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Five Interesting Things About Me

Inspired by NaBloPoMo writing prompt for Monday, March 3, 2014*:

Tell us five interesting things about yourself.

(* Since Monday’s post is earmarked for Meatless Monday, I thought I’d borrow the March 3rd prompt for today!)

Five Interesting Things About Me

1. I once dressed up as Bono from the band U2 and, along with a group of friends, entered a just-for-fun air band competition to perform the gospel-style version of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For from Rattle and Hum. Our air band’s props included a plastic microphone that once held bubble bath (for me), a blow-up plastic guitar (for “Adam Clayton”), and white robes (for the choir members).

Being on stage in costume, getting into character, and trying to pull off a relatively convincing Bono was incredibly butterfly-making, but also quite possibly one of the most fun things I’ve ever done! I can’t begin to describe the exhilarating feeling I had when the performance came to an end and was met with wild applause, whistling, and cheers.

A video was actually made of the whole event, but – and this absolutely breaks my heart – something else was accidentally recorded on the VHS tape at a later date, and our once-in-a-lifetime performance was erased. Boo! So I’m afraid all I can offer you is the original version… you’ll just have to imagine me in the role of Bono! 😉

2. I have a rather strange combination of allergies: penicillin, kiwifruit, and rabbit dander. Oh, and quinoa, while tasty, unfortunately makes me sicker than sick (as in, doubled over with severe, piercing abdominal pains) even if I only eat it in very small quantities. Thankfully these things are all fairly easily avoided in everyday life!

3. I almost lost my left index finger to the blade of a full-size guillotine paper cutter. I was at work, cutting a large number of documents, and had lulled myself into a mindless rhythm – slide the paper under the plastic guard with my left hand, bring the blade down to cut it with my right hand. Slide, cut, slide, cut, slide, cut… until the moment when I slid the paper under the plastic guard but neglected to remove my hand before the blade came down to cut, and it sliced into my finger.

There wasn’t a lot of blood or pain at the time – the pain, along with a wave of extreme exhaustion and emotion, came much later that day after I’d been stitched up and the shock had worn off.

I wore a splint for several weeks during the healing process, but something crucial had been damaged and I’ve never been able to fully straighten my finger since. I’m just thankful that I didn’t lose it… that it’s not totally noticeable unless it’s pointed out… and that it doesn’t affect my typing!

4. When it comes to dining out, I seem to be a magnet that attracts disgusting things to my food. Examples of some of my restaurant misadventures throughout the years include:

  • a fingernail clipping in my Orange Julius (slurped up through my straw)
  • a live baby slug covered in dressing crawling in the middle of my Caesar salad
  • a heavy-duty box staple embedded in my dessert
  • a fat, hairy, green caterpillar camouflaged in my broccoli (I think it was alive, but I didn’t take the time to make sure)
  • a short and curly hair melted into the cheese of my nachos

It’s a curse, I tell you!

5. I got my ears pierced when I was 10 years old, and to date have a total of 10 piercings. I think I’m done. For now. 😉


What interesting things can you tell me about yourself?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo March 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Nayna Kanabar (
    March 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing all these interesting facts about your self.
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  • Alana
    March 1, 2014

    I think I’m an interesting person – until someone asks me to list five interesting things about me, at which point I get absolute stage fright and go blank. So…how about this. I have a strange talent for doing things years before they suddenly become popular. Like, growing blue potatoes in the 1970’s. Like, living in one of the fastest growing areas of the United States years before it was “discovered”. Also, I have allergies to most antibiotics but so far (hoping that continues) no foods.
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  • Ali
    March 1, 2014

    Probably the most interesting this is that I started off my school career ambidextrous, and my teacher only stopped me using my left hand after drilling into the class “your RIGHT hand is the hand you WRITE with!” So I’m fuzzy on which hand is left because I’ve always had two right hands.

    I’m a 3rd degree brown belt in Chinese Kenpo, I can program in two languages (Java and C#), and I make yarn on a spinning wheel. That’s four 🙂
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  • Cindy
    March 1, 2014

    Okay, I am going to have to admit that I was hungry when I started the post, but wasn’t when I was through with number four. lol
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  • Vivienne March 2, 2014

    My jaw dropped at #4!!!!

  • Psych Babbler
    March 2, 2014

    Oh my goodness! Number 3 made me feel queasy!!! And Number 4 is just ew! Love the 10 piercings! 😀

    Interesting things about me? Nothing as interesting I’m afraid…
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  • Diane
    March 2, 2014

    Hmmm . . .
    Almost lost my thumb in a head gate. Saved from a terrible fall into a canyon by pulling on a bull’s tail – with bull attached. Flew in a dune buggy – but only for a short distance. Fell through a gi-normous spider’s web, complete with gi-normous spiders while hiking on the Isle of Kea. Lost a fight with a Mama cow – and have the scars to prove it. 🙂
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  • Gwen March 2, 2014

    I can’t believe you actually still go out to restaurants for meals!
    Five interesting things about me: Hmmmm. I don’t think I’m an interesting person but here goes
    1) I’ve had the heimlich maneuver (or J-thrust or whatever it’s called now) performed on me and then once the piece of food was dislodged I burped so loud my husband couldn’t stop laughing. But his reaction was probably a stress release. Really, that belch seemed to come from my toes!
    2) I have a few food allergies and am still finding new ones and all of them make my tongue itch. I didn’t have these allergies when I was a kid.
    3) I’m a medical office/personal assistant for a surgeon and have always been able to spell medical terms just by hearing them once.
    4) I’ve had a short story published.
    5) While in the Caribbean I wanted to take a picture of a band playing music in a courtyard. It would have made such a wonderful picture but it turns out this band didn’t want their picture taken (I think for religious reasons) so they started throwing pop cans at me. Needless to say, the picture only exists in my mind.

    • Laurel Regan
      March 2, 2014

      I’d say you’re a very interesting person! Love all these tidbits, and am VERY glad the piece of food was dislodged successfully and you are still here to share your stories! And that you didn’t lose an eye from a flying pop can, LOL!
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  • Lori Lavender Luz
    March 2, 2014

    Bummer about that video!

    And your finger 🙁

    Nice to get to know you better 🙂
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  • Connie McLeod March 2, 2014

    Terrific list! An air guitar band sounds like GREAT FUN!
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  • Sheri March 2, 2014

    I’m afraid I can relate to #4! Except with me it’s alway a hair. Short curly ones, long straight ones, dog hair, any color of hair, doesn’t matter what kind. If it’s going to show up in someone’s food, I’m the one who finds it. I usually don’t find anything else, although I did find a tiny worm crawling in my salad once. Makes it hard to enjoy eating out. [sigh] Thanks for sharing with us, Laurel!
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  • Shannon S
    March 3, 2014

    Luckily, I had just finished my breakfast before reading this post. How I managed to keep it down, I don’t know…lol 🙂

    I absolutely LOVE U2. I wonder what the gospel version sounds like?

    I found your blog via BlogHer, but I am looking forward to taking the time to read more.
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