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Fun Friday–Another Eight Random Facts about Me

Friday, October 17, 2008


Last year, I did two Fun Friday posts featuring eight random facts about me, some of which generated some pretty interesting discussions (Fun Friday–Eight Random Facts about Me, Fun Friday–Eight More Random Facts about Me). So here are eight more random facts about me:

I’ve been to three Star Trek conventions. Back in the early 1990s, when I lived in the D.C. area, a friend and I were really into Star Trek. She talked me into going to the first convention. I didn’t realize how much fun it could be to go and hear the actors talk about their experiences. I know I’ve forgotten several of the ones we heard speak, but the ones I can remember are Walter Koenig (Chekov), George Takei (Sulu—and one of the best we saw), Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand—whoever she was), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Michael Dorn (Worf—my all-time favorite character), and Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir). No, I didn’t go dressed in costume. Yes, there were people there who frightened me. And yes, I do still have some of the souvenirs and signed items I got there.

My great-grandfather was a multi-published author. John Caylor, Sr., held degrees from Howard College, Oklahoma Baptist University, the University of Alabama, and was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Louisiana College. He served as Editorial Secretary of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and he was editor of Home Missions magazine, which, at the time, had a circulation of 175,000. He was listed in “Who’s Who” in America, and was a much-beloved pastor. Amongst his published titles were America Needs God, In Evangeline’s Country, A Path of Light, Ways of Witnessing, and, my personal favorite, The Great “I am’s” of Jesus (published in 1957 by Zondervan). Unfortunately, DeeDaddy died of cancer several years before I was born. But I’m pretty sure it would have made him proud to know that I’m (sort of) following in his footsteps.

Fall is my favorite season, and summer is my least favorite. Most people get depressed when the leaves start falling, the days get shorter, and the weather gets colder—but it invigorates me. I’m lethargic and feel house-bound during the summer because I get very easily overheated and dehydrated, which gives me rip-roaring migraines. I’ll take autumn allergies over heat any day! When the weather starts turning cooler, to me it’s the fulfillment of the promise that the nastiness that is summer-weather doesn’t last forever. I just wish fall (and winter—at least, the kind of winters we get here) lasted a little longer around here.

I love Popeye’s spicy fried chicken. It’s the fast-food that I crave most often, and it’s what I would choose over any other fast-food/junk-food choice.

I’m currently addicted to Battlestar Galactica. I thought I’d timed it so that the whole series would be out on DVD before I started watching it but I didn’t count on two things: that the SciFi channel would put off airing the second half of the fourth season (what they were supposed to air last year but it got postponed due to the writers’ strike), and the fact that I’d have plenty of time on my hands when the discs started coming in so that I’m able to turn them around in a day and get the next ones pretty quickly. I’m two discs into the third season (so please don’t tell me what happened at the end of last “season”—I want to be surprised when I do finally watch the fourth season after it comes out on DVD in January).

I hate washing dishes, which really wreaks havoc with my enjoyment of cooking. Because I live alone, if I cook, I have to clean everything up as well. That’s why I’ve become quite adept at one-dish meal items and choosing things that can be heated in the microwave either in the packaging they come in or in a paper plate/bowl. I make a killer chili (my secret ingredients are Tennessee Pride Hot Sausage and Rotel) and love to make vegetable-beef soup. Since I don’t measure anything but just eyeball it, the only things I have to wash afterward are the dutch oven, its lid, the wooden spoon I use for stirring, the ladle used for serving, and the spoon I eat it with out of a paper bowl. Things would be different if I had a dishwasher larger than the counter-top model I currently have (about the size of a large commercial microwave) that I use pretty much for sterilization of whatever will fit in it. How much do I hate washing dishes? Well, I chose it as a punishment once in junior high school—a week of doing the dishes by myself.

This is where I live:

This photo was taken about six months after I moved in—those little trees and bushes in the front are quite a bit larger now. I’ve lived here for four years, and I have no plans to leave anytime soon.

I’ve never been kissed. Heck, I’ve never been asked out on a date nor had a boyfriend. So yes, I will probably marry the first man who kisses me.

  1. Friday, October 17, 2008 7:45 am

    Kaye, I don’t usually read your Fun Friday’s as I’m not big on movies and shows, but this one was great. I love the mature trees that your home is nestled in. I suspect it is very peaceful there.


  2. Friday, October 17, 2008 8:11 am

    Kaye, you’re too young to remember but Yeoman Rand was Captain Kirk’s doxie from the original Star Trek. Ok, she wasn’t his doxie, just paraded around in her short mini uniform and had the hots for James T. You have a cute house.


  3. Friday, October 17, 2008 8:48 am

    Kaye, I totally agree with you about fall being the best time of year. Our summers in S. Oregon can be so smokey from forest fires, and get over 100 for too many days. Skies so deep a blue it looks unreal compared to skies so bleached and brown it makes your eyes cringe? Cold nights, pleasant days, gorgeous red maple leaves and enough rain to beat down the summer dust? What’s not to love?

    And Worf. He’s our all time favorite too. In fact, yesterday my husband was yet again bemoaning the fact that they never made a Trek series featuring Worf as the main character.


  4. Friday, October 17, 2008 11:49 am

    Cute house 🙂 I would love my own place…but here in MA…won’t be for a while yet.


  5. Friday, October 17, 2008 3:04 pm

    Somehow I don’t think the release date for season 4 of BG is right. They haven’t even AIRED the second half of season 4 yet. They’re supposed to do that in January. After what Ms. Idiot VP of Programming did to Farscape, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see her refuse to air the last few episodes in January. It’s the highest rated show Sci-Fi has had since Farscape and she doesn’t want it to end.

    I personally despise the show, but Jason and Elizabeth are hooked on it.

    If she wanted a show that could go on forever, she never should have cancelled Farscape! They had scripts for 10 seasons and commitments from the actors thought at least season 8. Any interview you read with Ben Browder includes how much he misses filming that show.


  6. Friday, October 17, 2008 3:17 pm

    Rachel, We discovered Farscape after Ben and Claudia joined Stargate. Watched all the eps and the follow up movie. We named our new dog Dargo.


  7. Friday, October 17, 2008 3:53 pm

    Alas, Jennifer, I don’t own it, I just rent it. But right now, that’s a good thing, since the plumbing has developed two leaks in the past six weeks–one of which still hasn’t been fixed! (Tomorrow, I’ve been promised.)


  8. Gwen Stewart permalink
    Saturday, October 18, 2008 7:02 pm


    I’ll wash every single one of your dishes, even the grease-encrusted ones, if you’ll come over and mop my floors. What say you? 🙂

    Hate those floors. Seriously.

    But I love your house. It looks creative, somehow, and cozy, like a house in which to curl up with a good book. Or, better yet, in which to WRITE great books. 🙂

    Hope your weekend is fantastic!


  9. Monday, October 20, 2008 8:30 am

    You mentioned your grandfather having a degree from Howard College. Is that the same Howard College from Big Spring, Texas?


  10. Monday, October 20, 2008 8:47 am

    Travis, I believe so, yes.


  11. greyfort permalink
    Monday, October 20, 2008 2:32 pm

    Teehee – I don’t like dishes either. *sigh*

    As for the – never been kissed – me neither and I have had boyfriends (2!) and been asked on a date….So I’ve decided that I won’t kiss a guy UNLESS I am marrying him 🙂



  12. Monday, October 27, 2008 8:24 pm

    Sorry to take so long to return. My wife and mother both graduated from Howard College with nursing degrees. It’s a small world….


  13. Monday, October 27, 2008 9:54 pm

    Travis, my grandmother corrected me–the Howard College my great-grandfather went to is now Samford University.


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