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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
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I was tagged by hobbitguy

# Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

# People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

# At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. *I'm not going to do this, as I've been away and have absolutely no idea who's done or not done this meme! If you feel like doing it, consider yourself tagged.

1) I was named best actress in the class in my high school yearbook. No, really. There weren't many to choose from, and I was drama club Veep.

2) My first paper in my comparative religion major was on religious style expression in secular pop culture contexts like teen fan mags. I found instructions on how to celebrate Kirk Cameron's birthday, a testimonial about the miraculous power of putting a plant under a picture of Sean Astin, and a guide to building a locker shrine. This was done to find out what sort of professor I had--either I'd fail or he'd love it. He loved it, so I majored in the subject.

3) I have a scar on my left knee that looks like dirty scratches, from a bike fall when I was twelve or thirteen.

4) I played flute and piccolo in band (second chair), and piano on my own. I don't believe there's a category of exactly how bad I was at this.

5) I played the undertaker's daughter (and several smaller parts) in a production of Oliver! when I was a sophomore in high school, moved on to the lead in You Can't Take It With You as a senior, then, after one chorus role in a college play freshman year, never got on stage again. (Unless you count filling in for a role in the campus soap opera I used to write, produce, and direct. I don't, since I was the only one making that call.)

6) I lived with tante_in_hp and her family for a summer when she and I were ten.

7) My mother believed I'd memorized all my books until I read aloud from Babar and Father Christmas, a brand new book that I'd just unwrapped the Christmas I was three.

8) My six cousins and I had a "cousins' club" which met in the back of my grandmother's closet under the stairs. All family pets were also considered members, though they couldn't run for office.
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trinity_clare From: trinity_clare Date: May 18th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
2.) I did the exact same thing with my philosophy professor last semester, only the paper was on the significance of scars and personal identity in Harry Potter and the Odyssey. Except that I wasn't really taking a chance, since this was the professor with a giant Legolas poster on his office door.

5.) Is the lead in You Can't Take It With You the crazy writer lady? I have hazy memories of being on the light crew and getting to shoot off fake fireworks backstage for that play.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: May 18th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
3) I have a scar on my left knee that looks like dirty scratches, from a bike fall when I was twelve or thirteen.
Me too--slightly purplish ones. Mine are from a misjudged game of "chinese fire drill" (agh) at 16--slick wet concrete, pebbles of tar-covered asphalt, someone bumped me and the tar tattooed my knee. Ruined my favorite pants, too!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wearing shorts, so it was just my leg. There was a slow grade hill that came to a T intersection, and on the other side was a series of four foot drops down to Agway. I missed the turn on my bike, sailed over the first and bounced over the second. My poor bike was never in proper alignment again. I'm actually pretty lucky that I only got one scar from that. If I'd been at a slightly different angle, I'd have hit a bunch of metal tanks (purpose unknown).
keestone From: keestone Date: May 18th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost did something similar with my first Freshman Comp. research paper. I tested the waters on my first idea, which was the topic of cussing and obscenity. (I wasn't trying to be provocative. I'd recently read a book on scatology, and was fascinated by the arbitrary nature of taboo and some of the statistics in the book.) The prof. immediately showed how conservative she was by suggesting I could explore how damaging "bad" language was. I wrote my paper on Chiropractic medicine and the AMA.
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: May 19th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I was in You Can't Take It With You in high school, too. Although I wasn't the lead. What a fabulous play. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was done by our local community theater group. I went to school one day in my full twenties get-up. It was great fun. Though I don't actually remember the play all that well!
stardust9121 From: stardust9121 Date: May 19th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
7 and 8 are true for me, too! Only ours was called "Fort Imacousin" and met in our grandmother's basement. We had passwords and songs.

And speaking of my grandmother, she was the one who *bought* me the new book to prove to my parents that I wasn't memorizing. :)
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: May 19th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
7) My mother believed I'd memorized all my books until I read aloud from Babar and Father Christmas, a brand new book that I'd just unwrapped the Christmas I was three.
I can relate to this as a mother. I thought my eldest had memorized her favourite books too, as we read them to her so many times. It wasn't until a parent/teacher conference about 3 weeks into Kindergarten that we found out she read at a 3rd grade level. Talk about embarrassed!

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