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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.


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.
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.

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