Olga tagged me with this about three weeks ago, and with this and that and sheer pure laziness, I am just now writing about
Seven Thing You Probably Didn’t Know About Me
(I was also waiting for my poll to finish)
"She was born in the frozen arctic wasteland of
At 5, she struck out on her own, eventually winding up as a cook in a fishing camp on Hudson’s Bay.
Achieving the age of majority, and with only three homicide charges (all not guilty, which not to say innocent) she entered college to learn how to deal drugs. The sisters of charity finally took her in, but she was such a bad influence that they renounced their vows and sold the hospital."
2. I am a "Slag Heap" baby. Yupper ~ that's right, I was born in Sudbury, Ontario. I spent my formative years there; actually only some of them. I went to kindergarten at Col. David Younger School - if it still exists. After that, Dad had a transfer to Toronto.
It was at kindergarten that I learned two very important physics lessons:
a. A field full of mud cannot be walked through; it will pull you down every time (and make mother unhappy when your kindergarten teachers calls home saying you are covered in mud, from head to toe).
b. You cannot jump far enough away from the top of a hill so that you land at the bottom of the said hill. Well at least at the age of 5 you can't, because you haven't quite figured out the physics yet. However you do learn an important anatomy lesson, i.e. where your funny-bone and tail-bone are located.
3. I used to Fence ~ "En Garde" and not barbed wire (although I have done that too). I started at 11 and continued until I was 17, with another brief moment at 25ish.
I started off with the Foil. Rumour had it, years after the fact, that I was good and that the club was thinking of grooming me as a potential foilist athlete. But me being me, I wanted to fence with a weapon more dashing - the Saber. However, in my time, women weren't encouraged to fence Saber because it was still considered a "masculine" sport (which only made me want to fence Saber even more).
Long story short, I ate, slept, dreamed fencing, and fenced Saber for about four years ( 4 nights a week at the club) and had a great time, even though I wasn't officially competing. I eventually quit because of other interests, the expense (fencing can be an expensive sport), my knee and other reasons. I still think I'd like to fence again, but I don't think my knee would hold up.
4. I belly dance (well not these past 3 years). I started about 20 years ago, as a lark and when it wasn't really that well known. I have performed in public a few of times, but I better like dancing in a class setting.
My interest in the form has to do with the music ( I have so much Arabic music, it isn't funny) and the dramatic - dressing up in costume, and more so, creating the costumes. I have costumes and costume bits and pieces coming out of my ears, lying idle in my spare room.. Anyone want some ?
<======== Most might think of me looking like this when I dance
5. I played the bassoon in High School. I just loved it and would dearly love to have one now, but they cost over $2000 dollars AND there isn't much music written for bassoon as solo or duet pieces, anyways.
(Bassoons are sooooo sexy ).6. I used to smoke. I wasn't a "pack a day" smoker, more a "regular casual" smoker. What this means to me, is that I only smoked at prescribed times of the day and would actually quit for a year at at time. In my last round of smoking, I smoked Colts in the evenings and nothing during the day. I stopped that a year and a half ago and I'm pretty sure I won't smoke again.
These days the only Colt I have actually touched is the firing kind, when Fidel and I went shooting a year ago August.
7. I have tattoos.