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Random stuff about Dawnell

  1. I am a native of Ashland, Kentucky and I have the accent to prove it. But the accent is only apparent when I am drinking or I have been talking to my dad. I was delivered by the same doctor in the same delivery room in the same hospital as my mother – only 17 years later. Incidentally, Billy Ray Cyrus was born in that same hospital.
  2. I have a very vivid imagination and a very active fantasy life. Never mind that these days I mostly fantasize about shoes, Italian bed linens, travel and losing weight. But I will have you know that things were not always so tame inside the ole noggin.
  3. I will read almost anything – but I simply cannot finish Dante’s Inferno. I have made that a New Years’ resolution at least 15 times and have made many valiant attempts – but I cannot get through that danged book. I keep forgetting if the wolf is his mother or himself or what he fears most. I have also repeatedly failed to finish War and Peace.
  4. Speaking of random – I am married to a Dutchman I met in Tennessee whilst he was living in Texas and I was living in Florida. Then I moved to Texas to be with him and later we moved to Florida together. What ARE the odds?  I think men are infinitely preferable to women. Well, come to think of it, men are preferable to most anything! Except single malt scotches of good quality and a certain age!
  5. I have met and conversed at some length with Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Joe Namath, Greg Allman, Lorna Luft, Catherine Bach, Charles Nelson Rielly and Dom DeLuise. I have been on a plane with Lee Majors (he is SHORT). I have been hugged by and had my picture taken with Chubby Checker.
  6. I have always wanted to make a serious study of Greek Mythology and Linguistic Anthropology. I have become quite the quiltmaker. I really enjoy this. I love to travel; for any reason or for no reason at all.
  7. I have a small collection of paperweights. I love Perhshire millefloiria. I cannot be trusted around slot machines.
  8. My husband’s nickname is Doc. If you knew his real moniker you’d know why a SHORT nickname was a must. I try never to confuse Doc about what I want, when I want it, and exactly how I want it! He is a good man and he is interesting and smart and funny. Now, if he’d just win the lottery …
  9. My father worked for the N & W railroad for more than 30 years. Railroad workers do not pay into Social Security – and the union squandered most of his pension.
  10. I have quite a few friends, but Sally has been my best friend since second grade. I am a mother and now a grandmother! Holy crap!
  11. My favorite book is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. This has been true since I first read it at 13 years old. I passed the CISSP in 2009 examination to my great surprise!
  12. My first real job was in a J.P. Stevens factory – I sewed end hems on towels for 4 years. As soon as I could, I went back to college FOR Real this time. I have spent many, many days of my youth picking cotton, cropping tobacco and digging potatoes. This did not harm me one little bit.
  13. To paraphrase from a Tom Hanks movie line, I don’t believe what people say about god. I know that the earth is about 5 1/2 billion years old. I know that humans share ancestry with all living things on this planet. I don’t really think there is a life after death. Yet, I think there must be a god (or two) out there somewhere. If he exists, I like to think he keeps an eye at all the many universes from his own special universe.  Maybe he doesn’t exist, but I think I will behave anyway just on the off chance I might catch his eye and get an invitation to his universe.