I’d like to take credit for this timing, but frankly I had no idea until she tweeted me last night…. it was Sally’s birthday yesterday! So anyone that sees her this week, drinks are in order. And apparently karaoke. She deserves it and it is certain to be a great time.
Why is fun guaranteed? Because Sally is hilarious. She is one of my blogging idols because she never fails to make me laugh…. well that, plus she is the only other blogger I know that writes 2,000+ word posts regularly. She and I are the founding (and so far only) members of the august organization, “Verbose, Windy Bloggers of the 21st Century.” Let’s hope she doesn’t vote me off the island anytime soon. Speaking of which, this is the first intro I was scared of writing — because she’s certain to make fun of me in the comments and be damn funny doing it.
In her own words, Sally is a writer, teacher, performer, photographer, traveler, eater of many things and wearer of many hats and a big huge scaredy cat. Take some time out soon and check out the unbravegirl website and follow her on Twitter: Sally’s profile. In the meantime, enjoy her Lucky 13 answers:
1. Country music. Boon or bane to our existence?
In order for me to appropriately answer this question, you have to answer two of my questions:
1. How drunk am I?
2. Am I at karaoke?
It is physically impossible for me to hate any form of music after I’ve had three beers and you’ve placed a karaoke microphone in my hand. That’s just the way I work.
2. John, Paul, George or Ringo. Choose and explain.
Ummm, none of the above? (Not that I’m not a fan of the Beatles or anything. I just don’t want to choose sides & hurt anyone’s feelings. Even dead people’s feelings.)
3. If you could only date the men from one country in the world (not your own), name that country.
I have lived in Asia for four years and have been out on exactly four dates. So, uhh, at this point, I’m not going to be too picky. As long as he knows how to say “You are pretty” and “Can I buy you another margarita?” in English then I’ll take him!
4. What is your favorite magazine?
Hmmm, I haven’t read any magazines in a while, what with not having a permanent mailing address these days. I do tend to stock up on lots of cheesy girl magazines while I’m at the airport. (Not because I like to read that stuff but because I need to get rid of my foreign currency. Okay, so maybe, I do read the horoscopes… and take the personality quiz. And, okay, maybe I read the 10-page interviews with Lindsay Lohan, too.)
5. Everyone has done something so embarrassing or morally wrong or just plain weird that they have never told another soul about it. Something just popped in your head — what year did it happen?
Have you read my blog? Me? Not tell an embarrassing story about myself? Impossible. In fact, when something embarrassing does happen to me, I tend to think, “Wow. Now that was embarrassing. And it’s going to make for an awesome blog post.”
6. Who is at your ideal dinner party — you and 4 others.
I’d be tempted to invite people I find really entertaining, like Amy and David Sedaris, Christopher Guest, and Tina Fey. But, that might not be a good idea, as they’d be much more entertaining than me. I should be the entertaining one — It’s my dinner party, after all! So instead I’m just going to invite a random assortment of boring people — preferably boring people who don’t like to talk all that much so I can monopolize the dinner table conversation with embarrassing stories about myself. Doesn’t that sound like a good time for everyone?
7. What is the superpower you most want?
The ability to flirt in a way that’s effective and sexy — as opposed to my current flirting skills which include turning bright red, falling off my bar stool and telling embarrassing stories about myself. These tactics, in case you’re wondering, are neither effective nor sexy… unless you’re into that kind of thing (and if you are, have I got the girl for you!).
8. What is your favorite foreign curse word or phrase?
“Waku-waku, doki-doki.” This means “I’m excited” in Japanese. I survived my entire first year in Japan knowing only this phrase. You’d be surprised at how far this phrase can get you in that country. Plus, it’s just fun to say!
9. Tell us something interesting about someone in your family, in this case meaning grandparents or further back.
My grandmother was a ninja. From Indiana. True story.
10. What was your worst dorm experience and where did it happen?
I’m not a dorm person. I attempted to stay in a dorm once on this trip and vowed to never do it again. I like my personal space and I’m really not a morning person. I find it’s best if I get my own room. I know it’s more expensive… but, it’s a small price to pay to keep me out of jail (which is where I would end up after assaulting my roommates for attempting to talk to me before noon).
11. Abba is the highest selling band of all time. Explain it to us, please.
These two things make all music awesome. (See #1)
12. Whose tweets make you smile the most?
I love so many of the travel and expat tweeps out there, but I’m going to go with someone totally random: @unicornomics. I mean, you can’t get much better than tweets about unicorns!
13. Fill in the blank: the world would be a much better place without ____________.
Haters… and cancer… and those chocolates with fruit-flavored centers (Especially when you think there’s going to be something really nice inside like nuts or more chocolate… but then you bite into this big mound of gross fruit-flavored stuff. Blech. If I wanted fruit, I’d eat fruit… not chocolate!).