Well, I'm bending to Facebook's peer pressure and have created this list of 25 random facts about me that I thought I would share with you. Here goes:
1. I was born in Portland, Maine and have lived in North Carolina, Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Salvador, Brazil. Some places I've lived longer than others, but I've learned something from every place I've lived.
2. I was a social worker for 10 years.
3. I came out when I was about 27.
4. I'm addicted to coffee.
5. I'm allergic to cats, horses, dust, pollen, almonds and various types of fruit.
6. When I was 10 years old, I got alopecia areata, which is a disease that causes your hair to fall out. This disease changed my life and has made me the person I am today.
7. I saw 42 Grateful Dead concerts when I was between the ages of 17-21.
8. I don't know how many times I've seen the band Phish play, but it's well over 100. My first show was in 1987.
9. When I was 22-23 I worked at a ski resort cleaning condos. My friend and I would spit on the fur coats that we found in people's rooms.
10. I was a vegetarian for 17 years. Now I eat meat.
11. I'm an avid reader. When I was a child my mother had to pry books out of my hands at the dinner table. That said, living in Brazil has been interesting for me because I've had to rely on cast-off books from other travelers. English books here are really expensive! Because of this, I've read some really interesting books that I never would have read.
12. I'm a serial hobbyist. I get really really into something, almost to the point of obsession, keep at it for a number of years and then move onto something else. I sometime wonder if this means I have commitment issues.
13. One of the most beautiful natural sights I have ever seen is the waterfalls of Foz de Iguacu, which is located on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
14. I'm fluent in Portuguese and want to learn Spanish.
15. I've had three dogs in my life (Homer, Jack and Ruckus) and consistently had dogs from age 20-37. It's been three years now since I've had a dog and while I miss the companionship, I wonder if I'm really ready to commit to a dog again.
16. I don't wear makeup but I'm really picky about the health and beauty products that I use. I was sad to hear when Clorox bought Burt's Bees, but I'm still using their lip balm, deodorant, and baby oil.
17. My favorite movie of all time is "Harold and Maude".
18. I didn't vote in the last election because I didn't get my shit together in time with the absentee ballot. I feel guilty because I can't participate in the "I voted for Obama" euphoria, but I'm really glad he won.
19. I would do almost anything to help a friend and I have.
20. I walked on fire once. It was part of a workshop that I attended about experiential education and it was pretty mind blowing.
21. On that note, I used to be a fire dancer. I sometimes wonder how good I would be now if I had kept at it.
22. I love chocolate and have kind of an out of control sweet tooth.
23. When I lived in the US I didn't watch TV. Now I find myself watching pretty stupid American reality shows (A Double Shot at Love anyone?!). I think it's an attempt to stay in tune with American culture. I hope I can stop again when I go back to the US.
24. My best friend committed suicide when we were both 29. I still miss her.
25. I've been trying all my life to be a happy person and have been moderately successful at this.