Here are (only) 7 things about me that most people don’t know. They are listed in the order that they come into my head:
- I am a picky eater. I’m leery of trying new foods or new dishes without first knowing (at least) the main ingredients. Not big on veggies or fruits. Absolutely do not eat any fish, regardless of how (or if) it’s prepared. No veal. No organ meats. No game. Suffice it to say that food is not an area of adventure or experimentation for me.
- Before leaving the house early every morning to enjoy a walk or hike with the dogs, I need to have made the bed. If not, it will be a ‘slob’ day. And who needs that?
- For many years, I’ve collected antique Quimper, French pottery from Brittany. The collection is in every room of the house. I’m not a Quimper expert so I trust my eye, instinct and the two dealers I’ve dealt with for years. Looking at Quimper makes me feel happy.
- My trek to/from Mt. Everest Base Camp and spending time with teams heading for the top has only intensified my desire to climb it. But not to worry. The time commitment is enormous (at least 6 to 8 weeks in country, not to mention the training time) and the cost (plan on around $70K) settles that debate. But I continue to dream…
- A couple of creative writing classes convinced me that I have zero aptitude for it as well as zero interest in this type of writing.. I love hearing published authors speak about their craft (Edward P. Jones is the all time favorite) and I’m fascinated with their creativity and writing process. But creative writing is not and likely will never be my forte. And here I thought writing was, well, writing. Not so.
- I spent a lot of my growing up years in a small resort community on the shores of Lake Michigan where, as a teenager, summer was one continuous beach party with huge night time bonfires and generous samplings of adult beverages. One evening a party was interrupted by a visit from representatives from the county sheriff’s office who came running over the dunes with spot lights. I was among a small handful that didn’t outrun them and spent the night locked up in a nearby barn. This exercise was repeated several times each summer for as many years as the sheriff was reelected. However, I had the good sense to always stay on the lake side of the gatherings.
- There have been too many ‘small word’ instances for me not to be a firm believer in a Master Plan. I also have had countless experiences of thinking about someone—and especially a person I haven’t been in touch with for some time—and the person calls or we run into each other somewhere. It makes me uneasy to think about these ‘small world’ phenomena and even more so to write about them. So let’s just leave it at that.
I’d love to learn 7 things I don’t know about these people: Jeff Davis, Amy Goldberg, Nancy Murdoch, Cameron Barry, Denise Ryan, Mary Beth Pratt and Erin Sweeney.