Sunday, January 11, 2009
OK, here is my reply to Sarah on Facebook. The challenge is to post 25 random things about you. All you BLOGGERS, go nuts!!
(yes, that is me gathering corn at age 5).
1. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, I’m awake and unable to sleep after sunrise. I love waking up with the sun, but on the very rare occasions when I get to bed at 2 a.m., it’s a drag.
2. In my 20s I was a part-time roadie for several Boston-area bands.
3. I love ducks. In my 30s I raised multiple families of domestic ducks, and invented the under-appreciated wintertime folk art of “Ducky Doodles”, for which you need 400 wild mallards, 20 pounds of cracked corn, and something pithy (or rude) you want to spell out in the snow.
4. I have a profound fear of heights (or, as somebody wise once pointed out, of edges).
5. My secret unfulfilled career ambition would be to write a daily cartoon strip.
6. About the same time I was raising ducks I also raised house finches, and one Christmas let them loose for a week so they could roost in the Xmas tree. They enjoyed themselves tremendously, and it was great fun to have them singing away in the tree, but (after cleaning up) I decided it was not an experiment which was worth repeating.
7. Amy & I amuse/embarrass/irritate people by breaking into duets of Tom Leher songs at the slightest provocation.
8. I love Summertime more than any other season.
9. Someday I want to spend a month chasing tornadoes.
10. I really cannot think of any other house, town or region I’d rather live in than where I live now.
11. In my one experience with group therapy, I managed to make every single member of the group hate me within 4 weeks. In the years since, I’ve come to take an odd, perverse pride in that accomplishment.
12. I’ve written two unpublished novels and a few unproduced plays. I want to get back to setting time aside each day for a new project, but keep putting it off.
13. I graduated high school in three years, took a “year off” before college, and became a living example of my guidance counselor’s warning to students that if you don’t apply to a college during your year off, you may wind up never going at all. To paraphrase Catherine Aird’s advice- "If you can't be a good example, then take pride in serving as a horrible warning."
14. I love parsnips.
15. I took 3 years of Latin in high school and am going to take it back up (someday). It’s a wonderful language.
16. I make a mean red sauce.
17. I love Zydeco music & dancing, of which, sadly, there is not much in Happy Valley.
18. I have what some have termed “a disturbing ability” to recite the lyrics to bad ‘70s and ‘80s songs.
19. We moved here in 2005, and I’m still unpacking boxes.
20. I want to create a medieval herb garden in the back yard.
21. I wish I had someone to play chess with on a regular basis.
22. As a kid I was pathologically shy, and as an adult am not a lot better.
23. I love tomatoes in any form (fresh, frozen, canned, dried) in any dish, at any meal.
24. In the 1st through 4th grades, between 1968 and 1972, I was schooled in a Pioneer Valley “Progressive” open-classroom school (the Common School), staffed by a mix of dedicated longtime teachers and UMass graduate students, where we painted a map of India on the floor, raised chickens in the classroom, and took a trip to New York where we stayed at teacher’s friends apartments.
25. I take much, much too much time over things like this, because I tend to overthink everything.