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Six Pony Facts

Meckinock tagged me for this. . .

"Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included."

1. I'm an active listener. This means that I have a hard time using music as white noise; if there is music in the background, it distracts me so that I have to listen. I cannot, for instance, have a conversation in a car if the radio is on. This drives Little Sister Pony nuts, because she likes to keep the radio on in her car. But she loves me, so she deals with it.

2. I used to row crew in high school. We were one of fifty-six public high schools in the entire country that had a crew team. I loved the sport, but I was (and still am, for that matter) too short to row in college. Fortunately, the sword awaited me there. . .

3. I speak English, German, Spanish, and a little Hebrew. Beyond that, I can swear in Yiddish, French, and Russian.

4. I really hate cheesecake.

5. I once spent twenty minutes shaking cream into butter in a glass jar. . . because I was too lazy to go out to the store and buy a package of butter. Trust me, it made sense at the time.

6. My hair is so curly that it never fully straightens, even when it's soaking wet.

Tag you're it: Dawn Felagund, Saadiira, NS_Tulkas, Cabell, Perelleth, Meggins

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meckinock
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
I had no idea you could be too short to row in college.

I once spent twenty minutes shaking cream into butter in a glass jar. . . because I was too lazy to go out to the store and buy a package of butter. Trust me, it made sense at the time.

LOL. And the results were....?
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Height is always an advantage for a rower. I'm 5'4", which is just barely tall enough for high school. In college, forget it.

LOL. And the results were....?

One pat of butter, just enough for breakfast the next morning. And full reason for Mom Pony to look at me funny for quite a while afterward.
fafojoy
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
I really hate cheesecake

I LOVE cheesecake. I could eat it every night of the week and would, if somehow it could be made non fattening.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
I'll trade you cheesecake for unsugared grapefruit.
gwynhyffar
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
That butter thing is so freaking funny! Isn't it amazing the things we will do in the name of laziness???
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
It made perfect sense. It was evening, I'd just spent a full day at work and then two hours fencing, I needed butter, I had no butter, I had some cream that I had no other plans for, and glass jars, and I had no desire to rouse myself to go out to the store. Eminently logical.
cabell
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah. This reminded me of the time I made tofu mayonnaise, which was also WAY more work than it was worth, and not actually much better for you than regular mayonnaise anyway, because it's still full of oil.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
So what does the tofu replace? The eggs?
cabell
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Yep. Basically, you just have to blend the oil into some form of protein REALLY SLOWLY, like a few drops at a time. It takes FOREVER.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
All that effort, and I don't even like mayo. I suppose I'll stick with other sauces.
karenator001
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Ooooh! I forgot. I've actually churned butter. And it was not fun, not in the least. Bet your arms hurt when you finished.

And I'm an expert on how to get curl out of hair. Unfortunately, I have the frizz that goes with it. I'm pretty good at killing it too...unless it's really humid, then it's a fight to the death.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Nah. I'm pretty powerful, and I have lots of stamina from all that high school rowing. My arms were fine. It was just shaking a little cream in a jar.

And I like the curl in my hair. Usually, I just braid it, because that's easiest to deal with (and curly hair holds braiding really well), but sometimes, if the weather is cool enough, I let it foof.
karenator001
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
And I like the curl in my hair.

You must have the good kind of curl then. My mother does. She can wash her hair, let it dry and it makes nice soft curls. Mine, however, and my brother's, looks like we've been electrified. Not a pretty sight. I wish I did have curl like my mother's. It would be so much easier.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
When I let my hair foof, I look like a hobbit. My last year's SCD costume highlighted this.
dot_o_choillmor
Nov. 18th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
We have the radio on at work so it’s probably a good thing that it doesn’t distract me as it does you!

You used to row? Wow, that’s so cool. I had friends who used to row when we were in school and they used have to do a scary amount of training in all weathers.

Mmm… cheesecake…..
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
We weren't allowed to train in all weathers, school liability rules being what they were, but I have to say that there comes a point when you welcome the arrival of a nice, fine, misty rain when you're out on the river.
elliska
Nov. 18th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Crew is sooo popular in Florida. And I am so lost on water sports. But it looks like so much fun and good exercise. And I had to laugh about the 'active listener' thing. You wouldn't have made it in the current generation where they listen to iPod and TV and play a video game and send a text message and AIM and talk to you all at dinner. (Drives me nuts).
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
It's fantastic, full-body exercise. I hate rowing machines, although there are some of them that are pretty good. But being out on the water is a real joy.

I'm perfectly capable of multitasking, as long as there's no music on.
bodkin_ra
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Number 5. How far did you live from the store?

And all cheesecake? Or just the slimy kind?
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Number 5. How far did you live from the store?

Honestly, about six or seven minutes' walk. But I was really tired, and I didn't want to go out. And the cream would have just spoiled anyway. . .

And all cheesecake? Or just the slimy kind?

All cheesecake tastes slimy to me.
bodkin_ra
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
I made a baked one once with sultanas and lots of ground almonds that was completely different. Not cheesecakelike at all. A lot of work though!
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
What are sultanas?
bodkin_ra
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Like raisins. Only lighter in colour.

Or the females spouses of Sultans. Only not when you're cooking.
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, golden raisins!

I have to say. . . yuck. I'm not a real fan of raisins in baked goods.
perelleth
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
LOL! The butter thing does make sense!

For some time I shared a huge apartment with four other people, a fifth floor, no elevator, so it was terrible whne it was Sunday and we ran out of Coke, beers, cigars, pop corn or any other most important thing in life. So we ended up placing a pulley in the elevator shaft and then we would phone the man in the bar round the corner, and he would come and bring us our necessities, placed them in a bucket and we would lift it up five floors...all in the name of laziness! ;-)

Rowing sounds amazing. I really love watching people doing it, love how they glide over the water, and I do some canoeing whenever I can. But it must be a very demanding sport as well!
frenchpony
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
I've never lived in a house with a dumbwaiter, but I can see how one would be useful. Particularly since I suspect that your apartment was in Europe, and therefore the fifth floor would be actually six floors from the ground.

Rowing is somewhat demanding, but it's a lot of fun as well. And, once you get into the rhythm, your body finds a groove, and you can just keep going for quite a while. I actually enjoyed the time I rowed in a 3.5 mile head race.
saadiira
Nov. 20th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
I did the shake thing for butter once, too! It was at my private school, as a kid, and involved a baby food jar of cream. We also had an accident where we turned ice cream to butter, but I think that was another incident.

-Dira-
frenchpony
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
I have really vague memories of being about four years old and at one of those "interesting facts about how things are done" programs at the public library, where they showed us How Butter Was Made and then let us do it ourselves. I seem to remember that they let us put food coloring in the cream to make colored butter, and we shook it in baby food jars. Clearly, that program has stuck with me through the years.

Ice cream into butter? That's. . . different. Do tell.
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