Accent: American Midwestern. While this may seem like no accent at all, pity the poor Brits who've had to try decoding it over a transAtlantic telephone connection: compared to most versions, Midwestern has but one vowel sound, the schwa.
Breakfast or no breakfast: Breakfast! Oatmeal and coffee, most days; mad breakfast hash or pancakes as weekend indulgences.
Chore I don’t care for: The litter box.
Dog or Cat: 4 cats in the house -- two mine, two Tam's.
Essential Electronics: Why, yes, a lot of it with toooobes.
Favorite Cologne: A city in Germany? --Mostly I don't do scent. Giorgio during my wild, ill-spent youth. My tomcat disapproves of it, very, very much.
Gold or Silver: Silver. I'm too pale for gold.
Handbag I carry most often: Beat-up carry purse, chosen for maximum number of useful compartments.
Insomnia: Very rarely. This has not always been the case but you'd be amazed what maintaining a high level of physical activity will do for the ability to fall asleep.
Job Title: Chief Operator/Senior RF Technician
Kids: Baby goats are cute! Children, less so.
Living Arrangements: Roomate who is even crazier than me. Of course, she says the same thing.
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: Disregard for rules. Failure to respect authority. Insolence. Yes, yes, what a su-prise.
Overnight hospital stays: Lots. Most recent after a motorcycle accident. Otherwise, well, you wouldn't want my sinuses.
Phobias: Being alone in the dark. Strange men.
Quote: "There are better way to go through life than to be dragged kicking and screaming."
Reason to Smile: I woke up this morning and I was Still Here!
Siblings: Older sister, younger brother. Funny, there used to be large age gaps between us.
Time I wake up: 5:00 am if I'm on-track, 6 if it's a lazy week.
Unusual Talent or Skill: Define "unusual." Being able to put one's feet behind one's head? Do hand lettering? Slap verse together in a hurry? To have built an X-ray machine as a teenager?
Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: Yams. I still can't believe anyone eats those things.
Worst Habit: Procrastinating.
X-rays: Yep. Wanna see? I have 3-D CAT scans of my skull! (See "sinuses," above). Also radiographs of the steel plates and screws in my right leg. Oh what fun.
Yummy Stuff: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee with real cream and turbinado sugar. Homemade bean soup with plenty of raw onion and celery and fresh cornbread and margarine. Morels. Chocolate. Fresh popovers. (I need a better kitchen range!)
Zoo Animal I Like Most: Either Golden Lion Tamarinds or Clouded Leopards.
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