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Oh, wow! Someone reads me! :)

I’ve been tagged by Ken at Open Parachute.

1. All right, here are the rules.
2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
4. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. In real life I'm named after a doll that was popular in the 50s and 60s. (I never played with dolls, though. Just one of many ironies about my name.)

2. When I was little, my dad (who sold life insurance) told me that for the sake of the policy, after a person aged 6 months past their birthdate, they were counted as the next year up (they rounded). So every year since I was about nine I've celebrated my half-birthday. Of course, in the beginning, this was to try to argue I deserved to be treated like I was more grown-up than I was, but now... nothing else is going on in August, so why the hell not?

3. This summer I have to do a TON of driving, so I've collected nearly a dozen audio books to keep me occupied. The titles include: The God Delusion (finished), The Assault on Reason (in progress), God is not Great, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, Atheist Universe, 1984, and American Theocracy... oh, and four Star Wars titles. :) The only abridged ones are Atheist Universe and the Star Wars ones. The scary thing about my driving this summer is that I could be finished listening to ALL of them in three or four weeks (and I have six weeks of insane driving to do!).

4. I've been having some incredibly interesting conversations on an atheist list for Mensans. The discussions are interesting in so many ways, and not all of them good. When Austin Cline says atheists have nothing in common besides their lack of belief in god, he isn't kidding!

5. I am a geek, especially about astronomy. Anything sciency or mathy will work almost as well. How all that translated into a bachelor's degree in Classics is as big a mystery to me as it is to my gentle readers.

6. I'm told I made my grandmother cry when she found out I was an atheist. For years she sent me cards at every holiday telling me how she was having an order of nuns pray for me. (I finally told her I didn't care if she kept it up, but I was insulted every time she reminded me that she didn't approve of my conscientious choice. I made her cry a second time.) Her reaction was intolerant on so many levels, it's hard to know where to begin. But I have to give my grandmother credit: she resists at first, but she has always finally chosen her family over her god.

7. I almost never let celebrity or fame affect the way I react to people. Even when I was a teenager and big into Duran Duran, I didn't scream, or want their autograph or any other nonsense like that. I would have been completely capable of meeting the President and not batted an eye. But Carl Sagan... I was at a Planetary Society thing in DC for the 1994 Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact and the Apollo landing 25th aniversary, and I was within 5 feet of him at the banquet, and I completely lost it; I couldn't get any closer. I suppose it's just as well. I'd have been a babbling idiot.

8. I almost never sleep in my bed. I spent a small fortune on a really nice sleigh bed about two years ago, and I've slept in it for maybe a month total. Instead, I sleep on the couch. The short answer is that I didn't spend nearly enough on the mattress.

I'm gonna have to work on which 8 people to tag, though. This may take some time.

Andy Social

um? volunteer "taggees" are welcome.

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