Cairi left me a comment way back around Christmas, tagging me for that fun 6 weird things meme. By that time, I'd fallen off the face of the earth, and never filled it out. But!! I'm here now, and I'm totally ignoring the ephemeral, quickly-staling nature of such things to tell you....
Six Weird Things About Me
1) I have almost no food hangups, but the ones I do have are odd. In context: as budget allows, I try to eat widely and intelligently, will try anything, in general take a great deal of pleasure in eating, and always clean my plate. Downmarket and upscale are both fine with me - a big sloppy burger with lots of fried onions and bacon sounds just as exciting as some precious little verrine of scallop tartare with osetra and fennel foam. As a kid, I grew up eating organ meats (cheap, you know) and things like salted squid guts (ethnic, you know); I still love marrow and tongues and codfish heads and Serious Kimchi. It strikes me as prety odd, then, that the only food-type items I strongly dislike would be ketchup (bottled) and chocolate (all kinds, in all forms).
2) I love karaoke - madly, truly, shamelessly. I also somehow already know, like, every single American pop song produced between 1959 and 1980 (thanks, Dad!). Add my complete lack of a voice and a little sake, and I am a threat to national safety.
3) I'm a certified PADI Rescue Diver, wakeboard avidly, and would love to learn to surf - but I can't swim worth a damn. An awkward dogpaddle is about the best I can do.
4) I have very strong personal preferences for certain spellings of some words. "Grey" over "gray", for example: "grey" just seems right, with its connotation of coolness, of absence. I also think it's better-looking on a page than "gray". Of course, I stick to standard American English orthography when working, but grudgingly.
5) Jeff and I play a game all the time where we make up secrets for people - usually, it's while we're flipping channels. We'll see a talking head - some nice associate professor of history talking about the unusual weather patterns of the 16th century, or something - and immediately start telling "secrets" about him to each other. You know, like, "When he's teaching, he wears tight black jeans and a black shirt with the top three buttons undone - with no undershirt. When it's cold out, he doesn't button all the way up - instead, he just wraps a scarf around his neck...so you still get that triangle of sparsely-thatched skin between the scarf and his shirt. Also? He goes to student parties, and totally enjoys himself."
6) Billy Bob Thorton would not be that far down on my list of celebrity crushes.