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Fun Friday–Eight More Random Facts about Me

Friday, September 14, 2007


I enjoyed doing this so much (and the discussion it created!) last week, I thought I’d continue with the randomness this week.

I will watch Law & Order: Criminial Intent any time it’s on TV—so long as it’s a Bobby (Vincent d’Onofrio) episode. If it’s a Mike (Chris Noth) episode, I probably won’t watch it. I’ve seen every Bobby episode of CI multiple times. I can pretty much tell you by five seconds into the first scene which one it is, whether it’s a Bobby or Mike episode, and, for the most part, who did it and how they solve it. I actually own the 3rd season (the season when Kathryn Erbe missed a few episodes due to having a baby) on DVD. I don’t watch the other two L&O series.

I keep my watch/clocks set several minutes ahead. My watch is about three minutes fast. My alarm clock is about ten minutes ahead. My car clock is about five minutes fast. When I look at any of these timepieces, I know they’re fast. But I’m so anxious about being late anywhere, I prefer keeping them set ahead just so that I’m not late.

I’ve slept on a waterbed since 1983. I actually still have the original bed frame, though I am on the third or fourth mattress. It’s really difficult for me to sleep well on a regular bed without lots of cushioning.

I think Oded Fehr is the best-looking man on the face of the earth. I know. You’re thinking, who? Well, let me enlighten you. Here is a PDF version of the pages of images (low-res, but still a big file) I’ve collected of him for my casting book. Not that I’ve used him as a hero in one of my books yet. The right story just hasn’t presented itself yet.

I’ve attended four universities, but have only two degrees. New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN), and Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA).

I think Sam Talbot should have won the second season of Top Chef. If you don’t get Bravo TV or if you don’t watch Top Chef, you can just skip on to the next one. I absolutely fell in love with Sam and have actually cast him as an artist in a contemporary romance idea I’ve been toying with. I was pulling for CJ in this season’s cast and nearly cried when he was elminated this week. Now I’m rooting for Casey—I’d love to see a woman be more than an also-ran on this show. And speaking of casting Top Chef contestants in my stories, season one’s Steven is Major O’Hara’s sous chef in A Major Event Inc. because even with as annoying as Steven always was, when I saw him in the cast reunion show, he kind of grew on me.

I don’t listen to modern music. Even though I do listen to some modern singers, the music I like is what is generally called “Standards” or the “American Songbook.” It’s the music made famous by Dean Martin (my favorite classic singer), Frank Sinatra (Ruth’s favorite classic singer), Bing Crosby, Vic Damone, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Mel Torme. My favorite contemporary singer is Steve Tyrell. I think Cole Porter wrote some of the best music ever, and I cry every time I watch the bio-pic De-Lovely.

I sleep with the radio on. The local NPR station in Nashville programs classical music all night, so it’s nice to have it on softly in the background. Then, when Morning Edition comes on at 5:00, I gradually start waking up so that when the alarm goes off at 6:30, it’s not ripping me out of deep REM sleep.

  1. Friday, September 14, 2007 11:38 am

    Okay, I can add some random facts 🙂

    1- When I was in 10th grade I was obsessed over the show California Dreams. I still have one of the lines from that show memorized by heart (try as I might to forget it I can’t)

    2- It drives me nuts when clocks aren’t set for the EXACT time 🙂 I am always early

    3- I dislike most vegetables cook but I love bean sprouts.

    4- I can name every episode of Crossing Jordan (in order) from season 1-6…not I didn’t intentionally memorize them…I just one day ‘knew’ them (this was or course after working on my website, but I know practically everything there is to know about CJ)

    I love L&O CI, but I like Mike and Bobby 😀


  2. Friday, September 14, 2007 11:43 am

    PS: I wasn’t around last Friday, so I read you post from then just now. Ankle-biters!!! I didn’t know anyone else said that. I’ve always said it and people laugh at me, amused, never have heard the term. Ahhh another person out there who uses the term ankle biters.

    PPS: My roommate freshman year used to sleep with the radio on (not at all classic) it would drive me nuts. I didn’t sleep for most of my first year of college.


  3. Friday, September 14, 2007 11:46 am

    *not at all classical music (i can’t seem to spell)


  4. Friday, September 14, 2007 12:20 pm

    I’m enjoying these too! And I agree about Oded Fehr. 😀 Woohoo!


  5. Friday, September 14, 2007 12:38 pm

    Oded Fehr – The Mummy! I knew I recognized him from somewhere…just too me awhile to place him. (sorry for all teh post…I’m on a sugar high, over dose of candy corns… :D)


  6. Friday, September 14, 2007 3:10 pm

    Oded Fehr??? Kaye, I hate to be the one to ask the obvious, but how does setting the clocks ahead help if you know and realize they are ahead? LOL, silly! It works for me for about 3 days until I know they fast.


  7. Friday, September 14, 2007 3:23 pm

    The whole fast-clock thing is something I learned from my mother, who always keeps her watch/car clock set ahead. Even though subconsciously I know it’s fast, there’s something about seeing the clock in the car change to 8:00 when I’m still sitting at the light waiting to turn into the business park that puts a sense of panic into me–even though I know I still have a few minutes to get to the office on time.

    I do forget that my watch is set fast sometimes–when I’m waiting for someone.


  8. Val permalink
    Saturday, September 15, 2007 11:38 am

    You are in such good company with the Vincent D’Onofrio watching. We are many and highly intelligent!

    Actually my blog is in the same Google alert as yours for mentioning the gorgeous one.


  9. Saturday, September 15, 2007 1:10 pm

    The clock thing works. I do it too! Drives my husband mad but it helps him, even though he’ll never admit it.

    I never watched L&O until I found myself awake at 3AM every morning with my oldest son. That was 12 years ago. They had reruns on A&E. I got hooked. Now I watch them all but I still prefer the original series. (And that Trial by Jury thing didn’t work so I’m glad it got cancelled.)

    Classical music is primarily for when I need to concentrate. That’s all we heard growing up, until we got old enough to start music collections of our own. So even now, when I need to focus, it’s either silence or classical music.

    Can’t thing of any random things right now to add to the list.



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