7 Things You Most Likely Didn't Know About Me -- Part II
Continuing from earlier...
2. TV Habits from my Youth
My favorite TV shows of the late 70s and early 80s were:
Battlestar Galactica -- swim practice ended at 6 and it took about 15 minutes to drive home and BSG started at 6:30. This was pre VCR people! I would RACE to my mom's bedroom on Tuesday nights, still in my damp suit and towel and watch. During the commercial I would run to the kitchen to get my dinner on a tray.
The A-Team. (Hmmm, Dirk Benedict was in this show too, I wonder if that had anything to do with it?) Don't know why, but I loved this show. Silly, wacky, funny with next to no redeeming features. LOVED IT!
Dukes of Hazzard. Oh yes. All that ridiculous driving and yeehawing! I even watched the spin off show, Enos. Amazingly, that show lasted a full season! Doubtful it would have lasted 2 episodes today.
And of course Magnum PI. That so totally goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway.
Oh and Parker Stevenson was my favorite Hardy Boy.
3. Driving habits
I'm a great driver and I only like having cars that are manual. And fast. (at some point I'll actually have a car like that again.) I find it shocking SHOCKING! that so many people I know don't even know HOW to drive stick. Seems insane. I know that finding new cars with a stickshift is getting harder and harder. Makes me sad. I like to drive. Oh and if I'm wearing slippers or something similar, I must take them off and drive barefoot. MUST.
4. I always hope for a few minutes of time travel.
When I'm in a place like England or Italy or DC, in a small village or in some historic quarter of a big city, I always secretly hope that *this time* I'll turn the corner and will have been transported back in time. Just for an hour or so. I just want to look around, see how it felt.
5. Pen and paper
Many of you know my love for paper. Oh I love stationery and writing paper of all kinds. I spent about $200 of my per diem in Washington DC (in 2007) on paper. Most of it is already gone, used up, written on and mailed out. When I go to Italy, I don't spend money on shoes or clothes. I spend it on paper. Creamy beautiful Italian paper. Mmmmmmmm.
What you probably don't know is that I have a few old fashioned fountain pens -- the kind with metal nibs (no, they don't have feathery plumes sticking up!) and pots of ink. And I use them to write with often. I love the ceremony aspect, setting up the ink bottle nearby, getting out the paper, gently dipping the pen into the ink, watching the ink slowly fade as it gets time to re-dip. Love it.
I don't care how expensive stamps might get or if I'm the only one left in the world, I will still be sending you hand written thank you notes when I'm 90.
6. Future Career
The first thing I ever remember wanting to be was a writer.
There are my 7 things. I will now send this along to others.
I live in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2006 I worked in Mexico City. Instead of sending out giant emails full of photos to friends and families, I started this blog. The summer turned out to be a crazy one and this blog and my camera kept me sane. I didn't want to stop observing and writing when I got home to LA, so I kept the blog going.