Saturday, May 03, 2008

Tagged: Getting to Know you Meme

Maryt, aka The Teach tagged me for this meme. The theme is "Getting to Know You." You were probably better of NOT knowing me, but a deal's a deal, so, here goes...

The Rules:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 or more people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answers.


1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago would be 1998, I guess. Alas, I wasn't doing much. I was still living in New York City, but my agoraphobia and my walking problems had trapped me in my apartment pretty much full time. I was still having panic attacks back then and depression had pretty much made me into a deteriorating vegetable. My cats and my computer and a few good friends kept me going. That and one of the gifts of living in a big city - delivery. I do miss that here in the middle of nowhere.

2. What are 5 Things on my To-Do List for today:

1. Do this meme. 2. Keep track of the Wordzzle entries. 3. Take a nap. 4. Reiki a kitty up in Maine 5. Watch my netflix movie for today which is Charlie Wilson's War.

3. Snacks I Enjoy:

Oh, Lord... there's almost nothing I don't like. Chocolate, chips, cookies, ice cream, cheese & crackers, grapes, cherries. I have to confess that I am, unfortunately, more likely to eat the first items than the healthier ones.

4. Things I would do if I were a Billionaire:

On the personal level, I'd fix up the front steps of the house so it's easier to get in and out and I'd close in the back porch and put a washer dryer in the kitchen. Oh - and a new TV and a piano. I'd pay off my mortgage and donate funds to help others get similar mortgages from the state. It would be a fund to help people who are not quite able to qualify for HOYO to bridge the gap. And I'd set aside enough money to live modestly until I kick the bucket. I'd pay off the mortgages on everyone's houses - relatives and friends. My nieces and nephews would each get at least a million plus there'd be trust funds for my great niece and great nephew. Friends without houses would get them and nobody in my circle of friends would have any more credit card debt to deal with. I'd pay for college for my friend three friends who all desperately want to go to school but can't afford it. I'd pay for college for my friend K's children too. I'd help my friend E. establish here lifes' dream animal welfare organization and invest in producing and distributing her music. I'd invest in my nephew's restaurant. I'd publish my own writing and see about marketing it. There's probably lots of other stuff I'd do too. That's on the personal level. On a grander scale, I'd donate a lot of money to Habitat for Humanity and to various wildlife organizations. And to Amnesty International, One and other organizations dedicated to world peace and the elimination of poverty and cruelty. I'd establish a free spay neuter program for Delaware and Sullivan Counties - maybe even NY State. (I've got billions, right?) I'd contribute to arts programs for schools in these poor communities where I live... providing musical instruments, cameras, books, art supplies. Oh, I could go on and on and on. I think about this a lot. One more thing.... I'd solarize anything anybody would let me solarize and I'd invest in developing solar energy.

5. Three Of My Bad Habits:

I eat too much and I don't eat healthy. I stay up too late and sleep too late. I check my blog constantly and compulsively in case somebody has posted a comment.

6. 5 Places I have Lived:

1. Born in the Bronx, NY ( to age 5) 2. Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York. (into my 20s) 3. 18th Street and 1st Avenue in New York City (for 33 years) 4. Mesa, Arizona (18 months) 5. Various locations in upstate New York - Lake Huntington, Narrowsburg, Callicoon, ending up in Hancock.

7. Jobs I Have Had:

Administrative Assistant at various places, including The Council on Social Work Education in NYC, Macy's, The American Museum of Natural History, K&W (manufacturers of fine wallpaper... awful job). I was also the Assistant Director of Admissions for a while at The School of Visual Arts. Was an administrative assistant and editorial assistant for the Department for Ecumenical Relations of the Lutheran Church in America.

I do reiki for money sometimes. Not quite a job, really, but something I love. I've done writing/editing at almost all my jobs, just didn't get pay or credit for it very often. When I was on the road in 1978, I temped at banks. At the bank in Seattle, one of my jobs was sorting through bonds. I had a chance to steal about $100,000 in un-cancelled bonds. I was too honest/cowardly to do that. I probably would have been caught anyway. Oh, boy, I almost forgot my two nightmare years working as a writer for the Human Resources Department of the City of New York.

8. 5 People I Want To Know More About:I Am Tagging:

1. Dianne at Forks off the Moment
2. Linda at These are the Days
3. Kim at Ramblings of a 40 Something Empty Nester
4. Akelamalu at Everything and Nothing
5. Richard at Mr. Richard's Bloggerhood


R.E.H. said...

I find it interesting that you would choose to fix the stairs of you current house if you were a billionaire... I think most people would buy a new house all together ;)

Interesting read - interesting meme.

maryt/theteach said...

Raven, thanks for doing the meme and so expertly too! You and I have a lot in common I feel! I'm so glad I met you!

Raven said...

r.e.h. - my little house suits my needs, I think. I'd just as soon perk it up a bit as buy something big and fancy. It had never occurred to me that I could even HAVE a house until I had so much difficulty with crazy landlords here in psycho country that it became clear that I couldn't afford to keep moving financially, physically or emotionally. I really would spend a lot of my billions doing what I could to help people have homes of their own. Or I think I would. Who knows. If I actually HAD a billion, I might spend it on chauffeurs and jewelery and fancy furniture.

the teach - this was kind of interesting to do. I'm glad I "met" you too.

Dianne said...

I'm honored to be tagged Raven. I'll do this during the coming week.

I love all the things you'd do with your billions. And I can relate to fixing the house you're in now. I'll explain when I do mine.

how's that for a cliffhanger!?

Richard said...

Allright, I get the meme thing now. I will work on mine next week and let you know. It will take me a bit to figure out what I was doing 10 years ago and somewhat longer to ponder on what I would do if I was a Billionaire.


I enjoyed reading yours by the way.

Kimmie said...

Hi Raven, I am Kimmie...I tagged Mary for this meme. :-)

I loved your answers! What a sweet, down to earth person you are. I also am housebound most of the time and am disabled. I have bouts of anxiety and depression when my stress level goes off the charts. If you ever want to visit me, I would love that.

Blessings & Smiles,

Linda Murphy said...

This was fun-I posted mine always and glad you tagged me!

I love reading about all of your jobs-very interesting! You do have such a good heart.

Anonymous said...

i like how you would do for your friends and family if you had billions:D

Raven said...

dianne - I'll look forward to "Getting to Know You." I had fun doing this one, especially spending a billion dollars.

richard - I had to think about what was going on 10 years ago. Fortunately for me (or unfortunately) it was pretty much the same as what's going on now.

hi Kimmie - I'm sorry to hear you and I are in the same physical and emotional boat. I'll be sure to pop by and visit tomorrow. Thanks for visiting Raven's Nest.

snoopmurph - thanks for participating. You have a pretty good heart yourself.

anonymous - I would so love to have the money to spend on my friends and family. I keep thinking of more and more things to do.

Akelamalu said...

I realy enjoyed getting to know more about you. I'll pass on this if you don't mind as I did it a little while ago so I'd only be repeating myself. :)

Raven said...

akelamalu - thanks. Don't blame you for not wanting to repeat yourself. Sorry I duplicated the request.