Friday, January 23, 2009

25 Random Things

I got tagged on Facebook to list 25 random things about myself which I thought I'd also share here for grins:

1. I taught country line dancing at a saloon for a couple years.
2. During that same time period, I also taught an early morning spinning class before heading off to my day job.
3. I can no longer survive on so little sleep.
4. I have participated in two 24 hour mountain bike relay races, numerous 5k's, 10k's and a half-marathon, many century (100 mile) bike rides but can't swim more than a weak doggie paddle. Or ski.
5. I got engaged on the Great Wall of China.
6. My biggest pet peeve is sloppy eatters who chew loudly. I lose my appetite.
7. A close second is people that park illegally in handicapped spots or the loading zones next to them. I have actually seen this at my gym. The gym!!!! You're there to exercise and you can't park a few spots over? FIND ANOTHER SPOT!
8. I co-hosted a Nascar radio show for one season which gave me exclusive access to the drivers and crews on race day. Mark Martin is my fave.
9. I have been hunting with a shotgun and a bow. I have bagged 3 deer.
10. Everything you need to know about life can be learned while trekking alone through the Himalaya's for 3 weeks.
11. Such as if you haven't showered in those 3 weeks, yak dung fires start to smell rather homey. Though it still stings your eyes.
12. I have been skydiving....twice.
13. Once was naked.
14. Bungee jumping is infinitely more terrifying than skydiving.
15. The only bone I've ever broken in my body is my nose, which isn't even a bone.
16. I really miss the Fun Bunch, the Hogs, the Diesel Riggins, the fastest man in the NFL Darryl Greene, Theismann and Coach Gibbs. Those were some awesome Redskins football days.
17. I can ask for the restroom in 8 different spoken languages, plus sign language.
18. I was on a plane returning from Peru when the first tower collapsed on 9-11. Instead of Baltimore, we were taken to Miami where I was stranded for 3 days in winter clothing (Southern hemisphere has opposite seasons after all) and only the $40 I had planned to use to get my car out of the longterm parking lot. I've never encountered so much spontaneous charity and kindness.
19. In all my travels around the world, the only thing ever stolen from me was a ballpoint pen.
20. I got stuck in a subway turnstile in the heart of Paris during rush hour. My French isn't stellar but to this day I'm positive that everyone around was cursing me. No one came to my aid (including my sister) and they seemed quite content to step around me while I withered away from malnourishment.
21. I was stabbed in the spinal column EIGHT TIMES for an epidural that ended up only partially working on the left side of my body while my right swarmed in pain. If there is a next time, I will not bother.
22. During my first wedding (huge humiliating what-the-hell-was-I-thinking mistake), there was a severe summer thunderstorm approaching. As I started to recite my vows, a crack of thunder shook the building and the sound is very audible on tape as is the nervous laughter. Do you think that was a sign?
23. I am donating my hair to Locks of Love on February 16 and it will be the first time that someone other than my mother has cut my hair.
24. When I see my husband playing with my son, I fall in love with him all over again. Every time. He's an amazing father.
25. My son is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.


Kristi Mantoni said...

It is a very good list!

WheresMyAngels said...

That is the most interesting 25 Random Things I have ever read.

So many things I want to ask.

Like why were you stuck in a subway turnstile?

And you sky drived naked? Why?

These just for starters!

Jessica said...

Okay Gayla, I did a post just to answer your questions so if you got any more, let me know!