Since I went to the trouble to post it on Facebook, I thought I'd post it here...
When I told Mark I was making this list he immediately asked, “Are you going to make it all about TV?” I thought that would be pretty awesome but decided against it. Mostly...
1) My Halloween costumes have included:
-A cannibal – made even more un-P.C. with dark face make-up (2nd grade)
-A rabbit pulling a magician out of a hat (4th grade)
-A Keystone Cop - I was obsessed with the Atari game of the same name at the time (5th grade – what 5th grader now would ever pick a police officer from silent movies?)
-Daphne from Scooby Doo – Mark was Fred; this was a few months before we started going out (1996)
-Princess Leia, with actual cinnamon buns strapped to my head (1997)
-Richard Simmons (2008)
2) Like Frank Constanza of Seinfeld, I used to collect the Fall Preview Issues of TV Guide (and I used to read the 1987-1989 ones over and over again).
3) When I was 12, I had the fastest clocked throw for the day for girls under 15 at the Padres stadium. I used to bring my glove and foam hand to Padre games and I went to the 1984 Playoffs and World Series. I even kept score with the official notation for some reason (yes, I was a dork).
4) When I was 9, I aspired to one day be a baseball statistician. I remember waking up on Sundays and not being able to fall back asleep because I was so excited to see the new Major League Baseball stats that were printed every Sunday in the newspaper. I was a total tomboy until I hit puberty.
5) In the seventh grade I tried out for the gross-out kids’ game show, Double Dare.
6) I worked at a Polish travel agency for a week and a half in college until I was fired because I couldn’t speak Polish.
7) My most famous relative (not counting Pope John Paul II who is thought to be a distant cousin) is the outlaw John Westley Hardin. You may know him from the old commercial for Time Life books which claims that he killed forty men, one for snoring too loud.
8) My grandfather grew up playing baseball with Ted Williams (in fact he’s mentioned in a several of his biographies) and my parents now have Ted's minor league glove.
9) When I was 8, I was totally enamored with lists of world capitals and highest points by country, and I'd stare at the atlas in my spare time. In the seventh grade I could name the capital of every country in the world (I’m pretty rusty now but it’s still fun when people test me). I ended up being a geography major (although sadly I learned that what you study isn’t “name the world capital”) and took classes in cartography, and now I make maps for a living.
10) After feeling like an outcast in grade school because I was “smart,” when I started junior high I remember wanting to hide that I was good in school from other kids. Thankfully that didn’t last too long. I find this really sad because I read about teenage girls doing this and my instinct now is, “Why would anyone do that?”
11) When I was about 8, I got obsessed with names and would check out baby name books from the library. Had I been a few years older, people might have thought I was pregnant.
12) I’m pretty certain my brother has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. But then again, Mark claims that I think everyone has Asperger's, so maybe my diagnosis isn't very reliable.
13) About 11 years ago my friends and I became obsessed with Chevys Restaurants (I'm not as into Chevys any more) and I created a website (www.shrinetochevys.com). I’ve been to 66 locations nationwide. When I was bored in college I would study the California locations, and I used to be able to name all of them by memory in 33 seconds.
14) I like to enter contests when I think there won’t be a lot of other entrants. Some of the more interesting prizes I’ve won include:
-200,000 frequent flyer miles
-A computer (this wasn't exactly a contest but I was chosen from a pool of applicants)
-An iPod shuffle
-A dinner prepared in my home by one of TV’s Iron Chefs (bitch reneged and I never got it)
-Five faux alligator skin USB thumb drives
Some of the more random contests I've won include:
-Crazy sock contest (sponsored by Wells Fargo)
-Sandcastle building contest
-Frequent flyer miles for the person with the wackiest itinerary to use them
15) At show and tell in kindergarten I brought in my Cinderella record and storybook. My teacher asked my favorite part and I said the part where Cinderella gets locked in her room.
16) When I was little I once planted a rock to see if it would grow.
17) Some random things I’m obsessed with:
-The Brady Bunch episodes
-TV theme songs (and identifying them in as few notes as possible
-Old Scooby Doo episodes
-Family Ties episodes (I even have this framed in my living room: http://www.brandonbird.com/ties.html)
-San Francisco history
-Craptastic reality TV shows
18) I love lists and memorizing lists of things. This includes Oscar winning movies, actors, and actresses by year and U.S. presidents in chronological order.
19) I’m obsessed with restaurants and have written 1,225 reviews on Yelp, mostly for restaurants.
In the Bay Area I’ve been to:
56 Thai restaurants
16 Persian restaurants
11 Ethiopian restaurants
7 Turkish restaurants
7 Afghan restaurants
23 Indian lunch buffets
20) When I was 3, I cracked my head open with a swinging toy. Instead of getting stitches, the doctor tied my hair together to sew up the wound.
21) I still have an Atari 2600 and 80 games.
22) The Crown Prince of Norway lived on my dorm floor in grad school. My old website had a section on Crown Prince o’ Norway worship, and People Magazine contacted me for an article on him. I could only tell them about our scintillating conversations in the hallway where he’d say, “Hi,” and I’d say (wait for it... wait for it...), “Hi.”
23) I’m obsessed with Adam Carolla. When he was on the “Loveline” radio show I recorded nearly every episode from 1999-2005. From those I made nearly 170 “best of” tapes (yes, tapes).
24) I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 25. Thankfully I lived in the Bay Area after high school where there is great public transportation.
25) My friends are obsessed with my quirky family, specifically my dad, and one of them dressed as my father ("Mr. Kathy") for Halloween. He also made me a stuffed Mr. Kathy.