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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