Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Power of Ten--or Fifteen...

My friend Melissa (check her out) ran a feature on her blog today that I think it would be fun to emulate.

She did a "10 Things About My Disability" post that I thought was very informative and witty. And while I don't have a disability, per se, I do have a unique perspective. So I thought it might be fun to tell you fifteen things about myself.

So, onward!

1. I am not contagious. I know, this was Mel's first point, but really. You can't catch gay. What you can catch from hanging out with me, though, is well-timed humor and maybe a laugh or a yawn.

2. I am a bibliophile. My room is filled with stacks of books in front of shelves full of books. And on top of those shelves? Books. I adore them, how they look and smell, the sound of turning pages, the magic of words passed through time. It's a vacation in the comfort of my home, and I love it.

3. I always wanted a Chia Pet. Since the first time I saw the commercials during Thundercats and Transformers when I was just a tiny Viewtiful_Justin. I asked my mother to get me one. I wanted them for birthdays and Christmases every year for what felt like ages. And I never got one.

4. I have a thing for firefighters. It's true. Joe Regular? Meh. But when I find out he's a firefighter, his hot points go up five-fold. The hat, the coat, the trucks...all of it. I don't know any reason why this is. I've tried to explain it, and I've plumbed the depth of my childhood. Nothing. But I do.

5. I have an irrational fear of being abandoned in a public place. I don't care if it's a grocery store I go to three times a week and I'm the one with the car keys; if I look up and I can't see you, I get nervous. Anxious. And I have to stop shopping and come find you. I've never been abandoned in a public place. I've never really been abandoned anywhere. But if I can't see you...I'm afraid.

6. I used to have a great memory, but now...not so much. I was a vault. Lock it away and never lose it. Now? It's more like a sieve. Lots of holes...I put something there, and when I go to look for it again in ten minutes...gone! Names, dates, ideas...gone! That is, unless I write it down. If I put pencil to paper and make those marks,

7. I had a great one for number seven, and then I forgot it while writing the last one...hrmmm....oh! I got it! I was going to say that I love to sing. And I do! If there is a song on the radio that I know, I will be singing along. Not well, mind you, but singing along nonetheless. And if I don't know it? I'll be singing along by the second chorus. And, because of that, I judge a lot of music based on its singability. If it's not fun to sing along, I probably don't like it.

8. My feet are cold. Unless I am wearing shoes, I can guarantee you that my feet are cold. I'm sure it's poor circulation, although I've never been diagnosed or even checked out. But I've heard "Your feet are like ice!" enough times to know it's true.

9. I try to figure you out. When I am in public and I see two people together or a group of friends are all around one table at a restaurant, I try to figure out the dynamics of the group. I like to see if they seem like they're on a first date or it it's someone's birthday, if it's a work group or a school study date. I love figuring people out. People the extreme!!!

10. I find rudeness deplorable. When I say hello to a cahsier, I expect a response. When I talk to someone, I expect their attention. I hate seeing people come through the drive at work while they're on their cell phone. It bothers me even more to see them talking while they're inside and I'm waiting on them. I can't imagine how people could think that it's okay to do this. It's rude, and it's unacceptible. It's important to be polite.

11. I have written three novels. Each year I participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and every year I've participated, I've won, which means I've finished three 50,000 word novels, each in 30 days in the month of November. It's crazy amouonts of fun. But...the funny thing is that I've never edited one of them. Never even gone back and read them.

12. I'm a gamer. Many, many hours of my childhood were spent (not wasted, spent) in front of the television with a Nintendo controller in my hand. Not Sega. Not Playstation. Nintendo. I am and have always been a die-hard Nintendo fan...although right now they're working very hard to lose my affections--what with their lack of games for true gamers and their mountains of shitty shovelware crap. But, I digress. The fact is, I play, and I always have.

13. I like pirate slang. When I greet people, it's "Ahoy-hoy." Sometimes when I finish packing things at work I say, "Thar she blows." And sometimes, for no reason, I let fly with a "Yarrr." But I don't particularly care for pirates or the Disney Pirate movies. It's just...a love for the sound of it all.

14. It's a texture thing. This is the line I use when I don't like a food. I love cheese, and I love yogurt, but cottage cheese? Those little lumps turn me off. Baked beans, kidney beans, navy beans? Grainy texture. Ick. Same with peas. And marshmallows? Don't even get me started on marshmallows! I don't understand how something can be simultaneously puffy, slimy, chalky, and squishy at the same time. Eww. Add Peep's crunchy sugar coating and you've got the most revolting thin on the planet.

15. I love. There is so much hatred in this world, and only love can set it straight. I want to try to do my part to reverse the ravages of hate. So, I love. I love people and animals. I love quirks and mannerisms, accents and hair colors. I love facial tics and fashion, expressions and emotions. I just try to love. And I fail at this regularly, but I'm always trying. And really, that's all that matters.

What are some things that people don't know about you? Post them up and let me know about them!



Emily said...

1: props on your novel completion. I have to force myself to go back and edit, too. But if you want to get published, you must edit. So edit I shall.

2: Pirates are everywhere lately. Vanity Fair, the news, nurseries, and now here. Awesome.

Good list.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Thanks! I know I have to edit...I just haven't had enough obligation to do it. Ugh. I need to be motivated...And honestly, I think the reason I haven't gone back to read them is that I'll find out that they're not complete crap and THEN have to edit them. :-P

9volter said...

I hate rudness too... I'm sure everyone hate it but really, I've got a lot of pbms to control myself with rude people.
That's a funny thing to do, isn't it? Did you learn sth about you in the end? I did...a little : )

Shokoofeh said...

Hi dear Justin. thanks for your comment.

have a great day!

David said...

To quote Anne of Green Gables, “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think." Not so much the Chia Pet or fear of abandonment, but firefighters (three were jogging on my way home from work yesterday), singing, and basically 8-11 and 13-15 for sure. Alas, I'm not a gamer. Creating has always dominated my life.

Argent said...

I found your list interesting and a surpising (or not) number of the items match things I would say in my list: the books, singing, rudeness, etc. The fear of abandonment is intriguing, wonder whee that came from. I'm thinking of doing a list now.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

@ 9 volter - I did learn something about myself.

@ Shokoofeh - No problem! I enjoy your blog.

@Dav - It's nice to know I'm not alone...and...JOGGING FIREMEN?! I'm so there! you have a blog yourself that you're willing to share? Just curious.

@ Argent - I'd love it if you did a list! I like to see other people's conceptions of themselves.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm...firemen? Can you say rubber fetish? Water-sports? Ha.

I, too, dislike foods because of texture. Lima beans and peaches...yuck. And I'm with you about the marshmallows.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Good to know! rubber fetish and NO watersports. Just...firemen.

David said...

Firemen. Preferably sans rubber. [Insert goofy grin here.]

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Amen to that. :-P