A 45 Pulled From The Jukebox Of My Life

I chose to write 45 things about myself instead of the usual 10, 25, or even 100 for three reasons.  It’s a ‘different’ number to use and I’m not the girl next door.  I like to hear music played on 45’s.  I’m 45 and in a mid-life crisis so I’m halfway to my goal of living to 90.

  1. I am woman, hear me roar.  Enough said.
  2. Warning:  “When I am old, I shall wear purple.  With a red hat”.
  3. I don’t have a spleen.  But I’m fine with that.
  4. I do have temporal lobe epilepsy.  I’m fine with that too.
  5. I was born and partly raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  I’m more than fine with that.
  6. I have lived in the following cities/towns, all in Ontario:  Sault Ste. Marie, London, Trenton, Toronto, Manitouwadge, Burlington, and Guelph (current).
  7. I was born on the 50th birthday of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.  Years later, I met him on our special day.
  8. My three siblings are 9, 10, and 12 years older than me.  My mom said I was a surprise.
  9. Of my parents and siblings, I am the only Canadian-born.  They were all born in the US.
  10. I have three kids, 1 boy and 2 girls.  They’d be embarrassed if I wrote any more about them so I’ll just leave it at that.
  11. My great-great-aunt was one of Canada’s first recognized and published poets.  Writing is in my genes.
  12. There is a park named after her in downtown Toronto.  I visit it several times a year.
  13. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison is my favourite song.  Don’t know why, it just is.
  14. When Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond comes on, wherever I am, whoever I’m with, doesn’t matter, I’ll sing the “ba ba ba” part out loud.  Ask my kids.
  15. I collect vinyl.  Many of them are in a $2 record stand I found at a garage sale.
  16. I play my albums on the turntable my mom gave me for my sweet 16 birthday.
  17. I don’t have a will (yet) but I do have a file of songs I want played at my funeral.  One of them is Pilgrim by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band.
  18. I got my first passport this year.  Needed it to accomplish a goal of taking my kids to see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.
  19. My favourite movies are Pay It Forward, Shawshank Redemption, Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, and Grease.
  20. I like watching TV commercials.  Really, I do.  I look for the creativity in them.
  21. My favourite books?  Too many to list but this one I read every year:  The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
  22. My motto is:  ‘Write like nobody’s reading’.  I painted it on a pottery bowl and gaze at it daily.
  23. I have a chalkboard thingy beside my desk.  My youngest wrote on it: “Don’t write to sell, write to tell”.  With a smiley face beside it of course.
  24. Away from home, my favourite places to write are Marianne’s Park in Guelph and Kava Bean Commons in Kitchener.
  25. I’m a fan of the Oxford comma, but prone to using dangling modifiers.  Past English teachers, I apologize.
  26. My posts often have ‘typos’ in them.  But that’s mostly because I’m Canadian.
  27. As much as I love words and writing and such, I’m terrible at crossword puzzles.  That’s always kind of befuddled me.
  28. I can write with both hands, at the same time, in opposite directions.  It’s my silly human trick.
  29. I’m an online dating website member.  It prepped me for blogging.
  30. In grade 10 I wrote an essay on Nabokov’s Lolita.  All because it was referenced in a pop hit by The Police.
  31. In grade 8 I played the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz school play.  “Pay no attention to that [wo]man behind the curtain!”
  32. The first play I took my kids to was The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Unusual choice perhaps but now they can all do the Time Warp at wedding receptions.
  33. I like lists, a lot.  I have 5 on the go for this blog right now.
  34. I like steps.  12 to be precise.
  35. I drink too much coffee.  Double double is my flavour.
  36. The first thing I did after realizing the 9-11 events were acts of terrorism was call my kids and my mom to tell them I loved them.  Just like the Alan Jackson song.
  37. My superhero is my mom.  She’s my angel wonder woman.
  38. I saw Terry Fox on his Marathon of Hope Journey, just weeks before he had to end the run.  Inspiration in motion.
  39. I am courageous and brave but I have some silly fears.  One is driving behind an open-bed transport truck.
  40. I say a prayer every time I get into a vehicle.  I like faith.
  41. I stand still or pull my car over when a funeral procession passes.  I like respect.
  42. Once a week, I pay for the order behind me at a Tim Hortons drive-thru.  I like kindness.
  43. When I get a tattoo, it will be some sort of expression of RAK.  The first initials of my kids’ names and an acronym for Random Acts of Kindness.
  44. When I win the lottery, I’ll open a combo bookstore, vinyl shop, and cafe.  With jukeboxes and open mic sessions for poetry slams and local indie musicians.
  45. I had a mohawk.  Just for a few minutes while my head was being shaved for a cancer fundraiser.

Yearly updates since I am no longer 45 years of age …

46. I am perfuctly fecked up.  And I am very much okay with that.
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6 thoughts on “A 45 Pulled From The Jukebox Of My Life

    • Love it. And it would be truthful. Sometimes I do just stare at the bowl, or out the window, or up at the ceiling, with a glazed over kind of look on my face as an expression of my own befuddlement that I can’t find the next words I’m trying to write. Thanks for the visit Deegan and for taking the time to read and comment on my post. Now off to read more of your site … have a happy day, Marianne

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