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January 28, 2006

Happy Birthday, Everybody

There are two days of the year on which the MOST people I know were born. One of them is 1/28. The other is 9/11. Seriously. Eight of my good friends share today as a birthday. Six friends share 9/11 (with another five sharing 9/12). Wow. Lots of numerological karma, having this many friends with the same b'day, wouldn't you say?

Okay, so happy birthday to all of you! Wish I could play with everyone.

Now, on to the tagging I got from the greatness that is Nini.


While I have a list of "Little Known Facts at the bonsite (which was way fun to go back through, since I created the list in 1997 and have only updated it a few times since), I still am having trouble coming up with My Five Weirdest Habits, which is what Nini has challenged me to do. I mean, how many of my "things" are habits and how many are OCD rituals? Well... I'll do my best.

1. I am incapable of turning a volume that is measured in numbers up or down to any increment other than five or zero. If my car stereo's volume is on 38, I know Keith was driving last, as I can only have it on 35 or 40. Period.

2. I rewrite lists. This is actually how my OCD was first suspected (by a teacher in high school). I was rewriting a list in Spanish class and my teacher sat me down for a heart-to-heart about rituals and habits and phobias. It was quite revealing. I still rewrite my lists, but not as often as I used to, since the SixHundy takes care of most of my list-making anymore.


4. I cannot make a list with item number three included. Blame somesuch. It is said the "There Is NEVER a Three" rule came from the mis-remembering of a Monty Python sketch, but I've never watched Monty Python, so I can't say for sure. Whether it was supposed to be number six or number three or whatever, it has stuck as number three with my group of online friends, and it is now something that I can't NOT do.

5. Doors must be left all the way open or all the way closed. Period. A door left "ajar" or open but not all the way up against the wall behind it is somehow offensive, out of order, going to cause me stress, or create chaos in my life in some way. Want to drive me crazy? Come over, open all of my cabinets, leave all doors half-open, and put your purse or backpack on the floor (bad feng shui). I will need a valium.

6. When I bowl (which I rarely do anymore), I sing (in my head), "Mary had a little lamb," as I approach the release line. I took bowling as a phys ed in college (woo hoo) and this was the tactic taught by our instructor. My average was around 120. I liked that class.

Next, a wonderful link that was shared by the greatness that is Tony on the 24th. Only wish I'd opened the email then. But how can you know there's brilliance in the inbox? It's like the time I let a phone message go unanswered and later learned I had been cast in the "Deadbeat Club" music video, but missed it, since I figured Eric was just calling to invite me to his party that weekend. Ugh. That's what you get, busy girl!

Posted by bonnie at January 28, 2006 3:45 PM


Bonnie! happy day! You need to give Leemer some lovin to because tomorrow's Leemerpalooza, or Public John 2006, or watever you'd like to call it. It's Leemer's birthday tomorrow!

If I recall correctly, there being no number three is entirely Jeff Albert's doing. The Beer Czar decreed it, and so it has been ever since.

I'm right there with you on the volume thing. Actually, I CAN set a volume to a non-5, like, 23, but it bothers the heck out of me when I do it.
Until I realize that that's the volume it needs to be at to sound right, and then the problem goes away.

I too rewrote lists in Spansih class. My Spanish teacher, a man named Kim Barney, who was missing two fingers on his right hand, did not sit me down for a heart-to-heart talk, however. Instead, he told me to stop and when I didn't he stopped my hand, lifted my book off the desk, shook all my papers out of it, and kicked me out of class. Forever.
I hated Mr. Barney.

Posted by: Ed R at January 28, 2006 5:18 PM

1. Oh my gawd. I wrote a long-ass comment (not as long-ass as the comments we've been sending back and forth, but longer than this rewritten version) and then my dsl went out and the comment disappeared into the ether.

2. I love how crazy you are.


Posted by: Erik at January 28, 2006 11:52 PM

bonnie - wish you could have played with us last night sharing in kendall's 13th....party with "the girls" last night - they were (i turned in at 1:30!!!) up until 3:30...then tonight was keni and mom (dad in NYC for a conference, darling son snow boarding and oldest at college...too far away) for a special dinner i arranged at griff's (where, three years ago this week, we stayed at the BH hilton and ate almost every meal at griff's as we interviewed with agents and managers....to be signed with an amazing agency during that week!!!) - i even got the booth we had our first "official meal" in LA in.....and for her desert...their flagship chocolate, chocolate mousse, raspberry cake...with candles....with all the staff at her side to wish her the happiest of birthdays...she was in tears...so was i.... - she is blessed and thankful...and such a breath of fresh air....this is truly gonna be HER YEAR, i just know it...and SMFA is gonna be the launching pad....thank you so much from all of us....you know you mean the world to US ALL....xoxoxoxo

Posted by: suesie at January 29, 2006 12:04 AM

OMG, that video is HILARIOUS!!!! Almost as funny as the Hasslehoff video (see Worst Music Video ever in my lj)

Posted by: Aimercat Author Profile Page at January 29, 2006 2:28 AM

Can I go ahead and accept the day-early birthday shoutout? Good, because I already did.

Love your weird habits, and let it be known that I am going to steal that topic for my blog. Eventually.

Oh, and I love how Fred Schneider monotonously (is that a word?) sings background in 'Deadbeat Club'. Effin greatness.

Posted by: Leemer Author Profile Page at January 29, 2006 11:19 AM