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Ten Things Meme

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I’ve been “tagged” by the warm, funny, delightful stmargarets, who nonetheless claims still to be my friend.
When I see things resembling “chain letters” I usually blow the dust off my law license, but this one looks clean: No requests for money or promises of same, threats of bad luck or promises of good luck, etc. In other words, it’s just a game. Play if it pleases you.
Post to your journal 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. Those who get tagged need to blog your own journal with those 10 weird things/habits/little known facts. Then chose 6 people to be tagged and list their lj names. No tagbacks...
I tag: the meme-loving antosha_c; my partner-in-crime bandcandy; the enthusiastic girlspell; the eminently useful moonette1; the fiercely supportive madderbrad; the vertically challenged ndanukiwi; and anyone who’s got nothing better to do today.  I picked this lucky group since I haven't seen this meme on his/her lj yet.
I just realized that “little-known” is contextual. The oddest and most interesting “little-known” thing about me (to most people who know me) is very well known to all of you who are reading this, namely that I write fan fiction. So what is really meant by “little-known” is little-known to those on LJ, right?
Ten Little Known (to you) Facts About Me
1.      Despite being a 46-year-old college professor, last summer I took General Chemistry I at the University of Rhode Island and had the time of my life.
2.      The girl I fell in love with when I was seventeen really was my best friend’s little sister.
3.      Although I have no medical training whatever, I appear to have inherited my father’s talent for intuitive diagnosis. I recommended to two acquaintances, who had no prior inkling of such problems, that they get checked for (a) a thyroid problem and (b) obstructive sleep apnea, respectively. Both were confirmed.
4.      I’ve also, unfortunately, inherited my father’s psoriasis.
5.      I bit into an electrical plug when I was four and suffered third-degree burns to the left side of my mouth. I eventually had two different sets of plastic surgery (at age five) to repair the damage. The scar is still visible, which is one reason I wear a beard and mustache.
6.      At Awards Day ceremonies over the last ten years at work, I have appeared in front of my colleagues costumed as Moses, a Viking, Vito Corleone, the Banana Boat guy, James Bond, a 50’s rock singer, a prison inmate, Jeff Probst, and probably some that I’ve blocked out…
7.      A statistically unlikely proportion of my friends and schoolmates have become reasonably well-known actors and directors, and I’m not going to tell you any of their names.
8.      I have been to Rovaniemi. Also Ostia Antica. Also Denali National Park.
9.      My boyhood best friend took his own life (probably by accident, but it’s hard to be sure) when I was twenty.
10. My voice is so high that I am most often mistaken to be a woman on the phone. This has proved useful on several occasions, although I also find it irritating.
  • I'm sorry about your best friend; I had something of a similar experience.

    I've always wanted to go back to Uni, to either a) become the physicist I was always going to be (until I discovered what a computer was) or b) to do something totally non-technical, like Shakespeare, philosphy, etc.

    Re #2 - at last all is explained! Now I understand why you are so 'fiercely supportive' of that particular 'ship.

    I appreciate the tagging (I think ...) but I have to demur on following suit. I have a proud history of not having a blog history ... I've never made a post, figuring that I'm too boring. The fact that I can't think of any points to list supports that decision!
    • Hi Brad. A similar experience? I'm sorry for you too.

      I highly recommend going back to school, as far from your existing specialty as possible, especially if it's something for which you have an ongoing enthusiasm. It's an absolute blast.

      As for #2 -- Wellll, she broke my heart about a year later and I'm much better off with the one I married (who's a lot more like Hermione, so there). But that was one fantastic year, and yeah, when Harry recognized that flowery smell behind him in the corridor it took me back.

      No problem about the tagging. It's all in fun anyway.
      • Answer to No 7 Ooooohhhh...I want to know! Darn it. We have a theatre department at school. Several of the students work with me. Only famous alumni is Kathleen Turner. Well she used to be famous....
        • Sorry, Rachel. I feel enough like a name-dropper even for mentioning their existence. If I really dropped the names...

          Kathleen Turner is still a star so far as I'm concerned. *Sigh*
          • Re #7

            See?? You could have been a movie star if you stuck with acting.

            Oh...right...you wanted to be an actor instead. Well that's different. Anyway you were probably pretty good. :)
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