1. When I was ten years old our family lived, briefly, in Guatemala. I even attended school there. Our "English" teacher taught us the seasons: "Winter, spring, fall, and autumn." When I oh-so gently asked about summer, she replied authoritatively, and with obvious disdain, "Summer is an American holiday." Not wanting to get my palms rapped with a yardstick, I let it go at that.
2. I have 1.333 functioning kidneys. (I asked Geoff to help me compose this list of "Ten Things You May Not Know About Me." Because I blog, I feel certain I have said everything already. I figured he could come up with something genuinely new. But. Well. I get shy talking about my kidneys. Still, he's right, and it may be something people don't know about me.)
3. I failed biology at UCSD, then took the class again and got a B+. The plus really matters.
4. Someday I will go to Maine, and Massachusetts, and I hope to live a year in the Pacific Northwest, and another year in Hamaku'a.
5. Geoff said I should mention how I can name all fifty states and their capitals, but then I couldn't remember the capital of Delaware. Technically, I've lost the bragging rights on knowing all the capitals, and I wonder if I should bother trying to hold on to that former glory.
6. In middle school I feigned an intense crush on Clark Gable, so my peers would believe I was neuro-typical, but I see, now, that Clark Gable may not have been the figure to swoon over in the 1980's if my intention was to seem like one of the gang. Besides, I really preferred Gregory Peck, and Julio Iglesias.
7. I have slept in a gilded mansion, and under the stars. I much prefer sleeping under the stars.
8. When I was five years old I was curious about how my bread toasted, and how clothes came out clean from a washing machine. After some thought, I reasoned that it must be accomplished by very, very small beings inside the machines, who know what to do, and this satisfied me for quite some time. Recent observations have given me reason to doubt my beliefs.
9. My ancestors were Crypto-Jews from Spain, various Native American tribes of the Southwest, and Cuban, from Cienfuegos, and there is rumored to have been someone who was Chinese. I think about them, and hope they were happy, and wonder if we will ever meet. I'd like to hear their stories.
10. I feel squeamish, shy and goofy about sharing this list, and I over-thought and muddled through this whole thing, then considered dreaming up ten lies to tell about myself... the four I came up with are so satisfying that I feel really nice imagining they are true, which tempts me to start a new meme.