It's been a while since I did a "Things You May Not Know About Me" meme, so when the lovely and talented Jessie posted one on Facebook and told folks to ask for a number if they wanted to do it too, I said "Sure, give me a number," so she gave me 10.
Here, then, are 10 things you might not know about me.
1. I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist. (And I'm poet and don't know it.) It's shy and only shows up when I bend my wrist, like so. See? (It's more impressively weird in person.)
2. The first computer I ever owned was a Mac Classic II. It had a whopping two megabytes (yup, megabytes) of RAM and a huge 20 megabyte hard drive.
3. I took a three-week drama workshop at William and Mary during the summer after my freshman year of college. The kids in the workshop were known as "apprentices" because we acted as chorus members in the Big Summer Outdoor Theater extravaganza called "The Common Glory" -- the story of Virginia's participation in the American Revolution.
4. I met openly gay people for the first time that summer, I smoked my first joint that summer, and I almost lost my virginity that summer.
5. I own clown boxing gloves.
6. When I was in fourth grade, I was deathly afraid of being bombed by the godless Communists.
7. I did a 20K walkathon for MS in the late 80s. Most of the route was along the C&O Canal towpath; that was okay. However, right at the end we had to climb a steep set of rustic steps to get from the towpath to the road to Glen Echo Park. It almost killed me.
8. My mother once entered me in the "Little Miss Cotton" kiddie beauty competition. This entry consisted of sending in my first-grade picture and an application form. I did not get selected to participate; so much for my pageant career!
9. I did, however, get to be in the live audience for the Bozo Show here in DC. Willard Scott was Bozo! The parents sat offstage, opposite the kids. just before the show went on the air, Scott swung across the stage Tarzan style, looked at the parents, and cracked, "This is a hell of a way to make a living." (He was right -- when I was on the George Matthews Great London Circus, we always used to say, "Circus? It's a hell of a life!")
10. I consider myself a theoretical vegetarian. I like the idea, but I love a good steak.