Monday, May 28, 2007

Seven things you don't want to know

Singing Owl tagged me for this meme while I was away; I told her I would do it, and I just remembered...So can I come up with seven things?

1. When I was ten or eleven years old, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Our vet let me hang around his clinic on Saturday mornings to observe what went on. After a few months my short attention span ran out, and that was the end of that. Years later I realized that although I love animals, I could never have passed (much less understood) the organic chemistry, etc. that I would have had to take in a pre-vet curriculum. My brain is totally Arts and Humanities.

2. The summer after fifth grade, I won a blue ribbon in dance at YMCA camp for a dance we performed to "Georgy Girl." Yes, I still remember some of the steps. No, I will not show you.

3. I have unusually short toes. I used to think that other people had creepy long toes, then I realized theirs were normal.

4. I am a "miracle baby." My parents, aged 43 and 41, were married for 20 years with no children--then they got a midlife surprise!

5. I only spent two weeks in first grade. Daddy had already taught me to read, and I was bored to tears with "Look, look. Oh, oh, oh." (Remember?)

6. I got to see the Beatles in Memphis on their last American tour, in 1966. Every August 19 I remember that concert, the longsuffering moms who brought us, how my friend Joy and I screamed, and how the boys in our group told us, "Shut up." But we didn't.

7. When we were kids, Joy and I were prolific authors. We dashed off numerous small volumes on a variety of topics, each titled The Best Book Ever. Alas, all have been lost, but I think I still have the manuscript of The Great American Novel, which we completed in junior high. We were also cutting-edge filmmakers. For my fiftieth birthday last year Joy sent me a VHS copy of our entire Super 8 oeuvre, including the surreal Tactis Tietacks and the dramatic Zorra's Sordid Adventures in an East Village Crashpad, both ca. 1969. (No, the adventures weren't really sordid. That was just to increase the box office.)

I'm not going to tag anyone, but let me know if you play!


SpookyRach said...

Love your seven things!

Look, look! Oh, oh, oh! made me laugh out loud.

Geeze, wish I could see Zorra's Sordid Adventures. It sounds great!

A Reader with Freakishly Long Toes.

Presbyterian Gal said...

The last Beatles tour! Today I'm jealous. But back then I would have yawned and turned back to my hideous crush on Dr. Kildare.

And toes! I would kill for short toes! I myself have 5 different peoples toes. Seriously. They don't match, shapewise or sizewise. When I mention it to pedicurists they look one second then flinch with an "ew".

Great list!, Thanks.

Singing Owl said...

THOSE were a great list! Wow!

You saw the Beatles, yes I'm jealous. I, too, learned to read before school, from my sister,who has tiny, short toes. Alas, I do not.


chartreuseova said...

You've got me wondering now.

I'm in my 40's and have always thought everyone I knew had grotesquely long toes too.

DogBlogger said...

Am I still a miracle baby if my parents were roughly the same age as yours when I was born, but already had 3 teenagers?

zorra said...

The toe thing! I didn't know that would strike such a nerve. Maybe we should all post pictures of our toes and we can decide what "normal" is!

No? OK.

Dogblogger, I'm sure your parents would say you were a miracle! Any way, we each are miracles. But being told for years that you were a miracle baby puts some wierd pressures on a person, believe me.

Diane said...

Your author period brought back memories. When I was in 6th grader, my best friend and I would spend afternoons writing together and reading to each other. I wrote a mystery, I believe. I don't remember what it was called.

I'm looking at my toes, too.

Lorna said...

You saw the Beetles live? my oh my... I went to the Beetles museum in liverpool in Liverpool earlier this month and it was GREAT

St. Casserole said...

I liked learning all of these things about you.

I wanted to see the Beatles!

Aren't toes wonderful?

Greg Sandell said...

Can you tell me how you came up with the title Tactis Tietacks for one of your 8mm home movies you made as a kid?

You surely wouldn't believe this, except that I have proof: I also made an 8mm film as a kid called Tactis Tietacks. You can watch it here: . PS the music and titles were added later.

I have no idea where i got the title from!