Now then, with this award comes the duty to tell you 7 things about myself that you don't already know.
1. I worked part of one summer as a carnie ("carnival worker" for you more refined types) . . . even ran the ferris wheel myself a couple of times. That requires more thinking than you would think as ferris wheels must be balanced correctly to run smoothly and safely. The ferris wheel operator guestimates each rider's weight as they board.
2. I took piano lessons for 10 years, beginning when I was a child. When I moved out on my own, there wasn't a piano, and I didn't play for 10 years. Since acquiring my own piano again, I have only played twice in 12 years. Silly, I know, and must be changed.
3. When the accompanying tune is played at a baseball game, I yell "Charge!!!" louder than anyone near me, usually causing people to look my way. I consider it an homage to my father who always sat on the first-base side and taught us to cheer for our team with all our hearts.
4. I hate beets. No changing my mind.
5. I once held Vic Damone's hand. Nevermind that I was 9 and my grandmother was pushing me up to the front of the stage through hoards of little old ladies with their hands weakly extended. And that I had no idea who he was at the time.
6. I moved out the minute I graduated from high school. I put myself through undergraduate school while I worked full time . . . it took me 7 years. By the time I went to law school, my husband and I were a team, still have the law school loan scars, though.
7. I have a fear of water and never did learn to swim. Every childhood summer of mine was ruined by the swimming lessons my mother forced me to take to no avail.. To this day, the smell of the chlorine in an indoor pool turns my stomach.
So there you have it.
My thanks, again, to Penny.