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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Susan's Pole Dance!

Susan at I Think, Therefore I Yam (cogito ergo spud) has kindly passed on a combo award-challenge- thingy. The Versatile Blogger is a challenge to reveal 7 things about yourself and pass it on to 7 bloggers you admire.
The 10 Things challenge is meant to get bloggers to tell the world 10 things about yourself and reveal more than you have already. So I'm gonna take Susan's handy idea to combine the two and tattle 10 things about myself and then pass it on to 7 unsuspecting bloggers.

1. I was a juvenile delinquent. In 6th grade I took 2 months off from school and explored NYC. This nearly landed me in Spofford, a girl's detention home. My local truant officer followed my moves for the next 2 years, showing up at the door every day I was home sick, to verify that I actually was sick. Not to mention the Hell that my parents pulled down on my head.

2. In my sophomore year of HS I got the acting bug. Without my parents knowledge I went to auditions in the city. This resulted in being caught when I was called back to Warner Bros. and had to have a parent there to sign releases. Didn't get the part (Wendy Jo Sperber did) but had to pay for their parking out of my allowance. Which took 3 months to pay back.

3. John Leguizamo kissed me. I was sitting at the bar in a restaurant I used to haunt and he was walking by. I asked if I could kiss him, and he bent me back and kissed me in a classic Hollywood style kiss. I'm still smiling.

4. Books are my passion. I will read anything laying around but have been known to cloister myself and read until my eyes give out. This last happened at Strider's house with Neil Gaiman's American Gods, a fabulous book in the classic meaning of fabulous.

5. I once catered an affair at the Dag Hammarskjold building with a toaster oven. And Henry Kissinger helped me carry things from the cab, in the rain, in his socks.

6. The NYPD detained me for protesting when I was 12. Surprisingly this didn't bring Hell upon my head.

7. My husband was a soap actor on One Life to Live, but looked a lot like a Broadway actor and we were often stopped in the street or in a restaurant where he would graciously sign autographs as Bob Cuccioli.

8. In 1981 I had a bright pink Mohawk. In the backwoods of PA. It didn't win me friends.

9. My most prized possession is a family ring of unknown age. It's a gold rose with a big pearl in the center and 12 diamonds set as stamens around it. It goes back to the Scottish line, so is probably 18th-19th century vintage. My family were landed gentry and my cousins and I are entitled to being called "Sir" and "Lady". A not so great-grandfather lost everything to drink and gambling.

10. I'm double-jointed everywhere. My thumbs bend down to my arms, for example. A few years back, a rheumatologist told me that double-jointed folks have the worst arthritis. I'd never heard that before.

Well, geez, that wasn't hard at all.

Okay, now here are the 7 bloggers whose deep dark secrets I want to know about:

Gary at Klahanie
Stevil at auto de fey
Delores at The Feathered Nest
Geo. at Trainride of the Enigmas
Arleen at Starting Over, Accepting Changes, Maybe
Rory at The Scottish Scribbler
Havard at Courageous Mind

Thanks, Susan, this was fun! Can't wait to read other people's 10 things...


Anonymous said...

Most Interesting Lady were always a hell raiser...good for you. Uh..and thanks for passing off to me. By the way, since you always address me as Lawless (thanks Rory) be prepared to be Lady Austan for a while. lol.

Austan said...

Lawless- Hahahahah! You're a pip!

CarrieBoo said...

Lady Austan. Hahaha. Nice. I love hearing about you and your history. Always fascinating, and always makes me smile. :) <-- see!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

If I had known I was speaking to royalty, I would have written in a different font.

Your life has been very interesting and I am not surprised.

I will have to work on that list on the weekend. Right now, especially after reading about you, I can't think of one interesting thing about me.

Austan said...

Soon as I hit the publish button I knew I'd get kaka for the Lady bit. :)

Carrie- you always make me smile anyway. Glad to repay that.

Arleen- oh come now, you've had quite the life, I'm sure. Looking forward to reading your list!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Oh, what a fabulous feast of tidbits, milady. (And I wanta see a picture of that pink Mohawk!)