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May 26th, 2005

03:41 pm - from Delanybird
1. Reply with your name and I will write something about you.
2. I will then tell what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. If I were to apply an o'clock to you, it would be...
4. I will try to name a single word that best describes you.
5. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
6. I will tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. Put this in your journal.

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May 11th, 2005

12:21 pm - Which neighborhood in Manhattan is best for you?
You scored as Harlem. Harlem stretches from Central Park North to the Harlem River and from Fifth Avenue to St. Nicholas Avenue. This is the nation's most famous black neighborhood.

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May 10th, 2005

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May 4th, 2005

12:16 pm - Questions from breadandroses

1. tell me about your favorite piece of art.

I'm such a Philistine.  I'm so not into art.  Some stuff is pretty, and I like that.  My favorite pieces are done by my friends or family or have a connection to my life in some way.  We have four paintings on small birch planks that a neighbor did.  I think they're beautiful.  They're scenes from nearby fields, fields I see on a regular basis.

2. what would you do if you were handed $5 million?

Wet my pants.

After I cleaned myself I, I would:

  • set aside $3 million for taxes
  • tithe ($500K)
  • pay off the mortgage ($170K)
  • pay back my father ($3K)
  • hire someone to (a) paint the house ($2K) and (b) purchase and install a dishwasher, then remake the cabinets ($1K)
  • buy a Tempur-Pedic mattress and organic wood frame ($2.5K)
  • get a new furnace ($5K?), water softener, system and tap filters ($1K), high-efficiency washer and dryer ($3K)

I think that leaves me with $1.3M.  Hmmm... put $1M in the bank, quit my job, buy a baby, remodel the house, and pay off some state legislators to make the laws here better.

3. who is someone you admire, and what do you admire about them?

My friend Jen spent thousands of dollars on doctor's fees and donor sperm, got pregnant, miscarried, then discovered she had a partial molar pregnancy.  In the course of two months, she learned that her child no longer had a heartbeat, that it wasn't even exactly a child, and that what it was could give her cancer.  Despite her highly conservative physicians, she and her partner have done their research and are planning to try again this cycle, against physician orders.  That takes guts.  Getting through this whole experience takes guts.  I don't know if I could ever be that strong.

4. if you could visit any place at any time in the past, where would you go?

Back to the village where my grandmother lived while she was growing up.  I would learn Finnish (again) and get to know her as a girl and a young woman.

5. what's the best thing about your job?

The flexibility!  I kvetch, but I really do love my boss.  She's the easiest person to get along with, and she understands that regular life is at least as important as work.

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11:44 am - Questions from Delanybird
1. Since B also posts on the same board as you, do you have agreed-upon topics that you don't discuss online?

Oddly, no. If I want to discuss sensitive subjest that relate to her, I clear it with her first. She also knows that if something on my blog or elsewhere really bothers her, she has the right to ask me to remove it. I've never not removed something that she found too personal, but she's only asked once or twice.

I also know that there are things that I might discuss if she didn't have access to these fora, but I can always take those to email.

2. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Changing healthcare as we know it. Maybe. I never thought that working in medical education research would seem so important, but doctors and educators shape policy. Researchers are responsible for asking questions and finding answers, and that's what I love about it.

3. What's the most surprising thing to you about your life right now?

That I'm taking herbs and doing acupuncture for something I thought would have been dealt with a long, long time ago.

4. Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes, past or present.

My Chaco Z2 sandals. Purchased when working on the river in NC. They're comfortable, functional, and inspire nostalgia.

5. Zingermans has decided to close: what would you stock up on in case you could never find it again?

Oh, dear God. I think we'd borrow out of our IRAs and buy Martelli pastas.

If anyone wants to be IWed, let me know.

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May 2nd, 2005

09:26 am - This one's from zorah.

Your Birthdate: May 14

With a birthday on the 14th of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them.

You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas, and you are also very good at organization and systematizing.

You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel.

You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable.

Your mind is quick, clever and analytical.

A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine, and rebel against it.

You have a tendency to shirk responsibility.

(And I'd like to state for the record that that systematizing thing is now officially not my fault. TYVM.)

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09:24 am - This one is from delanybird.
Your brain: 80% interpersonal, 80% visual, 100% verbal, and 140% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 64% on visual

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You scored higher than 83% on verbal

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You scored higher than 78% on mathematical
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09:19 am - This one's from Oninomaggie.
<td bgcolor="#BBEEDD"> Fashion Geekiness: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#B0F4D7"> Gamer Geekiness: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#A4F9D2"> Movie Geekiness: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#99FFCC"> SciFi Geekiness: None</td></tr>

Your Geek Profile:

Music Geekiness: High

Academic Geekiness: Moderate

Geekiness in Love: Low

General Geekiness: Low

Internet Geekiness: Low

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March 22nd, 2005

10:05 pm - Did someone say 'blog'?
I'm still alive, actually. If you were concerned, you knew that, so I'm not imagining this is a surprise to anyone. I can't even think about how different my life is now than it was the last time I blogged. Existentially different, I guess, more than functionally different.

Reading here for the first time in months reminded me how much I enjoyed you all, and I missed you.

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April 26th, 2004

01:27 pm - Gays, lesbians worry Michigan bills may let doctors refuse treatment
A little outrage, please?

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