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Sunday, May 1, 2016

42 Things About Me

I thought this would be interesting. I'm going to be turning 42 this year, and so I thought I would make a post listing 42 interesting (and maybe shocking) brutally honest facts about myself. Some of these things I have NEVER mentioned on this blog before, or anywhere else. If you think this will be too disturbing for you and you are a radical or have some other form of weakness, you can stop reading right now. Ready? Here we go...

1) I was climbing like a monkey before I could walk.
It's true! My mom told me that before I could even walk, I was climbing up the stair banister and sliding down like a baby monkey. It scared my grandma one time when she came to visit our family and I was 6 months old. My ma told her I do that all the time.

2) I've been drawing animals that looked like animals since I was 1 year old.
My grandma kept the first drawing I ever made, at 1 year old, it was a drawing I made of a rabbit. And by the standards I go by today, it did not look good, but it does resemble a rabbit. My mom has it now still in grandma's photo album.

3) The first human I ever drew was an imaginary friend I had named Bob.
I was thinking about Bob recently!! LOL! I still remembered the original drawing I did of him when I was about 5 years old! I tried to reconstruct that drawing recently, but it came out totally different.

4) I am an introvert.
I know I have mentioned this on here before, but I am an introvert. I like being alone. I don't like people very well. I've always had trust issues with people that stem back from my childhood days. If I could communicate better with my family and close friends without it, I wouldn't even have a Facebook account.

5) When I love something or someone, I love them to death!
That's true, and NOTHING can break that bond! Except myself. Case in point: INXS. You all know I love those guys! I talk about them a lot, and think about them a lot. Not a day goes by that I don't think about them at least once.

6) I don't like talking on the phone.
This one drives my friends and family CRAZY!!!!! It takes a lot of thought from me to pick up the phone and dial a number, even if I love and trust the person I am calling. And I absolutely loathe talking on the phone!!

7) My first pet was a cat.
Yes it's true. The one animal I like the least now was my first pet as a child. That is if you don't count a fishtank we used to have. But the cat was not ours. It was a stray that just took a liking to us. I named him Pepper.

8) I used to hate dogs.
Yes, I admit it! I used to hate dogs a LOT! Up until I was about 8 years old, and got my first dog, a skye terrier we named Sir Knight. He was such a sweet puppy! While today there are some things dogs do that I still hate, I've learned to appreciate dogs now of all kinds.

9) I prefer animals over people.
I have also mentioned this on here before too, but I've always preferred animals over people. It may even be hard to believe, but this also includes the men of INXS. The reason being animals don't judge you, and animals know who the good people are. I always trust my dogs' instincts. If they don't like someone, then neither do I.

10) My absolute MOST favorite animals are birds.
I've never seen a bird I didn't like!

11) I despise children!
About as much as any person. But most especially little kids that cannot verbalize properly yet. I am most uncomfortable around kids 4 years old and younger. Though I do think they are cute at a distance.

12) I have 4 kinds of mental disorders.
I have been diagnosed with depression and social anxiety. I also have a mild case of Asperger's and a form of dyslexia.

13) I'm a germaphobe.
I refuse to touch anything that even remotely looks dirty. Or that I believe other people have been touching. I use my shirt to open public doors, and hold the railing when I climb stairs. I tend to wash my hands more than 20 times in an hour, especially if I am cooking.

14) When I see a road-killed animal, I always have to look.
Not for grotesque or morbid reasons, but I do always look when I see an animal killed on the roadway. Mostly because I like to know what animals are in the area. The most unusual kill I ever saw was in 2007 on my way to Michigan to see INXS, I saw a huge black mass lying on the side of the road that turned out to be a black bear! Then in 2009, I saw a dead spotted skunk in Ocean Shores. And I never thought spotted skunks lived there!

15) I collect dragons.
What can I say? I love dragons!

16) I also collect lighthouses.
I love anything to do with the ocean.

17) I'm afraid of spiders more than any other living thing, besides people.
I think though I am more scared of people than I am of spiders.

18) I don't like being touched.
Though I don't mind a handshake, I don't like people touching me in any other way. Especially by strangers. Not even to hug. Though I loved being hugged by Tim Farriss. He's the only one I'd excuse. LOL!

19) I've been writing stories since I was 8 years old.
Sir Knight inspired my very first story. My first books were little 6-page booklets, folded drawing paper, stapled in the center, with words and pictures like comic books. But I remember taking them to school and all the kids loved them!

20) I first learned to draw better by tracing the work of other people.
Needless to say, my first attempts at drawing were recognizable, but not up to acceptable standards. I got a comic book when I was about 8 years old and traced some of that person's work, which eventually led to me being able to draw on my own with a little more detail.

21) My drawings got better after a dream I had.
At around 1989, I had this dream that I made a big mural on my wall of a gorilla. Then I left the room, and I came back and someone that I knew and loved, Dian Fossey, was making some adjustments to the drawing. Ever since then, I've been drawing not only gorillas better, but a lot of other things better too.

22) I love INXS, but I love Dian Fossey more!
Though for a different reason. The men of INXS are the most handsome I've ever seen! But Dian Fossey was a strong person! I admire her for laying down her life for something she believed in. If I have to go, that's the way I want to, for the sake of something I believe in! Though she burned down poacher's huts, whipped them in the genitals with stinging nettles, and killed their cattle, I still find Dian Fossey very fascinating! And I love her! Been a loyal admirer of her's since 1988! In fact, I learned a lot of what I know today about standing my ground from watching and studying her.

23) I could easily walk 10 miles a day if I wanted to.
And I have done it before! I went to the docks every day (when I had a car) and walk 4 to 5 miles. Then in the afternoon, I'd get on the treadmill and walk another 3 miles. Then again in the evening, I'd walk another 2.5 to 3 miles. All in one day!

24) I have eaten dog food before.
It was disgusting!! I don't know how dogs love it!

25) My IQ has been officially measured at 149.
I know it's hard to believe, but yes, my IQ was originally measured at 149. This was an official IQ test given by the state for a job I was applying for and almost got. I did try a couple of internet IQ tests, and they measured my IQ at 160. You'd never know it to look at me, because I am often too tired to use all my brains.

26) I do most of my best activity at night.
I am a night owl! I always seem to be more awake when the sun goes down. Though when I go walking it has to be during the day, because I am afraid of meeting "night strangers".

27) I have a knack for adding numbers, but I suck at math.
This may be a little hard to believe, but I was told on my IQ test that I have a strong leaning towards numbers, which surprised me, because I've always sucked at math. Don't worry. I can't explain it either!

28) I still have "imaginary friends" but I only talk to them through my stories.
Up until I was about 10 years old, I had imaginary friends I would talk to regularly. When I felt I got too old to have stuff like that, I began just writing about them, and only "communicated" with them (so to speak) by way of my stories. Some of those "friends" I still have to this day, and some new ones have been added over the years.

29) I've been cooking ever since I was 5 years old. None of my immediate family could cook as well as I could.
That's probably why I started cooking. My mom wasn't a good cook, my dad was not the greatest, and my grandma was not a good cook either. So, I taught myself how to cook. At 5 years old, I was already cooking things like cookies, cakes, killer cheese omelettes, bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pies.

30) I am a St. Helens survivor.
Yes, myself and my family survived the eruption of Mount St. Helens in May of 1980. I even managed to save my cat Midnight and her 3 kittens.

31) I've been studying animals since I was 5 years old.
I've always been fascinated by animals, but I really started studying animals when I was 5 years old. And I've always been more comfortable around animals than people. In 1986, I picked up a real animal book: Walker's Mammals of the World, and studied that book up and down. It became my "bible" of mammal knowledge. Today, I know about as much about animals as many zoologist scholars.

32) I see all humans as enemies until proven otherwise.
I know I have mentioned this before, but I tend to see all strangers as enemies until they have proven to me they are good friends. But as we've recently seen, even that is not always accurate.

33) I am descended from royalty.
On my mom's side, her grandma had British and European royalty going all the way back to the days of Jesus. I also found out there really was such a person as Old King Cole, and I am one of his descendants.

34) I have many top favorite animals.
Lemurs and birds are not the only animals I favor. I also love rabbits, squirrels, otters, mongooses, horses, cows, kangaroos, gorillas, foxes, elephants, giraffes, reptiles and pteropod bats.

35) The more popular an animal is, the less I like it.
I don't like cats, panthers or koalas. I think all of them are clumsy and lazy creatures.

36) I don't like condiments.
LOL! I can't stand radish, I absolutely LOATHE mustard!!! I only like ketchup on fries and sometimes hot dogs, I get ill at the thought of mayonnaise, I'm not fond of raw onions. When I get a hot dog, the only thing I'll put on it is chili. Occasionally ketchup, but only if there's no chili around or the chili has chunks of tomatoes and peppers.

37) I don't like tomatoes.
But the paradox is I like tomato products. Like soup, sauce, and ketchup.

38) Princess Diana and I are distant cousins.
Part of my royal background. I found out that Princess Diana and I are closely related. Just don't ask me what number. I am not sure.

39) My best friends, when I was a kid, were children and grandchildren of celebrities.
My mom cleaned houses in LA for many years, and used to hob-nob with celebrities, which is how I met most of them. I even played with their children and grandchildren. For example, two of my best childhood friends were a couple of boys who were the grandchildren of actor Fred MacMurray.

40) My ideal man is the cowboy type.
IMO, cowboys are the manliest men of all! When Timmy donned the cowboy outfit, it melted my heart! He looked so handsome to me! Nothing looks better to me than a man with a horse and a dog!

41) I hate walking on grass!
I avoid it at all costs if I can. I hate the thought of walking through something that animals leave their piss and droppings on.

42) I am half Mexican, but I hate spicy foods.
I can't stand anything with jalapenos or any other kind of overly-hot and spicy food.
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