(Posting here for the anti-Facebookers out there.) (Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.)
1. I love knee socks. LOVE them. I have at least 18 pairs.
2. A few years ago I was the singer for a little impromptu jazz band – our name was “You Get What You Pay For” and we performed for free.
3. I have an inordinate fear of having too much stuff. I never buy in bulk and I’m terrified of Costco. I may have one backup bottle of shampoo or other essential item, but I generally refuse to buy extras of anything – especially stuff I’ll probably never use. I do not share these characteristics with any of my relatives and actually had to make a conscious effort a few years ago to stop being a packrat. (I like being portable.)
4. Speaking of being portable, I’ve moved over 30 times in my life – and all but six of the moves have transpired since I graduated from high school in 1993. Six of those moves were to brand-new cities where I knew not a single soul (Provo, Seattle, Manhattan, Boston, London, and Augsburg).
5. I’ve sung in 19 or 20 different languages, including Swahili, Welsh, Japanese, Icelandic, and Hebrew.
6. I love learning useful phrases in other languages. The following are a few (I’m not sure about the spelling of some of these, but I can say them):
Shona: Ndikwanise kutakurra nemisoro – I can’t carry that on my head
Icelandic: Han segir, þeta er min kind, en þeta er ekki min kind – He says that’s my sheep, but that is not my sheep
Korean: <Korean characters, which I can’t read> – It’s not about the onions
Finnish: Olenko pidatetty? – Am I under arrest?
7. I’m the shortest child in my family by 6 inches. My little baby sister is 5-foot-eleven-and-a-half.
8. I name my cars. To date I’ve owned Nicholas Algernon, Susanna, Alastair, and (currently) Simon Bennett.
9. In first grade I wrote poems all the time. I remember a group of very official-looking adults coming to meet me once and asking me to read for them. I also got to read one of my poems on TV.
10. I use keyboard shortcuts whenever I can, and watching people who don’t use them drives me nuts. (Here’s a hint: In Gmail, after you’re done typing your message, all you have to do is hit TAB and then ENTER. You don’t have to use the mouse. And the TAB+ENTER shortcut works for almost every form on the entire Internet.)
11. I write in a journal almost every day, and I have to use a different color each day. Only under extreme duress do I use the same color two days in a row.
12. I’ve been an editor since the age of 7, when a friend of mine used an apostrophe incorrectly as she was writing on her little chalkboard. I remember feeling completely shocked that that could happen. Ah, naïveté…
13. I love salmiakki, salty black licorice that’s pretty much a staple food in Finland but is abhorred everywhere else (probably because, before you get used to it, it tastes like one would imagine road tar would taste). I especially love chocolate candy bars filled with liquid salmiakki and salmiakki-flavored ice cream.
14. I’m very long-waisted, which makes buying shirts and swimsuits extremely difficult sometimes (tankini tops and board shorts have saved my life). If my legs were proportionally long, I’d be tall.
15. I LOVE the winter. The colder and snowier the better. I love walking around outside in my Stay Puft Marshmallow Coat when it’s 5 degrees, toasty warm but feeling the chill on my face. (I am a party of one here in Boston.)
16. And finally: I have nearly 530 Facebook friends, and I do know who all of them are, but I am, deep down and on the surface, henceforth and forever amen and amen, an introvert.