25 things you probably don’t know about fedoralady . . .


Braille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know those articles you see in some magazines that have a celeb listing X number of things you probably don’t know about them? Well, I am certainly no celebrity but I thought it might be fun to do this so you could learn a bit more about fedoralady. Some of these some of you will know, but others should be completely fresh to all. And Richard Armitage manages to appear in here somewhere.

1. I live on the same rural dirt and gravel road where I grew up. Several years ago the road got a name as part of E-911.
The road bears my father’s name, a fact in which he took a great deal of pride.

2. I am a lefty who uses her right hand to operate her computer mouse and most remote controls.

3. I taught arts and crafts and creative and performing arts to blind and visually impaired students at the Alabama School for the Blind for three years. The comment I often got when people learned what I did? “Oh, so you know sign language!” Uh, no. I did learn Braille. BTW, sighted people learn Braille by sight rather than touch.

A rendition of the musical notation for the ch...

A rendition of the musical notation for the chorus of "Jingle Bells". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. I can sing “Jingle Bells” in three languages—English, Spanish and French.


5. I am a Libra and so is my husband.


6. I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. If Dr. Philip hadn’t done his job quickly, I would have likely suffered brain damage. Occasionally I wonder if I didn’t.

7. I have no natural sense of direction.

8. I have flown a plane. I took a flight lesson while working at the newspaper and the student actually has control of the plane for a portion of the lesson. Exciting and a bit harrowing.

A McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III at Ai...

A McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III at Air refuling by an Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

9. On that same note, I have also flown in a KC-135 tanker and seen an in-flight refueling up close and personal.

10. In spite of numbers 8 and 9, I have something of a fear of heights. I also dislike deep water and I hate snakes. My father was bitten by a rattler when I was a child.

11. I have interviewed the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

12. I have known my husband since first grade but we didn’t start dating until our senior year, when we attended the prom together.

13. I spent Sept. 11, 2001 with my family at a Montgomery hospital while my mother underwent pre-op for surgery to repair her shattered ankle.

14. I have a couple of extra vertebrae in my spine, making me two inches taller than I would otherwise be.

15. I am the youngest of three daughters and my parents’ only biological child together. My sisters were conceived by artificial insemination. My father had been injured by a bayonet in the groin in WW II and was thought to be sterile. Let’s say it was a big surprise when I came along. My feet are identical to his with very distinctive toes.

16. I absolutely love tomatoes. I could make myself sick eating them. Give me a knife, a salt shaker and some vine-ripened maters and I am one happy lady.

17. I was trivia champion two years in a row on Carnival cruises out of Mobile.

18. I have sung on the same stage as country legend Hank Williams, Sr., who was from Butler County.

Boyhood home of Hank Williams in Georgiana, Al...

Boyhood home of Hank Williams in Georgiana, Alabama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

19. My favorite animated film is “Up.” Yes, it is also one of Richard’s favorites. My favorite Hitchcock film is “North by Northwest”—also one of Richard’s favs. Obviously, we both have good taste.

20. I used to spend an hour each morning and evening on the school bus even though I lived only 12 miles from town due to the circuitous route.
I did most of my homework during the ride. How my teachers read some of it, I’ll never know.

21. I was voted “Most Talented” in my senior class and served as salutatorian (ranked number 2) in my class. My husband, who was “Most Intellectual” was third. People said we were made for each other. I think they were right. 😉

22. The one makeup item I would consider a necessity me is lipstick. It can also be used as blush in a pinch, and it gives this pale face a welcome pop of color.  After that? Eyeliner.

23. The animal I consider myself to be most like is the cat, except for the whole graceful and agile thing.

24. I like to sleep with one hand tucked beneath my pillow.

25. The greatest distance I have walked in one day was 14 miles to raise funds for a charity. That was about 35 years, a couple of car accidents and knee surgery ago.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. A very interesting list Angie! Thanks for sharing. Re #15, just goes to show that doctors can be mistaken! I’m sure we’re all glad they were in this case!;)

    • Yes, I was a big surprise but not, it seems, an unwelcome one. My mother had tried to conceive a child for five years with no luck and so they did tests and that’s when they determined Dad was sterile. So Dr. Philip–for whom my mom worked–arranged for her to go to a clinic in Birmingham. My oldest sister’s biological father was an anonymous donor. A few years later, Mama wanted a second child, but this time my dad’s brother volunteered to be the donor so the baby would have a genetic connection to Daddy. So my middle sister is also my first cousin. And six years later, hey presto–I arrived. Of course, our dad ws the one who provided for us and loved us and worried about us and took such pride in us. He was our real father, every one of us.

      Interestingly, not just in physical appearance but also in temperament and personality, my middle sister and I are much more alike. And we were all brought up by the same parents in the same house, going to the same church and schools . . . in the whole nature vs. nurture debate, it shows how our genes do play a big part in how we turn out. Richard must have some exceptionally good genes . . . 😀

  2. We have something in common !
    I am left-handed like you but use my right hand to write and operate the mouse too (teachers forced me to write with the “good” hand when I was six)

    • Lefties, unite!! Thankfully I was not forced to use my right hand. My grandmother and at least one of my aunts were left-handed and here in the US they stopped forcing kids to change hands by the mid-20th century. I am actually surprised they did not make my grandmother, who was born in the latter part of the 19th century, switch to her right hand. The reason I ended up using my right hand for the computer mouse is when I started using a computer, we only had the one desktop, and Benny used it far more than I did. Rather than switching the mouse back and forth, I just learned to use it with my right hnad. It’s said one of the ways to keep your mind sharp as you grow older is to do things in different ways.

    • It was quite common in Hungary too until the end of 1970s to force left-handed children to write with their “good hand”. Luckily, my elementary school teacher was against that practice and let me learn to write with my left hand. Interestingly in the Hungarian language the word “bal” (left) is associated with “bad”. For example, bad luck is “balszerencse” – “left luck”. Whereas “jobb” (right) means good, better.

      • Actually, the prejudice against “left” has been around in numerous cultures and languages for a long, long time. “Sinister” is derived from the Latin word for “left.”
        The old saying that someone who is grouchy or ill-tempered “got up on the wrong side of the bed” comes from a old superstition that people would have good luck if they got out on the right side, and bad luck if they got out on the left side of the bed each morning. Also a baby born out of wedlock was one who wasn’t born “on the right side of the blanket.” Left-handedness got a really bad rap for years and years. However, I was brought up to feel as if my left-handedness was something to be proud of. a positive thing rather than a negative one.

        • Of course teachers were wrong but weirdly I have no bad memories. They only said once and I easily wrote with my right hand. I was so proud to use both hands and wasn’t hurt psychologically. But I must be the exception that proves the rule.

        • Actually, I knew a number of engineers who were left-handed, and also red-green colour blind to some degree. I still wonder if there’s some kind of genetic link between left-handedness and spatial reasoning. Because I could fence well with either hand, I had an unfair advantage .*heh, heh*

            • Sorry to be late getting back to you, Judit. Spatial reasoning is the ability behind being able to look at a blueprint and see what it represents standing up in three dimensions. It really helps because you can see when something is in the way of something else, when what is represented is physically not possible, and so on. It also helps in fencing, which is a lot like playing chess quickly while standing up. You’re always thinking where your opponent’s blade can and will go in response to your motion, always a split second ahead of where your body and blade move. It’s curious because analysis is supposed to be a left-brain function, but if this kind of mental spatial organization is tied to left-handed-ness, it would be more likely for it to be a right-brain function. Does this help?

              • Hmmm.. this is very interesting indeed, Leigh, thank you for the explanation! I’m left-handed but I have no spatial reasoning abilities whatever. I guess I’d be rubbish at fencing and chess. Ah well. 🙂

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