Sunday, January 18, 2009

7 Things Meme...

I've been debating about whether or not I was going to participate in this Meme over the last week or so, but as more and more people do it, I feel that I should get on the bus too. I like reading about other people, and I guess it's only fair to share back. The only part I haven't done is tag 7 additional people to do this as well. I may add that later. I'm also planning to add a "7 More Things" post in the next couple of days to compliment this list of 7 Things you don't need to know, with 7 things you *DO* need to know--so be on the lookout for that!

7 Things You Don’t Need to Know:
  • I was a DJ for several months at an Alternative Radio Station back in college, where I was introduced to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, The Dead Milkmen, Camper Van Beethoven, Sonic Youth, and They Might Be Giants, along with many other bands I still enjoy today.
  • I went to college specifically to become a Marine Biologist. My entire childhood practically was spent collecting shells, maintaining aquariums & breeding fish, and reading about science, specifically marine sciences. I ended up graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology because of a physics requirement I didn’t complete, but 90% of my college science classes were ocean/marine related. If you want to know the Latin binomial names for beach grass, a dolphin, or any member of the conch family—email me.
  • My first teaching moment, after I was hired at an Elementary School as a Special Education assistant, involved a picture book and a 2nd grade student suspected of having a Multiple Personality Disorder who shared with me that “the devil comes out of me when I have candy.” This was AFTER I had given her a ½ bag of M&M’s, which she voraciously ate. I told her to cover her mouth so that the devil couldn’t escape and sent her back to her regular class.
  • My favorite place in the whole world is at the North End of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the Intracoastal Waterway comes in. I specifically like low tide, early in the morning, when I’m on the beach by myself as the sun comes up. When I’m out there completely alone, I sing.
  • I’ve done some cool things: I’ve written a novel (about a psychic kid), I’ve been an extra in a couple of movies (Sleeping With The Enemy & Simple Justice-A Biopic about Thurgood Marshall), am Nationally Certified in Science, made it to the Regional Level for North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, am an Eagle Scout, written songs for a country band, have stood within 15 feet of the Queen of England, and I’ve been inside Anne Frank’s house.
  • I like Superhero movies and hope that they soon make a Wonder Woman movie, as I LOVED the TV series w/ Lynda Carter when I was a child. I’ve heard Beyonce is in talks to be Wonder Woman and I would be thrilled with that. In addition, the first Batman movie with Michael Keaton is my favorite, mainly because Prince did the soundtrack.
  • When I was a teenager, I participated in a youth public speaking program through the Toastmaster’s club to help me get over a fear of speaking in public. For the final session, there was a contest and I tried to be creative with the alliterative use of the letter “P.” I crafted a speech made up almost entirely of words that began with or contained the letter “P” as I thought I was being original and innovative. It was not meant to be funny, and I was mortified when the crowd howled with laughter and heartbroken when my speech didn’t even garner an honorable mention. I still feel a twinge of that moment from time to time when speaking to large groups.


  1. All very cool items. It's been a pleasure to get to know you this year - both in-person and virtually!



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