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icon and 16 random facts

Okay, on the default userpic question -- everyone had a different opinion, and they were all good ones! But I decided to go with what jaded_jamie's suggested, because if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have been dragged kicking and screaming into the wonder that is Doctor Who/Torchwood fandom. So ... *points to icon*

Meanwhile, here's a meme adriana_is tagged me with, but I'm tagging no one 'cause I just don't do that. You're all welcome to play!

16 Random Facts About Moi Meme ...


1. I can't stand to sleep without some white noise -- usually a fan.

2. Because of frostbite when I was a kid, I can't expose my fingers, toes, cheeks, or ears to the cold. They start hurting well above freezing temperatures, and if I'm cold for too long they become unuseable.

3. I have a brother, three half-sisters, two step-sisters, and two step-brothers. Or at least I did until later in life, when further divorces and remarriages made things even more complicated.

4. After moving out on my own I moved 7 times in 7 years, but have now stayed in the same place for 20 years.

5. I wrote my first fanfic at age 8, dictating a Mary Sue goes to Oz (as in Wizard, not Australia!) story while my mom typed it.

6. I've always hated how I look, and still have trouble believing people who compliment my appearance.

7. When I was 25 I discovered my eyesight wasn't good enough to be hired by the Fort Wayne Fire Department; I broke down and sobbed.

8. I have a thing for redheads ... but I've never had any trouble getting past it to avoid abrasive personalities.

9. The last time I got drunk was at my 21st birthday party ... somewhere around town there's a tape of me being entertained by a belly dancer, and dancing in a conga line.

10. People who don't use their turn signal send me into a rage.

11. I don't care much for swimming, but I love being on a boat, large or small.

12. My girlfriend is less than half my age. It's the American middle-aged man Dream. :-)

13. By coincidence, the meeting at which I became a volunteer firefighter was on my 18th birthday -- the earliest I could possibly join.

14. I've got a thing for the number 14. I was born on the 14th, married on the 14th, joined the fire department on the 14th, my fire number is 14, and I sneak the number 14 somewhere into all my novel manuscripts. I even made sure my first posted fanfic had 14 chapters.

15. My first crush was on a fictional character: Dorothy Gale, from the Oz novels.

16. I've worked in fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, 911 centers, and as a security job (not to mention a video store, which could get *really* frightening) -- but the scariest job I ever had was Parent.

Comments

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desdemonaspace
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm with ya on the frostbitten body parts that still hurt in the cold. In my 20s I was wearing thin dress shoes and bussing to job interviews, and walking and waiting. Oy, did I freeze my feet. They should have had medical attention.

This cold climate is for the polar bears, Mark.
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
I probably should have gone to the doctor, too (the doctor, not The Doctor!), but my mother applied good old fashioned home remedies, instead. Hurt like crazy.

Winter just sucks, there's no other way to put it.
curiouswombat
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
After moving out on my own I moved 7 times in 7 years, but have now stayed in the same place for 20 years.

That's me, too.
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
As we get older, moving around looks less and less fun! I'm not doing it again until I can hire someone to pack things up for my new home in Hawaii.
enigmaticblues
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Ick. Frostbite. I've come pretty close to it before in Illinois. My poor ears are very sensitive to cold.
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I wonder if there's anyone in the Midwest who hasn't at least come close to frostbite -- or gotten a mild case without even realizing it?
roonblah
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Frostbite is completely foreign to me. Sweltering heat though... Feel like popping below the equator for winter? It's our summer.

I too am recently converted to the Whodom and Torchdom. My sister went on a spending spree and bought all the boxsets. I had no choice but to watch and wait for more.

ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely, I'd be there in a second if I could. We get our share of sweltering heat during the summer, and although I'd rather have mild weather, I'll take heat over cold any day.

I remain a big Buffy/Angel fan -- not to mention loving those little shows that should get more attention. *points to your icon* But Who and Torchwood -- which are so different that it's hard to believe they're connected -- are just too great not to love.
kazzy_cee
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
16 very interesting facts... or should it be 14 + 2 extras??? *g*

I may well pinch this..
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Pinch away! And yes, 14+2 would be more fitting, in my case!
3goodtimes
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
1. Ditto.

2. Oh ow! How did you get frost bite?

12. Hee hee. Dirty old man!

15. That's so sweet. Your first crush was a heroine and a kind one to boot.
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
The same way so many mid-American kids got frostbite -- I just went out playing with my friends and didn't pay attention to the discomfort until it was too late. The same way I ended up with heat exhaustion when I was a teenager!

Who wouldn't get a crush on Dorothy? It said right in the books that she was loved by everyone who met her -- with the exception of one or two villians who just hated everyone, anyway. When I write my Oz novel, I'm going to have a tough time not inserting some Mary Sue character in there just to interact with her. :-)
married_n_mich
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
1. I can't stand to sleep without some white noise -- usually a fan.

Right there with you, babycakes. I have an air machine smack-dab next to the bed.

3. I have a brother, three half-sisters, two step-sisters, and two step-brothers. Or at least I did until later in life, when further divorces and remarriages made things even more complicated.

Aw, come on! list 'em!

7. When I was 25 I discovered my eyesight wasn't good enough to be hired by the Fort Wayne Fire Department; I broke down and sobbed.

*Hugs*

8. I have a thing for redheads ... but I've never had any trouble getting past it to avoid abrasive personalities.

Natural, bottle, or doesn't matter?

9. The last time I got drunk was at my 21st birthday party ... somewhere around town there's a tape of me being entertained by a belly dancer, and dancing in a conga line.

This is great!

10. People who don't use their turn signal send me into a rage.

Yep! And if they're wanting on to the road, like coming out of a gas station or something and don't have one turned on, I won't let them in! It's the principle of the thing. What? I'm supposed to be physic and 'know' if they're going to turn right or left?

12. My girlfriend is less than half my age. It's the American middle-aged man Dream. :-)

You dog! (That's not rude is it?)

ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
Actually, I've had an air cleaner in my room ever since Charis' cats arrived; during winter when the place is closed up I use its fan, and when the windows are open in the summer it's a box fan. Same concept!

List 'em? I'd be afraid to miss somebody! But the main ones are my brother Jeff, and my sisters Penny, Rita, and Tracy.

Natural red, I think -- or at least, the bottle job would have to come out looking really natural. Some of those hair dyes that are obviously fake -- the greens and blues, or bright reds, for instance -- can be really well done, though.

But I'd never get involved with any redhead who doesn't use her turn signal. ;-)

No, that's not rude! Although I should have added that I met my girlfriend in a writing site, and didn't know her age until after we became friends.
adriana_is
Jan. 7th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Great list! See? that wasn't so painful, was it?

ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Only a little!
pfeifferpack
Jan. 7th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I've had the frostbite fingers and feet situation since 1977 when I was out in the bitter cold far too long in Indianapolis.....pain when they thaw out is beyond describing!

*blushes* our turn signals don't work and we can't fix the electrical situation just yet but we DO use hand signals (though most other drivers don't seem to know what they are).

Yup a good parent is a scared parent!

adriana_is tagged me too....now to be random!

Kathleen
ozma914
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
'77 was right about the time I got my frostbite -- Indiana had some horribly cold winters around that time, much worse than what we're getting now.

These days I think most other drivers don't know what hand signals are, but it's worth a try! And who am I to complain? I can't roll down my driver's side window because of an electrical problem. It makes drive-through windows *very* difficult!
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ozma914
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
#12
Yeah, and in reality I can barely keep up with her!
bloodytearslife
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
I've never had frost bite but pictures I see of it don't look appealing at all. I really worry about getting it sometimes because I usually forget gloves.

It's funny how we associate things with numbers. Like when I'm in the car, if I adjust the volume, I have to change it to a number I associate something with. It's odd, I know.
ozma914
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Gloves are good! Still, some people are more prone to frostbite than others -- it's a circulation thing, I guess.

I always have to have the TV volume on even numbers ...
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