Five Things You Don’t Know About Me

I was tagged with this meme over at 12 Frogs a very long time ago — I’ve been working on this post off and on for 8 months! The idea is to list 5 things that readers would not know about me based solely on my blog. This was difficult because I’ve been blogging for a long time and because I lost my early archives, and also for the same reason it was hard for 12 Frogs: I’m protective of certain personal details. But here’s the list I came up with.

1) I was an extra in a movie when I was 15. It was the made-for-TV remake of Inherit the Wind starring Kirk Douglas. The movie was filmed near my hometown, and my high school band director was contacted about having our band in the movie. Several of us portrayed the marching band that greets Matthew Harrison Brady (played by Douglas) when he arrives in town. The uniforms we wore were the same ones the band wore in The Music Man — no joke, the wardrobe people told us this — although they were much worse for wear. They didn’t want a girl in the band, so I had to tuck my hair under my hat, wear a uniform jacket that was a bit too big, and march in the center of the band.

2) I am easily disturbed by quiet, repetitive sounds. Loud sounds don’t bother me, and quiet sounds with no pattern don’t bother me — it’s repetitive, quiet sounds that drive me straight up the wall. A ticking clock is torture to me. The first thing I do upon arriving at my mother’s house is remove the batteries from the analog clock in her guest room.

3) I once danced on a bar in Chicago. This was far less titillating than it sounds. This particular bar locks it’s doors at 11pm and invites a handful of women to dance on the bar, fully clothed, to very loud music, for one song. Then they unlock the doors. I suspect this is a way to get patrons in the door well in advance of bar time, although they don’t sell alcohol while the dancing is going on. Mostly, I did it so that I could later on say that I did it, because it’s the kind of thing no one would ever expect me to do.

4) I am fascinated by exotic pets. When I was a child, we lived on a small working farm, and I had two pet chickens named Donnie and Marie. I once told my friends that I had a million pets because all my beekeeper dad’s bees belonged to me and I had named them all. I would love to someday have a sugar glider or a hedgehog, although I really don’t think it’s right for people to keep sugar gliders or hedgehogs as pets, so I probably never will.

5) It took me a very, very long time to come up with a fifth thing. In fact, that’s why this entry has been delayed for so long. So, at long last, here’s number 5: I hate to bake. I love to cook, but hate to bake. I think baking is like a math test — you have to do everything exactly right, and wait until the very end to find out if it’s going to turn out right. Only, it’s worse than a math test because if it doesn’t come out right, you will not only be unable to fix it, but you won’t have any way to figure out what you did wrong.

As for tagging others to do this? No way. It took me so very long to do it myself that it would feel mean to tag someone else!

Posted on January 12th, 2008 by Katxena

1 Comment a “Five Things You Don’t Know About Me”

  1. Jen says:

    I wasn’t trying to be mean, I was just being curious! So I’m quite thankful you got around to posting this. I’m not sure if it surprises me more that you danced on a bar or that you don’t like to bake, for some reason I imagined you baked. Maybe it’s because I like baked good with tea, instead of just sipping the tea like a regular grownup.