So it’s just like, “oh that was lucky,” and then it’s like, “oh wait, but no that was meant to happen,” so it’s back and forth for me in terms of luck and things happening by chance. Any time anything happens by chance or by luck it’s always going to be an oh-thank-you-god kind of reaction. So it’s kind of one of those situations where they rest upon each other. They’re both just kind of supernatural or whatever you want to call it. Superstitious.
- If you could be any kind of rock, what would you choose?
Hm…what kind of rock would I be? [Contemplates] I’m acting as if I know different types of rocks, but I’m just going off texture right now [laughs]. A smooth one? A jagged one? A big one? [Laughs] This is a tough one! I would want to be a smooth rock, one that people would use as a paperweight. It would be useful! To people though, which is bad. I mean, it’s not bad. But it’s assuming I shouldn’t be useful to nature as an entire ecosystem that’s greater than just humanity. But that’s just me! So yeah, like a small smooth rock. Paperweight sized.
- Is there any place in the world that you haven’t been to that you’d like to go?
One place I super, super, duper wanna go to is Australia. Their seasons are backwards! [Laughs] No, I want to go to Australia because it’s so far away, and when I was little I was like [adopts silly voice], “how do people get to Australia? It’s so far away!” like, in the beginning [of civilization]. [Laughs] I’m kidding. It would be cool, and I have friends there that I’d like to visit. I’d like to see all the animals there that you don’t get to see casually in most other places, like a kangaroo or a koala. I wanted a pet koala when I was younger until I found out that they’re very violent, and not as endearing as I thought.