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10 Things About Me

The “Ten Things About Me” meme that everybody is doing sounds fun. In the meme, people post 10 facts about themselves, 8 of which are true and 2 are false. And people guess which are false. The catch is that you have to guess both falsehoods at once. Feel free to give your own lists in the comments and I’ll try to guess.

My list:

1. I’m busy planning my wedding to the man of my dreams.

2. The name I use to refer to myself in my own mind is El.

3. I got baptized last year.

4. I met my husband online.

5. I kept ladybugs as pets when I was a kid.

6. My best friend voted for Trump.

7. I haven’t looked up any of my exes on Facebook, not even my ex-husband.

8. I have never seen an episode of the Game of Thrones.

9. My favorite place on this continent is Washington DC.

10. I’m seeing my psychoanalyst on Fridays.

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70 thoughts on “10 Things About Me

  1. David Bellamy on said:

    #1 and #10 are false. Were we supposed to send our answers via email??

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  2. I would have to guess #1 and #6. I’m pretty sure you’re legally married already, and I can’t see you doing a ceremony after the fact or for a vow renewal (maybe as an exercise for mental health?). I can imagine you having friends who voted for Trump (because who doesn’t), but not your best friend.

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  3. David Bellamy on said:

    My statements:
    1. I have operated a nuclear reactor.
    2. I was born while FDR was President.
    3. I have parachuted from an airplane, but I am not a member of the caterpillar club.
    4. Despite an impaired sense of rhythm, I have danced in several ballet performances.
    5. I don’t use notes when I lecture.
    6. I read slowly.
    7. I compose mathematical articles directly in LaTeX.
    8. Unlike most student pilots, it took me 40 hours of dual instruction before I soloed.
    9. I do not like driving a car with an automatic transmission.
    10. My all time favorite movie is Catwoman. Its mythic structure is amazing.

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  4. 1 and 8 are false.

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  5. David Bellamy on said:

    My apologies… three of mine are false.

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  6. Stringer Bell on said:

    9&10.

    The wording of 1 is vague. What if you were planning a wedding, but weren’t busy planning a wedding?

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    • Stringer Bell on said:

      That was my inner David Bellamy speaking. I love how precise he is with language, as any mathematician should be!

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    • I don’t play such little tricks. If it’s false, it’s completely false. So, for instance, I wouldn’t do “10 is false because I’m seeing him on Thursdays and not on Fridays”! That would spoil the fun.

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  7. Nobody guessed so far. 🙂

    I’m very inscrutable.

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  8. 2 and 9

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  9. I’m gonna go with 4 and 10 being false (based on what might be memories of what I’ve read here)….

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  10. No winner yet. 🙂

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  11. Anonymous on said:

    I am a history major.
    Ice cream is my greateset weakness when it comes to junk food.
    Part of my family hails from New England.
    I am not into garish fashions, my style is a simple, classic look.
    I have already decided who I want the Democratic nominee to be in 2020.
    I have been reading this blog for about 10 years.
    I have never been in a romantic relationship.
    My parents are atheists.
    I’m somehwere between the ages of 18-25.
    I have been sexually harrassed by male coworkers.


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  12. 3and 9

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  13. And still no winner…

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  14. Shakti on said:

    No idea.

    2 & 5, for fun.

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  15. 1 and 4?

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  16. DWeird on said:

    6&10?

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  17. DWeird on said:

    There are only 90 possibilities here, and no policy against excessive comments yet. 😀 We can get this cracked in an evening if we put our fingers to it!

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  18. Stringer bell on said:

    3&9

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  19. I’ll say… 6 and 8.

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  20. Spiderbaby on said:

    I’ll go with 4 and 7.

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  21. Sorry, no winner yet.

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  22. I’ll say 3 and 8

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  23. Stringer bell on said:

    10 has to be 100% false.

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  24. Please put us out of our misery! Which ones are false?

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  25. 8 and 10?

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  26. 2 + 10

    OR

    3+10

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  27. Evelina Anville on said:

    I’m back after a long hiatus! And this is a fun one to come back to. I’m saying 8 and 9. I think you like Montreal best? And maybe Chicago. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard you mention Game of Thrones. Everything else seems true. 🙂

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  28. Okay, now we’re in puzzle territory. Based on your previous comments of “a person got one, but not both” (assuming that means not “two people got one, but not both”, but that is an assumption) and “still no winner yet” but no specification on if they got at least one correct, I’ve done process of elimination. It has to be one of 2,3,4,5 and one of 6,8,9 (super helpful, I know), but not 2+9 or 3+9. We have a 1 in 10 chance now people! (Assuming someone hasn’t gotten it in the latest handful of comments.) I’m going to with 2+8?

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  29. 7 and 9? (I think you’ve said you love Montreal). I’m sure I could figure this out by searching various keywords in your blog history, but really, where’s the fun in that? 🙂

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  30. 9 and 10 are false.

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  31. Demotrash on said:

    5&9?

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  32. Fie upon this quiet on said:

    I think 3 and 9 are false.

    Here are mine:

    I have a degree in music.
    I have been to Europe three times, but I’ve never been to New York City.
    I’m an internationally published writer.
    The first time I smoked a cigarette was when I was 6 six years old.
    I used to be extremely religious.
    I have unfriended more than fifty people on FB because of politics.
    I’m presenting at a conference in Hawaii in November this year.
    I’ve visited the Emergency Room twice in the last six years, thinking I was probably going to die.
    I met my husband online before dating sites were a thing.
    I dated an Indian man for a year in college and he broke up with me to marry a women he had only met once.

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    • It’s easier for me because I read your FB. 🙂 But it’s still not super easy. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 are definitely true. So I’ll go with 1 and 10.

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      • Fie upon this quiet on said:

        😊 Actually 4 and 6 are incorrect. I smoked my first cigarette when I was 9, not 6. And I’ve only unfriended about ten people after the election, because I pretty much am only friends with reasonable (non-Trump supporting) people. The closer-Trump supporters eventually outed themselves, and I unfriended them.

        The rest are true. Are any of them surprising?

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        • Fie upon this quiet on said:

          Ugh. Should say closet-Trump supporters.

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        • It is surprising that you’ve never been to NYC. And that you got the funding for Hawaii.

          But how did you meet your husband online do long ago?

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          • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

            Well, after the Indian fellow dumped me to marry a woman he’d met once, I went on a sort of crazy depression phase, got into another bad relationship, then out of it, then lost all my friends as a result of leaving that relationship. My only friend left was in the military in Arizona, and I’d known him since first grade. Back then, in 1999, long distance was still an expensive problem, so he introduced me to Yahoo Messenger and said we could talk on there. I felt stupid only having one friend on Messenger, though, so I searched Yahoo profiles for people to talk to and met several women and men through that by looking for people who were interested in similar things. Hubby was one of those people, so we chatted on messenger and really liked each other. He was living in Michigan, and I was living in Indiana. I asked if he’d like to meet up and hang out the following weekend. He said yes, and since then (October 16th, 1999), we’ve been together ever after.

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            • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

              The story of my first date with hubby is fairly interesting, too. I wrote a short story about it. It’s in queue to be published by on online litmag called Mused, but I’m not sure of the date yet.

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  33. 5 and 9?

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  34. We have a winner!!!

    Details to follow in a new post!

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  35. Dreidel on said:

    As long as we’re playing this game…

    I delivered a baby on an airplane en route from Sigonella to Naples.
    I’m an internationally published writer.
    I was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease 25 years ago.
    I was born while FDR was President.
    My first pet was a snake given to me by two angry nurses.
    I can see through camouflage patterns that would fool 90% of the people on this website.
    I almost got married many years ago.
    I voted for a Democrat exactly once in my life.

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    • I think the snake and the almost got married part are not true. I can’t imagine you even accidentally considering marriage.

      Two and ten i know for sure are true.

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      • Dreidel on said:

        Good guessing — you’re half-right.

        I would NEVER consider getting married. Every place I was ever stationed in the military, I was always the only single senior officer on base — one wise man in a village of idiots.

        The snake story is true. To be such a nice guy, somehow I’ve managed to make some people VERY mad along the way.

        I was born while Truman was President, exactly one week after FDR died.

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  36. Here’s mine!

    I’ve been an undergrad for the past six years.
    I once wrote a play that was staged.
    I was born during a blizzard.
    I’ve had a stalker.
    I’ve never had a boyfriend.
    My first job was wearing an Elmo costume.
    I got my license last year.
    I once spent an most of an entire summer reading research papers.
    I was born with pneumonia.
    I started reading before kindergarten.

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    • These are not easy. Ok, I’ll try but it’s mostly just random guessing.

      Blizzard and Elmo aren’t true.

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      • Those two are actually true! I was born during a blizzard in which the snow reached the roof of my family’s mobile home. We moved from there when I was three for non-snow-related reasons.

        My first job was as a character actor. I dressed as Elmo and posed for photos with kids. I was also the Easter bunny one year (it was hot, so I sat the whole time, and a lot of people thought it wasn’t a costume but a giant stuffed rabbit. I had fun scaring some young couples).

        On the other hand, I don’t have a license, and I didn’t really start reading before kindergarten. Rather, I listened to books on tape and memorized them to the point where I would “read” them–and include the chime to turn the page.

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  37. Totally OT, on the anti-literature post above (I am not a passworder) I have realized I am in your situation: nobody wants to teach grammar in context, and nobody understands that you need exposure to language to acquire it, and everyone wants more and more grammar exercises and explanations so that people “learn the language, so as to then later be able to use it.” This is an attitude that was considered old-fashioned many decades ago and that has come back in a super-virulent form. AAARGH.

    (It’s neoliberalism–content-gree learning.)

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