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1. I have one half-brother, three step-brothers, one step-sister, and one actual, full-genetic brother. My mom and dad divorced hen I was seven, and they both remarried. I haven't talked to my mom in 3 years.
2. I've been interviewed on the radio with my ex-band, Born Yesterday. I've gotten airplay both when I was with BY and more recently with music I recorded solo (I thought that was pretty cool).
3. My favorite actor is Patrick Stewart.
4. I never believed in Santa Claus. My parents told me the story and I believe I replied, "Yeah, right. Then how come all my toys say 'Made in Taiwan?'"
5. I grew up with pets. Licorice the cat, a wiener dog, Snow-bubba the dog, Rainbow the Golden retriever (R.I.P.
), Bitsey the chihuhua and Honey the chihuahua-cocker spaniel mix, Herman the hamster, a bunch'a gerbils including one named Gandalf, Ignitowski M. Laurentis the green iguana, Orca cat, Lilly cat, Sammy the giant dog, Music the little kitten, Mowgli the Pekingese, Garfield the cat, Neo and Morpheus (kitten siblings), plus an assortment of fish. That's not counting my current pets.
6. I detest maple syrup. Even the smell of it make me feel ill.
7. I'm very picky about pronunciation and inflection. I don't like it when people sound like they're smiling while they talk, I don't like overpronuciation of C's or P's, plus there are certain non-vocal sounds like glottal stops and clicks or nasal hissing that drive me batty!
8. I am petrified of bugs that jump. Especially big, fat-bodied crickets with long, stilt legs. The kind that may be as big as your eyeball. Some call them spider-crickets, but they're technically called house crickets.
9. I don't celebrate holidays. It's a personal choice. I recognize that other people celebrate them, but I don't recognize them as special days. (Yes, Lisa and I have a Christmas tree, and I did
help decorate it. If it makes her happy, why not).
10. Last but not least: I stepped on a deck nail as a pre-teen. The first thing my mom tried to do was pull it out. NOTE: That really
hurts. Deck nails have barbs. Finally, we decided to go to the hospital
. Mom couldn't carry me, so I crabwalked carefully to the car. When the doctor saw the nail, he said, "That's the rustiest nail I've ever seen." Thanks doc. Then I had to get a tetanus shot. They missed the vein the first time and had do it again. Ow! Then they missed again putting in the IV, and had to redo that
. By the time I left the hospital, I looked like a heroin addict. In the X-ray room, the nurses didn't no how to operate the machine. They argued about which button to press to start it. Then, they x-rayed both feet. When I asked why, they said, "For comparison." I told them, "What's to compare? One foot is fine . . . the other foot has a nail in it
!" Then they labeled both feet "Left." When the X-rays came back, they showed that the nail had gone almost through my foot. This turned out to be wrong. Imagine that.
Boy, that was a harrowing experience. And I was born
in that hospital!