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2nd-Jan-2008 12:32 pm
<lj user="daisy_knotwise"> pegged me.  Here's the (tardy) response.

[edited to ask:  Does anyone know why the <lj user="exampleusername"> isn't translating?  I've seen it in other folks' posts, as well.]

[edited again to change "right" to "left."  Evidently, something else no one knows about me, including myself, is that I can't tell left from right.]

Rules: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

1. I learned to sing before I learned to walk or talk.

2. At age 6 I was engaged to two (older) men at once.

3. Never learned about percentages in school, so had to teach my self.  (We moved from one school district that taught percentages  "next year" to another district that taught it "last year.")

4. In kindergarten, my teacher named me either Hitler or Mussolini.  I don't know which, because neither did the teacher.  She just told our parents that together, my best friend and I were H&M, and we needed to be put into separate classes.  (Best friend was one of the two referenced in #2)

5. When I concentrate while doing anything with my hands (clean house, crafts, sewing...) I stick the tip of my tongue out the left side of my mouth.

6. My father once sold me into marriage for the dowry of 13 camels and 1 goat.

7.  I love fresh tomatoes, unless in a salad. 

8. I can't eat spaghetti.  I can eat any other kind of noodle, and I can eat any other kind of tomato sauce.  But in the form of spaghetti, I can't get it down.

9. Without any change in my speaking voice, music directors considered me a tenor.  Not until my senior year did someone discover that I am actually a lyrical soprano.  That year, I was placed in whatever section needed the most help.

10.  My first (serious) engagement happened without my knowledge.  Evidently, I was engaged for 9 months.

[observational note:  despite engagement and marriage cropping up three times out of 10, I didn't marry until age 39 1/2.]

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2nd-Jan-2008 07:52 pm (UTC) - Just in general
I have enjoyed reading this and the slightly more recent post in which you mention (among other interesting things) that your father's work took the family overseas. Where overseas did you go, and how long were you there? Did this affect your musical tastes? I lived in Brazil for just under two years, and Argentina for just over two years, and this made a major, major change in my development as a musician. (You may want to look at the wikipedia article on Nate_Bucklin if curious.) But I want to know about you more than I want you to know about me. And your "ten unlikely things" were also interesting. It never hurts to be reminded of the uniqueness of individuals.

Nate B.
3rd-Jan-2008 01:56 am (UTC) - Re: Just in general
Somehow, I erased a l-o-n-g response to this when I tried to post.

I will re-enter it all when next I have a chance.
3rd-Jan-2008 01:17 am (UTC)
. My father once sold me into marriage for the dowry of 13 camels and 1 goat.

So, whatever did Clif do with the camels and goat?
3rd-Jan-2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, by that time, my father was much less picky and much more desperate!

That was my price at age 15. My guess is that I would have cost no more than 2 goats by the time I married. Wait, Dad might have wrangled at least one camel, as well, seeing as how he was a "rich American" and one could anticipate I'd inherit some of it.

How little does my would-have-been husband know how little that was, and how lucky he is to have escaped!

(Actually, he might have suspected. Our native friend and guide got me out of the deal, to which my father had blithely agreed without understanding a word, by pointing out how difficult American women could be, "rich" or no.)
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