Friday, August 10, 2007

Eight Things You Don't Really Need To Know About Me

But I'm going to tell you anyway!

One of my favorite bloggers, Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire was tagged for a Meme in which she had to disclose eight things we don't know about her. She left the tagging up to any of her readers who'd like to post.

I commented on the fact that there were some similarities in our background and she responded that she hoped I'd post. I need so little encouragement!

O.K. Janice, here are eight things most of the world does not know about me and it's a good thing I don't use my real name.

1. My real name is not footnoteMaven, I let that slip already didn't I? If you squint your eyes just right I look exactly like my picture. The name footnoteMaven came from a classmate whose footnotes I was constantly correcting. I have been the footnoteMaven ever since.

2. One of my first jobs was taking fingerprints for the FBI at a military facility whose name and location I cannot disclose. Very interesting work! I got to hold hands with a lot of men. I’d really like to see the high tech version used today.

3. I was invited to compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in the trap and skeet competitions. I couldn’t find a sponsor willing to put up the money for a woman in the shooting sports (men got it all then and still do for the most part). I couldn’t afford the price of competition (an estimated $40,000 in 1984), so I watched it on television with the rest of the world.

4. I once shot trap with Robert Stack (Elliott Ness). He was very handsome, very tall, and a terrific shot.

5. I studied the EEU (European Economic Union as it was called then) at Cambridge University in England. I was at Trinity College, Prince Charles’ school. He never showed up while I was there; the Porter did let me into his old room – very spare. Diana visited our school landing in a field next to our classroom in a helicopter. We all hung out the windows and waved.

6. I love the sound of bagpipes in the morning. My husband says they sound like someone strangling a cat. And he’s a Scot! I can not go as far as haggis.

7. My friends and family think I'm an earthquake magnet as earthquakes have followed me to every state where I have lived. Right after I arrive they have a big earthquake, usually the biggest in the history of the state. It must be my magnetic personality.

8. In high school I wanted to be an archeologist or an attorney. My father assured me everything that could be dug up had been dug up. Then they found King Tutankhamen’s tomb and the Qin terra-cotta warriors and horses. He suggested that I learn to type because I might need to make a living. Typing has always come in handy and did feed me in the early years. I still dig things up at every opportunity. Just not the same kind of dirt.


Blogger Jasia said...

Paleeese don't move to Michigan! This state is so bad off already with our economy in the dumps... the last thing we need is a natural disaster! LOL! (But I'd love to have you come for a visit ;-)

And I thought I had you so well pegged Maven... never would have pictured you with a gun in your hand. I'm going to keep that image in mind and if I'm ever tempted to critique anything you write I'll call that image up for a good reminder of who I'm dealing with! Yikes!

You were quite ambitious back in high school, eh? Some things never change :-)

Thanks for sharing Maven!

August 10, 2007 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Michigan is safe, visits don't seem to cause earthquakes.

Say, you didn't think I was a sweet little thing did you?

And those were custom guns, ma'am!


August 10, 2007 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Harummmm... I guess since you are an earthquake magnet I won't invite you to come visit me.

I've heard that when someone eats haggis, they sound a bit like a strangled cat also.

I think we need to start a "Wished I Was An Archaelogist" Club.


August 10, 2007 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

"Wished I Was An Archaelogist" Club!

Great idea, we can be the founding members. Even today I wish I was, bad knees and all.

I'm going on a little expedition in Montana this fall. Graveyards and fossils. Both my interests.


August 10, 2007 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

I love the sound of bagpipes in the morning. So do I, Maven!

August 13, 2007 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...


You are quite an accomplished lady! And, one who can definitely write herself out of a paper bag, as well as around it, and through it, etc... (WHO said you couldn't, anyway???). Your 8 things are very intriguing, and this is a fun exercise that can show how versatile family historians can be.

September 5, 2007 at 8:15 PM  

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