Monday, April 2, 2007

100 Things About Me

  1. I was born in Alabama, but spent the formative years in Arkansas and Louisiana. I'm not sure why I don't sound like someone on HeeHaw.
  2. I never met my father. My mother only knew him briefly. I have no idea what his real name is.
  3. I knew I was gay at a very young age.
  4. I don't remember very much about my childhood before the age of 5. Although I have some pretty vivid memories of a beach in Montgomery.
  5. I am deathly afraid of snakes and spiders, but I can watch them on TV (unlike my mother).
  6. I wanted braces all of my life, until I got them.
  7. I never ever think I'm the smartest person in the room.
  8. I wanted to be a drummer when I was a kid. My hero was Roger Taylor from Queen.
  9. I bought a book on breakdancing after seeing some cool video on television. I failed miserably but I never stopped admiring people who could do it.
  10. I lived in the projects until the age of 13.
  11. I attended a predominantly black middle school and was one of 6 white kids.
  12. I never had to study very much in middle and high school. College was a big shock and I thought I would flunk out.
  13. I thought I was going to be a mathematician when I was in grade school. Then I was run over by algebra.
  14. I had a paper route in the 4th grade and delivered them in the afternoon every day after school. When the schedule required that they be delivered in the morning before school, I quit.
  15. I spent all of my paper route earnings on comic books and candy. I never saved a cent.
  16. I was more of a DC than Marvel fan.
  17. I was on the tennis team in High School. I went to state in mixed doubles but lost in the first round. I threw up right before the match. Thus ended my career in athletics.
  18. I secretly hoped my father would show up and take me away from all the poverty and racism of the south.
  19. My mother was raised a pentecostal and I went to church with her exactly one time. There were people crying and speaking in tongues. I never went with her after that.
  20. I went to a baptist church and sunday school with friends from my high school.
  21. I have never thought very much about organized religion. I think it causes more problems than solves. I believe everyone has god in them.
  22. I did, however, pray for the "organizing force" to make me straight.
  23. I had crushes on Grizzly Adams, Charles Ingalls, and Steve Austin. I still do.
  24. I almost learned to play the clarinet. I did choir instead but I can't read music.
  25. I am a very lazy person.
  26. I am a very germ phobic.
  27. Number 25 and 26 are always fighting for dominance.
  28. I LOVE coffee and chocolate. Mochas are my idea of heaven.
  29. I'm much more of an upper person than a downer one.
  30. I thought I was the only person in my town who knew Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire.
  31. I wanted to be a New Romantic.
  32. I'm currently obsessed with knitting. Previous obsessions have been succulents, electronic music and typography.
  33. I used to watch a lot of TV. Now I don't own one.
  34. I watch a LOT of DVDs. We have a pretty big library.
  35. I took a lot of drugs as a undergraduate. Not quite as many in grad school. But then I made up for it when I moved to San Francisco.
  36. I used to work for a Global Apparel Manufacturer that is commonly known as an American Icon. I worked in the Publicity department.
  37. I met Lauryn Hill, Air, Basement Jaxx, Esthero, Black Eyed Peas, Jamiroquai, Phantom Planet, Massive Attack, Sasha. Digweed and a host of other DJs and celebutantes.
  38. I've always had a facility for language, but I'm usually too embarrassed to strike up a conversation in another language.
  39. I have an addictive personality.
  40. I have hazel eyes.
  41. I used to lay on our roof and try to get tan. I'm so shocked that I never developed any skin cancers.
  42. I graduated valedictorian of my high school.
  43. I almost flunked college managerial accounting. My mother was an accountant.
  44. I met my partner in a rock and roll bar. He was the bartender and assistant talent booker.
  45. We've been together for 5 years.
  46. I have a list of all the people I've ever slept with.
  47. My first boyfriend was twice my age.
  48. My grandmother taught me to crochet and knit as a child. I picked up the needles again about 2 years ago when my friend Moreno was working on socks and I made him show me how.
  49. I've never been to the Far East.
  50. I studied abroad my Junior year in college. Actually it was the Spring Semester and a portion of the summer. It was in Angers, France.
  51. I would like to live in another country for a while. Maybe France or Northern England, but I'd be happy with Canada or Mexico.
  52. My partner suffered an aneurysm during our 3rd year together. He is now a paraplegic. We are both hopeful that one day he can walk again.
  53. My mother died at the age of 52.
  54. My older brother, my younger sister and I all have different fathers.
  55. My brother lived with my great-grandparents in Arkansas until he was 16. Then he came to live with us in Louisiana.
  56. My very first musical purchase was the 45 rpm single of "Take A Chance" on Me by Abba.
  57. I think a war on anything solves nothing.
  58. I'm still friends with my best friends in college but I don't speak to any of my friends from high school.
  59. I've had LASIK surgery to correct my vision.
  60. The hair on my neck grows very fast and I have to have touch ups in between proper haircuts.
  61. I hate to drive.
  62. I can fall asleep in the back of a moving car in 5 minutes.
  63. I'd prefer to wash the dishes over cooking.
  64. Fresh breath is a priority in my life.
  65. I prefer thrift and vintage to brand new... except when it comes to shoes.
  66. I am quick to anger.
  67. I'm bad at admitting I'm wrong.
  68. I prefer to pee sitting down.
  69. I cannot poo in public stalls. I'm okay with a private room.
  70. My stress dream is usually about missing a final exam or about realizing at the end of the semester that I forgot to drop a class.
  71. I worry that I'm not enjoying my youth.
  72. I worry that I'm not growing up fast enough.
  73. My sister and her husband have two children and a dog. My brother and his wife have 2 donkeys and a goat.
  74. My brother is 6 years older than me and my sister is 6 years younger than me.
  75. I went back to graduate school at the age of 37 and finished my Master's Degree.
  76. We had a Peekapoo named Tigger when I was a teenager. He had epilepsy.
  77. I kept a diary for a brief period in high school and wrote in it backwards. I thought perhaps I would turn into Leonardo Da Vinci if I did this. I don't think it worked.
  78. I have a serious yarn monkey on my back.
  79. I used to think that wool was hideous but I have since learned that it comes in many fabulous forms.
  80. I prefer the knit stitch to the purl. I prefer stocking stitch to garter stitch. I prefer Fair Isle to Intarsia.
  81. I worship at the altar of Elizabeth Zimmerman.
  82. I love dry gardening.
  83. I prefer non-spiny succulents to cactus but I pretty much love them all.
  84. I prefer dry and hot to cold and wet but the worst is hot and humid.
  85. I am afraid of the dark.
  86. I love maple trees in the fall.
  87. I love the smell of peppermint and sandalwood.
  88. I can't eat fresh tomatoes but I could drink salsa. Bloody Mary's make me gag.
  89. I tried to be vegetarian when I lived in Austin. I couldn't do it. I blame the Salt Lick.
  90. I used to collect Swatch Watches. I still have my collection.
  91. My absolute all-time favorite groups are the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, The Magnetic Fields, Abba, Kraftwerk, New Order and the Smiths.
  92. I love jellyfish, octopus and squid/cuttlefish. If I had an aquarium, It would be filed with only these animals.
  93. If I could have a super power, I'd love to have chromatophores.
  94. I could eat breakfast food for every meal. I adore pancakes.
  95. I could watch Absolutely Fabulous/French & Saunders, Stranger With Candy and the Sopranos on a loop... and I do.
  96. I love a good horror film or thriller.
  97. I hate most action and war films.
  98. My favorite drinks are a lemon drop, closely followed by a filthy martini (3 olives) and finally a cosmopolitan made with a bit more cranberry and a little less Cointreau.
  99. I can't sleep in pajamas nor can I sleep in the nude.
  100. I prefer stout beer and I like it chilled.


  1. I love this list. I really want you to do one on your different hairstyles, with pictures.

  2. Thanks, Jon. That's a good future post. I'll start organizing. There were so many colors and cuts....

  3. Love your list!

    I also wanted to be a New Romantic, how funny.

  4. Oh, I also had LASIK and love the Smiths. But you and have so much in common taste-wise that it's pointless to point it all out!

  5. Hey, it's one of number 58. Love ya and miss ya like crazy!

  6. Your blog misses you, mike.

  7. I know. I'm sorry. I've been feeling poorly and lazy.... see #25. But I'm working my way out of that. Posts coming tonight....

  8. I loved your list describing your life... You should write a book!

  9. Thanks, Randi. I've been toying with the thought....