Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

20 random things

I've been tagged several times for this meme, so here goes. Since I didn't want it to be dull, it took forever, so if I were to tag as many people as minutes I spent on it, I'd be tagging my entire friends list. Yeah, I know, sad.

Twenty random things about me

  1. I pierced the helix of my right ear using a safety pin when I was twenty. This is the third stupidest thing I have ever done. (The lobes of my ears are not pierced.)

  2. My cat's name is Molly, after Molly Millions in William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic, Neuromancer, etc. I don't think I could have come up with a less appropriate name. She's very pretty, flees at the first sign of danger, has enormous, frightened eyes and instinctively distrusts all men. (She's not especially fond of women, either. Eventually she'll come to accept a person, if s/he speaks softly and moves slowly and carefully.) Isn't there a saying about pets and their owners?

  3. I don't like killing spiders. Any spider I find in my house, no matter how large, furry or potentially poisonous, gets captured in an inverted glass, carried outside and released.

  4. My father was born in Manila and emigrated from the Philippines as a teenager. My mother was born in New Jersey. Depending on which way you look at me, I'm either a second or a ninth generation American.

  5. My grandmother used to cut off the end of a cucumber and rub the cut piece over the exposed end. This, she claimed, drew the bitterness out of the cucumber. I have no idea if this is scientifically valid. I suspect it isn't. I am, however, incapable of chopping up a cucumber without performing this ritual.

  6. I don't have any tattoos. I'm not opposed to the idea of tattoos. I've just never had an idea for anything that I would commit to having permanently engraved on my body. I think this is pretty telling about other aspects of my life as well.

  7. I adore(d) trip-hop. I identify strongly with Dissolved Girl, by Massive Attack (lyrics), Image of You by Red Snapper and Glory Box by Portishead.

  8. Although I find women sexy and will happily make out with them, I've got too much love for the cock to be anything but straight. As much as I wish I could have the same amount of attraction to people no matter what equipment they were born with, I can't do it. Sometimes I find that depressing.

  9. Apparently I'm cute when I'm angry, which makes people having an argument with me want to laugh. Unfortunately, this only makes me more furious.

  10. I once electrocuted myself with 1 kV of static charge while attempting to change the filament on an electron gun. It was 1 AM and I was alone in lab. This is the second stupidest thing I have ever done.

  11. My favorite pickup line ever came from a damn fine guy with beautiful green eyes who walked up, handed me his number on a slip of paper and said, "If you never call me, that's okay. I want you to know I think you're gorgeous and I'd like to spend some time getting to know you." This happened just as I was beginning to realize I fancied Marco. Otherwise I would have called him.

  12. I let a boyfriend take topless photos of me when I was nineteen. For years, I was ashamed of them. It's funny how perspective changes as you age. I look at them now and I'm a little sad that I was so insecure then. But I'm also glad I have them because damn, I was hot.

  13. I don't believe in a fixed-term "grace period" between relationships. I like having someone in my life with whom I'm being physically intimate. This doesn't necessarily mean I'll commit to anyone I'm sleeping with.

  14. However, I also have to fight the tendency to be a jealous, possessive bitch with anyone I'm sleeping with. This, I believe, makes me what could politely be termed "a pain in the ass."

  15. I started out as a physics major at university, but switched to chemistry at the end of my freshman year. Though I could blame a very bad physics professor for the move, it really had more to do with my poker-faced chemistry professor, who used the last fifteen minutes of every Friday to do "demonstration experiments." Happily, this turned out to be a euphemism for "blowing shit up with the aid of the students." Those of us who attended class regularly learned not to sit in the front three rows. Those unwise or dilettante enough to do so usually ended up with the blast shield in their laps.

  16. I graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science degree before I could drink alcohol legally. Or drive a car.

  17. As soon as I was big enough to hold a gun, I was taught to load and fire one. Until I went to uni, I always lived in a house containing at least one gun. (I don't currently own a gun and I don't particularly like them.)

  18. September 17th was my one-year anniversary of (official) unemployment. October 9th marks my one-year anniversary of living in London.

  19. The part of my body I hate the most is the bit of tissue connecting the deltoids to the pectorals at the front of my shoulders. The part that looks bad when I wear tank tops and spaghetti-strap dresses, which is why you'll rarely see me in either. No matter how much I work out or slim I am, this bit never goes away. The parts I like the most are my hands. I have long slender fingers and strong, shapely fingernails. I'm rather vain about them, although I can rarely be bothered to paint my nails.

  20. My biggest fear about quitting scientific research was that I wouldn't want to go back. This fear has been borne out. I'm profoundly grateful for this, and to date, it ranks as both the stupidest and the wisest thing I have ever done.
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