Terminalcoffee discussion

note: This topic has been closed to new comments.
166 views
Feeling Nostalgic? The archives > 25 Things >> Cheesus and tailless chipmunks >> The Mug's Lie ! Cookies !

Comments Showing 1-50 of 327 (327 new)    post a comment »
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7

message 1: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:36AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments So there's this ridiculous trend that's happening on facebook right now. It's spreading like an airborne virus: list 25 random facts about yourself and then "tag" friends in the note. The tagged peeps then have to list 25 random facts about themselves and then tag another 25 peeps... and the cycle continues. That's how it works.

I just wanted to state for the record, that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's lists. And I've read EVERY single list that's been posted by a friend (even the ones I wasn't tagged to participate in). Someday, I may (or may not) post my own list of 25 on FB.

With that said, who says Terminalcoffee can't have a 25 factoids list kind of thing going? Anyone up for list 25 random facts about yourself here? There's no point in tagging 25 people, because we'd run out of people to tag quickly here... but I could see tagging one person might be kind of fun.

So I propose this is how it could work - first person to post - list 25 random facts about yourself here (you can cheat if you've already done the list on FB and copy and paste). Then pick a TC member to post next... then that person has to list 25 random facts... and tag another person... and so on...

Or we could just talk about how much anxiety being tagged has caused us - I for one kinda freaked out the other day when FOUR people tagged me in less than 24 hours. I've calmed down since - I still haven't posted anything. Obviously. :)

Okay, enough from me...




message 2: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Why don't we just post 25 things without tagging the next person? That way we won't have to wait if somebody tags someone who isn't around a couple of days.

I think this is a great idea, Heidi...I've been hesitant to do this on facebook because I don't want to tag people chain-mail style...I'll work on mine now.


message 3: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 07:53AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments :) Thanks, maaaaan. My only concern - I want to start dialogue... not just narcissistic posting (posting one's own list and not participating in the discussion thread in any other way) - people should respond to others' posts if they plan to post their own... or even if they don't plan to post one. That's the only reason I why I suggested the one person tag... Also, 25 things is kind of alot - may be a daunting task for some... maybe we could adjust the # of random facts to customize for TC posting?


message 4: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:01AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments 1. I have Alice in Wonderland art all over my home office. I feel like I have to explain it to people when they first come in the house so they don’t think I’m weird.

2. I love Mexican Day of the Dead art. I have a little DOTD figurine on my office desk to keep me from taking work too seriously.

3. I peed in my pants in kindergarten.

4. I bat righty but throw lefty.

5. This morning I missed a wide-open layup in a basketball game. It was embarrassing.

6. I like the way your reflection bounces around the windows when you’re riding the El underground through the tunnels in Chicago.

7. I became a vegetarian when I was fifteen and lived mostly on pizza and Tang until I was in my early twenties.

8. I wish I had a sauna.

9. I do math in my head to get through bad days. For example, if I have to be at work until four, I say, “I am now 25% through the day. At noon I will be 50% through the day.” I do the same with workouts. If I’m working out for an hour I break down my mental processes into six minute intervals.

10. I don’t like bright light. Not long ago an optometrist, out of nowhere, asked me if I had a problem with bright light. That startled me. Apparently I have a messed up iris that makes me esp. sensitive to bright light. That optometrist was a genius.

11. My mother in law hates the fact that my two of my sons have literary middle names (Tempest and Odysseus). I don’t care. The names are cool.

12. My wife and I first kissed in a Memphis hotel room.

13. I used to hate mushrooms but now I like them. Except for canned mushrooms. Those are slimy. I’m curious about how kelp tastes and may buy some today.

14. I always run a fan when I’m sleeping.

15. I say hello to the birds when I walk to the garage in the morning. My neighbor caught me once and I tried to cover by pretending I was saying hi to him.

16. Sometimes I think I take beauty for granted.

17. I like loose clothes.

18. I once accidentally threw a nun against a wall. I was thirteen, and she was leading me to the principal’s office by my arm. I tried to loosen her grip by shaking my arm and she flew into the wall. I think she was faking. Anyway, I had to go to each of the fifth grade classrooms, which I was passing at the time, and apologize for my disrespect. I try to keep my horrible adolescent behavior in mind when I’m teaching and parenting.

19. When I was twenty I self-published a poetry collection called “Light Pollution” and I might self-publish another collection this summer, just for fun. I have no aspirations for the poetry big time.

20. I also once rear-ended a car driven by two nuns. I don’t hate nuns, I promise.

21. Just about every day I eat oatmeal, yogurt, and a banana for breakfast. Exceptions: donuts (rarely) and eggs.

22. My dentist is younger than me. He’s dating his assistant, and she’s really cute, so it gets a little weird when both of them are leaning over me and looking at my mouth at the same time.

23. I’m waiting to clean out my work office refrigerator until Friday because the building will be deserted then (I’m blowing off a work party) and I can throw out any old food without grossing people out.

24. When I lived on Pine Grove, just east of Wrigley Field, I often had to park a couple blocks away from my apartment. This meant I had to dodge transvestite prostitutes while walking to my car to drive to my first teaching job.

25. My brother, a musician, once opened for the Drive-by Truckers in Boulder. I have a picture of the marquee with his name on it.



message 5: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 08:14AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments #s 3, 4, 9, 14, 15, & 17 - ME TOO! :)

#s 20 and 22 made me seriously anort!


message 6: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (GusSanchez) I was one of the many who tagged you, RA.

I'm going to re-do mine for the many HS classmates I've reconnected with.

I'll dig mine up - the one I wrote over the weekend - and post it here.


message 7: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (GusSanchez) PS - I don't think the trend is ridiculous. I'm actually very surprised at how receptive people have been on FB to reveal so much about themselves. It re-enforces my faith in social networking sites.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I like reading them, too.

Here's mine:

1. I used to have a neighbor named Jeremy when I was little. We showed each other our privates by my dog's grave. We smoked a cigarette that we found on the street once. It was disgusting. We were going to get married, but we broke up when I started first grade and he saw me playing with "that fat kid" at recess.

2. I was a highly romantic child. I used to sit in my window at night like Annie and look at the sky and pretend that my life was sad. Poor me with my well-adjusted upbringing. I was very interested in reaching puberty so I could be depressed like they were on TV.

3. Nothing has ever been as fun as playing in Katie Brown's tree (She's Kaytee, now, but not to me).

4. I used to be the president of the "Get In Shape Girl Club." About five of my friends got off on my bus stop after school. I had extra leotards for everyone to wear because my mom was an aerobics instructor. I led aerobics in the garage (The Bangles!) and then we had a healthy snack. The club got shut down when Nicole Hunt stole $5 from her mom's purse to give to our "fund" and I published her generosity in our newsletter.

5. My parents once found a pipe in my room, but instead of confronting me, they had my cousin do it. I told him that it was my friend's pipe! I never heard another word about it.

6. I was pretty bulimic for about 6 years, but I never got skinny. BULLSHIT!!!!

7. I loved the assigned reading in high school (except for Julius Fucking Caesar). My friend D. used to have movie parties at his house for each book we read in Junior Lit. The Great Gatsby party was my favorite.

8. My Grandpa Montambo was adopted. He was really McPherson, and I'm a quarter Irish. KISS ME!!!!!!!!!!

9. I love kissing.

10. I love smoking. BAD MONTAMBO! BAD!!!!

11. I love animal documentaries and I love reading about animals. I'm especially fond of their individual evolutionary adaptations. And I love symbiotic relationships. I sort of wish I was a field biologist, except I'm kind of too lazy.

12. When I was 16, I worked at Leong's Kitchen with my friend. We dared each other to serve tables with an English accent one evening and then afterwards I used my English accent to try and buy cigarettes. It worked! I used that accent at Mike's Market until I was old enough to purchase them. By then I looked about 12.

13. I used to have a foster daughter. She was in 5th and 6th grade when she lived with me. Now she's 16 and drives a car and has a boyfriend and doesn't wanna hang out. I have my fingers crossed that she'll grow out of that. I didn't want to hang out with grown-ups when I was her age, either.

14. I don't actually feel like a grownup, yet. Not sure why. I think I'm exactly the same as I was in high school, except I don't have those huge glasses.

15. The Reptile Man is coming to my school this Spring and I have been SO EXCITED ever since I heard about it in August. Sometimes I use a picture of me holding a large tortoise as my avatar and that's because the last time he came was my best day of work, ever.

16. I'm allergic to bee stings, shellfish (I had to go to the hospital in an ambulance once), and various medications. I react very strongly to poison oak, stinging nettle and just about any plant or bug that I come into contact with. Maybe I'll die from this one day?

17. I choke on food about 3 or 4 times a week. Maybe I'll die from this one day?

18. Once I almost got a freaking BUTTERFLY tattooed on my ANKLE. I spent the money on pot, instead, THANK GOD!!!!!!

19. I always wonder what people's IQ's are. You? Yes, I'm curious.

20. I barely recycle. I love the Earth, though. I'm just sorta lazy. I'm mean, what's one person's garbage in the grand scheme of things? OKAY, OKAY!!!!!!!!! I'll get better, Oregon. Sorry about those 439275237 Starbucks cups.

OMG, 5 more?! This is hard!

21. Once I convinced my little sister that I had come back from the future and that she turned out bad. What kind of person does that?! Sorry, Lisa!

22. I only wear underwear about 50% of the time. It just depends on what I'm wearing. Haha! Depends!

23. (I realize that this one is sort of cheating because of number 11) I love animal mating dances and sex behavior. I've watched this video about a hundred times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Pu-4... And this is one of the most romantic scenes from any movie, ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm_FpM...
P.S. I love snails.

24. I still have every note written to me in junior high and high school. Plus, I have all my diaries and poems. Actually, I think I have changed since high school, after all. I forgot about how I completely cringe every time I read something that I wrote from 1991-1996.

25. Fill in the blank, below. I'm tired.


message 9: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Yeah, I've had a lot of fun reading all the lists on facebook, too, including Gus, Jackie, and Sarah...

I don't know my IQ now, Sarah, but I know my verbal is higher than my performance...

Why did Katie change her name?


message 10: by Julie (new)

Julie | 568 comments The dentist situation is pretty hilarious.
I can just feel the awkwardness.

And I feel you on #23. The embarassment makes you sneak around like a criminal! Why can I not just be a cleaner person!!?


message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:18AM) (new)

Katie's name is Kathleen, so I guess she felt like she could change the spelling of her nickname to Kaytee if it was her prerogative. Her brother, Danny, goes by Dan, now. But not to me. I have a hard time changing what I call people. I still call my cousin, Allen Jr., "Little Allen" even though he's 38 and 250 pounds.


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I had a friend whose name was Elmer, and he changed it to Brad - it took a long time to get his name right.




message 13: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
I'm sorry to say that I just scrolled through this and didn't completely read them, I promise I will this afternoon. Absolutely, though, Heidi, thank you for bringing this over here. I'm like RA in that I've received the tags on FB but haven't responded because I've been loathe to spread 25 (!) tags to people I probably don't talk to much anyway, much less telling them random things about myself. This seems very myspace (remember memes?) but I think Gus raises a nice point - it does say a lot about social networking sites that we are so willing to just share ourselves so freely.


message 14: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 11:49AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments 1. I'm a bit ridiculous about things being in their place. I can't stand clutter. I clean when I'm bored. In fact, when I housesit for friends, I tend to leave the place cleaner/more organized than it was before I got there.

2. Some of you already know this... I didn't choose my dog, Robby. He chose me. He was originally my friend/former roommate's dog. We think he was abused before he ended up with us. He's been slow to affection, flinching quite a bit at first when I'd raise my hand to pet him... but after a year and a half of knowing him, he finally gave me a kiss on my hand. I cried. It was a sweet moment. Now, I can say that I can count on one hand the number of people who Robby's kissed (friends, family, and me). When he gives someone a kiss, it sort of confirms for me that person is "good people."

3. Despite the fact that I've worked in television/film production, I have never hooked up my own television/dvd player/VHS. Someone else has always done it for me. I can honestly say that all 3 have remained unplugged for 3 years now. It doesn't bother me one bit. I don't watch TV. I don't think I would if they were plugged in, either.

4. When I was a kid, I loved to sit on top of the freezer (which was always hot because of the motor that was constantly running) in our garage-converted-into-Heidi's-playroom and play Simon until my legs/feet/butt fell asleep. More times than not, I'd just keep playing anyway.

5. I imagine my parents thought I'd grow up to become an entomologist. I played with bugs, every kind. They fascinated me. In fact, I'd put them in the refrigerator produce drawer so they wouldn't run away/escape. I'm sure my mother loved finding them in there.

6. When I become involved in an activity, I immerse myself in it completely. When I stop, I stop completely. The separation for me was always too heartbreaking to do it halfway. It would feel like a bad break-up to me, a divorce, sometimes even. Dance. Gymnastics. Theatre. Public Speaking. Martial Arts. Softball. TV/Film Production. Volunteering with the Youth. Writing... I NEVER stopped loving any of it, though. Each activity, each person I met through those activities, holds a special place in my heart. I haven't quit kickball. I hope it never happens.

7. I've always had a regular babysitting gig... since high school. I love working with kids. I consider my time with them as a wee break from my own worries/concerns and an opportunity to be carefree (them, too!). I'd like to think that I'm a good babysitter, and I've left each of these children with good memories of the experiences. I consider it a priviledge/honor to have even a minute bit of influence on them. In fact, I've kept EVERY piece of artwork that they've given me. I could never throw it away... no matter how small (or bulky as was sometimes the case). However, the idea of being a parent at this point in my life absolutely terrifies me.

8. I am NOT a morning person. I could easily sleep through all five alarms (yes... FIVE) and have to change up the time/alarm tone once every few weeks so I never get used to them. I'm also grumpy first thing in the morning. In fact, my boss and I call each other every morning to make sure we're each up and moving so we won't be late. He's not a morning person, either, and I'm fairly certain he's nicer than I am in the mornings.

9. That brings me to this next fact: I am notoriously running late for almost everything. It's why I would set my clothes out and shower the night before when I was still in school. I still do that sometimes. I laugh when I get a notice from FB saying I've "moved up five places on 'More Punctual'." I get very embarrassed and disappointed in myself when I am late. Most of the time, I luck out and make it just barely on time. I make every effort to not be late, though. So basically, when I have to be somewhere, you can probably bank some money on the fact that I'm likely rushing to get ready.

10. I used to have a problem with losing my keys regularly. I don't anymore... at least not around my home. I think it's because I have a designated area where I set them down every time I'm home. My grandmother once found my keys in her refrigerator. I'm sure I set them down in there when I opened the fridge to get a drink or a snack. It probably made sense at that time. What's interesting is that when I do lose my keys, it only happens when I'm visiting family. That may be remedied now that my stepmom gave me a keychain that beeps when I whistle for Christmas. :)

11. I talk in my sleep. I have had a full conversation with someone on the phone and not remembered any of it the next day. I also doodle while nodding off. My best doodles/drawings are done when I'm not fully awake or conscious. Otherwise, I'm a crappy artist.

12. My dad once told me that of all us kids, I'm the most creative. This confounded me then and still does. My sister has always painted. She's also won a scholarship award for recipes she's created. My brother is a gifted painter and musician. I kind of wish he would pick up music again. I always loved to hear him playing and singing. I feel pride in their creative abilities. It seems to come so easily to them. I write. Well, used to... not so much anymore. That's about it on that.

13. My daily grooming habits magnify my OCD tendencies. I don't have OCD. I just think we all have tendencies towards a bit of mental disorder. I count squirts of moisturizer, hair product, measure the squeeze of toothpaste, count the brushes of my teeth, the number of scrubs with the towel, brushes of my hair, I have a precise routine for putting on my makeup (when I wear it)... You get the idea. When anything's off or interrupted, I get slightly discombobulated - see # 8 for perspective.

14. I'm a lefty with some ambidextrous capabilities. I can eat, cut with scissors, bat, and kick both left and right handed/footed. I can write with my right hand as well. It just looks like a boy's handwriting. :)

15. I have a tendency to stick my foot in mouth so much so that I've given it an official name - OMIF syndrome (open mouth, insert foot). I typically have foot in mouth so far, I'm chewing calf. Point in case: "Headbutt!" - killed a seriously romantic moment. I was in high school... at least I have that excuse.

16. I have a tendency to be too honest.... as in I tattle on myself and then end up in trouble. Always have. It's a tendency I wish I'd lose.

17. My favorite flowers are zinnias.

18. My first job was working at the 1984 World's Fair at the Twist-A-Beads stand with my aunt. She had to get a special work permit for me. I was only 10 at the time.

19. If someone drinks out of my drink, I won't drink out of it ever again. Either I give it to them, or I throw it away. No one is an exception, not even my mother.

20. I have a memory like a dysfunctional sieve. I don't forget anything... until I get it in writing.

21. I've changed # 20 5 times now and # 21 twice... to point out that I've edited # 20 5 times. Watch the count. It may change. It's officially my rotating factoid. :)

22. I am confident and comfortable in front of an audience. However, I am rather reserved when I'm in a small group. I also get panicky when I'm in a crowd.

23. I have a 2008 dog calendar on my desk at work. I keep it there because there are great pics of dogs in it. I switch out the dogs occasionally to fit my mood.

24. One of my favorite pasttimes when I was a kid was to look up something that fascinated me in the encyclopedia and read it. Then I'd follow the suggested links. This would eat up hours of my time.

25. I tend to be very wordy.




message 15: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments Gus, by "ridiculous," I mean "broadly or extravagantly humorous" because I'm completely amused about how quickly it's spread! :)


message 16: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:41AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Re: Heidi's #19...does this mean I just have to distract you, then sip from your beer, and it's mine, all mine?


message 17: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 10:25AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments Pretty much... I'd probably have a hissy fit, though. I generally keep whatever I'm drinking in hand and in sight, though, so it's pretty hard to be a drink ninja around me.


message 18: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (GusSanchez) Gotcha, Heidi.


message 19: by Heidi (last edited Jan 28, 2009 10:25AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments :) I like to use ridiculous as a colloquialism, too.


message 20: by Mike (new)

Mike (MJMorgan) | 38 comments 25 things eh? OK I'll give it a shot.

1. I was born Augsut 12, 1978.

2. I lived most of my life in the Metro-Detroit area, though I know live in B.F.E. Wisconsin. Cows outnumber humans where I live...

3. I have always loved reading, but never at the appropriate level. I was bored with teen/young adult materials by the time I was 12 and thus promptly started reading Stephen King, and Dean Koontz.

4. I am lousy at math. My 10 year stepson knows to not ask me for help with math.

5. I love hockey. I am a spectator, not a player. Go Redwings!

6. I am a Detroit Lions fan who is proud of their record setting 0-16 season. Complete failure almost takes an effort to complete success doesn't it??

7. I am addicted to coffee. I've had this problem since I was 17.

8. I quit smoking after 13 years, but could really go for a smoke right now. Anyone have a spare?

9. Billy Joel, and Elvis are my two favorite recording artists. My parents raised me with their music.

10. I am a very bad deer hunter. The deer always tend to be behind me. I was once licked on the back of the neck by a deer, causing me to scream like girl and spook all the other deer. I ruined everyones day.

11. I love Halloween. The chance to scare the crap out of people, and have it be socialy accepted to do so amuses me greatly.

12. I have been in two car accidents. One, I had a light pole after spinning out on ice, the other was a run in with a deer. The cars did not survive the encounters, nor did the deer. The light pole however is still standing.

13. I am currently thinking of going to college for radiography.

14. My favorite color is green.

15. I have three dogs, which I am convinced are "special". Two boston terriers, that lack the basic inteligence that drew me to the breed(my parents also bred them long ago). The third being a mutt who has no personality at all. She is a black furry lump.

16. One f the few people I consider a hero is Gordie Howe. He managed to play pro-hockey in 5 decades. To have longevity in one of the toughest sports, and maintain a high level of play is an example of how we should all really be living, and keeping ourselves up.

17. I am currently listening to my daughter watching her favorite cartoon "Caillou".

18. I'm fascinated by reptiles. I love snakes. I'd own a house full of them if I could.

19. I used to be very arachniphobic. I was covered by wolf spiders long ago when I was seven and sitting in a field while my teacher read "Where the Sidewalk Ends". They crawled all over me, and for many years it gave me nightmares. Now I respect them so long as they don't come near me.

20. I am currently in my longest relationship ever. It has been just over 5 years since I've met the love of my life. I hope it'll be at least 50 more.

21. I have a special place in my heart for monster movies. Especialy the classics. King Kong, and Godzilla rule!

22. My first album that I remember anyways was Michael Jacksons "Bad".

23. I dislike winter. I really dislike winter. I am a summer person.

24. My nickname since my senior year in high school, has been Birdman..I still have no idea how I was given this title, but it somehow stuck.

25. This list is the most ambitious thing I've done all week. How sad is that?


message 21: by Shelly (new)

Shelly People love to talk about themselves.


message 22: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 28, 2009 11:46AM) (new)

Well at least Wisconsinites.

1.) In High School I got into a fist fight with a kid who ended up in the NFL, because he wanted to depants a friend of mine as a freshman initiation into HS. The fight lasted exactly two punches, He took one swing at me and didn’t even come close, I took one swing at him and came about as close, then we looked at each other and quit, went to our friends and put on our glasses. We couldn’t see each other well enough to even hit each other. He ended up as a QB for the Buffalo Bills.
2.) I love Colorado, and would move there in the mountains if I could afford it.
3.) I really enjoy coaching kids. This is the first year in 10 years that I am not coaching anything.
4.) I really like hockey even though I can’t skate.
5.) I collect turtles (not real ones).
6.) I like frogs.
7.) I am ambidextrous when it comes to swinging a bat or a golf club, but can not do anything else left handed.
8.) Successfully took a car around a curve in the road on two wheels, because I was in a hurry and late for work – for the record I made it to work on time.
9.) I like to get up early, and go to bed late – there is just too much to enjoy in a day to sleep through it.
10.) I enjoy doing things for people, but prefer to do it in anonymity, have a hard time accepting thanks or praise.
11.) I would just as soon stop by someone’s house to say hi, than to talk on the phone
12.) I hate meeting new people, because I feel so awkward around them, and assume they are thinking the worst, but once I know someone, I can talk for hours, which my kids will testify to.
13.) I actually enjoy mowing the lawn.
14.) I have a habit of doing something to get it done, this doesn’t mean doing something poorly, but I want to stay at something until it is done, and then go onto the next thing. This will sometimes take the enjoyment out of it. It is something I am working on, but not all that successfully.
15.) My mother has been married three times, and had a live in that died before they got married.
16.) The house one door down from our burned to the ground one night when I was a kid, and I got up the next morning wondering what the smell was from, I had slept through all the sirens and firemen yelling, the whole works. I also slept through the ambulance coming to our house twice. I’m a lot lighter sleeper now.
17.) I pitched a two hitter in HS and walked no one and lost the game 4 – 2 as I hit a kid with a pitch, and then the next guy up hit a home run, only to have the same scenario happen the exact same the next time through the line up.
18.) We are not allowed to have a dog because my wife says they are not house pets, but I really believe that it has more to do with the fact that her dad took her dog when she was a kid and shot it because it chased cars. My daughter has promised to give me a dog as a pet as soon as she moves out.
19.) I do math in my head all the time also while driving a lot of it with the license plates, adding the numbers, or finding the least common denominator etc.
20.) I love learning, and am thinking of going back to school just for the hell of it, not to get a new job or anything, just for the knowledge that I would gain.
21.) Oddly I don’t like reading to learn as much as I like the visions that I create in my head and the places I create as I tag along on the journey the author is taking me on.
22.) My favorite color has evolved over time, it was blue for the longest time, then red, then orange.
23.) My first car was a 1974 Chevy Nova, but my favorite car was my 1979 Pontiac Firebird with the T top roofs.
24.) Married my HS sweetheart, and have been married for 27 years.
25.) I suck at grammar.



message 23: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) | 24107 comments Crap! I just got tagged by my daughter on FB. Crap!


message 24: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jan 28, 2009 12:22PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Wow, the Wisconsin contingent on TC is growing...

Caillou is a horrifying cartoon.

Pontiac Firebird. Coooool.....

oh, and heh, Julie, I've got a plan to successfully smuggle all the gross garbage out of my fridge...


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments RA’s list:
1. I have Alice in Wonderland art all over my home office. I feel like I have to explain it to people when they first come in the house so they don’t think I’m weird.
- That IS weird, RA. Explain all you want…

7. I became a vegetarian when I was fifteen and lived mostly on pizza and Tang until I was in my early twenties.
- I became a vegetarian in college, and I love pizza, but… Tang?

11. My mother in law hates the fact that my two of my sons have literary middle names (Tempest and Odysseus). I don’t care. The names are cool.
- Why does it bother her? And the names ARE cool.

15. I say hello to the birds when I walk to the garage in the morning. My neighbor caught me once and I tried to cover by pretending I was saying hi to him.
- I say hello to the birds, too. And I skip. (just kidding! About the skipping, I mean.)

20. I also once rear-ended a car driven by two nuns. I don’t hate nuns, I promise.
- Hmm, two violent nun incidents. Doesn’t look good, RA.


Sarah Montambo's list:
3. Nothing has ever been as fun as playing in Katie Brown's tree (She's Kaytee, now, but not to me).
- My cousin was a Katie, then a Kathy, and now she wants to be Kathi. Gag.

14. I don't actually feel like a grownup, yet. Not sure why. I think I'm exactly the same as I was in high school, except I don't have those huge glasses.
- Same here, Sarah, right down to the glasses.


Heidi's list:
1. I'm a bit ridiculous about things being in their place. I can't stand clutter. I clean when I'm bored. In fact, when I housesit for friends, I tend to leave the place cleaner/more organized than it was before I got there.
- When can you come for a visit, Heidi?

2. Some of you already know this... I didn't choose my dog, Robby. He chose me. He was originally my friend/former roommate's dog. We think he was abused before he ended up with us. He's been slow to affection, flinching quite a bit at first when I'd raise my hand to pet him... but after a year and a half of knowing him, he finally gave me a kiss on my hand. I cried. It was a sweet moment. Now, I can say that I can count on one hand the number of people who Robby's kissed (friends, family, and me). When he gives someone a kiss, it sort of confirms for me that person is "good people."
- Awww! I have a shy cat who only appears for people he trusts, and when he’s happy he jumps up into the windowsill and licks the curtains.

[image error]

8. I am NOT a morning person. I could easily sleep through all five alarms (yes... FIVE) and have to change up the time/alarm tone once every few weeks so I never get used to them. I'm also grumpy first thing in the morning. In fact, my boss and I call each other every morning to make sure we're each up and moving so we won't be late. He's not a morning person, either, and I'm fairly certain he's nicer than I am in the mornings.
- I’m not a morning person, either. I especially hate getting up when it’s still dark outside.

22. I am confident and comfortable in front of an audience. However, I am rather reserved when I'm in a small group. I also get panicky when I'm in a crowd.
- I’m comfortable presenting a program in front of an audience, but it’s learned behavior from presenting so many storytimes. I really prefer a small group. I hate crowds.

23. I have a 2008 dog calendar on my desk at work. I keep it there because there are great pics of dogs in it. I switch out the dogs occasionally to fit my mood.
- I keep calendars I like, too, and will sometimes pull an old one out and use it, matching up a month that starts on the same day with the current month.


Mike's list:
18. I'm fascinated by reptiles. I love snakes. I'd own a house full of them if I could.
- I have hated the idea of snakes as pets ever since my best friend bought a rabbit to feed to her snake.

21. I have a special place in my heart for monster movies. Especialy the classics. King Kong, and Godzilla rule!
- Me, too, Mike!

24. My nickname since my senior year in high school, has been Birdman..I still have no idea how I was given this title, but it somehow stuck.
- Mike = Birdman. Got it!


Jim's list:
11.) I would just as soon stop by someone’s house to say hi, than to talk on the phone
- Same here. I am not fond of the phone.

13.) I actually enjoy mowing the lawn.
- That’s sick, Jim. Sick! ;)

18.) We are not allowed to have a dog because my wife says they are not house pets, but I really believe that it has more to do with the fact that her dad took her dog when she was a kid and shot it because it chased cars. My daughter has promised to give me a dog as a pet as soon as she moves out.
- I think you’re right, Jim. What her father did was awful.


message 26: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Jacks, are you going to post your list, too, from facebook? I'm still thinking about your comment about sheet cake frosting. I don't know if all sheet cake frosting can be categorized as the same product, but I need to explore it further.

And...yes...when it comes to Alice in Wonderland I usually just mumble something about loving the book as a weird kid and thinking Lewis Carroll was a great author, but I don't think I'm convincing anyone...


message 27: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments OH...and Jackie...

I keep calendars I like, too, and will sometimes pull an old one out and use it, matching up a month that starts on the same day with the current month.

This is sick and wrong in so many ways.


message 28: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
Ok, Jackie just upped the ante for contributing to this thread. Bulleted, bold font, large font(how the heck) and personalized responses?

Crikes. I was nervous about posting twenty five whole things, and I've been putting off reading everyone's lists (I WILL do it, today, sometime. I will) and I especially want to read everyone's before I write mine so I'm not full of redundancies.

...

so much to say, to read, to do, so little ittle time.


message 29: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:49AM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Okay, here's my 25:

1. I was born in Hawaii, just like President Obama!

2. I loved flowers as a kid, especially plumeria, and my mom says my first word was "owf" which she translated to mean flower. She even wrote it in my baby book. Okay, mom, if you say so...

3. I still love flowers, but I hate gardening. There's all that dirt to deal with, and bugs! Fortunately, I have a husband who doesn't hate gardening, and will plant the flowers and bulbs I pick out at the nursery. (Hey, he suggested it!)

4. I hate sheet cake from grocery stores. Especially the frosting. The piece with the big frosting rose? No one should be eating that.

5. Playing volleyball scares me a little. That ball is HARD! Why can't they use a softer ball?

6. I knocked myself out selling 75 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies one year going door to door, only to be beat by Jane Herd, who sold 100 boxes and did it by her father selling them for her in the barracks. She got a patch with a panda and a pink border. I got a boring green star. That killed any desire I might have had to go into sales.

7. I don't like vanilla ice cream. I know, I think it's weird, too.

8. I love spooky movies, but they just don't make them anymore. It's all just slasher stuff... Hmm, no - that's not true. I liked The Sixth Sense, and The Ring freaked me OUT. Eeeah!

9. I would love to be able to vote on the Oscars. I once won second place in a contest in the newspaper on predicting who would win in the six main categories, and got a free dinner at Falls Terrace restaurant. Everyone thinks I won, since I got my picture in the paper, and the first place winner didn't.

10. I try to go see all the movies nominated for the top Oscar categories, which makes me see the serious movies I probably wouldn't go see otherwise. I'm in that movie-watching season right now, and I just saw Revolutionary Road. And have been slightly depressed all day since.... Why am I doing this to myself? (I'm over it now, it's okay!)

11. Oh, yeah... I love movies! That's why! And that's why I have 16 movie reference books, and really miss Siskel & Ebert. A shout out to Ebert - you rawk!

12. I think Brad Pitt is too pretty to be interesting. At all. I don't care about his life with Angelina Jolie, and I am REALLY tired of jokes about all their babies.

13. I have always called my grandmother by her whole name, Grandma Pat Wyle. I don't know why.

14. I don't want to go out and play in the snow. I don't like snowball fights, I don't sled or ski, I just want to stay inside and stay warm, and maybe have a nice cup of hot chocolate, and watch the snow through the window. Thank you.

15. I don't think Kate Winslet is too pretty to be interesting. Is there anybody who doesn't like her? Why? What's wrong with them!

16. I draw sometimes, things like birds, and squirrels, and characters from Star Trek. Whenever I draw something, I am shocked that I can do it. Even though I erase far more than I leave, it's still amazing to me that I have any success at all.

17. Wearing red makes me uncomfortable. Wearing PINK makes me gag. Burgundy is okay, though. I can be reasonable.

18. When I married Chris, it was so cool to get two new sets of grandparents! I wish mine had lived longer. But he has waaaay too many cousins. (Just kidding! Mostly.)

19. I should be coming up with discussion questions for my teen book group at the library right now. (I did come up with questions, don't worry. Not that it mattered, since only one of the kids had read the book. BUT - after I told them about the book in the meeting, with lots of teaser details, I'm SURE they all rushed home to read it!)

20. I'm conflicted about how I feel about gas prices. I know it hurts people to have prices be high, but I like people being more thoughtful about their driving habits, and using alternatives such as mass transit, walking, and riding their bikes to work. Why SHOULD gas be cheap, when it really costs us so much in pollution and resources?

21. I love to eat, and am not shy about being first in line for buffets.

22. I just went to Disneyland, and was surprised to be slightly freaked out riding the Dumbo ride. You go up pretty high, and those elephants tilt, so if you are on the outer side, the sensation is quite alarming. Those seat belts are a joke!

23. I love caramel apples. But I have lost my taste for candy corn.

24. I think 25 is too many random facts to absorb at once. What was my number one random fact? Can't remember, can you? No peeking!

25. I think jokes about cats are especially funny!



message 30: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jan 28, 2009 01:25PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I agree with your candy corn concern. On the off chance that candy corn is present I take a piece and try to figure out what exactly it is and why people like it.

I like Kate Winslet. But I think I admire her in part for, ahem, slightly different reasons.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Randomanthony wrote: "I agree with your candy corn concern. On the off chance that candy corn is present I take a piece and try to figure out what exactly it is and why people like it.

Candy corn tastes like flavored wax to me, now. Bleah.

I like Kate Winslet. But I think I admire her in part for, ahem, slightly different reasons..."

Really, RA? What reasons are those? Surely you admire her acting ability and great sense of humor about herself. Right?




message 32: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jan 28, 2009 01:30PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I do! I do!

All that and she's flat out beautiful.


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

And a devoted mother.


message 34: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
She has principles about her acting. And she's curvy. And her British accent doesn't sound snotty like Keira Knightly's.


message 35: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent (akaGunslinger) Here are my 25. I hope they entertain.

1. The first time I swore in public was when I said something was bullshit to a nun in the second grade. Strangley, I never got in trouble for it.

2. I went Catholic school for 12 years.

3. I was 29 before I ever took a plane anywhere.

4. I've driven to Chicago and back from St. Louis several times just to see bands perform.

5. Related to #4, I've seen the Slackers perform in four cities and Reverend Horton Heat in three.

6. I once ate 15 White Castles hamburgers in one sitting.

7. I've been photographed wearing a cowboy hat exactly twice in my life. The first time was when I was four watching the Lone Ranger one Saturday Morning. The second time was last March.

8. My dog Belle was originally a gift to my brother from his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, 2000. She became my dog shortly afterwards.

9. I once traded a book on Samurai philosophy I found on the bargain table at Borders for a World War II gas mask.

10. Belle always gets to smell used books before I start reading them. I imagine she gets a better story than I do out of some of them.

11. The best Christmas gift I've ever gotten was a crockpot two years ago. It's changed my life. Prior to that, it was the Millenium Falcon I got for my fifth Christmas.

12. Some guy told me he was going to tear my face off after I caught his wife switching tags on things at Kmart the day before Christmas. I got laid off from my security job at Kmart three days later.

13. When I was 22, I tore one of my pecs while I was lifting weights. Rather than go to the doctor, I lessened the weight by sixty pounds and kept at it. It took six months to heal.

14. I had a mullet for six years.

15. I had sideburns for twelve.

16. Guilty pleasure movie: A Very Brady Sequel.

17. While suffering through a hangover, I once watched twelve episodes of Real World New Orleans.

18. I've never read the DaVinci Code, the Twilight Books, or anything by Nora Roberts, nor do I ever intend to.

19. I still have the Millenium Falcon I mentioned in #11. Sadly, it's nowhere near mint condition.

20. I'm allergic to bee stings and pre-sweetened grape Kool Aide, which makes me break out in hives. I found that out the day school started on my senior year.

21. I'm a computer programmer but have no interest in learning how computers work or why people's computers do weird things.

22. I own a tan corduroy suit I rescued from the trash when my mom was cleaning out my parents's closet when I was 20. It still fits.

23. I'm the only person in my circle of friends who doesn't own a dishwasher.

24. I've started my current job and my two previous jobs on the Tuesday after Memorial day.

25. I've been pulled over for speeding 11 times. I've only actually gotten two tickets and they were both in Creve Couer, Missouri.


message 36: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments Keira Knightly makes me cringe. :-\


message 37: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
Ok, on Facebook it says you have to tag the people who tagged you, etc. How do I know who tagged me? I'm not capable of going back to figure this out.

I don't feel it would be right to do it without tagging people back.


message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

You can click on notifications and see all and it will show you beaucoup notifications including whoever tagged you.


message 39: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13814 comments I think all of my friends have given up trying to get me to participate in that kind of thing, since I've rejected all of their plants and patches and things.


message 40: by Heidi (last edited Jan 29, 2009 10:21AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10824 comments RA’s LIST:

1. RA, I would LOOOVE to hear you talk about your Alice in Wonderland collection.

3. I peed my pants in the 3rd grade.

4. Why? Because you can or because you need to do this for some reason?

14. I do, too.

15. I talk to the birds when I'm taking Robby for a walk. No one's ever around to witness this, either... conveniently.

17. I love loose clothes.

23. I'd help you if you were closer, RA.

*****

MONTAMBO's LIST:

4. I still think that your "Get In Shape Girl Club." is awesome!.

7. I had friends who would have movie parties, too... except we always watched the same movies - Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Enter the Dragon.

9. !! :)

11. If I did watch TV, Sarah, I'm sure I'd watch eleventy billion documentaries on animals. They fascinate me, too!

14. I didn't wear glasses in school. However, I feel you on this one.

19. I have always wondered what my IQ was, too. I've always been scared to test myself, though, because what if I'm an idiot?!!

*****

MIKE’s LIST:

3. I was reading Freud in the 7th grade. And Sybil - I was fascinated with psychology/what makes people tick back then... still am.

10. Just... your anecdote made me laugh out loud, Mike! :)

11. I'm glad you don't live near me! I spook too easily.

18. I think reptiles are interesting, too... specifically testudo kleinmanni tortoises.

19. I am still arachnophobic... have been since the 7th grade when I dreamed that I bit into a spider egg sac and thousands of baby spiders crawled out of my mouth and down my throat. I can't even stand to see a picture of them. I've experienced hysterical blindness once after a friend accidentally knocked a spider into the driver's side of my car before I left his house. I couldn't drive for about 30 minutes, so I just sat outside of my car and cried... when I finally did drive, everything was still a bit fuzzy.

22. My most prominent memories of Thriller were the day long lip sync (or dance) contests that my friends and I would have. Everyone wanted to perform to the songs on the Thriller album... that or Duran Duran... or the Grease soundtrack.

23. I feel ya on this one.

*****

JIM’s LIST:

5.) I loooove turtles! My mom always buys me turtle souvenirs when she travels.

10.) I do the same thing.

11.) I would just as soon stop by someone’s house to say hi, than to talk on the phone, too.

13.) My mother was the subject of gossip around our neighborhood because she always mowed our lawn and my stepdad never did. It's because she insisted on doing it, though, because she loves it... like you. :)

19.) I don't do math all the time, but I do remember phone #s like crazy - my coworkers nicknamed me "the human rolodex."

21.) You, too?!! Me, too!

22.) That's interesting that orange should be your favorite color. I've never known a guy to say that. It's always blue or green.

*****

JACKIE'S LIST:

1. too cute, Jackie!

4. I abhor icing. I could be happy with a cake that has little to no icing.

5. OMG! You took the words right out of my mouth/head!

12. I feel the same way about Brad Pitt. The only BP story I ever found interesting came from my uncle who lives in Columbia, MO. Apparently Brad's from there. My uncle talked him into saying hi to his date when he spotted him in the back of Booches' pool hall while she was in the restroom - said as Brad was leaving, he stopped by and was gracious and friendly and very kind. She was impressed.

16. I wish I could draw!

18. Just... this one is sooo sweet!

20. I'm with you on this one, too, except when I have to make a roadtrip. I'm such a hypocrite!

21. Me, too...

22. I though the same thing about the Dumbo ride! I was scared to death that I'd fall out. That's so weird.

*****

DAN’s LIST:

2. I went Catholic school for 8 years.

8. Dogs are the best, aren't they?!!

10. Belle always gets to smell used books before I start reading them. I imagine she gets a better story than I do out of some of them - I looove this one! I have nothing to add to it; I just think it's an interesting fact!

14. Hee!

16. I've never seen A Very Brady Sequel. Is it any good?




message 41: by Félix (last edited Jan 28, 2009 02:41PM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) | 24107 comments 1. I went to kindergarten in the basement of a church when I was 4 years old. We took a field trip to a tree nursery where they gave us all Colorado blue spruce seedlings. Mine is still living, there in the back yard of the house where I grew up in Upstate New York, and is almost 80 feet tall.

2. I have always been uncomfortable in churches. Don’t ask.

3. My maternal grandfather was called Grandfeathers for some reason. I think my older sister started it.

4. I once rolled my ’67 VW bus over about 6 times. There were 5 others in it with me. No one had seatbelts on. No one was seriously injured. I guess that was my one free pass?

5. I really like seeing things grow – but I really don’t like the work it takes to keep a garden.

6. Snakes give me the creeps, while at the same time they fascinate me. I jump whenever I see one in the wild – but then I can’t stop watching it after that.

7. I have a photo of my first grade class. There are 3 people in the photo whose names I just can’t recall. I hate that so much.

8. I remember writing my first book report in fourth grade. It was on “Horton Hears a Who.”

9. I can’t stand to go to rock concerts anymore. Just way too loud. It’s not even music anymore when it’s that loud.

10. I didn’t get my Bachelors Degree until I was 47. Hey, I’m a late bloomer!

11. I spent two summers with my grandparents in Black Rock, Arkansas when I was 12 and 13, and hated almost every minute of it (see #19).

12. I’ve never been to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Antarctica, or South America. Maybe someday? I guess it would have been easier to say where I have been.

13. Kate Winslet is just fine in my universe. I don’t have to say why.

14. I have a pretty good sense of direction.

15. I never want to own a boat.

16. I am quite ambivalent about sports, and always have been. Oh, and I’m not gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

17. I once shook the hand of Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher from Texas. He said, “How ya doin’?” He lives three houses from my brother in Georgetown, Texas.

18. I eat more than I should. Food was always really important in my family. It’s a holdover from the Depression, I think. But I really do enjoy eating.

19. I remember kissing a girl for the first time when I was 12. Her name was Sue Bruce, and her family ran a dry cleaners near my grandparents’ house in Arkansas. Sue was 16 at the time. The next night I ended up making out with Sue’s 19 year-old sister – but for the life of me I can’t remember her name. I was tall for my age.

20. I usually like people – but mean people suck.

21. I have two daughters from my first marriage. I am very proud of both of them.

22. Cats have a special place in my heart. I hate it when they die.

23. I have a love/hate relationship with business travel. Oh, and I have to do it a lot.

24. I am not addicted to Goodreads. I can quit any time I want to.

25. I have a hard time finishing things like this.



message 42: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent (akaGunslinger)
16. I've never seen A Very Brady Sequel. Is it any good?


It's a lot better than the first Brady Bunch movie. It's lacking in sexual innuendo between the Brady parents but more than makes up for it with the sexual tension between Greg and Marsha.


message 43: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
Jeezus. I just sat down to write mine and see that you all have lifted the bar even higher. I'm intimidated.


message 44: by Sally, la reina (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:42PM) (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
I did it! Sorry I made such a dramatic fuss about it.

Here it is!


*****************************************

1. I only wash my hair twice a week. The rest of the time I rinse it out and maybe add some conditioner. I become really pooufy if I wash it all the time and it looks ridiculous.

2. Once when I was about seven years old I kicked my cat. Not hard, but enough that it scared me and her. I was having some irrational fit about something stupid, and the second I saw her fall over I wasn't mad anymore. I was just sad that I'd so something mean to her, and I felt like a sick person. I've never hurt an animal since. I even swerve to avoid squirrels in the road.

3. I love trimming my toenails. It brings me a sense of completion and satisfaction every time.

4. Sarah McLaughlin was my favorite singer through college. Then I listened to her music while getting surgery to repair an infected root canal and haven't been able to stand her voice since.

5. I've seen Ani DiFranco in concert at least once a year since 2004. Sometimes I have to travel far to keep up this tradition.

6. When I was in sixth grade I brought an entire duffel bag full of books (mostly the Baby Sitters Club series) and a swimsuit on vacation to Hawaii.

7. The only celebrity I've ever seen in real life is Cindy Crawford. We were both in the Vatican and she was walking one way and I was going the other. She has a surreal beauty that is even more intense than in pictures. Oh, I also saw Shaun White once. But he is not more beautiful in real life.

8. My first car was a 1984 Chevy Blazer. It was "butterscotch yellow" but I always thought it looked like baby poop.

9. I put a "420" sticker on my second car well before I knew or understood the significance of "420".

10. Usually there is no noise in the world that can wake me when I'm sleeping. I love sleep, and can sleep 10-12 hours just fine. However my dreams become really vivid and intense when I sleep this long, as though my brain is bored and simply entertaining itself after a while.

11. When I'm stressed I suffer from insomnia. This is the worst affliction ever for somebody who needs nine hours of sleep a night to properly function.

12. A twenty minute nap does me a world of good.

13. When I was in first grade I overheard two teachers talking about a picture I'd drawn. One of them made a gagging motion with her finger. I have no idea if the two are related but my feelings are still hurt about it.

14. My favorite thing is swimming in the ocean.

15. Exercise feels good after I've done it but I hate going to the gym. I hate running/sweating/breathing hard. Yoga is the only form of exercise that makes me happy while I'm doing it.

16. I have a collection of movie tickets and concert tickets dating back to 1991. When I discovered how much mine and Matt's collections overlapped, especially with movies, I fell a little bit more in love.

17. I loathe milk. Sometime around seventh grade I began to link milk to the saggy pink flesh of cow udders, which I vividly picture because that year my friend Amanda took me to visit her grandfather's dairy farm and I saw thousands of udders, dangling off the bottom of cattle, hooked up to these suction pump devices that scared the shit out of me. I won't drink it but sometimes I get the urge for Lucky Charms with milk so then I'll buy some.

18. Grease 2 used to be my favorite movie. Then it was Sleepless in Seattle for the longest time. In college I loved Trainspotting, and after college I favored Sliding Doors. Currently my favorite movie is Big Lebowski.

19. When I lived in Granada, Spain as an exchange student I gained over 10 pounds because my terrible homesickness led me to find solace in potato chips and chocolate. I did meet my best friend on that trip, so it all evened out.

20. I've had, on average, more than two jobs a year since I turned 18. I don't know how this is possible but if you do the math I'm pretty sure I'm right.

21. The worst thing I ever did as a hairstylist was chop off a little girl's locks of love ponytail above the rubber band instead of under it. This made her hair about 7 inches shorter than we'd discussed in the center of the back of her head. Of this I am not proud.

22. I've read Anna Karenina three times. Of this I am proud.

23. My favorite body part is my bare feet. My favorite part of others is their shoes. I think shoes say everything about a person. I once broke up with a boy because I hated his shoes.

24. Sometimes to help me fall asleep I imagine I'm flying over London like the beginning of the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland. Disneyland had a profound effect on me as a child. I'm kind of afraid to take my own kids there someday because I'm afraid they won't love it as much as I did.

25. I can roll my stomach both up and down like a belly dancer.


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

I love Grease 2! It always makes me want to "do it" for my country!

My first car was named Rudy. It's the only car I've ever loved.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

I just watched the Big Lebowski for the first time this last weekend, and Can't believe I've never wanted to watch it before, it was great.




message 47: by Dave (new)

Dave Russell 1. I give into peer pressure pretty easily.

2. I tried out for Jeopardy once. I passed the written test, but didn’t do well on the audition part. I looked nervous and sweaty. Also, I was supposed to come up with five things about myself for Alex Trebek to ask me about. I could only come up with four, so I borrowed an anecdote from a friend.

3. I was born in Los Angeles.

4. I was adopted when I was six months old by my parents who were living in Hawaii, so I lived there until I was five, and then we moved to San Diego.

5. I met my birth family in 1997. I have a birth brother two years older than me and a birth sister two years younger.

6. My birth mother is from Israel and she was in the Israeli army and played on the Israeli Olympic basketball team in 1960 in Rome. She met and hung out with Cassius Clay there.

7. I can bench 250lbs.*

8. I’m a lefty, in my politics and in the hand I use to write with.

9. My best friend from fourth grade to high school is named Hipook Brown. I once stole a dollar from him. I haven't talked to him since 1992.

10. I lie a lot. I usually indicate when I’m lying by an *.

11. I have a half-dachshund and half-chihuahua named Pedro Edelstein. His first name is from a character in Napoleon Dynamite. His last name means "precious stone."

12. Every morning Pedro and I hang out at this coffee shop called Caffe Forte.

13. In kindergarten I punched Tommy James in the mouth for no reason whatsoever.

14. I don’t eat tomatoes, unless they’re in ketchup form.

15. I often correct people’s grammar. It’s annoying and impolite, but I can't stop.

16. I probably like you. A lot.

17. I have trouble spelling restaurant.

18. I often get into quarrels with my friends. I’ve never had a friend I didn’t quarrel with.

19. I like the American southwest and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

20. I have a crush on someone on GR.

21. I really like running into people I went to school with.*

22. When I was 4 years old in Hawaii I tripped at the beach and knocked out my front teeth on a wall. Luckily, I don’t remember the pain. All I remember is crying a lot.

23. I like the phrase “Good grief!”

24. I have this compulsion where I can only set my car A/C to a degree divisible by 3. If 72 degrees is too cold I have to set it to 75, not 73 or 74.

25. I like talking about myself.*




message 48: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (DreamElis) | 53 comments Oh my gosh. I'm exhausted and really want to read all of these but can't at the moment. But here's mine from FB.


Okay, FINE! I'll apologize in advance for any disarming candor. You asked for it!

1. I was born about 2 weeks late and when I was, I aspirated some of the post-expiry amneotic fluid and almost died.

2. I LOVE making mix CDs. I'll jump on any excuse to make someone a mix. It's one of my favorite procrastination activities.

3. When I was little I kept EVERYTHING. There was a drawer in the kitchen designated as my junk drawer and it was always overflowing. When my whole family went out to dinner together I'd be so happy to have everyone there and so sad about the idea of never having that exact experience in that exact place again that I'd bring home napkins and sweet n' low packets and stuff.

4. I used to be completely incapable of getting a few ice cubes out of a tray without dropping the rest of them all over the floor. I'm better now, but not 100%.

5. I'm just now learning not to bother trying to be friends with people who hurt me or use me all the time.

6. There are actresses who I like, but still refuseto watch in movies because they're too pretty and it makes me sad.

7. Bad grammar drives me crazy. But I myself have never really been able to master the whole colon/semi-colon thing. And I used to use way too many commas. Now I sometimes overcompensate.

8. I used to have tons of stuffed animals. The only one I still have, and know where it is and everything, is the extremely uncreatively named BU Bear. He's a teddy bear my sister brought back for me from her 1/2-semester stint at BU. He wears a teeny BU sweatshirt with earholes cut in it and he smells like the house I grew up in. This is becoming a problem because I've had him since I was about three, so now he's FILTHY and I will NEVER was him. I did wash his sweatshirt recently, though. It felt weird to see him naked.

9. I HATE when people try to sing along with songs they don't know the words to.

10. My parents' bedroom had a den attached to it. My mom worked really late most nights and when she was done, sometimes she and I and my dad would watch a movie in that room. I usually fell asleep halfway through the movie and when I woke up, I'd be so upset that I missed it that I'd cry and cry and beg them to rewind it so we could watch it again. I wasn't upset about having missed the movie, but about not having had that time and that experience with them.

11. One of my favorite vacation memories involves almost falling off a horse. And a thunderstorm (do the math). I love thunderstorms. They actually calm me. As does riding. And snow- on the ground or falling. I love anything that really calms me, because so few things do.

12. When I was in high school I had chiquita fruit stickers in my wallet. And pictures of Robert Downey Jr. "laminated" with packing tape. RDJ is my lobster. I'm convinced of it :P

13. I don't like raisins. Or anything mint. I like oranges and grapes, and orange and grape juices, but not anything else orange- or grape- flavored.

14. I have serious trouble letting go. Like, of anything or anyone, ever. Fully, at least.

15. I get really quiet when I'm upset. In general, if I'm depressed or sad or really stressed or angry and I have to be around people, I don't cry or get irritable. I just don't talk.

16. For a while in high school I wanted to go to college in Alaska. Fairbanks, to be precise. Most people think I'm totally crazy for this, but it's still on my top 5 places I want to go list.

17. I think it's really ironic and unfair that I'm so much prettier when I smile and I'm generally such an unhappy person.

18. I definitely live for the chase. I most want/ am interested in things that are more or less unattainable. When they come within reach, they tend to lose their allure. There are a few exceptions, and I cling to them pretty tightly.

19. Supposedly I was named after a great-uncle or something named David. That always seems weird to me. Not that I can really think of a female name closer to David than Danielle, per se, but it doesn't seem to fit nonetheless.

20. I like animals more than I like people. A lot more.

21. I've never broken a bone.

22. I'm a pretty good cook. I LOVE to cook. But I can't bake for shit. I'm one of those people whose brownies come out almost runny in the center and burnt around the edges no matter what I do.

23. I genuinely believe that video game consoles and DVD players don't like me.

24. Thinking about my mastiff, Adeen, still makes me cry almost immediately, almost every time.

25. I don't like odd numbers :L


message 49: by Sally, la reina (last edited Jan 28, 2009 09:41PM) (new)

Sally (MrsNolte) | 17294 comments Mod
oooo oooo oooo Jim! Who is your crush! Who who who!

*jumps up and down like the booknerd site dork that I am*


I mean Dave, DAVE!


message 50: by Matthieu (last edited Jun 28, 2017 10:31AM) (new)

Matthieu | 1009 comments 1. I was born in California (Palo Alto) on the 24th of March, 1991.

2. I'm the only boy in the world (at least in my home).

3. I was 5'10 in 10th grade. By the end of 11th grade, I was 6'1. I'm almost 6'4 now.

4. I'm an astrophysics/cosmology major at Princeton. I'm always looking for a good conversation about these topics.

5. I played varsity baseball all through high school. I also ran track.

6. I speak fluent French and German. I would include Latin in there, but I don't speak it, per se.

7. I play guitar, piano, cello, viola and violin. Granted, I only play the guitar and piano at a competitive level these days.

8. I love most music from the 90's. Remember when MTV used to actually play decent stuff?

9. When I was 6, we moved to Atlanta. I hated it there.

10. When I was 8, we moved to Pennsylvania (Carversville-Point Pleasant). I absolutely love it here.

11. I try to be competitive, but I'm not at all, so it doesn't work.

12. I left an elite prep school to attend my local public school. It was a wonderful decision.

13. I visit family in England almost twice a year.

14. 24 is my favourite number.

15. Blue is my favourite colour.

16. I dislike odd numbers.

17. I dislike the colours green and yellow.

18. I never step on cracks.

19. I wash my hands quite frequently.

20. I'm very clean.

21. I used to work at Wachovia doing pointless data entry/file work.

22. I was a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar & an APA/Siemens Scholar.

23. My favourite season is the spring.

24. I'm ambidextrous.

25. I can recall every event that ever happened to me in vivid detail.

Haha, looking back on it, I suppose I can understand why my friends thought I was a freak in elementary school.


« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7
back to top
This topic has been frozen by the moderator. No new comments can be posted.