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25 random things about me

this is a facebook meme that’s currently going around. since i can’t leave well enough alone, i modified it to be “24 true random things about me, and one lie”.

i’m a contrarian. so sue me.

anyway, i’m reposting it here, because i’m lazy and because it was fun to write:

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Jamie’s Modified Rule: There are 24 true random things about me, and one false one. Can you spot the lie?

1. My first home was in a holler in Kentucky. It was at the top of the holler, which is a good thing when no one has indoor plumbing. Our house was one of the few that had plumbing, though only the toilet was inside. The bathtub, due to space considerations, was on the front porch.

2. My first pet was a dachshund that I named President Nixon.

3. My grandmother was a habitue of Chicago speakeasies, where she gained her lifelong habit of drinking only shots of whiskey. With few women in the speakeasies, many men would buy you mixed drinks that were heavy on the alcohol, and she wanted to carefully control her intake.

4. I French-kissed Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

5. Thinking I was bisexual, I married a woman who later came out as a lesbian. After our divorce she remained one of my best friends. No harm, no foul.

6. My partner Kirk and I were married in the home of Hedwig, the Jane Street Theater, by a Unitarian minister, with the reception hosted by Mistress Formika of Wigstock fame.

7. As a child, I was knocked unconscious when my sixth grade girlfriend hit me over the head with a Pepsi bottle. I had two-timed her.

8. Until my recent break in employment and return to school, I had been continuously employed since age eight.

9. My high school nickname was “Flash”. For various reasons.

10. I have eaten: chitlins, cracklins, rattlesnake, squirrel, andouillette sausage (see: chitlins), tripe, kidneys, liver, octopus, eel, sea anemone, possum, and lots of Peter Luger steak. I have not yet eaten sweetbreads. I was also a vegetarian for ten years, and a vegan for five or so of those.

11. I once picked watermelons, for one day, for very little pay.

12. I got braces on my teeth as a high school graduation present.

13. When younger, I could put both of my feet behind my head and walk on my hands.

14. I advised a high school journalism staff that produced one of the nation’s first desktop-published yearbooks, and the editor of that yearbook got a job after high school making twice what I did as a teacher. I also advised the nation’s first CD-ROM yearbook.

15. I have Morton’s Toe.

16. As a child, I was knocked unconscious when I attempted to take a door off the hinges while standing on a chair. The door’s spring closer, contrary to what I thought, did have some spring remaining.

17. I have owned the domain name “” since 1998.

18. I have been in each of the 48 states of the continental U.S.

19. I shook hands with Bill Clinton.

20. My first car was a 1965 Rambler American 4-door sedan. I paid $200 for it, put nearly 75,000 more miles on it, and sold it for $275.

21. Until I moved to Reading, PA, each time I moved was to successively larger cities.

22. As a child, I was knocked unconscious when diving headfirst into the television. I thought Romper Room was a place I could get to that way.

23. I peed in the bathroom at CBGB’s.

24. I once had a burger and a beer with Anthony Bourdain.

25. I have a lovely one bedroom coop apartment in New York for sale.


  1. Oh! This looks like a funny meme!
    Uhm… I think the false one is #4 (or maybe #13)
    I’ll try to do this meme! (but in spanish)

    Posted on 31-Jan-09 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  2. hi zim,

    i ran your list through the google translator and understood most of it : ) looks like you had as much fun with it as i did.

    by the way, for me #18 is the lie!

    Posted on 01-Feb-09 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Yes, it was a lot of fun!!
    The #18 is not a lie! You can guess again or ask for the answer. =)

    Posted on 01-Feb-09 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  4. i meant that on my list #18 is the lie. i haven’t been to all 48 states. I’ll check your site for your lie : )

    Posted on 02-Feb-09 at 8:01 am | Permalink
  5. Oops! I misunderstood your comment! Sorry!
    So how many states did you really visited? :O

    Posted on 02-Feb-09 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
  6. i haven’t been to maine, vermont, new hampshire, arkansas, oklahoma, michigan, wisconsin, minnesota, nebraska, north dakota, south dakota, or iowa. so i guess that’s 36 of the 48 states i’ve been to. and I haven’t been to alaska or hawaii either : )

    Posted on 03-Feb-09 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  7. ClothSueOctagonSkirt

    Anthony Kiedis? For true??? details? How’d that happen, and how do I do it too? 🙂

    Posted on 03-Feb-09 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  8. i djed at a nightclub in jacksonville beach called einstein-a-go-go, and rhcp played there, and he kissed a lot of people hello. i guess it was the fashion then. it was over in a microsecond. it’s not like we sucked face for five minutes : )

    Posted on 04-Feb-09 at 5:42 am | Permalink

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