writen in 2009. #23 1. I feel compelled to join in. 2. I am a "joiner" even tho I like to think I am a cool loner. 3. I love (LOVE) the Doors. I own every album, and then some. I love Morrison's poetry, even if it is a little contrived and juvenile on occasion. Poetry can be that way. I used to write, but realized it was pretty lame...MY poetry, not writing it in general. 4. My sister is my hero. 5. I have been with Rob for almost 20 years...half my life more or less. I love him too! 6. I don't have kids, instead I have a dog named Victor, and he is spoiled rotten. He is my surrogate child. He sleeps in the bed, goes just about everywhere with us. I agree with Scott, dogs are higher beings. Victor teaches me daily. 7. You are likely to find me sitting in front of a computer 50% of the time. And not always for work. I am slightly addicted to facebook. 8. I am not a girly girl, and I am not afraid of bugs, but I cannot stand cockroaches. Even the Madagascar hissing ones that are supposed to be so cool. They freak me out. The combo of speed and the freaky antennae...*shiver* 9. I have been blessed with a wonderful family- both the one I was born to and the one I've chosen for myself- Miss Eldena, Uncle Lewlis, Amanda, the Orser clan- I am lucky. 10. My mom once told me that you had to be driving faster than 90 mph to hit a bird, because they are so fast they can get out of the way if you go slower than that. I thought for a moment and said "well, not if they are suicidal." I was 10 or 12. I think she's been worried about me ever since. 11. Camping is not just something I do on Memorial day because I have to. It is my mostest favoritest thing to do. If I won the lottery, I would not buy a big house, I would get the best north face gear and a nice 4x4 and camp all over the world for the rest of my life. No shower for weeks? Deal. 12. I try not to be judgmental, but rather to accept people as they are. The ones I find most difficult are people that are fixed. All their opinions about everything are completely decided- usually by some outside authority- and they can not listen to anything that contradicts the fixed belief. 13. I am an atheist. I was raised Episcopalian, and have been exposed to a myriad of religions: Mormonism, Lutheranism, Catholicism, Judaism, Islamism, Buddhism, Taoism...-ism. Buddhism probably comes closest. Being an atheist doesn't mean I am not a moral person. The 2 are not mutually exclusive. 14. Science is my passion. Biology specifically, but I like most all science. I had a fun time helping teach Physics and Chemistry to 6th and 8th graders. 15. I was hooked on Genetics in the 7th grade. My first punnet square and I couldn't get enough. Genetics is predicting the future. Like magic. 16. Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation leave me with a conundrum. Kirk or Picard? I can never decide. 17. For many years, my only transportation was a pink Nishiki 10 speed. I would load up my laundry in my backpack. I took the bus. 18. The first car I bought from a car dealership was the car I have now, and have had for 8 years. It has gone on more dirt roads, and made more trips to Montana, than most Hummers. I don't feel the need to have a shiny new car to express my fitness. A car is a tool, not a substitute for cool. 19. I love driving on dirt roads. You see more that way. I always feel so weird after driving on a back road, and then suddenly being forced onto the interstate. People seem so aggressive and dangerous. They are unaware that they could be crushed by a semi at any moment. 20. I learn the most from people who are different from me. It is comforting to have someone tell you "I totally get that" or "I think the same thing" but you don't learn anything about yourself, or your beliefs, from that. 21. I consider myself to be a socialist libertarian. I believe in complete personal freedom, but I also believe in a social contract. As long as you don't hurt other people, you should be left alone. But I also think that the social system must be there to help produce better citizens/society. 22. In addition to #21, I think it is insanity that corporations are considered individuals. That needs to stop. 23. More than anything, I want to be a college professor- one who gets to do research and teach. 24. I like planting a garden, but I hate pulling weeds. 25. I despise war, and think we'd all be a lot better off if we figured out how to talk to each other