I’m afraid of heights (except when enveloped within the silver cocoon of a jet plane moving at 500 miles per hour at a height of merely 30,000 feet).
My first ever job was welding handles onto electric fry pans in a sweltering Chicago factory in the summer. My father got me the job. I lasted 2 weeks. It was then that I vowed to earn a bazillion degrees so that I never, ever had to do that again.
I didn’t earn a bazillion degrees.
But I did manage to nab two – a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in HRM – both earned whilst a single mom working part time and going to school full time.
Shortly thereafter, I blew off both degrees in favor of starting my own fledgling int’l tour company – specializing in travel to a country that at the time, few had even HEARD of (Belize).
I made an art out of financial aid – and subsequently paid off every last cent of my school loans.
I could easily have been a professional student.
I’ve visited but a measly 25% of the total sovereign countries on this Big Blue Dot, and I’m totally open to any scheme that can extend my lifespan to 300 years.
btw, I have no “bucket list”. I much prefer to play this whole thing by ear.
I once rode an ostrich. I don’t recommend it.
I will eat just about anything, including fried crickets which I find quite tasty (if a bit crunchy)
If I were on a desert island and had only a single food I could eat, it would be… tomatoes. I considered potatoes but that would take two foods ‘cuz mashed potatoes really need gobs of butter, don’t you think?
I only get along with about 30% of the people I meet. That’s actually quite good because I only like about 25%.
I always root for “the little guy”.
I got my 1st tattoo just shy of my 60th birthday.
I’m a “middle child” and I consider it a blessing. For (unlike my older sister and baby brother) I was neither hampered by stereotypes attached to being the “eldest” (e.g. the pressure of early potty-training, go straight to college, etc.) nor spoiled as the youngest. Instead, I was blissfully left to grow up to be utterly ME.
That said, I’ve always had serious philosophical differences with anything that smacks of r.u.l.e.s.
My favorite “political” button reads: “Question Authority”. Does that tell you anything?
I once owned 2.5 acres of wooded land on an island off the coast of Seattle. I moved a double-wide manufactured home over on the ferry, and lived there blissfully for 10 years.
I have (at least) one flaw. I prefer to let you guess what it is.
My sister and I once dangled my baby brother out a 2 story window – for fun.
My parents made each of us weed a full bucket of dandelions every Saturday before we were allowed to run off to play. Now I ask you – is that not child abuse? Or… perhaps the most brilliant parenting in the world?
I once won 1st place for the best Halloween costume in the entire school. I dressed up as a nun. It was a Catholic school.
As a teen, my friends and I use to sneak up to Milwaukee on the train (from Chicago) to the 3-2 bars (weak beer) – gasp!
Yes. I’m ashamed to admit it. I was a cheerleader.
My first ever flight was a red-eye with my family from Chicago to Connecticut. I shall never forget my wonder at waking up along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The rest is history.
Massages are all well and good. But I’ll take a back-scratch any day.
I had polio when I was 6 and I am ever so grateful to have two good legs and not be living in an iron lung.
Money befuddles me. Always has. An accountant I am not. Luckily, I’ve ever enjoyed being frugal. It’s worked out quite nicely.
I have no favorite movie nor song. Apparently that places me in the bottom 4% of people worth friending on Facebook.
I own an iPhone, but I hate iTunes. Apparently that puts me in full agreement with 100% of iPhone owners.
I understand Google Analytics. Nothing “apparently” about it. That makes me brilliant.
I can speak about 25 words of Vietnamese, 3 Thai, 1 Laotian, 2 Chinese, 4 Mongolian, 2 Kasak, about 60 French, more than 300 Spanish, and a smidge of Australian.
I was once an avid art quilter.
I was also once an avid birdwatcher (complete with a “life list”)
In fact, I can’t think of a single period in my life when I wasn’t AVID about something.
I once flew down to Aransas, Texas just to see the (then) last 7 Whooping Cranes on the Planet.
I play a world-wide game of hide ‘n seek using 12 billion dollars worth of U.S. military satellite technology. It’s called “geocaching”.
I’ve lived in 5 U.S. states (IL, CA, OR, CO and WA) and 5 foreign countries (France, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand and Ecuador) – so far.
I still wince when I remember my 7th Christmas: I was absolutely sure my fervently wished-for puppy was hidden in the basement. But all the to ‘n fro basement scurry on Christmas Eve – instead turned out to be a set of luggage for my sister.
Much later, we did get a puppy. But it jumped out of the car at a gas station en route to my grandparent’s place, and was never seen again.
Speaking of pets – I’ve always secretly wanted to own a Chocolate Lab. But dogs are high maintenance, and the independent spirit of cats more closely matches my personality.