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Six Weird Things About Me

January 31, 2008

I got tagged a long time ago by Curious for this meme, but I’ve not put together my list until now. Sorry for the delay, Curious!

1. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning. Then after supper, my husband and I drink coffee again. This 8:00 pm cup of coffee is traditional in his family. In Peru many families don’t have enough money to eat supper, so they eat a hearty lunch and then have coffee and toast at night.

2. For some reason I think of religion as “all or nothing,” so I’m trying to decide if I want to believe what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe or just give up and be an atheist. I think about it a lot.

3. The night I first met my husband I had a major head trauma that required stitches and antibiotics through IV.

4. I did my family’s taxes this morning and it only took me an hour.

5. I started smoking when I was 14 and sometime during those first few months I stole a pack of Kool cigarettes to share with my friends. I was very aware of how moronic it was to choose the pack of cigarettes labeled “Kool” in order to do something “cool” like advance a smoking habit. (This was at the time when cigarettes were in the checkout aisles.)

6. Do you remember the War on Drugs? We got black T-shirts with “D.A.R.E. TO KEEP KIDS OFF DRUGS” printed on them when we were elementary school students. I wore my T-shirt in Japan and many people commented on it, but they didn’t understand my sense of humor when I tried to explain that I am keeping it and continuing to wear it because I think it’s sort of funny and sad and stupid and ’80s. Stupid fucking T-shirt; I’m wearing it right now.

D.A.R.E.

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14 Comments
  1. Sorrow permalink
    January 31, 2008 10:23 pm

    Okay, I was expecting weird, I guess I need to go check the definition of that word, because these were interesting, fascinating even, but way low on my weird-o-meter.
    ~smile~
    came by way of Deb…

  2. January 31, 2008 10:32 pm

    LOL. My weird-o-meter is all out of whack. Maybe I didn’t do the meme right. Thanks for your comment, Sorrow!

  3. February 1, 2008 6:33 am

    you had a major head trauma the first night you met your husband? we’re going to need more details about that! don’t tell me you “fell hard” for him.

  4. February 1, 2008 9:18 am

    Sarah, we met on a Saturday night and I had to get back to my apartment because it was really late. I didn’t want him to escort me home because we had just met and I was a little nervous about him knowing where I lived. So I took off on my bicycle in a city I had just moved to and didn’t know my way around. I got completely disoriented and rode my bicycle into a canal and gashed my forehead open on the riverbed. Then I got a terrible infection and had to have antibiotics at the hospital as well as stitches. The next time I met up with my husband I was wearing a bandage on my forehead. He thinks I’m so crazy for not trusting him enough to help me get home, but seriously, I was trying to protect myself from him and my plan backfired.

  5. February 1, 2008 10:03 am

    Is that the actual graphic on you’re shirt? From the 80’s? Because that guy sure looks like Osama bin Laden…

    I agree…religion *is* all or nothing. Is there some reason JW or atheism are the only two options? I can’t come to your living room, but you’re welcome to e-mail me if you want to discuss Christianity.

  6. February 1, 2008 10:25 am

    Rebecca, Osama is wearing the exact D.A.R.E. T-shirt that I have. But that graphic is from 2002. It’s an irreverent way of saying that now that we have the “War on Terrorism” the government can redirect our fear away from drugs. As long as there is an indefatigable enemy we will always have an excuse for spending (just ask Ron Paul–he’s against the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terrorism”). Thanks for the offer to discuss Christianity with me. I’ll email you. 🙂

  7. February 4, 2008 6:30 am

    I was looking at the JW/Atheist bit with curiosity as well. I couldn’t figure out which one was the “all” side of the equation.

    I think you did a good job of writing “weird” things, which also kept us interested.

  8. February 4, 2008 8:50 am

    I think of Jehovah’s Witnesses as experts in Christianity. They take everything literally. They believe each detail of the Bible is the Word of God. They don’t believe the Pope has an authority, or believe in prayers to Saints, or believe in the Trinity. So if I were to be Christian, I would be Jehovah’s Witness. However, I would have to accept the premise that the Bible is the Word of God and that all of those events really did take place. So when I get doubtful about the translation and editing that has happened over time or I question the lack of humor in the Bible or the lack of a political code to live by in the Bible I think I’d better be Atheist. Then they tell me that my interest in sarcasm/satire and politics is the “fishing lure” that Satan is using against me. Just based on my experience, JW is “all” and atheism is “nothing.”

  9. February 4, 2008 7:27 pm

    Very clear explanation. I can understand exactly what you meant. I hope you do choose to study the Bible. If we read for understanding, I think we ultimately will choose “all”; however, “all” will not be what you think. 🙂

  10. February 5, 2008 7:48 am

    I really like studying the Bible, I just think that many lessons are metaphorical and poetic, not literal. And I was raised to be an activist and fight for what I want, whereas JWs don’t fight against injustices. I’ve been studying weekly with these women for almost a year now. They are so patient with me.

  11. Curious, along with Missy the Cat permalink
    February 13, 2008 8:44 pm

    Hi! Just had a moment to drop by and saw that the tag was finished. Nice job!

    I really need to install that Google Reader so that I don’t miss out on things like this…

  12. February 14, 2008 9:54 am

    Hey, Curious! I was wondering if you had seen that I finally did respond to your tag. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

  13. June 2, 2008 8:11 am

    I have been thinking a lot about your second random thing. I think we place too much value on the neat liitle religion box and rules for our spiritual beliefs. More and more I am becoming spiritual rather than religious. I believe in God, and have some core beliefs, but I also keep in mind that God is so big I can’t possibly understand exactly how God works. God don’t roll like that. Who are we to understand the vastness of the CREATER OF THE WHOLE FREAKING UNIVERSE. It is pretty arrogant, if you ask me, for people to say they have it all figured out.

    I do not think you are an atheist– they do not believe in ANY god. I believe you are spiritual. I see you acting and thinking as if you recognize a force, an energy, a connection, even a benevolent force at work. Even if Jehovah’s Witness doesn’t give you all the answers don’t give up. You seem to be a Deist maybe. they believe in God but not religion. plus part of the definintion of Deist is “freethinker” ! there you go!

  14. June 2, 2008 9:24 am

    Goldie, did you just hand me the keys to understanding the universe? Thanks! 😀

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