You don't see many "ten things about me" lists these days. It may be because people who have blogged for a long time are stumped in coming up with ten things their readers don't already know about them. I am willing to take the chance of repeating myself.
1. I have lost sleep over the thought that most young and emerging jazz musicians need to have the lyrics of Pennsylvania 65000 explained to them. Some of them probably don't have anyone in their life old enough to have used the phone when letters were part of phone numbers, and they themselves certainly can't remember when calls were charged individually, according to distance and time of day. I first learned my phone number as Edgewood 27322. This is not typical of my age group, however -- it's part of having had an OFD. Those poor, young jazz musicians! Can the song have the same resonance for them?
2. Kindle has changed my life. For many, many years, I didn't read for pleasure beyond knitting books. LB is a light sleeper, there was nearly always a child in the room with us, and I am a nighttime reader. Now I can read my Kindle using the black background and white text, and theoretically disturb no one.
3. I like to have ginger snaps and a beverage of some sort while I am reading in bed. Despite my best efforts (and I do try) I have never gone more than a month without spilling said beverage, resulting in complete mayhem on my side of the bed with broken and dampened ginger snaps, a wet iPad and sometimes a wet cell phone. Often I knock over a lamp in my attempts to clean up in the dark.
4. If LB made executive decisions for our family, we would have no dogs. I like to remind him of this when he is petting them, talking to them in a high squeaky voice while scratching their ears, or playing tug of war with them: using his teeth.
5. LB and I watch the TV show The Following religiously. We both think it's an incredibly poorly-written show and that the only thing worse than the first season is the second season, yet we watch every week out of respect for Kevin Bacon. I have no idea why Kevin Bacon inspires this sort of loyalty in us -- especially in the case of LB, who does not form emotional attachments to celebrities the way I do. Really, what has Kevin Bacon done for me lately?
6. I made a New Year's Resolution to have fewer typos and errors in my Facebook posts (I have a Twitter account, but I don't tweet) and I am failing miserably. If I catch the typo after hitting "enter" I cancel the update, fix the typo and repost, but this feels dishonest.
7. I'm not on Instagram. I don't understand what it is, if it's something I'd even be able to use since I don't have an iPhone, or if not having an account means I cannot see other people's Instagram pictures. The whole Instagram phenomenon feels beyond my evolutionary understanding.
8. I am the one person on earth who did not like the dress Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars. Her face is absolute perfection and I feel like the expanse of visible sternum was unnecessarily distracting. I do not want to see anyone's sternum; I am, in fact, sternum-averse.
9. The fact that Charlie Sheen is getting married again -- to a 24 year old and with no pre-nup -- fills me with reassurance and the sense that there are some things in this world a person can truly count on. Charlie Sheen's... optimism? Lack of self-knowledge? must never change.