So, here are six unusual things that you may not know about me.
1. I am terrified of being tickled.
If I am tickled, I go a little crazy and panic... man, my heart is racing even as I type this. When I was a young girl, I witnessed my friend being held down by her two foster brothers and tickled till she cried. It obviously affected me so deeply, that I view it as being torturous to this day.
2. I bought my first car when I was 20 years old... sight unseen. A '62 Chevy Impala!
I had met Randy a couple months before I went back to Wisconsin for the summer in 1978. Randy's Mamaw Bean died that summer and they asked if I wanted to buy her car for $500! She was the original owner... and the clear bubble plastic seatcovers had never been removed... and it was as big as a boat... and it was a standard on the column! Yikes! So every Sunday afternoon for a month, Randy would take me out on remote desert roads and teach me to drive my new car. Man, I loved that car! Oh btw, Randy was driving a '69 Dodge Charger at that time.
3. I have such respect for teachers and doctors, that you wouldn't know me in their presence.
First of all, I am really outgoing but I get so weird and timid around teachers and doctors that I am hardly able to speak with any intelligence. So Randy would always go with me to the kids Dr. visits and school conferences. Otherwise he would ask how it went and I would have been so intimidated and nervous that I could hardly remember what they had said.
4. I cannot go to movie theaters.
I have been to one movie in the past 6 years and that was "The Passion of Christ". I am sooo hyper-sensitive to sound and movement that I want to do bad things to people that are unwrapping candy, coughing, munching, slurping, talking or moving... and don't get me started if a cell phone goes off. Not good...
5. I mix my metaphors. All the time.
Once when Randy and I were discussing a family's financial hardship, I said "I can't believe they bought that... they don't have a penny to pee on!" And yes, there are dozens more!
6. And last but not least, I say and do unusual things without thinking.
Years ago, when answering machines were new, I was forced to leave a message on someone's answering machine and I think because of the quiet tone of my voice, I ended the message by accidently saying "In Jesus name, Amen" and hung up the phone. I was mortified when I realized what I had just done!