5 Things You May Not Know About Me

fiveMy friend Jen over at The Simple Pen asked me to join her in writing a post about five things people typically don’t know about me. It’s been so long since I’ve blogged (see the issue of me becoming sick of myself…) that I thought I’d dive right in and give it a try.

Then I remembered that I’ve been writing about myself for several years and there’s probably nothing left that you don’t know about me.

My friend Jessica from It’s Jessica’s Life suggested that it might be fun to write some truths and some lies and let you, the reader, guess which was which. Suddenly this project became even more fun. I’m a nonfiction writer yearning to write fiction, so let’s get started…

Can you guess in the comments which five things are true?

1. When I was a little kid, I thought I was supposed to be a boy.

While I have somehow morphed into my mother, when I was younger I looked very much like my dad. That combined with the fact that I was a tomboy convinced me that my parents asked the doctors to “make me a girl” when I was born since they already had a boy. I must have been very, very young when I believed this because the neighbor girl was kind enough to clue me in about the birds and the bees at a very young age, but I distinctly remember being sure that I was meant to be a boy.

2. My extended family speaks Pennsylvania Dutch.

I grew up in central Pennsylvania so it was just as common to hear Pennsylvania Dutch at family functions as it was to hear English, especially during heated card games or when the median age of the crowd rose above 50.

3. I didn’t have my first kiss until my wedding day.

See above regarding growing up in rural Pennsylvania. Living near the Amish didn’t make us Amish, but we were religiously conservative and that meant saving my first kiss for my wedding day.

4. I’m afraid of the characters in Disney Parks. Like phobia afraid. #AFRAID

I get that the furry characters are adorable and the princes and princesses are regal, but they scare the bejeezus out of me. Those faces they make. That silence. How do children stand next to them and pose for pictures???

5. I’m also afraid of knives/razors/really severe paper cuts.

I can’t watch gory movies for this reason alone – not because of the blood, but because of the slashing. Blow things up with a bomb. Line up the enemy in front of a firing squad. But please please please don’t show me a video of someone getting a close shave at the barber’s. *shiver*

6. Bananas make me violently ill.

I very much love fruit and veggies and I fully understand that for most people, bananas are part of the BRAT diet that cures all ills, but for me? They are the devil.

7. I once sang with Evan Dando and the Lemonheads.

It was sophomore year of college and they were playing at the 9:30 Club in D.C. I was standing right up against the stage and the mosh pit behind me began to crush me. A few guys threw me onto the stage so I wouldn’t get hurt, so I stood up, walked over to Evan, and sang “Being Around” with him. Then I sat down next to the wedge monitor and watched the rest of the show.

8. I created and wrote an underground newspaper in college called The Pigeon.

The school newspaper was called The Eagle, so The Pigeon seemed like the perfect snarky stepsister. I cut out and mixed together photographs and headlines from The Eagle then wrote bogus copy to go with the mixed and matched selections. A quick trip to Kinkos and a masterpiece was born!

9. I once went on a blind date and the guy was on a date with another girl at the same time.

I have to admit that I was a little anxious to have a boyfriend when I was in high school. Chomping at the bit anxious. My friend Cris was kind enough to set me up with a buddy of his, but he set him up with another girl AT THE SAME TIME. I understand the concept of group dating, but I believe  you’re supposed to have an equal number of each gender. Obviously there wasn’t a second date. Well…at least not for me.

10. I have a severe aversion to the color green.

I just don’t like it.

Be sure to pop on over to The Simple Pen to check out all of the 5 Things posts from Jen and friends!

And don’t forget to guess which five things are true and which five things are lies.

Written by: Amy Lupold Bair

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