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25 Random Things About Me

I was tagged with one of those viral memes that I recall were ricocheting around the blogosphere a few years back. But this one happened on Facebook, and the difference is that on Facebook I’m connected to some old college and high school friends who aren’t necessarily bloggers and who don’t read this blog. I don’t really know too much about what’s going on in their lives, nor they mine, but I’m curious, and they might be as well. So I was actually interested, I participated, and herewith I am cross-pasting 25 random things about me.

  1. I have a daughter, eleven months old. For many years I was convinced we’d never have kids, so this is a pretty big development.
  2. I take the same lunch to work most days: a carrot, a sandwich, an apple.
  3. I was epileptic, with serious seizures, but I seem to have outgrown it about ten years ago.
  4. I live in Mid-City New Orleans. Yes, we were flooded in 2005. Yes, we rebuilt.
  5. I recently learned that I have a high “need for cognition” which basically means I like to think. About everything. A lot.
  6. I am considered tall by most people.
  7. I have three earrings which I remove annually for cleaning – whether they need it or not.
  8. I work at a historically black college.
  9. I thought the war in Iraq was wrong from the get-go.
  10. I think solstices and equinoxes are pretty cool.
  11. I worked as a telemarketer for seven years, off and on, strictly part time.
  12. I lived in Sweden for a year between high school and college.
  13. I consider myself an atheist, but I still think religion and spirituality is an important aspect of human experience.
  14. I consider myself an anarchist but that doesn’t mean I blow things up.
  15. I consider myself an intellectual but that doesn’t mean I think I’m smarter than you.
  16. I once got arrested for streaking.
  17. I smoked pot on MTV.
  18. My parents are very proud of me.
  19. I was involved in putting the first TV series on the internet.
  20. I’ve been blogging steadily since March 2004.
  21. I have kept a diary off and on since 1977 (when I was ten years old).
  22. My favorite movie is Murder My Sweet which totally rules over The Big Sleep as the best Raymond Chandler film noir.
  23. I enjoy reading science fiction.
  24. I’ve ridden my bike to work (almost) every day for the last nine years.
  25. I am obsessed with the Caribbean and hope to visit there again… some day.

Now then. If you actually read all that, let me know if there’s one in particular you’d like to know more about. If there’s a clear winner I’ll be sure to write a follow-up and expand upon it.

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  1. Lee Lee

    David, I believe B and I had similar seizures (grand mal). I don’t know about B’s in particular, but mine were like going to sleep and having a weird dream. Once awakened from this dream, you have no mental or physical energy left. Almost like a freight train ran over you. I did have one seizure that was odd in the fact that I was conscious. I tried to scream for help, while in my mind I was-in reality I wasn’t. I hope I’ve helped!

  2. Lee Lee

    I thought it very odd of you to pass one of these along, but it didn’t bother me to become involved. When I see these things from people like you, it has a different meaning and feeling. I have learned some about you, and I hope you learned some about me.

  3. I’m sure most votes will be about the pot or streaking, but I want to know more about your parents’ being proud of you. That’s a bigger deal than you might realize. How do you know? What aspects of you are they most proud of?

  4. Ross Louis Ross Louis

    That riding the bike thing to work . . . how do you avoid a constant stream of mud spittle on the back of your shirt/jacket given New Orleans’ constant showers or standing water. And if you want to offer another of those bike-to-work brain teasers like you did a while back, that would be cool too.

  5. gothgate gothgate

    i too had seizures that started when i was about 8 and stopped in my miid-20s. no one ever adequitely explained to me why they stopped, but i think happens to a lot of people. the best explaination i ever got is that it’s a factor of brain chemistry during puberty & growth.

  6. Lee Lee

    I think you’re right about that one gothgate. Mine started when I was 16, and with medicine and an implant I’ve been seizure free for over a year now.

  7. Ceci Ceci

    I would like to hear more about your epilepsy, actually. I’ve been a lurker on your site for a few years. I went to IU and watched a lot of J & B on the Rox on BCAT back in the 1990s… boyfriend (husband now) lived in your neighborhood.

    Our younger daughter was diagnosed with primary generalized epilepsy at 15 months old. She had a 35 minute grand mal seizure that put her in the hospital for 3 days and scared the shit out of us. She takes meds every day and her seizures are pretty much controlled…

    You outgrew epilepsy? I want to hear more about that.

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