- I sucked my thumb until at least the age of 12. This one is true. I wore braces for an overbite caused by this habit. I bite my nails. I chew gum. What can I say. Orally fixated.
- I have never smoked. Also true. Both of my parents smoked, and my brother and I hated it. Our house reeked. Our clothes reeked. We couldn't breath in the car because they smoked with the windows closed. It was smelly and disgusting. Great way to dissuade a kid from smoking!
- I once had a story published in Playgirl magazine under the pseudonym "Lola." This is true, folks! During freshman year of college, my friends and I were joking that we thought the readers' stories in Playgirl were made up and we thought we could do better. We started a story about a coed named "Lola." I wrote most of it and finished it without their knowledge during the summer. To our shock, it was published in an issue in 1984. I lost the magazine during one of my moves and don't remember the month.
- One of my good friends from high school is a Tony Award nominee. Yes, indeed! During high school, I was good friends with Brad Oscar. Brad has been performing since he was young, and has been in numerous productions on Broadway, in theater, and in movies. He received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Franz Liebkind in the Producers and later took over Nathan Lane's role as Max Bialystock.
5. At this time I have bright fuchsia (Power to the Resistance, Doug!) strands of hair. Yep. Just a few strands on the side of my mousy head are bright fuchsia. Pink is my fav color, and it was a fundraiser for the Walk for the Cure, so I had an extra good excuse to do it. I actually love it.
6. I have had some of my poems published. FALSE!!! No one guessed this one. Maybe you all were being too nice to say so. I've submitted a few here and there but no bites. Oh well. Most people don't write poetry to get rich!
7. I worked for one day as a telemarketer. I shudder to say so. This was supposed to be my first paying job. I made it through the training day where they weeded out about half of the applicants. I was supposed to sell credit card insurance over the phone. I was very good at it and was offered the opportunity to come back the next day to begin. The fact that I could do this so well unnerved me, and I never went back. I signed on as a camp counselor for emotionally disturbed kids at a whopping $1.11 an hour. I had to take 2 buses there and back as well as walk a few blocks. It was worth it-I saved my soul.