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October 20th, 2006

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03:35 am - 6 facts about me
Tagged by chiralove.

Write a journal entry for this meme with six random facts about yourself.
Then pick six people from your friends list and tag them - no tag backs.
These rules should be included in your entry.

1. I am very sentimental.

2. My favorite sandwich is hot pastrami with lettuce and tomato -- no mustard or anything else, just pastrami, tomato and lettuce on a roll or other sturdy bread.

3. I like to do needlework, especially cross-stitch, needlepoint and crochet.

4. I planted all the fruit trees in my garden, either by myself or with my father's help when I was a child and too little to handle a shovel. Some of these trees are now as tall as the house.

5. I learned to speak German from some World War II military phrasebooks my mother had in our library. They had cartoons to help the soldiers learn and that made it easy for me too. After my parents discovered this, they enrolled me in the Deutsche-Amerikaner Schulverein. These phrasebooks also taught me my first words in Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Norwegian.

6. My favorite game is backgammon and I like to play the three Mediterranean variants one right after another (Gates, Prisoner and Escape) as a set of games. I also like Acey Deucey, but I refuse to use the doubling cube, since I associate its use with gambling.

I'm not tagging anyone, but I do hope some of the folks on my Friends list decide to do this meme, so I can learn more about them.
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: "Persephone, Queen of the Underworld" by Unto Ashes

(4 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)


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Date:October 20th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
1) I'm too sexy for my shirt. Which isn't saying much, because my shirt is ugly. :-p

Okay, for real, now:

1) I used to oil paint a lot, in High School and college -- mostly sword & sorcery paintings. (I even had complaints about the semi-nudity and dark themes, when they were exhibited. :-) Need to get back to that.

2) My favorite author is Robert A. Heinlein. His book "Have Space Suit - Will Travel" sparked a life-long interest in physics.

3) Around Christmas time, I get INCREDIBLY sypruppy -- listening to Christmas Carols, watching Christmas specials, even reading Regency Christmas Romance short stories that take place in the 1800s. Drives my boyfriend crazy!

4) I love languages (though not NEARLY as much as my boyfriend.) I've studied German, Russian, French, Japanese, Italian, Old Icelandic, Latin and Spanish, and tried my hand at Gaelic, Arabic, Greek and Esperanto. I never made it very far with any of them. The best is German -- I studied it for two years in College and can read it moderately well. Russian is beautiful, and I had a year and a half of that in college, but I've forgotten nearly all of it.

5) I have a blue belt (with two green stripes -- 7th kyu) in Shorin-Ryu karate. I should have tested for 6th kyu (green belt) a year ago, but I missed the testing, and now I hardly ever make it to class. But someday...

6) I taught myself to play piano when I was 15, and picked it up fast enough to play at homecoming a year later. Unfortunately, I didn't progress beyond that until I had formal training in college, and by then I'd learned so many bad habits, I'll never be able to play REALLY well. Not having proper training at a young age is one of the things I really regret. But that's life.
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Date:October 22nd, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
You're even cooler than I thought you were -- which is quite a bit! :)

And yes, you are too sexy for your shirt -- even if it were the most fabulous one in the world! ;)

I'd like to see your paintings sometime -- I love sword and sorcery style art.

Heinlein is one of my favorite authors too and had a major influence on me as I was growing up. I think I've read just about all his works, including the juveniles and the later novels. It's hard to pick a favorite story (I like "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Number of the Best" best I think -- at least at the moment) but my favorite character is Lazarus Long. And no, it's not just because he wears a kilt . . .

Since you get sappy at Christmas, have you ever seen the movie "Mixed Nuts" with Steve Martin? It's probably my favorite Christmas movie -- weird, wild, wacky, wonderful, silly, sweet, strange AND sentimental. :)

It's nice to know that you know German -- I might make more posts containing that language since at this point about one third of my friends list speaks it to one degree or another.

Years ago I managed to get a yellow belt in tae kwon do, but I've forgotten the majority of what I learned then. :(

I play the piano too -- mostly baroque and ragtime (J.S. Bach and Scott Joplin mainly) with the occasional wandering into Mozart and others. I'm a decent sightreader but I can't play by ear and I'm awful at memorizing stuff -- I need sheet music.

I'm glad you participated in this meme! :D

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Date:October 26th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I've been tempted to take a digital photo of the last (and coolest) oil painting I did in college. Unfortunately, it's been over ten years, due to the fact that I haven't lived in an apartment where I could put painting supplies out without the cat's stepping in them. I need to get my spare room cleaned out...

I haven't actually read any of the Lazarus Long novels, yet. I was put off that character a very long time ago by a quote from him about homosexuality. The quote implied that true emotional connection was impossible for homosexuals, and it really irritated me. On the other hand, I have to give Heinlein credit for being one of the few authors of his generation to at least ATTEMPT to be open-minded about homosexuality. His later novels were a bit better, on the subject. And then, of course, we have his ideas about polygamy... ;-)

I try to brush up on German, now and then, so I don't completely forget it. But it still keeps getting fuzzier.

My favorite piano pieces are by Debussy and Brahms. Mozart actually doesn't do much for me, with the exception of a few beautiful pieces, such as the Requiem and Concerto for Clarinet in A. Bach is always cool, and I like Joplin, but oddly I find ragtime more difficult than classical (or romantic, or impressionist). Too much bouncing around -- it's easy for me to lose track of my left hand!
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Date:October 26th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
#3 - me, too! Well, crocheting, anyway, and I have several cross-stitches that are long-standing "works in progress," but I'm learning how to knit as well.

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