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That !@#*$&! ten things meme.
Sasha Blaze
Tagged by zagzagael:

Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little-known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little-known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

1. I have a desperate and lifelong case of vertigo. Can't even climb a ladder without getting dizzy and falling. I once couldn't avoid climbing to the top of the Colorado State Capitol dome, and it took the combined tenor and bass sections of the college choir I was traveling with to get me down again. (I did warn them in advance, but did they believe me?)

2. When I wear a turtleneck and am sitting around reading or knitting or otherwise mentally occupied, I habitually pull it up over my mouth and nose. This led my mother to call me "Black Bart." I say, cold nose, warm heart. (Er, cold nose, healthy dog?)

3. When I've had too much to drink, my favorite party trick is to recite Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress."

4. The worst case of food poisoning I've ever had was from bacalhau. I ate it at an ill-conceived potluck held in a university residence hall in Scotland. There are things that really can't be prepared correctly on a contraband hotplate . . .

5. I spent eight years in graduate school at Indiana University during the imperial reign of Bobby Knight, and never went to a basketball game. The closest I ever came to the fieldhouse was the parking lot, where my friends and I went to watch the Bloomington fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

6. I'm the only daughter of an only daughter, which isn't quite as glamorous as being the seventh son of a seventh son, but we take what we can get.

7. My confirmation name is Mary. That's what happens when you don't make a decision beforehand: you wind up with the default.

8. Despite studying music from the age of five on, and playing two instruments pretty well, I can't memorize music unless it has words attached. I realized this early on, though it took years to convince my piano teacher that I wasn't just lazy. The good part is that, once I did convince her, she found me all kinds of delicious accompanying gigs. If I had had any perseverance, guts, or ambition where music was concerned, I would have majored in accompaniment and opera coaching in college.

9. I played Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker (straight play, not musical) when I was a sophomore in high school. My first kiss was onstage; it's a shame I didn't have even the teensiest bit of a crush on the boy who played Horace Vandergelder, isn't it?

10. I can dribble a basketball with either hand. At least, I could the last time I tried.


Bags I:

I think everybody else on my flist has been tagged a buncha times . . . if you haven't, then consider yourself IT!

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Argh, tagged! OX

#2, I visualize, and it makes me giggle. X3

I scared my department secretary last fall--I was concentrating on something or other at my desk, and up came the turtleneck without my realizing it. The secretary poked her head around my door to ask a question and freaked out . . . she thought I had fainted or something. You mean everybody doesn't do that with turtlenecks??? ;-)

I enjoyed reading this little tidbit of info on you!! ^________^

Heh . . . no one has tagged ME! *sweatdrops*

Oh, shoot! I could have sworn I saw you on somebody else's tag list. Well, consider yourself tagged, girl!!

Nope! No can do!! *laughs* Unless I see my name in bold print! LOL!

Oh wow!
There's a bunch of things I didn't know about you. :)

I should get you drunk one day! ^__^ Would love to see your recital.

...I think you're pretty damned awesome. Like, seriously awesome. xD

Hee! Actually, I love this meme, because, see, EVERYBODY is awesome--we just don't stop very often to think about the cool/weird/quirky things that make us ourselves. Go! List! I want to hear yours!! I just have too many people on my flist . . .

oh oh oh want to here you recite!!

Black Bart...howlhowlhowl

And ugh my confirmation name is Alana - I was on the way home from catechism and that was a street name. *sigh*

Alana. Oh, dear.

See, my whole confirmation experience was bizarre, and makes a pretty good story in itself . . . that year, in my little hometown, the whole catechism/confirmation structure broke down because the grownups got too busy to organize prep classes. I don't think anybody actually realized that we were supposed to choose a name--we were all standing in line that afternoon to get confirmed with identical panicky expressions on our faces, and I heard everybody mumbling "Mary!" "Joseph!" "Patrick!" (In a crisis, you look around for a handy statue to give you inspiration.)

But the skankiest part of the whole fiasco was that the bishop had a scheduling conflict and sent his secretary, Monsignor Whosis, instead. My friend David and I have always been convinced that the confirmation didn't take. This could explain quite a few things about the lot of us.

Damn you've got a much cooler parlour trick than I do ... fizzy, I can manage the 50 states in alphabetical order. Dreary, aren't I?

Oh, I bet we can both clear a room in pretty short order . . . ;-) People never seem to appreciate party tricks that involve too many words, *sniffle*.

what's the second instrument you can play well?? I didn't know this!!! Just knew about the piano.

you're nuts. next time I see you, wanna see the turtleneck trick. ^__^

Hee! The other one is bassoon--I started playing in grade school, was in orchestras all through grad school and even while I was in Colorado. I'm so sad that there's no community orchestra here. There was one right up to the month before I got this job, but then it folded for lack of a conductor. *sniffle*

I still think EVERYBODY does that with turtlenecks, but they just won't admit it. It's such a logical thing to do . . .

ohhh that's right, that's right, you DID tell me that, and I said how much I love the bassoon... I really do... and the CONTRABASSON, ohhh don't get me started on that. Any instrument that is very LOW - I love. Bass, bassoon, contrabassoon... in my next life I REALLY want to be a big, tall, handsome man with a very low bass speaking voice. Oh yeah baby!

I LOVED the three years when I played contrabassoon in the KU orchestra. It was so, so, SO cool. My undergraduate school owned a big old Heckel contra, and that was as close as I got to having a steady boyfriend, lollllll.

*I* do that with turtlenecks!! It's just so cozy! :D

The only entertaining thing I do when I get drunk is to sit in people's laps and get myself in trouble . . . this would be why I don't normally drink in public! *grin*

-- A ;>

Hah! See? I'm not alone in my turtleneck habit! What I really hate are turtlenecks without enough room to pull up comfortably. Bad design, that.

And I always think people *should* let me sit in their laps to do my poetry recital, but nooooooooooo . . . ;-)

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