Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Things

I don't really like tagging, because it comes with a sense of obligation. If I don't like asking for a ride to the hospital, you can imagine how much less I like asking anything non-urgent. So, if you read this and feel like doing it, leave me a comment telling me where to find your list. It's a wonderful freezing-rainy-afternoon-waiting-for-a-download sort of activity.


  1. I love to cook for an audience. Especially if the whole shebang is impromptu and I have to improvise a menu from whatever is laying around the kitchen
  2. I broke my thumb once because I had seen a TV character say "Go sit on your thumb!" and I wanted to know if it was possible.
  3. I love teaching. My favorite feeling is the one when I explain something to somebody and they GET IT.
  4. I am not a gearhead and couldn't care less about all the stupid letters and numbers attached to vehicles.
  5. I bungee jumped out of a gondola once and told my parents about it by having the pictures shipped to their house.
  6. I was Jr. Miss Hallettsville and got to be in the parades and everything.
  7. I skipped the second grade completely. I went straight from first to third.
  8. I have never ever ever in all my years experienced a runner's high or enjoyed running at all.
  9. My one and only irrational fear is of suffocation.
  10. I believe in reincarnation. I'm also Christian. I don't think these things conflict.
  11. I'm bisexual, but just barely. On the Kinsey scale, I'm a 4.
  12. Some people have found it easier to think of me as bisexual than as lesbian.
  13. I've had at least 13 dogs in my life.
  14. The only heroes I have to speak of are my grandparents, although I have some pretty freakin' impressive sisters and parents, too.
  15. I don't like to watch any sport unless I know someone who is playing in the game, unless it's the Olympics.
  16. I sip my brain and my personality from a coffee cup every morning.
  17. I am an engineer, but I started out as a double major in Middle Eastern History and Poli Sci with a minor in Arabic.
  18. I got an infamous haircut on the porch of an apartment over a fish market in New Orleans at Mardi Gras one year.
  19. I love to edit and am something of a 'Grammar Nazi.'
  20. I don't like to think of myself as smarter than anyone else, particularly.
  21. I have only once had occasion to put my finger on the trigger of a gun outside of target practice. When I got to that place emotionally, I was ready to kill without hesitation or qualm. Luckily, it was not necessary for me to pull the trigger.
  22. If I could send the entire world to "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind" therapy, I would erase drinking alcohol from our collective consciousness and remove it from society entirely.
  23. I am a perfectionist and sometimes it's almost crippling because I agonize over stupid little decisions.
  24. I love travel and would spend my life moving from place to place if I could.
  25. I never put principles over people. Honesty is not always the best policy; kindness, goodness, gentleness, and forgiveness are.

19 comments:

Deena said...

#18, I remember that infamous haircut! One day lots of hair, the next day....not so much.

RHKR said...

I have questions about, easily, a dozen of these. Mine are over at Chaz's place.

Thalassa said...

i'll answer questions. whatcha got?

RHKR said...

Okay, we'll start simple:
#2- did they replace your "human" thumb with a bionic one? Is that why you're unbeatable at thumb-wrestling? I knew you were cheating!

Thalassa said...

Nope. But they put it in a gigantic splint that went up to my elbow and I spent half of kindergarten using lefty scissors. It wasn't badly broken, but the babysitter was extremely distressed at having to explain the entire thing to my mother.

RHKR said...

I'm sure it has something to do with your disdain for television, then...but the next question involves #4 - what about motorcycles? They have gears, I understand.

PS-Bonus Question: What the heck are you doing online at 3:44am?

Thalassa said...

I didn't say I don't like using cars, motorcycles, etc. I just couldn't care less whether they have turbo-suspension and quadruple-whammo-gears and triple-underhand-cams. I can't tell the difference between an XL and an XLT and a GT and an ST and an XT Limited, primarily because I don't think it's significant. I don't know what year my motorcycle is. I have to ask Rose EVERY TIME.

I was online in the middle of the night because I drank a Chai-coff-ski at Buli around 8 PM and I couldn't sleep. I was trying to lull myself to lala land with the blogosphere. Eventually, I succeeded.

RHKR said...

Trust me when I say: there's a definite difference between a GT and an LX and it is significant. And if you've ever driven a GT, you'd be able to tell as soon as your foot touches the accelerator. Hang on...I need a minute. What were we talking about? Oh, right...

#6- Where are the photos?

Thalassa said...

I think I have some in a box upstairs. I'll try to scan them this weekend if I get a minute.

RHKR said...

On #8, I assume that you have a problem breathing when you run...have you always had that? Even before the asthma?

Thalassa said...

Prior to College, I don't remember having particular trouble breathing when I ran. I would get extremely short of breath, I never got into a rhythm, and I always ached all over after a run finished. That said, it's not the same feeling I get these days when I just can't move air in or out of my lungs.

RHKR said...

You probably thought I was finished with the questions. Sorry. You probably know that I want to ding you for #9, but--in the interest of peace--I will skip to #10. I'd love to hear/read further on this one.

Thalassa said...

Well, I'm not sure what you want to know about 10. I believe in those things and think those beliefs are compatible. Unless and until someone has repeatable scientific proof that I'm wrong, I'll keep believing it.

RHKR said...

Mostly, I'd like to get in a discussion with you as to the whole religion question, but somewhere else would be best for that conversation, I think.

In the meantime...I'd like to ask you, with regard to #14, but not really about #14, more just inspired by #14: what is a hero to you? It's not an argumentative question, just a curiosity. It used to be that my heroes were someone who I wanted to be like when I grew up. Now, I admire them but think I'm very different. And I'm okay with that.

Thalassa said...

Short answer: someone I admire so much that I wish to emulate them, or from whom I derive inspiration.

Long answer: I'll write a post about it. Stay tuned to this space.

RHKR said...

#15- you have to "know" a performer or would "know of" do? And what if they take your guy out of the game? What then? If I had this rule, I'd have never discovered the beauty that is curling on television.

Thalassa said...

i have to care about the player for some reason. "Know Of" is generally insufficient to inspire caring. I care not for curling.

RHKR said...

Come on! Curling is awesome! Give it a chance...it's fascinating. Plus, you can drink while playing it...how can you not like a sport like that?

Not wishing to be argumentative or mean, but...#16 is just WRONG! You have a great mind and personality before and during the morning cup of coffee.

RHKR said...

#20 - No question...You ARE smarter than a LOT of other people, myself included.

#21 - When were you going to shoot me?