Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Buffy, curiosity, Mini Cooper, office, parents, predator, reading, urine, wolf on June 17, 2009 |
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How does one become the office’s resident expert on wolf urine?
You begin with an unquenchable curiosity about seemingly everything. Top with uncanny reading skills and parents who don’t ask too many questions about what you’re reading and/or why, and you’re well on the way to being the resident expert on everything from three-sided daggers to influenza epidemics.
Expert is sort of a misleading word, because in most cases it merely means “person who knows jack about X.” Your average model citizen doesn’t care to learn about the hierarchy of predator urine, or the most excellent design of the Mini Cooper, which allows access to the fuel pump through a panel under the back seat (as God as my witness, I’ll never help remove a gas tank again).
It’s really just knowing a little bit about a lot of things. It’s fun at parties and helps fill awkward silences.
And there are worse things than having your boss remember that he can come to you with any Buffy the Vampire Slayer questions he may have. Sometimes being an amusing source of trivia is the best employment insurance you’ve got.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged animals, brother, car, cats, caving, childfree, childhood, coast, coffee, concerts, education, Facebook, friends, hurricane, husband, marriage, Mini Cooper, music, New Orleans, OCD, smoking, travel, weightlifting on February 8, 2009 |
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Fine. I gave in. Here are 25 Things About Me. If Facebook can suffer through it, so can you.
- I love coffee. I drink more coffee than anyone knows.
- I drive my dream car, a Mini Cooper S. It’s cute, fast and fun, and more affordable than most people seem to realize.
- I work out with free weights three times a week. A former co-worker who calls his muscle-bound arms the “pythons of death” used to call my arms the “blue runners of death.”
- I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can go caving again. I have never felt stronger and more dexterous than I do when scrambling over giant piles of rock.
- I always thought I’d have dogs, but I have two cats instead. They’re hilarious.
- I judge people based on how they treat animals.
- I’ve always had more male friends than female friends. I may be from Mars instead of Venus.
- My husband is the kind of guy I would be friends with. I’m pretty sure this is why we’re still married.
- I’ve been to England, France, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.
- I have no children. This is neither an accident nor a tragedy. I’m cool with other people having kids though, and love my nieces and nephew.
- Hurricane Katrina flooded a third of my house. It’s barely worth mentioning compared to the damage other people had. That said, rising water and high winds still give me a little punch in the gut.
- I’m still pissed off about what happened to the people of New Orleans.
- Since childhood, I’ve had a recurring dream in which I had to walk across a yard while avoiding snakes of every type and size every few feet. That dream has been replaced by one in which water is rising in my back yard and I’m trying to move things higher in the house.
- I’ve never told anyone about No. 13.
- I had a casual smoking habit for about six years in high school and college. Nasty habit? Sure, but I miss it and wish cigarettes weren’t so bad for me.
- I miss clove cigarettes the most. A friend tells me it’s because I’ve always aspired to be Eurotrash.
- I’m really proud of my little brother for being such an awesome husband and father.
- I’m not sarcastic ALL the time.
- I decorate with objects that I love, which range from an old Royal typewriter to tea tins.
- The first concert I ever attended was Bon Jovi.
- I’ve seen Metallica in concert six times.
- I exhibited multiple signs of OCD when I was a kid. I remember wishing somebody would notice so that they could figure out what was wrong with me AND hoping that nobody would notice that there was something wrong with me.
- I think that my remaining obsessive-compulsive tendencies make me a better copy editor, writer and coder.
- I took Spanish in high school and French in college. When I try to speak either language I end up with a mishmash of both. Sacre gato!
- I’m pursuing my master’s degree in English mostly because I really enjoy the classes.
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