A.K.A. Pamela’s Meaningless Self-Reflection on Steroids
The Assignment: One of your Facebook “friends” sends you this note titled “25 Things About Me” which contains random stuff: personal trivia, goals, memories, beliefs. In turn, you are suppose to write 25 things about yourself, send it back, and forward it on to 24 other “friends.” This is one of those silly things that I have succumbed to. But it took me so dang long to come up with these that I’m not just leaving up on Facebook to fade away in a few days. Thank goodness there’s blogs to permanently archive such things. With that said, here’s what happens when I have a few cups of coffee, a whole morning and my keyboard …
1. I have 3 sisters and our middle names rhyme: Gayle Denise, Sandra Elise, Julia Rene & Pamela Faye.
2. I once lied about making baklava. Told someone I made it from scratch. “You used philo dough?” she asked. “Yes, of course,” I responded. I had no clue what philo dough was … or baklava, for that matter.
3. I can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order in approximately 20 seconds. I can also do it while walking on my hands with my ankles behind my head, though it takes a little longer to reach Wyoming.
4. The first PG-13 movie I ever saw was “The Way We Were” when I was in the 4th grade. I loved Robert Redford. And I thought my Daddy looked just like him.
5. When I was in college I embraced fundamental Christianity. I went door-to-door and shared the 4 spiritual laws with people I did not know. I listened to a lot of BJ Thomas at the time, and Amy Grant too (before she went pop & that whole Vince Gill thing.)
6. I went to kindergarten in Kansas City. I loved my teacher, Miss Shay. We moved to Texas at the end of that year but I wrote letters to her for years after that until she passed away my freshman year of college. And, I still keep in touch with my high school cheerleading coach ~ birthdays, Christmas & occasional phone calls. (Hey Miss Walker!)
7. Lady Bird Johnson once borrowed my sweater. She was visiting the Harry Ransom Center gallery at UT where I worked and she was cold. She told me later, “You saved my life.” I stammered, “Thank you. thank you, thank you.”
8. The first boy I ever kissed was Harvey Williams behind the bookshelves in Miss Speck’s 1st grade classroom. (Collie McDonald & I had a contest to see who could kiss him the most.) His birthday is May 18th. Why I remember that, I don’t know.
9. I hated 7th grade ~ was made fun of for my clothes, the fact I didn’t wear pantyhose yet, or use make-up either. Remember being shoved to the ground & kicked in PE one day … by the “popular” girls. Mean girls have been around for a long time.
10. We went to London for our honeymoon. (Tom Cruise was also there on HIS honeymoon with his first wife Mimi Rogers. Obviously, our marriage worked out a little better than theirs.) I made Brian go on a site-seeing trip one day: a bus tour of Jack-the-Ripper’s crime scenes. A lot of seedy alley locations. Can you say, “Romance?”
11. Given #10, this will come as NO surprise … I have a morbid fascination with real life forensic shows: City Confidential, Forensic Files, 48-hour Mystery. I love when they use that luminol stuff that lights up.
12. The first alcohol I ever “snuck” was Lonesome Charlie. Hello, my Canadian friends, does anyone remember that delightful beverage? What was it? Like sparkling wine in a beer bottle or something? I think that’s why I’ve never acquired a taste for champagne.
13. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano. (I CAN play chopsticks & Heart & Soul though.)
14. My most embarrassing moment occurred during a childbirth class in Boston about 20 years ago. I’m thinking it might have been Brian’s too.
15. I watched Princess Diana’s wedding live. And then her funeral. Afterward, I wrote a letter to Princes William & Harry. I actually thought they might write me back.
16. “The greatest invention of all time ever? The cattle guard!” Another classic bus tour moment that I subjected my poor husband to.
17. I start lots of my conversations with “Now HERE’S an interesting question …” (and I think it is). I want to know why, what motivates people, what scares them … and swim in the deep end of the ocean.
18. I am a good person to have around in a medical emergency. I get that from my mother.
19. Grammatical and speech errors make me crazy. I really have to fight the urge to correct other people. Seriously. I don’t like not doing that 🙂 And it REALLY gets me when I do it myself and discover it after the fact.
20. Balloons have always made me nervous. (I HATE when they pop.)
21. Which reminds me … once I was playing with a helium balloon at work (M. Brown Furniture, Boston, Mass). We were taking turns inhaling and then chipmunk talking. I was pregnant at the time and it later dawned on me that maybe that wasn’t such a good idea for the baby. I got really scared and called the Poison Control hot line. Good news: “No known risks on file.”
22. I rarely lie or even stretch the truth very much. (Well, other than that whole baklava thing!) I think it’s bad ju-ju.
23. I’ve always liked my nose.
24. I really LOVE DISCO! Seriously. The music, the lights, the dancing, the clothes ~ the whole scene! I’m not kidding, I do.
25. I believe the greatest gift a father can give his child is to love their mother. Thank you, Daddy. Thank you, BRIAN!