I have an ancient blog drifting out in the ether…. Older than this one, even! So old I can’t actually log in an edit it. Blogger gave up on me ever coming back, I guess. So as not to lose the posts, I thought I’d repost them here. The dates are important, because I speak of my mother as if she is still alive.
25 Things (1/29/09)
There’s this task rolling around Facebook – 25 random things about you. I’ve looked at this thing for weeks – every day two or three people I know post their things, and I generally read them. I find out interesting tidbits that I would not have otherwise known. I mean that’s the point, right?
Being “tagged” means I am supposed to reciprocate with my own list of 25. I am never sure if people tag me because they are interested, because they want me to suffer, or because I might be one of the 10 people on the entire Intertubez that has not completed the task.
So here’s what I’m thinking. I may as well use my little blog here to see if there is any chance I can find 25 things to report. This may take a while.
- On my first day of Kindergarten, I wore a dress that matched exactly the dress my mother made for my beloved Raggedy Ann doll. Having red hair myself, the resemblance was uncanny.
- I was supposed to wear corrective shoes as a child. I threw them out the window every morning (an idea my brother put in my head) until my mother finally gave up. I am still knock-kneed and pigeon-toed.
- I have been acting for nearly 30 years. Longer if you count the maid I played in some elementary school production of some sort when I was in the 5th grade. I remember the outfit but nothing else. Who put the 5th grader in the French Maid outfit??
- I believe Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare’s plays. But everyone needs a little creative help sometimes.
- Yes, my hair is naturally red. No, I will not prove it to you.
- I have been married three times. The first time I was too young. The second time I was too old. The third time is just right.
- On the day of my second wedding, I totalled my car driving to the church, we had a fire during the ceremony, and I spent my wedding night in the emergency room. But by god it was a hell of a wedding.
- I used to work at Lewis & Clark College. I had a number of different jobs, and for most of my 10 years there I had an office in the Library. My best friend (who was the Library’s Circulation Manager) and I would walk around the library building as she opened up in the morning, doing The Ministry of Silly Walks and/or speaking in Mister Rogers’ Miss Kitty language (Meow Meow Dorks Meow Meow).
- We also discovered an electrical fire in the media services area one morning. Much excitement, no injuries, lots of damage to computers and other assorted electronics.
- During one performance of Mousetrap (I was playing Mollie, the female lead), I made a quick exit at the beginning of the show, ran my eye socket into the corner of a shelf, and played the rest of the show with a rapidly swelling black eye. Kept the black eye for 6 weeks, and now the shelf has foam on it in honor of my infinite grace.
- I have an inner Latina. My husband (who is Puerto Rican) does his best to teach me to Salsa and I do pretty well for a woman of Scottish decent.
- I can do a mean Axl Rose impression. Or at least I could in the late ’80’s. Once again, a bit of alcohol, fire up Welcome to the Jungle on your iPod, and something disturbing is bound to happen.
- When I was in the 7th grade, I ran track. No one told me that the 440 (as it was known back in the dark ages) was not a sprint. I won every race I ran… or rather sprinted. So as not to continue the race/throw up cycle, The following year I switched to basketball, and played Center. I was allowed to play only because I was about 6 inches taller than all the other girls. I am not athletic, nor terribly graceful (see #10).
- I believe that acting is a profound art, and that the process of coming together with other actors to produce a show is a sacred event. So don’t f**k it up.
- I started my job at Intel on December 1, 1997. Two months later – nearly to the day – I was rear ended by a log truck on the freeway. While I waited for the ambulance/police etc., multiple people driving by actually flipped me off for being in the way. Commuters suck.
- When I started kindergarten, I was able to read well enough that they sent me up a grade or two just for the reading portion of the day. However, I was so socially shy that when asked to read aloud to the class, I crawled under the teachers desk and hyperventilated. Today, not only do I act, but I thoroughly enjoy presenting at large conferences. Go figure.
- I lived in New York briefly during college. I would move back in a heartbeat.
- I threw up AND passed out at a David Cassidy concert in 1972. I was 7. When I saw him live 30 years later, I nearly did the same thing. First love dies hard.
- I can recite a great deal of Eddie Izzard’s Dress to Kill performance by heart. And Glorious. And Definite Article. And…..
- My second husband, Joshua Westhaver, was an incredible man. Goofy, funny, intelligent, beautiful, kind, and a fantastic soul. He died on December 11, 2008. I found out on Facebook. Someday that will make an interesting story. Right now it’s still sad.
- I grew up in the largest town on the Oregon Coast – Coos Bay. For years (since high school) I have visited an uprooted tree that sits on an amazing trail along the cliffs, overlooking the ocean. When I first started visiting the tree, the roots spanned over 20 feet. When I visited last August, it was gone. Time does that.
- I sing, okay? People ask me and I say no. But I had many years of voice lessons and I sang in various types of choirs for years. So ya, I sing.
- I played Joan of Arc once. Learned some stage combat – god did I LOVE fighting with a sword. Why won’t anyone let me do stage combat anymore? (see #10)
- I played Lady Macbeth. Stage blood. Mmmmm. All time favorite role.
- My very first boyfriend was named Bruce Lee. I kid you not.
Okay, so there it my first attempt. Nothing on this list is at all interesting. But I’ll look at it for a while and then perhaps I’ll post it on FB and be done with that exercise.
25 Other Things About Me (2/1/09)
Okay that was fun, but kind of boring. So let me try this again:
I cannot roll my tongue or raise one eyebrow. This annoys me. Particularly the eyebrow.
- Every car I have owned has been a Mazda. One 323, two Proteges, and now a Miata. My next car will be another Miata.
- There is nothing better than laughing.
- I met my first best friend when I was four. We still talk, we still laugh together, nearly 40 years later.
- Michelle (see #4) and I spent longer than most kids living in a fantasy world. We had a lengthy backstory and returned to these characters each time we played together for at least a year. She was named Icabod. I was twins named Dooditch (the good one) and Doolitch (the bad one).
- My father was an editor for Merriam-Webster – he is the first Assistant Editor listed in the 1955 edition of the Unabridged Dictionary. I used to put an asterisk by his name in every edition I came across. I am a dictionary vandal.
- Mother is a coloratura soprano and was a librarian. I am a 1st Alto but my mother swears to this day that I am a 2nd Soprano. I’m not a librarian but love to sort, categorize and organize things.
- I have a birthmark on my right thigh that is shaped exactly like the top part of an exclamation point. I have another on my side that is shaped exactly like the bottom part of an exclamation point.
- Ask me at nearly any time where I’d like to be, and I will tell you I want to be standing in the Pacific Ocean off a Hawaiian beach, jumping in the waves.
- My shoe, hat and ring size are all the same – size 7.
- I will stop and watch the last 1/2 hour of The Shawshank Redemption every time I come across it. And I have and will cry each time I see Morgan Freeman walk down that beach.
- During the 1977-78 seasons, I spent each Trailblazers game in front of the tv keeping track of all the stats. I had a HUGE crush on Dave Twardzik.
- My lab partner and I kept our pigeon when we finished “Pigeon Lab” (Behavioral Psychology) in college. His name was Roger-Charley because we could not agree on a name.
- I am waiting for David James Duncan to write something (fiction) as wonderful as The Brothers K or The River Why.
- Piglet and I go way back. I am known by some as a Piglet, though I am much more assertive and outspoken than Piglet. Read the Tao of Pooh – it seriously changed my life.
- I believe in Reincarnation and the Rainbow Bridge. They are not mutually exclusive.
- I wish I had turn signals
- I have a soundtrack. I wish you could hear it.
- The absolute highlight of my 30th birthday party was a very aggressive game of Spoons.
- Between the ages of 12 and 21, I intended to work with Autistic Children.
- INFJ. Strategic-Input-Achiever-Communication-Intellection. Cancer. 9.
- I love river otters. I do not think sea otters are quite as cute.
- As I type this, both dogs are farting. I have moved around the living room 3 times now. Damn you Alpo!!!
- I had a boss tell me once that I was like Mary Tyler Moore – or like a big glass of milk. Good girl…. me?
- I swear like a sailor. It is a chore for me to NOT swear most of the time.