Thursday, May 10, 2007

The random 7

I have been tagged twice. More than a few days ago by Pokettiger and more recently by Zany Mama. Zany Mama just getting back at me cause I tagged her and she is meme-a-phobic. I have been mulling this one around in my head since that first tag. Even made notes, you know, as if I'm writing some kind of masterpiece. Ya, right, what-ever.

7 random facts/habits about oneself, I would think that you don't know. So, here I will spill 7 things about me, that a lot of you (but not all - gah!) don't already know.

1. I have had 9 (nine) knee operations. I was born with mal-aligned tendons, which caused my knees to dislocate/subluxate frequently. The first incident I was in grade 1. It was at that very time, the first ortho doc who saw us flagged it and told us I would eventually need corrective surgery. He figured when I was 16 years old, or full grown as they didn't like to do such procedures before growth plates were full. The condition worsened over the years to a point that I required my first surgery when I was 12. I have had 8 more since then, the most recent being in 1996. I don't know if I will need anymore, but do have arthritis from all the 'work' and will more than likely need knee replacement surgery in my later years.

2. I almost made it to the Olympics. As an athlete, not a spectator. I had been spectator at both 1976 Montreal Summer Games, and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games. It was 1984 when my dream was to come true and compete as a swimmer. I went to the trials. I didn't make it, but I could have, and should have. I don't regret any moment from my swimming career, but do wish that I'd made those Games.

3. I am a bit of a Titanic nut. Way before the movie was ever made, had read books, done school projects, seen other films, documentaries about the famous ill fated ship. I love that movie so much, no matter how Hollywood it is. I have also been to the Museum and Graveyard in Halifax to further satisfy my interest in this historical event. I have enjoyed hours on the web getting lost in this.

4. I am educated. You may wonder about that, but it's true! I have two university degrees. I did apply them and work for 14 years after graduating, but now there are times I wonder. I loved university. Great experience which taught me more than just academics.

5. I was once a smoker, for a short period of time. It was the spring/summer of 1988. I had been one of those party-girl get drunk have a smoke to get a quick buzz on occasion, but then started dating a smoker. So, it was easy to join along, likely cause all we did was party. And you know what? I liked it. I really did. It is so easy to understand how smokers get started, and why it is so hard for them to stop. That fall I moved out west and have not had one since. Do I ever still find myself wanting one? Sure.

6. In a previous meme, I answered that I had once unsuccessfully saved a life. I was a lifeguard (for years, bestest job ever!). There was a noon hour cardiac group swim that was a popular event, with many older swimmers. They loved it so much, many of them popping their nitro pills at the end of each length of swimming. One older lady didn't quite make it. By the time we got her out of the pool, she was dead. The fire station/paramedics are right next door, their ETA to the pool was always less than 3 minutes. My supervisor knew the situation, and as required, we are to perform all safety measures no matter. So, she asked me to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived. It was a form of professional training, so to speak. I broke every rib on the first compression. I will never forget that experience. Nor will I ever forget how grateful her family was towards us, not only for trying to save her, but for giving her one of the highlights of her week by providing these individuals with a chance to swim.

7. I am a lazy ass. I am untidy. I don't organize or keep anything in order. My closets, the office, the storage room. All of them a complete mess. I haven't filed a bill in almost 5 years, they are in a pile next to the box that is overflowing, cause I just throw them in there. I don't put anything away where it belongs. I don't clean up the toys if I don't feel like it. I don't do any cleaning, if I don't feel like it. I would show you pics to prove it, but I am as embarrassed about it as I am too much of a lazy ass to do that too.

Now the deal is that I am supposed to tag 7 other people, and since there is no way in hell that Dani would have 7 things to tell us about her that we don't already know (HA HA!) I am gonna change the system and ask you to leave a comment and tell us at least ONE thing about yourself that is unknown and interesting.

Read. Set. Go.


Blogger Marla said...

I used to model.

Okay, so it when I was a teenager, in hair shows and for hairstyle books. I'd give up my head of hair and get the kind of cuts you see in the books at your hair salon in the eighties. My has a certain quality that takes precision cuts well (fine, super straight and more follicles per square inch than the average human) and to this day I often get free haircuts at my friend's salon when they are training new stylists and they want to check the quality of their work.

I don't talk about it much now, because well, those glory days were so long ago, and now I'm just all about the free haircuts.

2:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Gnightgirl said...

My toenails have been painted for as long as I can remember. It's ridiculous, but if I go an hour without polish, I kind of flip out, wondering whose feet have been attached to the end of my legs. I don't recognize them.

5:06 PM EDT  
Blogger Zany Mama said...

My name is Zany Mama, and I'm a meme-ophobe.

Since you outed me on that one, let me think of something else.

I am allergic to marijuana. That's right. The wacky tobacky gives me flu-like symptoms that are very unpleasant.

10:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Marni said...

I've been to the Titanic museum in Halifax as well! It was an awesome experience... even though the day we went was in the middle of a hurricane!

7:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Silver Creek Mom said...

I will do this meme next week, like you I will have to think on the matter.

WOW That many Knee surgeries. I knew you had a couple...but..>WOW.

7:38 AM EDT  
Blogger BeachMama said...

Hey! I never knew you were a smokin' kind of gal ;).

Me too. Although I think I smoked a lot longer than you. Off and on as a casual smoker until I met Hubby and it became more permanant. I have been smoke free for five years, Hubby for one. And yes, I do miss it sometimes. And yes, I now think it's disgusting and don't know how I did it for so many years :).

8:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous Elle said...

9 knee surgeries? Do you have any knees left? I love Titanic too btw!

10:11 AM EDT  
Blogger pokettiger said...

Great list Nancy! Thank you for playing along.

One thing about me - I've broken 5 bones. All of the following required casts - My right foot in 4th grade, my left foot in 6th grade, my thumb in 6th grade, my pinky finger in 8th grade and a temporary cast for a possibly fractured arm in 9th grade. Last but not least my nose was broken at the age of 20 when someone opened their car door in front of me while I was riding my bike.

1:05 PM EDT  
Blogger coffeypot said...

I’m an ordained minister, although I don’t like or believe in organized religion. My stepdaughter, Dr. Amber, is a total nonbeliever, but she and her male pal were thinking about getting married. Not out of any true love feelings (although they definitely have them,) but out of the need for health insurance coverage that one had and the other didn’t. So I went on line, wrote a paper about my beliefs and paid $30 and became a legally ordained minister. But the noninsured person got hired full time and started to receive benefits, so the marriage thing is on hold for now. But if any of you feel the need, well, I’m here.

12:10 AM EDT  

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