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Meme #11 October 23, 2008

Posted by Erin Ptah in Memes, Personal.
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11 RANDOM facts you may or may not know about me meme.
Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with 11 random facts or habits about yourself. At the end, choose 11 people to be tagged.

1. My family hosted a Japanese exchange student when I was in second or third grade (before I had ever heard of anime). He taught me to make origami cranes. To this day, if I’m bored and have a vaguely squareish piece of paper around, you’ll end up with a crane.

2. My Internet innocence was broken by Thundercats porn. I was frightened, and yet strangely intrigued.

3. I still play Destruct-o-Match when stressed. It’s one of the only things I do on Neopets any more. One of the others is collecting interest on my bank account (4,102 NP daily, and counting).

4. I was a Girl Scout for a couple of years. Beyond giving me an excuse to hang out with my friends, I don’t think it did much for me.

5. I learned to read when I was three. Possibly earlier – I would turn pages and recite words even younger, but that might have just been because I had heard those books out loud so many times. I was three when I first undoubtedly identified new words. (I read The Hobbit at five, and it was my favorite book for years.)

6. I proofread my high school newspaper. I was in a class that required us to write letters to the (quarterly) paper, so I filled mine by pointing out typos. Exasperated editors said “If you’re so upset about this, why don’t you come in and help?” I don’t know if they were serious, but if they weren’t, I called their bluff.

7. I spent four summers at CTY, plus two at “baby CTY” before that. Best summers of my life. I’ve never been to a dance that compares to CTY dances.

8. I turn 21 this Sunday. Having an early birthday means I’m always older than most of the people in my class, as well as some of the people in the grade above.

9. A whole wall in my bedroom at home is taken up with shelves which my dad built. All of them are full. There are places where I have books stacked three rows deep.

10. I’m an extreme packrat. I have entire boxes of papers and trinkets that I never look at, except when every couple of years I pull them out, flip through them to see if they contain anything I can bear to part with, and put them back again.

11. I’m also a compulsive sorter. When my parents went shopping, they could drop me off in the toy aisle and I would happily arrange Barbies so that each model was grouped together. This skill served me well when, later, I spent a couple of months working in retail.

I tag . . . stellar_dust, because I know she’ll do it, and anyone else reading this, so you have an excuse to do it if you want to. (If not, you won’t meme this no matter what I say.)

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1. X - October 24, 2008

Thundercats porn is an unfortunate way to lose your Internet innocence. I actually started with fairly normal stuff. Though when I started exploring H I had the great misfortune to come across some of the early “guro” sites. The images became irrevocably scarred into my brain, though I did recover.

Having fallen victim to Neopets twice (I raised a red Shoryu named Akio), I studiously avoid going there. Ever. Even to see what’s up.

You and I share the same reading age. My mom had me on letter books when I was very young so by 3 I could read on my own.

My HS didn’t have a paper. I did work for my undergrad paper for 4 years – I still hold the record for most articles ever published in a 4 year period.

I know what it’s like to be older than the people around you. What are your plans for Sunday?

2. sleepdeprivation - October 24, 2008

Should I be concerned that almost half of these also apply to me as well? =P

3. Nathan - October 24, 2008

I also started reading at three, although I didn’t read The Hobbit until I was ten or so.

4. gammaguilt - October 24, 2008

hey, CTY! I did that too–two years of regular CTY. Skidmore ’03 and Lancaster ’04. CTY dances actually scared me at first, because at age 13 I have never seen anything remotely like them, but now they’re a cherished memory.

I did not start reading until I was 6. I desperately wanted to be able to read for a long time before that. This probably gave me young child self esteem problems.

5. Erin Ptah - October 24, 2008

Early readers and CTYers unite!

@X – My roommate, who is an expert on drinking, has already put herself in charge of Sunday. I’ve never met an alcoholic drink I like, but she’s up for the challenge ^_^

@sleepdeprivation – You must be my sockpuppet. I can’t think of any other explanation.

6. X - October 24, 2008

If you do meet a drink you like, tell me. I’m curious.

My favorites tend to be the sweet drinks: Kahlua, Crème de menthe, etc. Rum mixes very well with any fruit juice – I used to put it in apple cider with surprising results.

I didn’t read The Hobbit until about 7th grade along with the rest of the Ring series. My first major novels I read were Heinlein’s work, starting with Stranger in a Strange Land, along with Hitchhiker’s Guide. For young adult fiction, I was very fond of Daniel Pinkwater (The Avacado of Death & Baconburg Horror), Louis Sachar (Wayside), and Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio).

7. Elizabeth - October 24, 2008

Enjoy. I seriously ran out of ideas, and am still procrastinating on that respiratory system project (which was actually due yesterday, sigh, but the person I was supposed to do it with bailed.)

8. yatski - October 24, 2008

10. and 11. apply to me.

10. still drives my parents half-crazy and I suspect 11. has something to do with diagnosed OCD. ^^;;

9. yatski - October 24, 2008

10. and 11. apply to me.

10. still drives my parents half-crazy and I suspect 11. has something to do with diagnosed OCD. ^^;;

10. yatski - October 24, 2008

… Double-posting..? WTF? -.-;;

11. stellar_dust - October 24, 2008

My birthday’s in October too, but I’ve always been among the *youngest* in my year! Weird.

These type of memes are HARD, but I’ll see what I can come up with.


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