I’ve been tagged! My friend Karie McLain is a photographer here in Colorado Springs, and she tagged me with a request to list eight random facts about myself. So bring on the randomness!
1. If I could do any profession other than photography, I’d be a superstar on Broadway.
2. One of these days I’m going to go to New Zealand and study the impact of eco-tourism on dolphins. Either that, or I’ll go to Bali and live in a tree house for two weeks to study the self-medicating behaviors of orangutans. Or maybe both.
3. I don’t understand people who don’t like vegetables. They are seriously missing out. My favorites are red peppers and tomatoes, and this summer I’m on an arugula kick.
4. I named my cats after chimpanzee researchers. Janie and Roger are named after Jane Goodall and Roger Fouts. I know that’s a weird thing to do to a cat, but Goodall and Fouts are two of my heroes. They taught me that compassion should be treasured above all traits, including intelligence. In the late 90s, I studied sign language for six months so I could volunteer with Fouts’ chimps and speak to them in a shared language. The experience changed me.
5. When I was in fourth grade, I was on a TV game show called “It’s Elementary.” I was chosen to be one of their math contestants, which is funny considering I never liked math. Somewhere my family has a VHS tape of that show, and I look really short.
6. One of my fondest memories is sitting alone in Marin County, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. I sat there for hours, watching the fog roll in and out. It was sublime.
7. I could win a ton of money on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” or “The Singing Bee.” If I could clear out all the song lyrics from my brain, I could do something useful with that leftover brain power, like cure cancer. When I was in high school, I would memorize facts for tests by putting them to music. I can still recite the last stanza of “Thanatopsis,” because I sing it in my head to the tune of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”
8. Before I met Mike, I really didn’t think I could be happier with a man in my life. I was wrong.