I was tagged by D-man of Sourdough Monkey Wrangler to write 5 Things About Me for my readers. I found myself shying away from the exercise because I like a certain amount of anonymity or the guise of it anyways and besides which five things to pick? In the spirit of revealing more of me especially as I forge new friendships, we have fresh out of the head and onto the net:
One- I am a prudent rule follower unless I am under my own direction. This is why I need to be alone if I can help it. In spite of this the most reckless behavior in my student life occurred in my formative years. My kindergarten teacher reprimanded me for the “uncivilized” behavior of a few classmates. A developing foodie, I spied unshelled sunflower seeds within the caged confines of the class pet gerbil’s cage. I enthusiastically reported descriptions of this delicious snack to my friends apparently causing my fellow five year olds to storm the cage. I had to sit out recess with my head down for instigating the group and potentially starving the gerbil. I remembered being annoyed with this teacher for not getting it, but crying out of sheer shame anyways.
Two- I love most kinds of dance and for some reason this translated into becoming a cheerleader in high school. My school was no different than most, the cheerleaders tended to be blonde, busty, popular and date football players. I wanted to cheer because I actually liked the choreography and the athleticism. I had a mean jump and I also happened to excel academically. After I made the squad, other honor society girls began auditioning. And by dint of being hard working, determined and excellent at goal setting, many eventually made the team. Critical mass took over and by the time I graduated the popular girls seemed to shy away from trying out. Three- If I were a superhero my talent would be “pattern vision”. I get a strange satisfaction from looking around me and tracing the patterns which surround constantly. The overlay of shapes and grids excite and rejuvenate me. I like to move items in the room around to compose lines and forms that please me. As I see it the environment both inside and out, is an ever changing snapshot of time.
Four- I was an extra on Nash Bridges starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. The production crew called the knitting shop where I learned to knit and asked for 7 knitters to portray a hippie commune in an upcoming shoot. We were paid $100 to walk across the set in single file and then sit down to knit. The rest of the day involved snacking, hair and makeup and standing around squealing at how much older Don Johnson looked in real life. I didn’t watch much TV then, but I was a diehard Nash Bridges fan and went into short mourning when the show was cancelled. I don’t think our show ever aired. Five- The underwater world fascinates me. I especially love cephalopods (octopus, squids, nautilus). I once had a very kinesthetic dream where I was an Octopus swimming deep into my body. I was the powerful pure sensation of tentacles propelling me deeper and deeper in. This dream occurred during a frightening period when I was diagnosed with a rare muscular disease and had to leave college to get well. Though I didn’t consciously understand the dream, when I awoke I felt taken care of by this ancient sea being. Ever since then I feel a real kinship with those funny, strange, beautiful creatures. Although I don’t mind eating them anyways!
And how about you? If there is anyone reading this that wants to reveal all or at least five things, please tell me about it- I'm listening.