Skyler’s Dad over at Some Days It’s Not Worth Chewing Through the Leather Straps tagged me for a meme – the "sexy six" meme. I'm not sure where the "sexy" part comes in, since all it seems to ask for is six "random" things about me. Do you think Sandra Bullock is sexy? Because if so, then I'm going to consider that I've satisfied the "sexy" part of the meme, too. Otherwise, I'm just going to pretend it didn't exist.
In any event, I’m happy to play along and post 6 random things about me, in case you are actually interested and didn’t get enough random things with the "Honest Scrap" award and the prior "Six Random Things" meme. But, as I often do, I’m going to skip the part where I’m supposed to tag 6 more folks to play along, since I am never sure whether folks want to be bothered with these meme things or not. On the other hand, I don’t want to stop you from playing if you like, so if you want some blog fodder, consider yourself tagged!
Here are six random things about me:
1. I have a half-inch scar on my right leg from when I was about 8 years old and my class took a field trip to Silver Springs in Florida. I was (ignoring the posted signs and the direct instructions from the chaperones not to climb on things and) walking along the edge of an old row boat that was sitting there, for display purposes only, at the side of one of the paths. I slipped and fell, and a rusty nail pulled a big chunk of my shin flesh off on my way down, leaving a pretty deep hole in my leg. Funny thing was, it didn’t even hurt.... until I looked at it and saw the bloody hole. Then I started screaming. One of those kid-with-open-mouth-and-eyes-pinched-shut-wait-for-it-here-it-comes-wait-wait-wait-it’s-going-to-be-loud kind of screams. I had to miss the glass-bottom boat tour and go to the infirmary instead, where I refused to allow stitches and insisted that a bandage would do, which is why I still have a large scar to remind me of the fun.
2. I love to bake, and I am good at it. My cakes are beautiful *and* delicious. Not like those disasters over at Cake Wrecks.
3. I am a terrible cook.
4. I occasionally teach a class for students who want to improve their scores on the Law School Admissions Test ("LSAT"). My students have told me I look like Sandra Bullock. I find it oddly appropriate (accurate or not) that they would compare me to the star of the 1994 movie "Speed," given my prior job driving a bus and my penchant for driving fast.
5. When I was in law school, I was a student member of the admissions committee for two years. One of those years, the committee selected for admission to the law school a man who had just been released from prison, after serving his sentence for murder. (It was an interesting, and very contentious, committee meeting...)
6. I have studied Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese. Japanese was the easiest to learn to speak. You pronounce the words just as they are written (based on the sounds represented by the Japanese syllabaries – I never did learn to read / write the "kanji" or word characters), and you can actually follow the grammatical rules. There are only three irregular verbs. I loved it.