Tuesday, February 03, 2009
25 Things about Me and Some Other Stuff
Thanks for the prayers and good wishes. We seem to have had some kind of healing. Computer only dissolved into pixels once yesterday and I was able to get it to restart before I had to go through the whole cut off the power and wait and try over and over again to get the screen and the computer to talk to each other routine. I was afraid to do anything meaningful, though, for fear it would dissolve into mush. Spent some time researching the cost of video cards vs the cost of a new computer but am hoping maybe I won't have to buy either one, though I did see a computer for as little as $279. My friend is going to see what something comparable to what I have now would cost. If I can spend as little as $279 (or maybe less, re-manufactured), then it might be smarter than putting an expensive video card into a 6 year old computer. But hopefully I won't have to do anything.
I'm hoping my friend Nate can fix whatever the video problem is. I used Windows System tools and apparently there are "no drivers" for the video. Hmmm.
But anyway, I'm hoping that your prayers and mine have led to a cure and that I won't have to buy anything.
On another front, I was hoping that Congress would act like grown ups, but seems that's not in the cards any time soon. Or maybe they are and I've just become jaded. It may just be possible that the Senate is functioning constructively at present, culling junk out of the stimulus package... I just have some concern that what will get culled out is help for the poor and thing which are visionary.
Well my early optimism was a bit premature. So far the computer has fuzzed out three times as I tried to post this. My niece Diana tagged me with a meme at her Facebook account: 25 (25? that's an awful lot, she grumbled) random things about me - so I guess I'll see if I can manage that before everything goes wonky again. Going to try not to tell you things you already know.
1. I love to laugh.
2. I love crossword puzzles. I really miss the New York Times which I used to do in ink. Little secret about people who do the Times in ink... it's easier that way. Writing over mistakes works better than trying to erase newsprint.
3. I have written a number of children's books which remain unpublished. Maybe I'll be one of those people who becomes famous after they are dead.
4. I have an idea for improving futons which I wish I knew how to patent and market. I think it's simple but clever and would make for a much better product.
5. I used to do a really good Wicked Witch of the West imitation when my sister's kids were young.
6. Someone once read the poems of Rabindrinath Tagore to me in Bengali. It was beautiful and would have been very romantic if I had found him attractive and had not been running a high fever at the time. Still, it was pretty cool to hear Indian poetry in the music of it's native tongue.
7. I was going to be an English teacher at one point in my life. I wimped out.
8. I type 90 words a minute.
9. I was a clarinet major when I first started college. Before I was going to be an English teacher I was going to be a music teacher. Sense a pattern here?
10. I got to meet Pablo Casals and sing in a Chorale conducted by him in my sophomore year of college. I was also in the New York Choral Society briefly and sang with Peter Paul and Mary in Carnegie Hall.
11. I once worked in the Mammology Department of the Museum of Natural History. Among the things I got to do there was to number and catalog the bones of bats and rats and other small rodents from Southeast Asia. It was tiquite fascinating to be behind the scenes. The people in the tannery (yep, they had one) had a pet ferret and a bunch of creepy little bugs that cleaned bones in no time.
12. In 1978, I spent six months travelling across the US by train and bus. I spent time working in Minneapolis and Seattle. I was already somewhat agoraphobic so this was a major feat for me and a genuine adventure. Would have been much easier if I had a license and a car. But I'm still glad I did it.
13. I once worked in the advertising department of Macy's Herald Square. Awful job. I had been looking for Christmas work. While I was on line waiting to apply, I met a man who was born in the same hospital as me one day earlier... my almost twin.
14. I own a set of Peruvian Whistling Vessels. (pictured below)
15. I love playing Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble and Clue. I almost always win at Clue for some reason. It's a mystery as to why.
16. Writing random things about yourself is not that easy.
17. I never got to go to a prom. I used to feel very sorry for myself about that. Didn't have my first date until I was 20 at which time two guys I worked with asked me out. I thought they were making fun of me and said only if we all went together. So we all went together. I ended up dating one of them for a while. His name was Lou and he was from Wappingers Falls which is where my sister's children grew up years later. He was a herpitologist and had a pet snake named Speedy who used to sit on my lap. Speedy seldom moved.
18. The problem with my legs was diagnosed as "ataxia." I don't think that's really what it is, but I don't suppose it really matters in the end.
19. I love rocks.
20. For my 60th birthday, my niece Diana gave me a cool drawing/analysis that is also a ticket to the mother ship should Mother Earth begin to implode. I keep it on my bookshelf for easy access.
21. I was a vegetarain for about 5 years, but living house-bound doesn't lend it self so well to vegetarianism.... or anything else.
22. I learned to drive in my 50s and have owned two cars - a 1986 Oldsmobile named Car-Car and a 1988 Dodge Daytona called True Blue. I like driving as long as there is no traffic on the road.
23. I love the smell of roses. My grandfather, who died when I was very young, used to grown them on a tiny plot in Kew Gardens, Queens. He kept them in the refrigerator.
24. I love Afghanistani food. A friend in NYC lived across the street from an Afgan restaurant and we would eat there from time to time. It was never crowded and the family that ran it were very nice people.
25. I love New York City but I don't really miss living there... except for delivery. Delivery was very cool, especially because you could get just about any kind of food there is delivered... and just about anything else too. Delivery is an agoraphobic's friend.
That's it. Long and boring, but I'm posting it anyway. My computer dissolved into pixels about 4 more times as I was doing it. Sigh. Here's a picture of my pass to the mother ship.