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06:24 am: I probably would have done this earlier...
...but I couldn't think of enough things to make a full list. Getting tagged by sara_tanaquil, though, is too guilt inducing.

1. I used to love wearing cowboy boots.

2. Unless there is a filling on the verge of falling out, I eat my sandwiches crust-first, then bite out the four corners.

3. This is because I thought it was cool when I noticed long ago it made the sandwich look like the cross on He-Man's breastplate, and the habit stuck.

4. I wished I could have been a boy scout rather than a girl scout, because they got to do all the fun stuff (archery, BB gun shooting) whereas we mainly did cooking and crafts.

5. However, I loved the Father-Daughter Overnight camp, where we got to chop down trees and have other adventures.

6. The first original fiction I can recall writing was a short story about a character called Wonder Pony.

7. I have a scar on my wrist from a time when I dropped a board because there was a spider under it, and a nail sticking out of it scratched me.

8. I nearly applied to a college because in their recruitment brochure it mentioned that one of their professors had written a Star Trek episode.

9. Because I learned Spanish mainly by watching 80s cartoons while in Costa Rica, one of the phrases that still sticks in my head is Autobots, transformense y avancen!

10. The earliest I can recall ever being sent on a shopping errand on my own was to buy bananas from the market in Guatemala when I was 11.

11. Before we had a VCR, I used to record my favorite shows by holding an audio cassette recorder up to the television.

12. I always dreamed of inventing my own language.

13. I used to find fossils in my driveway.

14. I would spend hours talking to trees and inventing personalities for them.

15. The book Time and Mr. Bass from the "Mushroom Planet" series scared the heck out of me for years after I read it.

16. Same with watching the episode "The Purple Smurf," which by association caused me to hate the ST:tNG episode "The Game."

17. One of my favorite lines from a book EVER is, "Taran of Caer Dallben, I'm not speaking to you! ...At least, not for a little while..."

18. I would have gone to Cornell for graduate school if Carl Sagan had still been alive.

19. Someday I want to go back to the Thomas Range to look for topaz crystals.

20. I can hear my next-door neighbor snoring right now.


I don't believe in tagging people, but if you haven't done it already, go ahead and make a list if the mood strikes you.

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From:mangaroo
Date:September 17th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Before we had a VCR, I used to record my favorite shows by holding an audio cassette recorder up to the television.

I did that with Raiders of the Lost Ark! I watched it @ 20 times in the movie theater (waves to sara_tanaquil's Man from Snowy River), but I needed to be able to watch listen to it every day.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 18th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
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I did that with Raiders of the Lost Ark!

We audio-taped The Sound of Music to listen to on long car trips.

Whenever I watched the movie after that, there was always a spot where I would think, //Oh! That's where we had to stop to flip the tape over!//
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 17th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to induce guilt. But see! Guilt works. ^_~

I nearly applied to a college because in their recruitment brochure it mentioned that one of their professors had written a Star Trek episode.

... This wasn't the University of Rochester, was it? When I was teaching there, I met a professor in the English department who wrote the episode in which Lt. Barclay was introduced.

I wonder how many universities could use this in their recruitment brochures, but don't?

Incidentally, it didn't convince me to go to Bryn Mawr because I was already accepted, but when they sent out invitations to a party for prospective freshmen the summer before I went, the cover of the invitation had this cartoon on it. Truly, I love Bryn Mawr.

I didn't know you lived in Guatamala and Costa Rica when you were little! That's really cool.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 17th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Let's pretend I can spell Guatemala. ^_^;
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 17th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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... This wasn't the University of Rochester, was it? When I was teaching there, I met a professor in the English department who wrote the episode in which Lt. Barclay was introduced.

I honestly don't even remember anymore. I vaguely recall that it was a different episode, though. (But don't trust my memory.)

I wonder how many universities could use this in their recruitment brochures, but don't?

That's a very good question.

...It's kind of like, how many Japan tourist guides could talk about the 8-story Animate in Ikebukuro, but don't?

Truly, I love Bryn Mawr.

<g> That was on my long list of colleges I was considering for undergrad, but it didn't make it to the short list. (I narrowed it down from 34 to 7. That was really tough.)

I didn't know you lived in Guatamala and Costa Rica when you were little!

My parents were overseas volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. We were in Guatemala a few weeks for training, then we went to Costa Rica for a year and a half.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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I nearly applied to a college because in their recruitment brochure it mentioned that one of their professors had written a Star Trek episode.

When I read this, I was planning on writing how glad I was that you didn't, because then were would you be now? and then I got to

I would have gone to Cornell for graduate school if Carl Sagan had still been alive.

and now what? I can't be glad that Carl Sagan is dead!

Man, you have corrupted me in so many ways. When will you be satisfied?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 18th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
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and now what? I can't be glad that Carl Sagan is dead!

I was thinking about that myself. ;_;

If I hadn't gone to MSU, I wouldn't have met you. I also wouldn't have roomed with Jenn, which means I wouldn't have written any YYH fanfic, so I would not have met enju. Thus I wouldn't have been introduced to melf42, mangaroo, or astelspirals.

Moreover, I wouldn't have had much more than a casual interest in anime. Jenn dragged me into seriously watching it my senior year at UM, but if we hadn't been roommates after that, I wouldn't have pursued it any further. I certainly wouldn't have studied the language or thought to visit Japan.

I probably would have thrown all my energy into either the SCA or Buffy fandom. Or possibly both.

Man, you have corrupted me in so many ways. When will you be satisfied?

Not until I've <mumble>ed you and gotten you to <mumbledy mumble>. Then all will be well with the world. ^_~
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From:megory
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)

Memories

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Wow, those are nice random things that span a lifetime!

I'm particularly nostalgic today with Rob celebrating his 29th birthday and Albert heading off for Seattle in the morning. Bob says that this might be Al's moving away since he might get a job with Microsoft or something and only be back to visit. Even though he's going there for school, Microsoft is so close, and he is so good at what he does, it would seem to be a natural link.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 19th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)

Re: Memories

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Bob says that this might be Al's moving away since he might get a job with Microsoft or something and only be back to visit.

I do wish him the best when it comes to job hunting. But you know we'll always stay connected. We're all only a phone call or email away.

...And at least he's still a lot closer than I am. ^_~
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From:megory
Date:September 19th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Memories

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...And at least he's still a lot closer than I am. ^_~


My first remark to him when he said he was accepted to study in Seattle was something like, "Oh, that's a quarter of the way to Japan!"

But, on the other hand, you and Rob were always way more consistent at emailing and staying connected than the younger two.
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