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Seven true things … more or less

I have to admit it was weird not checking in daily on Virtualworld. But with my two “away” sons home, and all the preparations for and celebrating of Christmas, I really had no choice. Today, I almost feel like a stranger on my own blog. So I guess it’s appropriate that I had to think about myself for this post.

When Tricia first presented me this award, she called it Seven Secrets and I thought, No way am I going to reveal any secrets. Then, I saw that another friend, Candice, called it simply Seven Things on her blog. Recipients are supposed to reveal seven things others may not know about them. I realized that only a few of the readers of this blog know me in Realworld, and even they know me only in a “professional” way. So … really … I could say anything and how would you know if I told the truth? Actually, all but one of the following are true. And, like my friend Kasie, I decided to go with eight things … just because I could.

1.  I can’t swim. I learned to swim when I was three, but at eight, I nearly drowned and ever since, I panic in water above my waist.

2.  I have only one lung. Due to illness, when I was thirteen, I had a pneumonectomy.

3.  I’ve seen a ghost. I had smelled the flowery perfume of this entity for some time, but on this particular day I was working on a portrait when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something on the stairs. I turned my head slightly, without raising it, and on the bottom step, I could see the shoes and dress bottom of a woman (c.1910 vintage.) Too afraid to view the ghost directly, I turned my head back to the portrait and, for a moment, sat frozen before I bolted for the front door. I never told my neighbor the reason for my impromptu visit.

4.  I tend to read magazines from back to front. I’ve always done this, but I don’t know why. It’s somewhat confusing. I never do this with books.

5.  I inherited nearly half a million dollars. However, due to a personal vow, I gave it all away … to responsible charities, I assure you.

6.  I’ve come this close to choking to death two times. The first time, I was about six and was sitting at the table with my father and grandfather. I choked on a piece of bacon. I remember being surprised that I couldn’t breathe, then scared, but I didn’t alert either of them. My world started going black around the edges. The next thing I knew, the room was bright again, the bacon was gone, and my father and grandfather were still carrying on their conversation.

The second time, I was in my late twenties and was eating pizza with my husband and another couple. I realized I couldn’t breathe. They all looked at me when I jumped out of my chair, and I remember seeing the moment they realized I was choking, but I also saw their panic and knew they had no idea what to do. I had one clear thought, I’m going to die. Then, acting purely on mother’s instinct, my friend Karen jumped up and jerked my arm straight up. The force ejected the bit of pizza crust and I could breathe again.

7.  I gave my very important final report for sixth grade social studies on Atlantis. I apparently had a tolerant teacher; she gave me an A.

8.  Lukewarm food disgusts me. Hot food should be served hot. I even pre-heat the plates at my house. (Btw, I have no idea who Luke is, or why he’s so wishy-washy.)

Now, the award rules say you’re supposed to nominate other people, but I hate to put anyone on the spot. So, please copy the graphic and blog a list of seven unknown facts about yourself or, at least, share one here in a comment. I’m oh so very curious, but I just hate to pry.

And which of my facts do you suppose is not true?

16 thoughts on “Seven true things … more or less”

  1. Hi Linda,

    I’m also guessing that #5 isn’t true, I can’t imagine anyone giving away a million dollars, and since Tricia also sent me flowers and I’ve been racking my brain to think of anything interesting to reveal about myself I won’t mention anything here. Oh, maybe I will say that I’m not very good at sharing person things about myself!!!

    May all your dreams and wishes become reality in 2010! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.


    1. I did have a wonderful Christmas, which I always do when all my kids are home. Thank you for the new year’s wish and I’m sending the same to you.


  2. You are a fascinating woman, Linda. I’m too lazy to see if Tricia spelled velour right but since WordPress is underlining it, I’m guessing she didn’t. It’s good that she’s so cute, don’t you think?


    1. Actually, Tricia, did spell velour right, so now we know never to trust WP spell-check. And yes, if she wasn’t cute, I couldn’t associate with her. 😉


  3. Never trust spell check (and certainly never trust grammar check). These were programmed by computer nerds, for god’s sake, not writers! (Not that I don’t love computer nerds — some are very dear to me.)

    My (not very) secret. I had a fight with a CorningWare dish about 2 years ago and lost the feeling on the outside of my left pinky. Despite surgery, it still hasn’t returned. The numb, tingly feeling is annoying, but not tragic.

    Doc says I must be careful when testing temperature and setting down things like coffee cups, since apparently we use this set of nerves to judge hot/cold and find the edges of surfaces. Good to know.


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