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So, at work there was this thing with a re-org and this new Sr. Director added to be head honcho of our department, and it's all very corporate bullshit nonsense as far as I can see, but it is what it is, and I just keep my head down, do my job and nod and clap at the appropriate places. Dear god, I've never been so glad to be a remote employee who gets to attend meetings via teleconference so no one can see me roll my eyes at the ridiculous bits.

Anyway, despite my misgivings, the new BossOfAll asked us to do this "Get to Know Me" thing. Which I thought was asinine and I was absolutely not going to do it, except the managers who have done it so far are actually interesting. And they are saying silly things too, like "I have a really big thumb" or "I wear a size 11 shoe" or "I bet I could out-eat anyone of you in ice cream." Of course there is the totally intimidating stuff too, "like I taught school in rural Nepal during the Maoist takeover" or "I have hiked the Nā Pali coast on the island of Kauai" and "I have run 2 half marathons and 2 Ragnar Relays over the past 18 months".

GEEZE! I am the most boring person on the planet!

Anyway, after seeing their lists, I thought I would take a shot. And, you, my dear flisties, get to see it first. I keep taking things off, especially the most fandom related ones, but one of the guys who already shared talked about Star Trek and being a gamer and sounded like a total geek, so maybe it's ok...

25 (not really) Random Factoids



1. I have three kids, my eldest is 26 and my baby just turned 19. I define my life as before kids and after kids, but to be honest I don't really remember much from before.

2. I'm a guy movie kinda gal. Are there fast cars, spaceships or explosions? I'm there.

3. I was a geek before it was cool. #oldschoolgeekftw

4. I play piano (so very out of practice) mandolin (also needs practice) dulcimer (a little) and guitar (decently). I'd like to learn banjola - it's tuned like a banjo on a modified mandolin body.

5. I have a terrible case of GAD - Guitar Acquisition Disease. I currently posses two Yamahas (an F series dreadnaught and an APX thinline cutaway) an Ovation Celebrity, a Larrivee Premier and an Art & Lutherie acoustic dreadnaught. I really want/covet/desire a 12 sting Guild cutaway, but considering they start at about $3500, that won't be happening any time soon. #guitarenvy

6. I'm in a (mostly) a cappella group called Harmonic Mayhem. The name really fits.

7. Over the years, I've run Hospitality suites at SF, Writer and Music conventions in Vancouver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

8. I've never travelled outside of North America, and I'm totally ok with that.

9. I like trying local craft beers and have hosted several beer tastings. I'll be happy when the current obsession with IPA finally fades. #toomuchhops

10. Cats. Just sayin'. I get that some of you are dog people, and I like you anyway, but... cats.

11. I sing harmony for two songs on my friend's CD - https://echoschildren.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-hazel-tree

12. My children and I often discuss what would be the best place to hole up in case of a zombie apocalypse. It sometimes garners strange looks from people passing by, but other times it results in interesting conversations with strangers.

13. My daughter and I are serious bakers - we start our baking in November, and last year we made 12 difference recipes, over 25 dozen cookies and squares. We mailed out over 30 boxes of baked good for Christmas.

14. My favorite cookie cutter last year was an old school rocket ship - this year I found NINJAS!

15. The Avengers Movie-verse is all that and a slice of toast. Marvel rocks, don't even talk to me about DC. #powned

16. I love me some Star Wars, but 2 things: Han Shot First, and We shall Never Speak of the prequels. I'm with ManagerH on Jar Jar. Because some things should never have happened.

17. When I was very young, we lived in Thompson MB, and often visited my grandparents in Churchill. I remember watching the aurora borealis stretch across the sky in the winter, and summer nights when the sun didn't set till nearly midnight.

18. I fell in love with mountains when I was a child, even though I'd never seen them in person. When we moved to Vancouver, we traveled VIA rail; as the train wound through the Rockies, I realized I was finally home. I live in the Best Place On Earth. #beautifulbritishcolumbia

19. I miss the aurora borealis, but I'm happy with the trade off - mild winter temperatures and virtually NO SNOW are just a few of the benefits of west coast life.

20. Last time I counted, I had over 1000 books. Heinlein, Webber, Bujold, Butcher and McGuire are prominent names on my shelves.

21. In true Hollywood North fashion, I've been an extra in a movie.

22. I like oxy-acetylene welding but not TIG or MIG - the welding helmet makes me claustrophobic.

23. I would rather wash 10 loads of dishes, pots and pans, than put away one load of clean dishes.

24. I sleep with my window open all year, even in the dead of winter. Granted, the coldest night in Vancouver last year was only 0 degrees C, but still - open.

25. I went to a Star Trek convention 25 years ago with my then infant daughter. I tried to get out of the panel I had attended before the autographs started, but unfortunately got caught in the hordes of people lining up. Suddenly a voice beside me said, "Let me help you with that." I looked up to find Nichelle Nichols reaching out for the front of my stroller and walking ahead to guide me through the crowd, who then parted before her like Moses and the red sea. Once clear, she cooed over my daughter and we talked babies for a bit, then I thanked her and she headed back over to sign autographs for her waiting fans. She is truly the First Lady of Star Trek and if I hadn't already adored her, I certainly would have after that.

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outsideth3box
Nov. 7th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Clearly I don't ask enough questions. I never knew half these things about you. I was pleased for the few I did know, though. :D

I hope you don't mind but I think I am going to gak this idea and post it in my LJ, maybe we can start something, heh.
shaddyr
Nov. 7th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
I think that is an awesome idea!
hsifyppah
Nov. 7th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
I bought a new banjola last year, the fancy banjola of my dreams, but it's not like I threw the other one out, and it's currently sitting sad and alone in a corner. You want a banjola? Free if you (a) promise to play it or to pass it on to someone else if you decide it's not for you, and (b) supply your own case. I am all about increasing the banjola love in the universe. XD
shaddyr
Nov. 7th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
Dude. I always watch you play, and once I get past the "she's so awesome" , the next thought is "i wish I could play that!"

Can I hit you up for a lesson in banjola 101?
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goddess47
Nov. 7th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
That's a good list for corporate folk... it's personal enough and geeky enough to be a 'real' person without really giving away how really fannish you are and what your other fandoms are...

And some of that is cool... welding is something I'd never expect, but once I remember your jewelry thing, that makes sense...

Go with it... you're good!
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
I actually love welding! If I had a garage, I would have acquired an oxy-acetylene rig. I've made some cool things out of steel plate, like bookends and name plates, and miss doing it.
lunabee34
Nov. 7th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
Nichelle Nichols. Be still, my heart.

Love love love love love.
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
I know! She's such a lovely person, and if I ever meet her again, I'd love to tell her what an impact that made on me and how many people were touched by the story. Such a simple thing but so meaningful.
enigmaticblues
Nov. 7th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
I love your list! And OMG, Nichelle Nichols! I love her so much, and that is an awesome story.
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
It really is- it's my favourite fannish story to tell.
sgamadison
Nov. 7th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
You don't sound boring to me and your Nichelle Nichols story is *awesome* :-)
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
She was so amazing, I just adore her!
helenkacan
Nov. 7th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
I think you've got lots of variety in your list and going from fandom identified (I love the idea of Nichelle plucking you out of the hordes and parting the sea of people) to nowadays geek normalized things ('cuz, finally, more mundanes have been ::giggles:: assimilated, lol).

My only wince is reading that you entify yourself as being into "guy" movies. What about "action film oriented" instead?

Totally OT, but I'm pouting like whoa because you have a rocket shaped cookie cutter. Bet it makes all the cookies taste twice as good!
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Nice point- it's just that since I was a teenager, I've always been explaining that I'm not into "chick flicks" and action/ adventure stuff was "guy movies". So that's what I always called them. You're right though.
helenkacan
Nov. 7th, 2015 06:14 am (UTC)
Finger fumble:

Identify
I/o entify (though that sounds like something a Goau'ld would do).
wonderbadger
Nov. 7th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
These are interesting! I, too, leave my bedroom window open all year. And I would so love to play the banjola, but I keep telling myself that I can't acquire one until I learn to play the banjo that is currently in my closet. (I'm hoping to apply to music therapy school in a couple of years, and need to be able to play the guitar for that, though I've wondered whether they'd accept playing a banjola in a guitar-y fashion instead. Because just plain banjo might be too much, but banjola is mellower...)
shaddyr
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
I just picked up the banjola from hsifyppah today and oh, it is lovely. I got a lesson and I can play three chords now! I think it would be a great option for music therapy.
curiouswombat
Nov. 7th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)
I am with you on the putting away of dishes. Even worse was that when we got our first dishwasher I commented that there was more pleasure in putting away dishes you hadn't had to wash, and both daughter and husband chose to interpret this as 'I will get so much pleasure out of emptying the dishwasher I would like you to leave this job entirely to me.' Took a while to convince them otherwise, of course.

And I love the idea of you, Nichelle Nichols, and a stroller making a royal progress like that.

All in all I think it is a good list for the purpose.
retro_rider55
Nov. 7th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
No. 25: Does Jazzy remember that? Does she know who Nichelle Nicholls is?
shaddyr
Nov. 8th, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
She was only little, she remembers nothing. But she's heard the story growing up so she knows it.
retro_rider55
Nov. 7th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
What Atlanta Con did you run Hospitality in?

Edited at 2015-11-07 07:30 pm (UTC)
shaddyr
Nov. 8th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
Writercon. It was a Whedon based writers convention. Lots of fun.
brunettepet
Mar. 8th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
I was a geek before it was cool. #oldschoolgeekftw Friends and I would set up a movie screen in their garage so we could watch real film traded with other fans of outtakes and blooper reels from the original Star Trek. It was awesome.

I love local craft beer, too. I love hops but we drink a lot of different styles.

I am in awe of your holiday baking. I love baking but 12 different recipes is mind boggling. I do four or five max. Those cookie cutters sound boss.

it's terrific that you're so musical.

What movie were you an extra in?

I've never been to a convention. I get panicky in large crowds.
shaddyr
Mar. 9th, 2016 03:18 am (UTC)
That is awesome! When I was a kid, I lived in a small Saskatchewan town, and I was the only person who liked SF and watched Star Trek. It wasn't till I was in grade 8 that another geek moved to town. Makes life so much more awesome when someone else shares the geek love.

Mmmm beer! I don't actually hate hops; I just hate that so many beers double and triple hop at the cost of the complexity of flavours and then it all just tastes like grapefruit to me. I generally don't buy anything more than 40 IBUs but I find I prefer under 30. That being said - there is one local beer that is a 70 that I actually like because it's not all about the overpowering hoppiness - it's got real flavour. Fat Tug is very drinkable - I would never have pegged it as 70 IBUs.

Fun cookie cutters are the BEST! I got the rocketship one from geojlc when we were baking together - I saw it and announced I MUST HAVE IT and she gave it to me. She's awesome.

Movie - ha! I was an extra in Miracle. Actually, three of my friends all got the casting call. It was funny, I just happened to not be working those days (was working shift work back then) so it was awesome to stand around and get paid for it.

Conventions - please understand, I generally mean fan run cons. I don't think I could ever do ComicCon or DragonCon. My local SF con is maybe 500-700 people - it varies, and there are never enough people in one place and one time to really feel crowded. My local filk con is about 100-120 people which is *perfect*.
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