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Friday, December 29, 2006

For complete disclosure purposes

I've been spending a lot of time over the past few days trying to come up with things that many of you don't know about me. This is a light exercise assigned to me by Bethany over at Mommy Writer. I've been such an open book and mostly have not censored my thoughts based on who may or may not be reading.

I have never felt compelled to do a list of this or that. They remind me of the junk email that well-meaning relatives forward around. They get to send email without really writing anything meaningful--they just hit the forward button. This exercise is sort of like that because it's a relatively easy way to write a post without being all that creative. But since Bethany writes one of my favorite blogs, I read her 5 Things list and I actually learned something--something about her outside of her crazy busy writing life.

So in the spirit of trying new things, not being negative, and sharing juicy tidbits...

5 things you probably don't know about me:
  1. I had a fling with a cast member from the first season of Survivor. The fling took place years before Survivor. I was in college, it was a lovely summer in Colorado, and life was so uncomplicated.
  2. I wrote about said relationship in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and in the Colorado Daily.
  3. I was a paid extra in the movie Sweet November starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. My Volkswagen Cabrio was also a paid extra.
  4. In the mid-80s, not long after Madonna came out with her second album Like a Virgin, two friends and I won third place and $25 in a talent show for lip-syncing Material Girl. I portrayed Madonna. Poorly, I might add.
  5. My mom (center of bottom picture) is a bellydance instructor. As a result, I know some moves. When I was in high school, I got all dressed up and did a demonstration in front of my class. It seemed like a good idea...
When I started this exercise, it was fun thinking about the exciting things I did in my past. In the end, however, it's sort of sad and pathetic that all the exciting, daring, gutsy things I did in my life happened 10-plus years ago. I can only hope that I don't continue to get lamer and lamer and more predictable as the years go by. If that does happen, at least I have these few things (and some others that didn't make the list) to think back on with a little smile.

UPDATE: I guess I didn't know all the rules of the game. So to continue the fun, I tag: Father in Chief, Grampy, Babs, Bay Area Shutter Babe, and Erika-Renee. Go forth and share.


  1. How Funny!!! I was looking for something today and stumbled upon those pictures of us on the set of Sweet November - And then to see it on your blog! :-)

  2. I'm proud to say that I knew all of those things - except, I think, the getting up in front of your class and doing it. :^)

    And I will take this opportunity to remind you that all the exciting, daring, and gutsy things most certainly did not ALL happen 10+ years ago. :^)

    Who got up and did some belly dancing at Sinbad's two weeks after giving birth this past summer? Uh, you!

    Who went to Rick Springfield's Second Chance prom this past year while 8 months pregnant and recovering from a hobbling foot injury? That would be you as well.

    And you have done a lot of exciting, daring, gutsy stuff just in the past 3+ years that I've known you. And you've been blogging about it, so it wouldn't qualify for the "don't know" part. Let's not forget the cover story for Bay Area Parent Magazine, working for Oprah, discovering Cheeseballs, and so on.

    You rock and I just can't ever envision a scenario where things you do "get lamer and lamer"

    XOXOX :^)

  3. Oh, I just saw this! I better get crackin'. :-)

    One of these days I'd really love to take up belly dancing. My mother does it, and it's so fantastic to watch - and quite the workout, I hear!