10 Things You Don’t Know About Me
The insightful and supportive Deb Knobelman, PhD nominated me to participate in the latest Medium craze.
To quote Deb: “It feels like the height of self indulgence to write a post like this.”
Here’s the mundane, the quirky, the dramatic, and my favorite of the bunch (#10)…
#1 I hung out with a rock n’ roll band
I’ll have to turn this into a proper story, but I got to hang out with Vintage Trouble after an Austin gig several years ago. It was a memorable night!
#2 I don’t like seafood
I may be from North Florida*, but I don’t like seafood. I do love grits, hush puppies, and key lime pie so I’m totally #legit.
#3 I almost died at the fair
A piece of the metal ceiling of the bumper car ride fell on top of my head when I was 8. (The metal sheeting was 1/4–1/2 inch thick and approximately 2 ft X 1 ft.)
I have blacked out part of the memory, but remember realizing the ceiling was falling on top of me. I had enough time to move my head so that I was looking straight out (instead of up or down).
The doctor said I would have been blinded if I had still been looking up — the metal would have hit between my eyes. If I had had more time to look all the way down, the metal could have hit my spinal cord and I would have been killed.
As it was the ER team shaved a patch on the top of my head and gave me a few stitches. For years afterward, low ceilings and low hanging fixtures caused me mild anxiety.
#4 Molly Ringwald complimented my hair
I swapped this one with my original number 4 because this one is better. I’ll have to draft up this as an actual story sometime, but I did meet Molly Ringwald once.
I don’t care if it makes me silly and vapid, but having one of my Brat Pack idols throw a compliment my way is #totes #cool.
#5 I’m related to George Washington
My dad is an avid genealogist. (He’s the Washington Family Descendants’ registrar and I’m a member.) We’re part of the Pope branch — related to the Washingtons. On my paternal side, my family has been in America since Jamestown in the 1600's.
#6 I missed out on Africa
In high school I went on a 3-week Europe vacation. Our last stop was in southern Spain. In addition to the school chaperones, we had a tourguide in charge of local expeditions. We were given the option of waking up early the last full day of our trip. Our guide would take us on the daily ferry to Tangier in Africa.
Most of the kids were hung over and skipped it, but my best pal, myself, and a couple of other kids were excited at the thought of going to another continent. We schlepped over to the meeting point only to learn from our tour guide that he had gotten the time wrong.
Our only chance to go to Africa was blown because he couldn’t be bothered to check the schedule. Sadly, I suspect I’ll never make it to Africa. (Otherwise the trip was amazing!)
#7 I have my own quad skates
I was a really fast roller skater when I was a kid. The local rink always asked me to join their speed team, but my parents didn’t want to wake up early on Saturday mornings for the practices.
I took my son skating for the first time about 7 years ago and he loved it, too. We became regulars all those years ago and still skate most Sunday afternoons. #iamthatcool #howamistillsingle
#8 I was a calendar girl
My high school pals and close friends know this about me, but my Medium folks wouldn’t.
It’s actually a pretty cool story that I might flesh out for the 3 or 4 people that might be interested in it.
The short version: I was Miss February, supposedly the sweetest, for my high school’s Interact club fundraiser (a calendar filled with photos of 12 girls plus a sweetheart, my best friend mentioned in #10).
I turned the concept of the photo on its head and opted for a convertible (borrowed), leather jacket (borrowed), Guess jeans (borrowed), and red lipstick.
#9 I hate jeans
Aside from my calendar girl photo, it’s true: I hate jeans.
#10 I’m the first girl goalie in Tallahassee
In the early 80’s I was one of two girls on the Tallahassee Parks & Recreation soccer league. The other girl was my best friend, Joanna — she was a great player on a different team.
I was determined to be goalie and tried out with a couple of other boys on my team. I blocked the most goals and won the position.
At the end of the season, an older, official-looking gent who was in charge of the TP&R approached me. I don’t believe anyone else heard what he told me:
“To my knowledge, you are the first female goalie in the history of this league.”
I was 9 or 10. I was a terrible goalie on a lousy team. In a sea of boys, I wore my ponytail and never missed a game.
(The league itself was excellent, particularly for a scrappy, financially strapped city league — several of the players would eventually go on to win State while I was in high school, get college scholarships playing soccer, and even a couple of minor league players were in the bunch.)
I love that I own a little slice of Tallahassee history!
*I was born in Athens, Georgia (while Dad taught at UGA), but moved to Tallahassee when I was 6 months old. I have visited Georgia many times, but never returned to Athens.
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