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What You Don’t Know About Me…And Maybe You Don’t Want to

I love the idea of people getting to know each other better. Maybe that leads to better understanding, collaborative camaraderie even. One can only hope. At the very least, it’s interesting, and sometimes downright entertaining to find out more about the people we come in contact with.

So in the spirit of fellowship and connection…

A few things you don’t know about me

1. I LOVE music…almost any kind, loud, soft, from rock to classical, country to disco. I played the saxophone when I was young; I wanted to be Kenny G, alas, I was just average. I sang in chorus, but I wasn’t great at that either, so no Celine Dion career for me. Sigh. Another dream bites the dust. Nevertheless, despite my lack of talent, music is a never-ending source of joy for me, the background noise to everything I do.

2. I am a military wife, who has survived several deployments. A few of my readers know this, but many don’t. It’s difficult and sad, scary at times, but also satisfying knowing we are contributing in some tiny way to the well-being of our country. Moreover, it’s taught me a few things as well, made me stronger, more resilient, and maybe a little more understanding of the world outside the sphere of what we know.

3. I still live in the city where I grew up (about 4 miles from my childhood home.) My children attend the same school I graduated from. What an eerie feeling of Déjà vu to walk the halls now as a parent to meet with teachers, rather than a student to be taught. It has been strange and a bit surreal to look on with pride as my older children received their diplomas from my alma mater. Odd, but good.

4. I love organizing…beyond what’s normal. I prefer to spend New Year’s Eve purging and organizing my filing cabinet, than socializing. I line up my clothes and shoes according to weight and color, the contents of my drawers too. I have my utensils all lined up in their assigned spots in my kitchen drawers and I know the second one of the kids puts a spoon away incorrectly. It’s a bit obsessive, but it gives me comfort and security.

5. I have been a vegetarian for many years now and still I chuckle when someone asks me “What do you eat then?” Um…food, just not the kind that walksJ

6. I tend to be introverted and a bit anti-social. Crazy huh! I enjoy chatting and connecting with people, yes. However, if given the choice, I would stay home in my comfortable sanctuary, curled up with a good book and shut out the world.

7. I have a lousy sense of direction, almost non-existent really. Despite having travelled the same roads and using the same Thruway entrance for more than 25 years, I still slam on the mental breaks every time and have to think about which direction to go in. There only two directions, east and west, so I have a fifty-fifty chance of getting it right:)

8. My handwriting is atrocious, occasionally even illegible to me, my typing skills are poor, maybe 35 words a minute…, and I’m a writer. Life is full of ironies. It cracks me up.

9. I spent several weeks in the Soviet Union, one summer in high school with a few classmates. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Communist Russia in the eighties was a scary place for an American teenager; we were watched everywhere we went. They tried to feed me cow tongue,(Yuck!) I’m not sure the plane pilot had a license, the airport guards exposed one student’s film, and I can’t even talk about the train ride and the barbaric version of toilet paper. I was very glad to get home, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything.

10. I did a television commercial a couple of years ago for a law practice. I thought modeling would be fun…getting my picture taken fine…playing a victim in a lawsuit commercial…not so much.

*Full disclosure: I borrowed this idea from Marieke Hensel’s branding blog…and a fun idea it was.

There are oh-so-many odd and quirky and puzzling things about me, about all of us I imagine. It’s a good reminder that no matter how much we think we know…there’s always so much more… People are fascinating…Thank God! It makes life interesting.

What don’t I know about you? Care to share…

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4 Responses to What You Don’t Know About Me…And Maybe You Don’t Want to

  1. Wendy Cobrda November 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    >>I tend to be introverted and a bit anti-social. <<

    And I think you are one of the warmest, most social people I know! Go figure. Very interesting life you have been living…all those different experiences truly help shape your voice in your commentary.

    • Royale November 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      That’s because the people I’m socializing with make it so easy…especially you! I do think that our experiences shape our voice and it’s interesting to see those voices evolve.

  2. Oscar Gonzalez November 7, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I liked reading this post and as a new reader to your blog, I appreciate your candidness. I like getting to know the bloggers I follow. Life is full of irony indeed and I was surprised to read about your typing. It also is encouraging for others that think “I can’t type” so I can’t blog. You’re a perfect example of how those little roadblocks are pretty much meaningless.

    I also chuckled at number 7. LOL that was funny. 50/50.

    • Royale November 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks for the comments. I really strive for a conversational, friendly tone in my posts. I like to get to know my readers and I want them to know me. I think it’s so much more fun that way! P.S. I laughed as I tapped the brakes today before choosing my direction at the onramp. I chuckle at myself.

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