A couple of years ago I wrote a post called “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” It was kind of a lark, but I have heard from many people over the past few months about how that post really helped them connect with what I was saying. I’ve been told it made me seem more human, and showed that I was actually a person going through these things along with you. So I thought I would share another 10 things that you don’t know about me.
- I am a classically trained musician, who occasionally “gigs”. I have been playing flute since I was 9, and I spent a year in college as a music performance major. Until I figured out I wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. I do occasionally play weddings and such, but while the money is really, really good, the people are crazy.
- I once broke a toe playing Scrabble. No kidding. It was my turn, and I had to use the restroom. I tried to take out the door frame with my little toe. The door frame won.
- I detest shoe shopping. A friend of mine usually is the reason I shop for new shoes…she notices I need new ones, and we go shopping. During the summer I live in Birkenstocks.
- I don’t like peaches with the fuzz still on. I think it’s a texture thing. I have to peel them.
- My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I first read it the summer before grade eight, and I read it at least once a year. I never tire of the story, the character development, or Austen’s way of exposing the inconsistencies present in her characters.
- Single reed instruments grate on my nerves. Clarinets, saxophones all get me. I suspect there is something about the overtones. Double reed instruments, like oboe, English horn and bagpipe, I love.
- I love ice skating. Coming from a very cold part of the country, I learned to skate almost as soon as I could walk. I own my own skates, and I try to make it over to the ice rink once or twice during the winter. As much as I love it, though, I am merely adequate. I never took lessons, and you will not see any jumps out of my skating.
- I do have a strong spiritual practice, and I do not talk about it. People who know me know, but acquaintances do not. I find that the United States, for all its supposed freedoms and tolerances, still has pockets of entrenched closed-minded “if you don’t belong to us you’re going to Hell.” I happen to live in one of those areas, and so I simply do not talk about it. The reason this aspect of my life never appears on the blog is because of that reticence in my daily life.
- I still hate vacuuming. That hasn’t changed since the last 10 Things list.
- I love unsweetened iced tea. This will probably be a mystery to those outside the South of the United States. Let me explain to the rest of the world: Americans take hot tea and serve it over a glass of ice. It is very refreshing. To those outside the South, there is an added feature: Southerners serve “sweet tea” which to me tastes like a glass of sugar mixed with a few ice cubes and a drop of tea. I prefer unsweet, or “Northern” tea. But then, I am a Yankee.
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