So, I jumped on the “25 things” meme bandwagon a few days ago on Facebook (which is a million years in meme-time), and after I saw Sally Benz doing it at her blog, Jump Off The Bridge, followed by a New York Times article (!) I thought I’d post it here as well!
Some of the things are known to you guys (I’m gay, I blog, etc) but that’s because I was mostly writing the list for the newest pledges of my fraternity. That can be a replacement item for the ones you know! #26: I’m a brother in a co-ed fraternity.
Anyway, here’s the list:
1. I’m gay. Who am I kidding, you totally know that. Uh, I’ve dated three people, and they were all gay, too. Which means I have one ex-girlfriend and two gay ex-boyfriends.
2. I’m majoring in Arabic. Do people know this? I don’t know! I get a lot of comments on it.
3. I blog. Every single day (mostly), I or my co-blogger will get something posted at our site, Gender Goggles.
4. I don’t shave. It’s cold now so I’m mostly wearing pants and long sleeves, but when I bust out my frilly summer dresses again, my luscious locks will flow in the breeze. Everywhere.
5. I can read mirrored text, as well as upside down, sideways, and just about any other method that trivia games try to use to obscure the answers. I’m not trying to cheat; I do it by accident. My brain just really likes to read things.
6. I make movies. I plan to go to grad school in film. I haven’t done anything with a proper budget yet, but I have a lot of stuff up on youtube.
7. I’m afraid of spiders. No, really, I am TERRIFIED. Seeing something I suspect to be a spider will leave me on edge for days. DO NOT bring spiders or spider-like objects into my presence as a “joke.” It is NOT FUNNY. I WILL cry.
8. I fall down. Kind of a lot. Sometimes it’s falling down stairs or whatever, but mostly I just fall. This is because…
9. My ankles are double-jointed. Or at least they bewilder physical therapists. When I was younger, and hadn’t yet made the connection between abusing my ankles’ powers and then falling a lot, I could stand on my ankles. I’d twist my foot to the side– either direction– so that only my ankles were in contact with the ground.
10. I’m technically supposed to wear leg braces. Big ones that go all the way up to my knees, one on each leg. An overzealous doctor gave them to me when I was younger. However, they cause excruciating pain, so I never wear them.
11. I named my parents’ multi-million-dollar company. After my made up Sailor Moon character, Sailor Veatros. My parents liked it because it sounded OK, didn’t mean anything in any language, and wasn’t already taken.
12. I studied Latin for six years in high school. I even made a documentary about the Aeneid! (It’s on youtube.) I can still read Latin fairly well, probably, but it’s been a while.
13. Once, I believed I could teleport. Not as an ongoing, conscious belief, but subconsciously; I entered a classroom one day, thought really hard in the direction of the back wall, and was momentarily confused as to why I hadn’t teleported to the other end. It only happened that once, but man was I angry to have to walk! This is probably because…
14. I read a LOT of science fiction. Especially old stuff. It sort of seeps into my subconscious and raises my expectations ludicrously high– when I first heard of the iPhone, I was annoyed that it didn’t have video chat. My conscious mind prevails eventually, though, never fear!
15. I had a graduating class of 18 students at my ludicrously tiny high school. And yet, I was one of THREE valedictorians! Supposedly, we had the same GPA down to three decimal places. Over six years. And totally different class schedules. I do not believe this.
16. I can’t do basic arithmetic in my head. When I started taking algebra, I noticed that I’d get everything right except that I’d add 10 and 36 and get 16. To spare my grade, I started doing all my arithmetic on the calculator. Which means that now I’m pretty good at calculus, but can only multiply numbers in my head if one of them is “1.”
17. I think aliens exist. Probably. Somewhere out there. Or they did, or they will. I don’t think humanity will ever bump into them, though, and I don’t think our brains could figure them out if we did.
18. I don’t watch television. I occasionally watch television shows, but only on DVD, or, if I must, pre-recorded; this means I almost never see commercials.
19. I am incapable of not watching a television if it’s on. Maybe I just don’t have enough practice, but if I see a television turned on, my brain instantly switches to “pay really close attention to this” mode. I can’t tune it out! So if we’re talking with a TV in the background, and I’m being really spacey and not holding up my end of the conversation at all, don’t worry; it’s not you, it’s me.
20. I can’t use Xbox controllers. My hands are small and I can’t figure out how to have all the buttons in easy access at once. Plus, moving my character separately from the camera? Madness!
21. So, I am a “back seat gamer,” and my brothers play for me. I tell them what to do, and they… try to see if they can destroy the scenery, usually. It’s like using voice commands! Except… well, actually, their “obedience” reflects most voice-command-operated systems pretty well. We get there eventually, though!
22. My handwriting used to be better with my left hand than with my right. I broke my right hand right as we were learning to write in school, and since I’m ambidextrous anyway they just taught me to write with my left. Except THEN they made me learn again with my right; I cheated when I could, because I’d gotten used to the left, but eventually I switched. I was better (but slower) with my left hand until halfway through high school.
23. I used to collect Beanie Babies. Back before it was COOL! Then one year, I gave everyone I knew a Beanie Baby for Christmas. No, really, everybody. And that just got me down to my 50 favorites.
25. I’m an atheist. Maybe people know this? I’m not sure. I identified as agnostic for a long time, but yeah, I just don’t buy it. I believe in honor, and try an honorable way to act in all things. I don’t always do so well, but I try.
So there we go! Now it’s your turn! 😀