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September 5th, 2007
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Seven Quirks for Seven Friends
I was tagged by kestrelsparhawk

Here are the rules:
1. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
2. Tag seven people to do the same.
3. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag whoever wants to do it.

Okay, seven quirky facts about me:


1. I have an irrational fear of injury to my eyes and it manifests in a horror of having anything in or near my eyes and of being around people putting anything in their eyes. I'm not afraid of going blind and in fact think I'd adapt to that pretty well, but I can't stand the idea of anything in eyes. I have to steel myself for days for the air puff glaucoma test. I'm also one of the few people who would see better with contacts than glasses (extremely myopic, not at all astigmatic) but I couldn't put them in without general anesthesia and I've concluded that's not really practical.

2. The first movie I ever saw was One Hundred and One Dalmatians. It was re-released when Doran, my eldest, was two and so it was the first movie he ever saw, too! I told this to everyone I knew at the time, seeing it as a Fun Fact to Know and Tell. I was very surprised that a number of people upon hearing it had been my first movie and Doran's looked at me in consternation and said, "Dale! You're over 30 years old. You've never been to the movies before?"

3. By the time I turned 40 I had only been overseas three times, traveling to India (once) and Israel (twice). I used to say that I only went to countries that started with an I and that I was deciding whether to go to Ireland or Italy next. As it turned out I got a job that required that I spend time in Ireland, but also in England, Singapore, and Japan, so that ruined my I streak. And I've been to France since then, too.

4. I've only owned a car for a total of three years of my life.

5. I worked as a volunteer on the first National AIDS Hot Line in the mid-1980s. I basically spent my Monday evenings telling men how to have sex with one another. The training turned out to be very useful in writing slash many years later.

6. I've been in the vaults where the world's largest accumulation of gold resides, numerous times, and played with gold bars. They feel like nothing else. There's nothing we encounter in our everyday lives that's that dense. A gold bar is quite small (maybe 9" x 3" x 2"? I haven't done this in years, but something like that) and it weighs 28 pounds. It's also really soft, which surprised me the first time almost as much as the weight. The people who work in the vaults wear special protective shoes so their toes won't shatter if they drop a bar on a foot. I've played with the shoes, too.

7. I flew for the first time when I was two weeks old. A little unusual now, but very unusual in 1955, when I was born.



I'll tag 7 people on my f-list and if you've already done it or hate memes, my apologies. I tag mamajoan, nocategory, libgirl, judyrose1390, cherrypin_up, ringthebells, and lilacsigil.

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From:marag
Date:September 5th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only person with that eye fear. I haven't had my eyes examined in years and I nearly freaked out when he did the puff of air the other day. I simply couldn't force myself to get my eyes dilated. I couldn't. ::shudders:: Just the thought of eye drops makes me want to run in circles and scream.
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I once hit an ophthalmologist who tried to bend back my eyelid to lance a sty. I didn't mean to. I'm sorry, Dr. M! He decided we'd try the hot compress method after all.

Kendra had to have laser treatments on her eye as an infant and I stood there and held her hand through it, and watched. I never thought it was possible. It was one of the times that it really sank in that you can do things for your kids that you'd never be able to do otherwise.
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From:talktooloose
Date:September 5th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
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What a cool list! I guess it wasn't easy to smuggle out gold bars in your purse.

I remember seeing 101 Dalmatians with my buby at the Willow Cinema, a tiny neighbourhood movie house that has long since vanished to make way for a 30 story condo in the heart of North York.

BTW, everytime we hear or read bad things about Delhi, I say, "Mo was there for 15 days and had a great time!"
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure you'll have a great time. I'm green with envy. If you go to the Delhi Zoo, see if my orangutan still remembers me :-).

I never tried to smuggle out gold bars, but I don't think it would be very easy.

Another Fun Fact about the gold vaults is that it's a secret which vault is whose gold. The vaults are numbered and very few people know which numbers represent which countries.
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From:thinking_lotus
Date:September 5th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
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you forgot not knitting ;-)

loved hearing about the gold.

I don't know how to define "quirky" or "odd" so I always avoid these memes. Maybe I should go off and read the atlantic.
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I refuse to categorize lack of knitting as quirky, in spite of the collective astonishment of apw.

don't know how to define "quirky" or "odd" so I always avoid these memes.

Maybe there's just nothing quirky about you.

Do you have any fun plans for our birthday?
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From:wneleh
Date:September 5th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Yesterday, I discovered one of my friends didn't knit. I was, like, SISTER!

- Helen
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From:mamajoan
Date:September 5th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Not knitting is quirky?? Oh good. I was in danger of starting to think of myself as normal. ;)
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From:mofic
Date:September 6th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
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I know. And it was a really common reaction, too!
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From:lilacsigil
Date:September 6th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
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The gold bars sound fascinating! I use gold leaf in art sometimes, and it's the strangest, softest stuff.
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From:mofic
Date:September 6th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
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It is strange stuff. It was a fun part of the job.
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From:nocategory
Date:September 6th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)

You crack me up...

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Interesting facts...I knew a lot of them or wasn't surprised, but the one fact you seem to have omitted is that I'm so techno impaired that I'd have no idea how to do a meme......
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From:mofic
Date:September 6th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)

Re: You crack me up...

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LOL! Well, all you have to do to do this one is come up with 7 quirks of your own. And since, my dear, you are the Apotheosis of Quirk, it should not be hard.
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