My pal, SpookyCyn (http://spookycyn.blogspot.com/ ), just got me in a friendly game of virtual dodgeball … er, tag. It’s a nifty little writing exercise as well as a way to get to know your fellow blogger a wee bit better.
The rules: Each participant shares five little-known facts about themselves. Those tagged are asked to do the same as well as reiterate this guideline. All select five folks to be tagged and list their names. (Leave a comment letting them know that you’ve tagged them and that they may see your blog as an example.)
So here goes:
1) Not only can I recite all the states in alphabetical order, I can do their capitals alphabetically too. This is the silver lining of insomnia.
2) I once hosted a TV show while I was in college. It was a little-known Austin Access cable program on the local music scene called “The Texas Music Show.” I was friends with the producers and sound op, and they asked me if I’d do it. I figured why not? You smile, you talk, you interview, and you introduce videos. How hard could that be? Well … I’m no Conan or Oprah. I wasn’t good at the whole extemporaneous aspect of it. When the director gave me the signal to stretch things out (while they figured out what was unplugged), I’d panic. Then I’d start blathering on whatever topic popped into my head – like which downtown club had the cleanest restrooms or best graffiti. After about six months I couldn’t take the pressure and quit. They didn’t beg me to change my mind.
3) I’m afraid of flying. It’s not a phobia or anything, just an out-and-out dislike of being on an airplane. It’s not so much the height, but the element of not being in control that gets to me. (Yes, I’m control-freaky.) I don’t like the fact that if something were to go wrong, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. I know, I know. It’s safer than driving and not so much different as being a passenger in a car, yadda, yadda. At least with cars I’m able to delude myself into thinking I could always grab the wheel or dive out a window. No so with planes. But don’t worry; my love of travel is greater than my aversion to flying, so I still do it.
4) I once hung out with a member of the French mafia while on a trip to Morocco. My boyfriend and I didn’t realize it at first. We were in our early twenties and here was this French kid, maybe all of 19, living at the hotel we were staying at. He kindly offered to show us around the coastal town, and we were surprised how he seemed to know everyone – all the shopkeeps and merchants and guides. People were very deferential and would hand him stuff whenever he came by, and they automatically gave us good deals on sandals and woven shirts. He wore real expensive sunglasses and had this air of authority about him. When I innocently asked what he was doing in Morocco, he mumbled something about working in import/exports that sounded really fishy. That’s when we put it all together.
5) Okay. I’ve really never told anyone this outside the family, but … I have an alter ego. Her name is Bolly Mickerson. I first conjured her up as a way to entertain my younger sister when we were growing up. At night I’d tell stories about Bolly’s large, kooky family and Sis would laugh heartily whenever I did her high-pitched little girl voice. Eventually I would just “become” Bolly – sometimes at very inopportune times. One thing about this character is that she is fearlessly confident about herself, and she fancies herself quite a singer. So whenever I felt like breaking into song but was just too shy, I’d do it as Bolly. I still do her around the house sometimes – especially the singing. However, the other day my son asked me to please stop. Said it “freaked him out.”
Here’s hoping some blog pals of mine will join in this electronic truth or dare:
Musician, producer, and daddy extraordinaire Joe McDermott (http://www.myspace.com/joemcdermottmusic )
Local author, speaker and mommy Liz Garton Scanlon (http://liz-scanlon.livejournal.com/ )
Writer, reporter, adoption advocate and new mom Chickenbus (http://chickenbus.livejournal.com/ )
Computer dude, dad, and all-around cool guy Mike (http://www.guentzel.org/ )
And Docc, you crazy bastard you, (http://docc.livejournal.com/ )
Tag … you’re it!