About Me


#1 Jobs I’ve held in my lifetime: cleaned cabins for a few summers at a local religious campground when I was in my mid-teens; ran a register at Wendy’s for a few months when I was a senior in high school; hostessed at an Olive Garden restaurant during my freshman year of college; provided online banking support for Wachovia (1998-2005, with a few leaves of absence); did case research for a background investigation company when I was living in California; most recently: worked with closed captioning and script-writing for audio description technology.

#2 The worse sunburn I ever received in my life was when I went to Woodstock ’99 in upstate New York. Even though I applied sunscreen before leaving the tent in the morning, everyone was sweating so much that it ran right off (it was so hot we’d literally have to wake up at 7am because the inside of our tent was like a sauna). The right side of my face got so burnt that by the final (third) day my eye was starting to swell. By the time we got back to Virginia that night my eye was almost completely swollen shut. My lovely car-mates were calling me “Corky” (as in the mentally-challenged boy from that early-90’s show “Life Goes On”). I went to the doctor the next day and he gave me steroid pills to bring down the swelling.

#3 Speaking of pills: when I was younger, I couldn’t (or just wouldn’t) swallow pills. One time when I was sick and needed to take a prescription, my dad held me from behind and made me drink orange soda until I swallowed the pill (it sounds worse than it really was). I ended up with orange soda all over the front of my shirt, but I don’t recall having a hard time swallowing pills after that. Now I regularly take three vitamins a day with a single gulp of water.

#4 I go through a bottle of mouthwash pretty quickly. I use it when I finish brushing or just randomly when I want to be minty-fresh.

#5 I liked to listen to rap music when I was in my late teens. My friend Eddie and I used to sing along to Eminem. I still own DMX, Jay-Z, Ruff Ryder, and Dr. Dre albums that haven’t come out of my CD case in years. I think it was a gradual process instead of something sudden, but now it’s very rare for me to listen to a rap song.

#6 I don’t have a very good memory. I was an honors student in high school and college, but this was because I took excellent and detailed notes — it wouldn’t have worked if I’d relied strictly on my memory to remember what the professors said in class. Sometimes I’m amazed at what other people can recall.

#7 If I have a child in the future, he/she will have to have an unusual name. I didn’t like my name when I was a child because I was shy and it set me apart from everyone else. But I started to appreciate the difference once I got older and I think my child should have the same experience.

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  • Reply Barry Leiba July 5, 2007 at 11:00 am

    #2: Did you only put the sunscreen on at 7 a.m.? Most people don’t pay much attention to the fact (if they know it at all) that sunscreen doesn’t last all day — you have to re-apply it every few hours even under the best circumstances. It sounds like you should have been putting fresh stuff on about every two hours in Saugerties (or, better, having someone nice put it on for you).

    I once camped on a ranch in South Dakota in July. Yeah, same thing: by 6:30 in the morning we were baked out of our tents. (There’s a story that goes with that, too, which I’m not going to tell here.)

    The worst sunburn I ever got was when I fell asleep on a chaise longue in the Florida Keys in June. I don’t know how long I slept — maybe two hours — but I was RED, and it was painful, and then SO itchy when it peeled. It didn’t blister, though.

    Apart from that, my worst sunburns were when I was skiing. Do NOT forget to apply lots of sunscreen, and re-apply often, when you’re skiing.

  • Reply molly July 5, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I still have a soft spot for Jay-Z.

  • Reply Dana July 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Wow..memories from Woodstock! And yes, I do recall us calling you “Corky”….. 🙂 That was such a great trip, definitely once in a lifetime. Do you want me to bust out the picture of you with sun poisoning? j/k (unless you want to post it of course) Love ya!

  • Reply Stephanie July 5, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Not to be a stickler, but…

    The character Corky, who was a teenager and young adult in the show, had–and the adult actor who played him has–Down syndrome. The appearance of his face (and specifically his eyes) that seems central to this joke is characteristic of Down syndrome.

    I’m sure that repeating and reliving this long-ago joke isn’t meant to be offensive or hurtful, but nevertheless, it’s a joke that could strike a lot of people (including this person, who adores her cousin with Down syndrome) as unfunny.

    Just sayin’.

  • Reply Swissfondue July 6, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    My worst sunburn was on a cloudy day while skiing. I didn’t see the sun all day, but obviously the clouds didn’t filter out the ultraviolet light.

  • Reply Tori July 6, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    I still remember my worse sunburn ever…1995. How can one possibly forget pure agony?

    I love that you share all these things…we have all done the music evolution and I am with you on the no common name thing.

  • Reply Literary Feline July 7, 2007 at 1:12 am

    I still have difficulty swallowing pills, although I can actually do it to some extent now whereas when I was younger I couldn’t. When I was in high school, I used to get awful cramps that would have me doubled over. I had prescription strength motrin at the time to take and because I couldn’t swallow the huge pills, I would sit in class and chew them. It was torture just taking the pills, but they worked. Ah the memories! LOL

  • Reply kerrianne July 8, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    RE: Number 5: Me, TOO. I knew every Tupac song known to mankind. It was a little scary, actually.

  • Reply wes July 9, 2007 at 3:10 am

    If you should have a boy, what about the name Ray, short for Raymond?

  • Reply Vivacious Vegan July 24, 2007 at 12:35 am

    I too have a terrible memory and like you was an honors student only because of my detailed notes. My husband, on the other hand, has an excellent memory and can remember things that happened as far back as 3 years old. I read a lot of books about how to improve memory and none of it seems to help. Sometimes I think my schooling was a total waste because I don’t remember any of what we supposedly learned. That’s a big reason why I’m hesitant to continue my education and get a Masters degree.

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