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Ten Day Meme, Day Two

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan

It's hard to think of things that you don't know already, but here goes:

1. I once had an older sister, but she died before I was old enough to really know her.
2. I put Coffeemate in my coffee and like it that way
3. I never learned to ski, and regret it because now I never will (downhill that is)
4. I used to be quite an accomplished recorder player, good enough to play at someone's wedding once.
5. I was the "star" of a TV show in China.
6. When I was in 2nd year university, I won a nation-wide essay competition for Classics.
7. I like living alone.
8. My middle name is Winifred
9. I'm very adaptable, having gone to fifteen different schools in 12 years.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 18th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Tell more about the Chinese TV show! That sounds very interesting. Was it on CCTV? (I don't know if there's anything else, these days.)
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
It was a local television station in Tianjin, where I was living. The city had recently renovated and reopened an old part of town that was going to be a new tourist attraction. They wanted a tame foreigner to go and be all impressed by it. So they photographed me riding my bicycle through the street and going into buildings and looking around and being greeted by locals. On my bike I was irresistibly reminded of the "bicycle tour" sketch on Monty Python and couldn't help riding along turning my head from side to side like Michael Palin did. Otherwise, I behaved very well, for a tame foreigner :-) It was fun, and vaguely surreal, as so many experiences in China were.
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm sure there were very few watchers who recognized the MP reference! Fun and surreal would the China I knew, too. I was teaching in Beijing in Fall-Winter 1994-5, a very long time ago. Went back in 2004 and all was very different, but haven't been back since. Would love to go again now and see the whole new world.
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I was there 10 years before that: 84-86 :-) Deng Xiao Ping's reforms were just kicking in, and it was pre-Tiananmen. Good times.

I haven't been back. I'm tempted sometimes, but at other times I think I'd rather remember it the way it was :-)
Jan. 19th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
We had friends there when you were there--they had a 4 year old daughter with very blonde hair, and the whole country wanted to touch her hair.

I'm much like you--glad I got to see it before the total renovation, though I imagine there are still small towns that have the old ways.
Jan. 19th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Wow. You have such interesting things left in the "that [we] don't know already" stack!
Jan. 19th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
This is a very interesting meme. I'm looking forward to reading the rest. :)
Jan. 19th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
You surprised me with two: your tv debut and the coffeemate. Re: the former, better Monty Python than Mr. Bean!
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