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Five by five: Things you don’t know, things I do, and what I believe

Every now and then, even if you’ve been blogging for as long as I have, it’s a good idea to go back to the basics.  And there’s nothing more basic when it comes to blogging than a series of lists about yourself.  Well, except for a photo of your kid doing something that you find adorable that a million kids before him have done before.  Luckily, though, I don’t have any kids (that I know of), so we’ll go with lists!

Adam Avitable, serial killer?
What I would look like if I was a serial killer

Five things you don’t know about me:

  1. I get very embarrassed on behalf of other people around me.
  2. I will never let myself get hypnotized because if I’m going to do something mortifying and shameless, I’ll do it of my own volition, thankyouverymuch.
  3. Up until last Friday, I had never eaten chili.  Part of the reason was that I don’t like anything spicy, so I was nervous to eat it over at Mocha Momma’s house, but it was pretty damn good!
  4. I can remember every moment of my life when I said or did something that was incorrect, and if I could go back and fix those errors, I would.  I even remember a time when I was 4 or 5 at a friend’s birthday party and said to another friend, “I can’t wait until [the birthday boy] opens my present!”  My friend said, with as much disdain as a 4-year old can, “It’s not your present.  It’s his.”
  5. I’ve never been ice skating, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  I’m barely graceful on two feet that are planted firmly on the ground, much less wearing knives on my feet, plus I totally have this fear of falling and getting my fingers cut off.

Five things I am knowledgeable about:

  1. How people think.  Whether it’s from growing up with an extremely manipulative mother and learning how to get my way with her, or just the way my brain works, I have, as my psychiatrist said, “an eerie insight into how people work”.   I don’t use this power for evil very often, though.
  2. Grammar, spelling, and writing.  I’m the most elitist about these topics.  If you can’t properly communicate with me, I have a hard time having any respect for you.
  3. Comedy and humor.  I’ve been fascinated with comedy since a young age. I listened to my parents’ Bill Cosby records hundreds of times and watched movies like Airplane and Space Balls until I memorized them.  On road trips, instead of listening to music, I would listen to my Denis Leary, Robin Williams, and Steven Wright CDs on replay.  I’ve studied Weird Al’s music and been a subscriber of MAD Magazine since I was 7.
  4. Movies and television.  I’m very picky about the shows and movies I like, but when I enjoy them, I take the time to learn everything I can about them.
  5. A little about everything.  I’m a sponge.  I ask questions about how or why things work, and I research everything until I understand the mechanics of it.  I know just enough to be dangerous.

Five things I know nothing about:

  1. Staying under the radar.  I subscribe to the belief that any attention is good attention, and will do anything I can to get noticed and recognized.  I have an inability to stay anonymous and don’t understand why people would want anonymity.
  2. Music.  I know what I like, and I know that much of what I like is generally considered crap.  It makes me tap my feet, laugh, cry, sing, and dance, so that’s all I care about.
  3. Struggling.  I know that I’ve been lucky in my life.  I’ve always worked hard and paid my own bills, but I’ve never been despondent or desperate.  I respect people who come from that level of poverty and pull themselves out more than almost anyone else.  I even tend to find myself extremely attracted to women who started off like that.
  4. History.  It was my worst subject in school (I got a B) and I don’t learn lessons. When I was doing the panel during my law school reunion, a student asked me “How do you know what advice to take?” and I told her that I don’t really listen to anyone’s advice.  I file it away as something to consider but I have to learn on my own.  I’ve found that too many people do things because ‘that’s how it’s supposed to be’ and that’s bullshit.  The same goes for history.  I don’t care what happened before me, because it’s not going to affect how I live my life.
  5. Doing anything in moderation.  I am a glutton in all sense of the word.  Whether we’re talking about food, drink, sex, video games, television, even friendship – I don’t do it in moderation.  I don’t know how.

Five things I believe:

  1. There’s no such thing as one true love, but there is such a thing as true love.
  2. Whether you call them ghosts, spirits, or poltergeists, there is paranormal and supernatural activity that occurs in our world.
  3. You don’t need organized religion to be a good person and a moral person, and if there is somewhere that people go after we die, you’ll go there without belonging to a specific church.
  4. I believe that nobody can do something as well as I can do it myself.
  5. Modesty and privacy are overrated.

 

Thanks to Loukia (and, through her, Catherine) for the post idea.

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25 Replies to “Five by five: Things you don’t know, things I do, and what I believe”

  1. Becca_Masters

    I know how you feel about the ice skating. I’ve tried it twice now and both times it was horrid. I have fears that I’ll fall and someone else will run over a part of me and there’ll be lots of blood. Ugh. It’s just not safe.

  2. Maggie

    Ok I want to hear about the paranormal experiences you have had. Do a post please. You definitely seem like the type that would not believe in something unless you had experienced it firsthand. Make me believe, because I do not.

    Maggie

  3. Nenette

    You know, I didn’t know many of these things about you, but they are all so YOU. As in, they all fit in my idea of who Adam Avitable is. No weird surprises. 🙂

    I’d been meaning to do this — thanks for the reminder. xo

  4. Leslie

    4. I can remember every moment of my life when I said or did something that was incorrect, and if I could go back and fix those errors, I would.

    Yes! I can do the exact same thing. I’ve never met anyone else who could. Does that mean we’re equally weird?

  5. Megan

    5.A little about everything. I’m a sponge. I ask questions about how or why things work, and I research everything until I understand the mechanics of it. I know just enough to be dangerous.

    This is me. I’m a total information junkie. I’m also a great follower of directions. I’ve often said I could perform successful brain surgery with a good set of instructions.

  6. Michy

    Dude, I love this post. I’m similar to you in some ways… okay a lot of ways. I could copy and paste this in my own blog and it would be more right than wrong about me… hmmm would ya mind if I did this too? With my answers, even if they match up somewhat with yours. And because I’m just that picky, I’d have to add a fifth category. Muahaha.

  7. Benjamin Searle

    History I used to agree with you on. What finally turned me around was a history professor in college. His rule was NO TIMELINES. He wouldn’t make you memorize a date unless it was in the name of a war, or the name of a treaty. He taught me that history was about what happened to whom, and who got paid. The stories I got from him are what hooked me.

    Also, stay above the radar, it’s more fun here.

  8. Poppy

    Radio check: You’re coming in 5 by 5.

    I get to say that every tour at the ambulance corps. I never knew what it meant before I joined, I didn’t even know it had a practical usage outside of verifying transmissions.

    Technically this is a 4 x 5. Or a 5 x 4. It’s missing a set.

    Yes, I know how to focus on nothing that you wanted me to. 🙂

  9. Lynda

    I even remember a time when I was 4 or 5 at a friend’s birthday party and said to another friend, “I can’t wait until [the birthday boy] opens my present!” My friend said, with as much disdain as a 4-year old can, “It’s not your present. It’s his.”

    I would argue that this is your present, that you are giving to the birthday boy. I thought everyone said it that way. Even at Christmas, we would say, “Open my present next!” The “to you” behind my present is implied.

    I totally agree with you on spelling and grammar, though I don’t like when people are so nitpicky about it that they correct every little letter that is out of place. The text speak and text acronyms bother me more than anything, though, especially in business emails.

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