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December 4th, 2006
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Truth and Lies Meme - the Answers
I gave ten statements about me - five were true and five were false. If you want to play, don't look behind the cut until you read and comment on the previous entry.


1. I’m the eldest of six siblings.

False I’m the second of six. My brother Joel is the eldest, although he occasionally tries to deny it. He’s 16 months older than I am. My sister Sharon, the youngest, is 15 years younger than I am, so she and I were not really raised together.

2. New York City is the southern-most place I’ve ever lived.

True I was born in Winnipeg but never lived there (my mother went home to have babies). I grew up in Northwood, North Dakota and West Hartford, Connecticut. As an adult I’ve lived in Montreal for five years, Albany for about a year and a half, and New York City, where I’ve been since 1980.

3. I got a perfect score on the LSAT but never went to law school.

True In 1990 I gave serious thought to going to law school. I took the test, chose out schools to apply to and worked the numbers. Ultimately I decided that we couldn’t afford it. I was the sole breadwinner in the family and even if I had gotten financial aid, it would have taken much of our savings and I’d have been out of work for three years. We decided to have another baby and buy an apartment instead.

4. I’m fluent in four languages.

False I wish it were true! English is the only language I’m truly fluent in. I speak and read French, but not as well as I did when I lived in Montreal, and even then I was not truly fluent. I can read and speak a little Russian, as well. I know some Hebrew.

5. The only non-North American countries I’ve been to begin with the letter I: India, Israel and Ireland.

False My first overseas trip was a “teen tour” to Israel the summer I was fifteen. As an adult, my ex and I went to India and Israel when we were together. She had never been overseas before those trips. We used to joke that we only go to places that begin with the letter I and we were trying to figure out whether to go to Ireland, Italy or Indonesia next. But then I got a job that required a fair amount of foreign travel. I did go to Ireland, but spent more time in England, and also went to Singapore and Japan.

6. I have three children and they can all juggle.
True My kids have all been in a wonderful drama program at the middle school they attend(ed). The first performance of the sixth grade is the Sixth Grade Circus. Clowns come into the school and teach the kids juggling and other circus arts.

7. I’m waiting to find out if I have cancer.

True I have a mass in my thyroid that’s been causing me all sorts of annoying symptoms. Ultrasound and nuclear imaging were not able to rule out malignancy, so I’m off to a surgeon tomorrow. I'm told thyroid cancer is a "good" kind to have. On the whole I'd rather not have any kind, but I would like to know what's wrong with me and start dealing with it.

8. My daughter Zara is named after Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter.

False Queen Elizabeth does indeed have a granddaughter with the same name as my daughter. It was a bit of a royal scandal when Princess Anne gave her daughter such an unusual name. This was before a member of the royal family had been recorded saying he wished to be reincarnated as a tampon, so the bar for scandal was a little bit lower then. I found this out while researching the name before Zara’s birth (while I was in labor, to be precise) but we had already chosen the name, and she is not named for the royal Zara.

9. My kids are from a heterosexual marriage before I came out.

False I was married to a woman from 1974 until 2001 and we had three kids together. I have no other children.

10. I never heard of slash until October of 2000 and published my first slash series in November of 2000.

True I was fascinated by fanfic in general, and slash in particular, when I first discovered it. I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did.

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From:marag
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! Good luck on the thyroid cancer. I love when they say things like "it's the good cancer to have."

Uh-huh. Is that kind of like "Today is a good day to die"? Thanks, but no thanks.
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From:mofic
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, it has 97% recovery rate and the surgery/chemo has pretty low morbidity. So, I'd call it a good kind to have.

That said, I'll be quite happy/relieved if I find out I don't have it, but I'm feeling pretty confident that if I do, I'll be okay.
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From:kestrelsparhawk
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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97% recovery rate? Is good.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
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Yes, definitely. I just want to know what this is and get started on doing something about it!
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From:executrix
Date:December 4th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
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You definitely have the skills to make sure you get optimum care. I hope you're OK anyway, though.
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:December 4th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the fascinating insights, as always!

I'm sorry to hear about the possibility of malignancy, hon. (((gentle huggles))) I'm much relieved to hear about the excellent prognosis for recovery though! I hope the visit with the surgeon goes well tomorrow. Please know that I'm sending good energy to surround you, and hope that you find healing quickly. ♥
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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Thanks Jane. And I love the icon.
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From:eveningblue
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
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The absolute hardest thing is not knowing. I hope you get diagnosed quickly and accurately and can get on with treatment. Sending good vibes your way.

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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Yeah, I've been living with this for a while, with the preliminary tests and I just want to find out for sure and get moving on it.
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From:lunamazes
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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*cross fingers* False alarm. False alarm.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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LOL! Thanks.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
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hope the cancer thing isn't too terrible!
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Martin. It seems like it shouldn't be too bad.
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From:opera142
Date:December 4th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Good luck tomorrow.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:talktooloose
Date:December 5th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, good cancer is better than bad cancer but still sucks. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

LOL at Mo doing research during labour.

I'm looking forward to the fruits of your recent writing. Here's my new Phoenix icon for your amusement.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
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LOL! Love the icon and thanks for the good wishes. As to research during labor - it was a long labor :-).

I've got 7 stories written in the new series. It will be 9 or 10, I think.
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From:momma_geek
Date:December 5th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
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Good luck tomorrow!
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:thdancingferret
Date:December 5th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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Good luck, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:lilacsigil
Date:December 5th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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This is all fascinating - I was kind of hoping that you had only been to non-North American countries that started with "I", but it was not to be.

I had thyroid cancer a few years ago - it was malignant but had not spread. I recovered totally (with surgery and medication only). The symptoms were far, far worse than the surgery and recovery, honestly. It is indeed a "good" kind to have: highly treatable and unlikely to return. Feel free to email me if you want to chat. Good luck, though I'm sure you'll be fine.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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Oh thanks for the BTDT offer. I may well take you up on it.

From:eternalenigma
Date:December 5th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
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Good luck tomorrow!
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm packing up my X-Rays and U/S and Nuclear Imaging stuff, since I'll leave for the doctor from work. So I have all kinds of pictures of my internal organs :-) with me.
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From:blue_braces
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
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I'll be hoping for non-malignancy! *hugs*

I looked at the meme questions briefly earlier but didn't have time to answer. I definitely would have gotten some wrong, but I would have gotten some right also.
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From:mofic
Date:December 5th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks! A lot of the "false" ones had a relationship to truth (like the letter I one) so that makes it harder. Or at least I hoped it did!
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