There's a new fad on Facebook called "25 Random Things About Me." It involves a person posting 25 random things about themselves. Shocking, I know. That person then tags other people in their note, then those people are supposed to write 25 random things about themselves, then tag other people, on and on until we all know 25 random facts about each other.
I was tagged, so I set off to make a list of 25 random things... I just didn't know which random things to write about. To even out the playing field amongst all of my random experiences, I wrote down 100 things that I consider random, threw them all in a hat, picked 25 of them, threw those away, and then made up a completely different list. And here is the fruit of my labor.
25 Random Things About Me
1. I own two Jon Secada CDs, "Jon Secada" and "Heart, Soul & A Voice" - and I love them.
2. I met Carrot Top at Red's gym in Lafayette when I was 14-ish. Red's is run by Red Lerille, a former Mr. Universe, and his gym is incredible. Check it out if you're ever in Lafayette.
3. When I was in high school I convinced a girlfriend that pasta grew in the sea. I told her that it was a type of polyp that floated around before attaching to a rock, like a sponge, and that there were whole fleets of ships whose sole purpose was to net large clusters of pasta polyps to sell to Italian food restaurants. I kept this up until she ran to tell her mom, "Hey mom, did you know that pasta grows in the sea?" and her mom started laughing.
4. My Aunt Barbara was the choreographer for Rosalynn Sumners and Tonya Harding - the "old" Tonya Harding, not the "I'm going to bust your knee caps, box you to death, then gain 50 pounds" Tonya Harding that we all know and love today.
5. When I was in Kindergarten I played "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" with a girl named Carly. I was 6, she was 5. I didn't know what we were doing at the time... it just seemed like a natural thing to do after nap time.
Oh, by the way, it was her idea. I would have never initiated that game because when I was 6 I thought girls had cooties.
Incidentally, that girl later became a lesbian. I guess my 6 year old wiener really freaked her out.
6. I first started wearing my cow outfit at a Delta Zeta event. Betty's sorority had a party but there was no theme, and Betty and I decided that not having a theme was boring. So I dressed up as a cow (we bought the cow outfit at Wal-Mart for 15 bucks - possibly the best 15 dollars I've ever spent), Betty dressed up as the milk maid, and our good friends Matt and Nicolvin dressed up too. We rocked!
We were the only people dressed up at the party, and we had a blast. The next year, the party had a theme... a cowboy theme. They stole our cowboy theme! So we dressed up as something else, just to be different.
7. For several years I played an online game called "Clandestine" - which is like World of Warcraft, but with text instead of graphics - where I created area maps and did a little bit of coding. My screen name was Vighnaraja. "Vighnaraja" is a name of one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Ganesha, and my aunt and cousin brought me a Ganesha statue home from their mission trip to India. So now I have a statue of Vighnaraja at my desk.
By the way, any game like World of Warcraft or Clandestine is like crack - just stay away from them! They're fun until you emerge from the darkness years later, shriveled and blind, only to realize that you've wasted the last years of your life on something that has no value or purpose.
8. I wanted to be a video game developer when I grew up. But LSU only had two graphics courses, and you couldn't take the second one until you took the first. LSU also only offered the first graphics course once a year, and you couldn't take that course until you took all your Junior-level courses. LSU did not offer the first graphics class in my senior year, and the administration wouldn't let me sit in on the second course. To this day I still despise the LSU Computer Science department for gypping me of the only computer courses I really cared to take.
9. My mom can kick my family's collective ass in basketball. She always wins when we play "HORSE" although I haven't played her in a while. Hey Mom, up for a rematch?
10. I was one of the captains of my high school soccer team. Not to brag or anything (yes I'm bragging) but we won the State Championship (twice). Nowadays I can't briskly walk to the bathroom without breaking a sweat. I've become a total puss.
11. If there are three stalls in the men's restroom, and if all are empty, I always choose the middle stall. This doesn't have anything to do with me being a middle child, but instead it has to do with predictive patterns of human behavior.
People who "really have to go" will always choose the closest stall. I always ignore the first stall for this reason - there's no telling what the first stall is going to look like on any given day. The third stall is usually the handicap-accessible stall. Given the choice of using this one or the middle stall, most people choose the third stall because it has more leg room. That leaves the middle stall.
12. My first professional job was in Breaux Bridge. I didn't have a desk, a chair or a computer - my dad bought a laptop for me - but I was required to work for 8 hours a day at the office. So I stood up in the server room for 8 hours a day. My in-laws gave me a fold-out chair to bring to work.
Nowadays when I hear people complain about their jobs, I tell them my "chair story" and make them pity me.
13. The first concert I ever went to was to see Paula Abdul at the Cajun Dome. We had floor seats. It was actually pretty good - the animated cat from one of her videos made an appearance.
14. I'm obsessive-compulsive about certain things at certain times. If I'm alone and drinking a Coke, I can't put the can down once - I have to pick it up and put it down several times, holding my breath while I do it. But if I'm with anyone else then it's not a problem. I also don't like the way some things feel on my skin, and if something rubs me a certain way then I have to have it rub me in the opposite direction before I can focus on anything else.
25. I can only count to 14.
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