30 October 2006

Five Things You Don't Know About Me

Okay, Dale, I’ll play. Here are five things about me y’all don’t know.

1. I collect floating pens. You know, those cheap pens you see in airport gift shops? Love them; they entertain me. I started the collection in 1990 while touring Italy; picked up one in Venice with a gondola floating down a canal, and I was hooked. I now have hundreds of them … and I always have a pen when I need one.

2. I have freckles on my lips. One on the right corner of my bottom lip and one on the top lip. People occasionally scritch my lip with a fingernail, trying to rid me of what they think is a crumb or spot of chocolate. A nail ain’t gonna scratch away pigmentation.

3. I have a closet full of band and concert T-shirts. The R.E.M. shirts take up three-quarters of the rung. I’ve had to stop buying them because there’s no room … and now I’m kicking myself for not picking up a Decemberists T-shirt.

4. I worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. I was the forty-fourth employee and the first in-house creative. I was there from 1991 through 1993, and got to work on projects such as the logo redesign (although I think we should have stuck with the five-As logo). I had nothing to do with Izzy. I met Janet Evans, Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph, Prince Albert of Monaco (it’s a good story; worth the click), and — most thrilling — Muhammad Ali. Dan Quayle came by once, but I didn’t get in line to shake his hand. Second greatest thrill: Andrew Young was the chair, so he was in the office regularly. I was walking down the hall one day and Andy was at the far end; he gave the big wave and yelled, “Hey, Beth!” Andy Young, at least for a short moment in time, knew who I was!!!

5. I’ve never stayed at a job longer than five years. I’m clocking in at four years, five months right now. Will she break her employment record? Or will she follow her pattern and flit away to another life? Ah, the excitement builds as we draw closer to that five-year mark.

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34 Comments:

At 10/30/2006 11:08:00 AM, Blogger sKincarver said...

I have a closet full of concert shirts as well. Almost all of them have a pentagram or an upsidedown cross on them.
oooOOoooo...

 
At 10/30/2006 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

One of my best friends took all of her concert shirts and made them into a quilt. She can still see the shirts and remember the concerts, but it doesn't take up as much closet space. :)

As for the freckles -- runs in the family!

 
At 10/30/2006 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

SKINCARVER: You give me chills on so many levels, you handsome devil.

MARNI: But are you lip-freckled? And I can't tear up my T-shirts; there's too much love for them. Dan still has several of them, and taunts me by wearing them when we get together.

 
At 10/30/2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Oddly, I have a freckle on my lip and one in my eye...or so I've been told, but the eye freckle is really something else, from a minor accident.

"I had nothing to do with Izzy."

I'm not saying you were, but somebody was and they're still remaining free. I can't imagine a better reason for incarceration and we cannot let this travesty, continue.

 
At 10/30/2006 12:42:00 PM, Blogger barista brat said...

that was a great post, beth!

 
At 10/30/2006 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: I have freckled pupils, too. Darn, I should have included that! And Izzy? That's worthy of a post. We had some great mascot submissions -- a centipede (it was, after all, the 100th anniversary), Bre'r Rabbit (Andrew Young's choice), a phoenix (Atlanta's symbol; used by the Paralympics when we didn't) -- but it seems the Grand ACOG Poobah's vote counted more than the rest of us combined. *sigh*

BRAT: Thanks, Brat! I'm just weird enough to be entertaining, I guess.

 
At 10/30/2006 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

If I remember correctly, Lulu's cat Fred had freckled lips. You're in good company.

 
At 10/30/2006 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous rcofchs said...

David Christian and I would have had a field day with a freckled lip admission. And how do you get freckles on yur lip?

 
At 10/30/2006 02:46:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

COASTER PUNCHMAN: Cat freckles? Now that's cool!

RCOFCHS: The same way I got them on my ............

 
At 10/30/2006 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

I have my "under 2 dollar black cotton at the resale store" collection, along with various new shirts I've bought over the years. One of my favorites (of the new ones) is from the bar I hang out at when I visit friends in the Bay, the Zeitgeist. The back says "Warm Beer, Cold Women-- Go Away"

I love those floating pens, but don't collect them. My son collects those little pennies that you flatten out for souvenirs. I always make sure to get him one wherever I go.

Andrew Young-- very cool. I've always admired him.

 
At 10/30/2006 03:19:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I had a friend from Kiel, Wisconsin, and she brought me a T-shirt from the local bar: The Kiel Over. Some beau took off with it, though.

Love those pennies! Got some at the aquarium recently.

 
At 10/30/2006 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

I either knew or could have extrapolated all of those.

 
At 10/30/2006 04:37:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Are you trying to say, "Good, Lord, she's nuts. And I have proof."?

 
At 10/30/2006 04:43:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

I dunno. Is there some extortion potential here?

 
At 10/30/2006 04:44:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I'll give you a Decemberists t-shirt when they come around here. I got rid of all my concert tshirts 10 years ago. Now I miss my Smiths T shirt and Naked Raygun too. I will get over it.

 
At 10/30/2006 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

PAUL: Could be; you know many secrets. There are some cute guys who read this blog, guys I need to continue impressing ... cute guys such as ...

GRANT MILLER: The Decemberists will be in your town Nov. 11. Are you going? Please read my review ... and get you and your breathtakingly beautiful wife to the Riviera Theater.

 
At 10/30/2006 05:50:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

I hope everybody went and read the Prince Albert story! It's a funny one and sort of involves the freckle.

Beth, I see a storage locker in your future!! But at least you're collecting cool stuff.

 
At 10/30/2006 08:29:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I knew about the pens. Not only have I seen the collection, but I've even added one or two.

 
At 10/30/2006 08:34:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: One of the selling points of my condo is the large storage room. But I may need to rent a storage unit one of these days.

JEREMY: The Kinko's pen is still one of my faves.

 
At 10/30/2006 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Plenty of t-shirts here, too. I used to have a Red Hot Chili Peppers Pen that made them drop trou' and reveal the socks. I wish I knew where it was.

 
At 10/30/2006 09:46:00 PM, Blogger Mizbubs said...

Beth: Great post. Bubs makes me get rid of old t-shirts. I really, really miss my Clash Combat Rock tour tee. Bubs is sooooo lucky he's cute...

 
At 10/31/2006 08:43:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

TENACIOUS S: Oh, no; you've sent me on a hunt. I'll be haunting eBay 'round the clock for that pen.

MIZBUBS: I don't know if Bubs could be cute enough to make me let a Clash tour shirt go. You're a stronger woman than I.

 
At 10/31/2006 09:35:00 AM, Blogger Ben Heller said...

That's a great story about your Olympic experience, and meeting all the well knowns.
Is Andrew Young the Civil rights activist ? That is cool !

 
At 10/31/2006 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

One and the same, Ben; Andrew Young was one of Martin Luther King's inner circle. He was also our man at the United Nations for several years, as well as mayor of Atlanta. Some naysayers claimed that Coca-Cola (based in Atlanta, and another former employer) got Atlanta the Games ... but it was actually Andrew Young, who brought in all of Africa's votes. He's so cool.

 
At 10/31/2006 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Chris said...

I don't understand why you snubbed Quayle like that. He seems like such a great guy! By the way, the end of the Prince Albert story cracked me up!

 
At 10/31/2006 11:55:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

You didn't have Prince Albert in a can, you met Prince Albert on the way to the can. Cool.

 
At 10/31/2006 01:39:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Wait mizzbubs-- Bubs made you get rid of the shirt? It's always my wife making me get rid of things-- shirts, books, ex-wives.....

I've never met Andrew Young, but James Meredith came and visited one of my history classes in college. He was a friend of the professor when the were students at Jackson State, before Meredith's historic transfer to Ole Miss.

Our professor revealed that as much as Meredith espoused peaceful change, he wasn't taking any chances with the crazies-- he packed heat while he attended classes.

 
At 10/31/2006 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

CHRIS: I wasn't disrespectful ... but I was not gonna shake the hand of someone I don't believe in. You should have seen me the day Newt Gingrich did a signing while I was working at the bookstore (the store was in the middle of his district) -- I stood outside the entire time for "crowd control."

BUBS: And I get all the "Prince Albert in a can" and "Prince Albert piercing" Googles. The royalty fun never ends.

JOHNNY YEN: LOL on the ex-wives. How cool that you met James Meredith ... and I sure don't blame him for packing heat in those days.

 
At 10/31/2006 09:38:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

Beth,
Ten forgot to mention this, but her mom did the coolest thing with a bunch of her old concert shirts. She cut the logos out and made them into patchwork squares and turned them into a quilt backed with denim. It's really cozy to curl up under it and think about all those concerts.

 
At 11/01/2006 07:57:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Which one did I bring you from San Fran? Was it the guys swimming away from Alcatraz?

 
At 11/01/2006 11:00:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

LULU: That's very cool, actually.

JEREMY: Yes, it was the Alcatraz one. Still have it. Still love it.

 
At 11/03/2006 07:26:00 AM, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I loved those pens! Only had one from Niagara Falls and it's long gone. BOO! Maybe it went over in a barrel as a sacrifice to the God of Floating Pens!

Very cool olympic experience. Was Carl Lewis pretty conceited as he is known to be?

 
At 11/03/2006 07:29:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Poor pen! I don't think I have a Niagra Falls one; must check the collection.

Carl Lewis was surrounded by his entourage of pretty male things, so we couldn't really get close to him. Janet Evans, the medalist in swimming, was a doll and used to show up for any party we had. She wanted to take a break from college and work for ACOG, but the head of sports at ACOG wouldn't let her and insisted she finish school.

 
At 4/21/2008 12:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read that lip freckles can be an early sign of a colon problem... maybe polyps... you might want to go check it out just in case

 

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