Friday, June 29, 2007

ocho

Gill and Maypole tagged me to share 8 random things about myself. Am not sure why it's 8 rather than 6 or 9 or 12, but let's see how I do. 8 an even number and I like even numbers. Consider that a free random fact from me to you.

1. I love a cold Dos Equis but it must been the kind in the green bottle (so much better than the brown bottle) and it must have lime.
2. I was on a public bus in Cambodia last year and we hit a water buffalo in the middle of nowhere. The bus was totaled and we were stranded on the side of the road for hours in the middle of a Khmer village.
3. We own a Belizean lawnmower. It's sitting in a village there and used freely by others in our absence. It's not much but it connects us to our little piece of land and reminds us it's still there.
4. I touched Mick Jagger once. And I liked it.
5. I was "arrested" in Mexico and held in a cell for a few hours in my youth. I hadn't necessarily done anything wrong but it required a bribe to get out. I was scared shitless.
6. I love reading the Sufi poets. When we first met J would send me poems in the mail and it would make me feel swoonish.
7. I love spying on my kid when she is playing before she has a chance to notice me. There is something exhilarating about watching her when she isn't aware I am around.
8. I will one day have a foreign address. I will expect you to write. (ok, so that one isn't really a fact)

Part of this includes tagging others but I am not a tagger by nature so instead know that if you want to share 8 random things about you I will be more than happy to read them. I like other people's random things quite a bit. In fact, Hel did a fantastic job answering this today and it made me too wish I was a topless waitress reject. Perhaps there's still time.

33 comments:

Joker The Lurcher said...

no-one ever tags me - which may well be A GOOD THING!

Tabba said...

I loved all of your answers. Gleaning yet more pieces of the puzzle.

And I can totally relate to #7.

Oh, and I love even numbers too.

Blog Antagonist said...

I want to be you.

Never, ever in my life will I be able to write something about myself that is half as interesting as "I was on a public bus in Cambodia last year and we hit a water buffalo in the middle of nowhere."

Beck said...

I like even numbers, too.
What's Dos Equis?
I like hearing The Baby's yattering independent play, too.
A lawnmower in Belize! I own a grassy patch of land in northern Ontario, but that's about it.

Kyla said...

How did you land in Mexican prison?

Your life is rich with stories, jen. I love it.

meno said...

#4 Did he use those lips?
#7 Unselfconsciousness is a beautiful thing to witness.
#8 We will. That makes it a fact that hasn't happened yet.

Julie Pippert said...

What a fascinating list!

I love the one about the lawnmower. I like that you have one, and it's for you *one day*, and everyone shares it.

I like spying on my playing kids too, especially if they are playing nicely together.

Orangeblossoms said...

Rumi anyone?

Aliki2006 said...

These are awesome facts--especially the one about the lawnmower. I can almost picture it there.

KC said...

Me too with #7, me too, one of my true joys.

And I've heard a bunch of stories of people getting "arrested" in Mexico for highly questionable things (like someone running out a sticking a stop sign along the road after you've driven by), and having to pay to get out of it. Sketchy.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Poor water buffalo.

sniff

jen said...

chicky: poor water buffalo is right. it laid dying in the middle of the road for hours, with fifty or so villagers gathered around (and occasionally glaring at us and the bus)

we probably destroyed their GNP for the year with that one incident, and we felt horrible about it.

flutter said...

I love you, jen.

Lawyer Mama said...

Of COURSE your random facts are fascinating!

I would have peed my pants in a Mexican jail cell.

Will this plot in Belize have internet????? Cause you know we're not letting you just take off without us, right?

kristen said...

There's nothing better (to me) than spying on my kid. I especially love watching her have conversations with friends, it's like shrunken adults, so sweet.

I wonder, is there anything different about a lawnmower in Belize than one in the states?

jen said...

Kiki, it's basically the same but seems cheaper somehow. flimsy. runs on some weird concoction of fuel or something or other.

does the job though.

thailandchani said...

I can definitely identify with the lawnmower. R has an entire trunk of stuff for me in Thailand. It just sits there waiting.. and of course anyone who chooses to use it is welcome.

It's just nice knowing it's there.

A Khmer village.. oh... my! :)


Peace,

~Chani

Ally said...

I'd love to hear a longer version of the mexican jail fact some time.

Bon said...

first Bill Clinton, then Mick Jagger. aren't we the sassy girl? i jealous.

the Khmer village experience must have been interesting...though not for the water buffalo. in Cambodia i kept feeling like i was caged behind a glass tourism wall, just by virtue of the beaten path i was on and the fact that on that path my skin signified only one thing...so i'd been interested to know if the (presumably off-beaten-path) village was different. you fill me in, i'll tell you how we got sold as chattel by our bus driver in Siem Reap...fair trade?

and you can throw in the Mexican jail story too... ;)

QT said...

I think I love the lawnmower fact best, even tho I already knew it.

I am not so picky about my Dos Equis, if I am drinking it in a Spanish speaking country.

jen said...

bon, you're on.

Binky said...

These random fact memes are such a tease. You're leaving us all wanting more. Come on baby, elaborate. You know you want to ;)

mitzh said...

I love number 7, just because I do that sometimes..

To know you a little bit more is really a pleasure!

crazymumma said...

mmmmm. cold beer. with you and a variety of other great ladies and gents in Belize taking turns with the Belizean lawnmower......

and I really liked #7.
I do the same thing.

kaliroz said...

You touched Mick Jagger?

Good god, woman! Another reason for me to visit you!

Laurie said...

I used to spy on my son while he was playing as well. What a pleasure that was...

Her Grace said...

So what happened to the buffalo?? :) Those are 8 great facts...very cool.

liv said...

I do want to be you. Or at least get into trouble with you. Yes, trouble it shall be!

The Expatriate Chef said...

Ah see, you are far more fascinating. And I did want to hear your seven, here I got EIGHT.

I like a cold Negro Modelo in a hot shower after a hard day of outdoor work. And, I love to watch the Kiddo play.

You are an amazing woman. I hope you find your way to my table someday.

ewe are here said...

Poor water buffalo.

And the idea of a mexican jail is rather frightening.

Jenny said...

You already have a foriegn address to some people.

Ps. You're totally the coolest girl I know.

Hel said...

Come visit and we can swop stories. I'll tell you how while I was standing there topless and clueless I suddenly spotted a friend's uncle who we had dinner with (together with his wife and two sons) the previous week.

I love Sufi poetry and music it makes me go all achy all over.

Come visit soon. I'm in Africa waiting. Free board and lodging. For all of you.

Did I mention the beer?

Magpie said...

Ditto on #7. I love the stolen moments when I get to watch her - at home, and especially at daycare. Alas, they are all too rare - especially at daycare, because there one or all the kids announce every parent's arrival.