Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Proposal Moment"

I just watched the movie "Proposal" starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds last night on DVD. Hilarious movie by the way if you haven't seen it. Be sure to check it out. I love the scene where, out of the blue she just starts to share some personal things about herself to Ryan Reynolds that she had never shared with anyone else. That got me thinking about doing something similar. So here's my "Proposal Moment."

1. My first concert was "Grand Funk Railroad."

2. On my first date we went to a skating rink. I didn't know how to skate and fell a few hundred times. The boy's name was Barry. He was gracious and kind. Hope I didn't embarrass him too much.

3. I have a bug phobia. Bugs send me screaming out of the room. I once locked myself out of the house because of a centipede. I hit him with a broom. He fell to the floor. I figured with a hundred legs he could run pretty fast. I screamed and ran out of the house slamming the door shut behind me. I had to sit on the front porch for someone to come home and let me in.  The centipede stayed inside, sat on the couch and watched TV.

4. My favorite movie is "Rear Window." I love all the action going on outside in the different apartments while love is brewing inside Jimmy Stewart's own apartment without him even noticing.

5. I was banned from the cafeteria in 6th grade for being too loud. I put a pickle on a girlfriend's milk carton when she wasn't looking and it fell inside. She drank the milk and I screamed with laughter. Apparently I screamed really loud because I was banned for the remainder of the year. I had to eat in the classroom all alone. But the memory of the pickle in the milk carton was well worth it. The girlfriend survived by the way. She was clueless.

6. I always wanted to be a lead singer in a rock band. I used to practice by putting broomsticks through a folding chair so it would stand up and taping a hairbrush to it to use as a microphone. I would then sing with my entire record collection and do all of the rock poses. I was pretty good some would say. But getting a proper job and making a salary prevailed once I graduated high school. I still sing in front of the mirror sometimes without the hairbrush makeshift microphone. However, the rock poses are not near as cute as they once were. Thus, I became a writer.

7. I've always secretly wanted to learn to surf. For a while I would even go into surf shops and look at all the surf gear. However, I barely know how to swim. I never acted on the surfing lessons. I still love to sit on the beach and watch all the cool surfers out in the water. I do carry a boogie board to the beach now and again, but I usually fall asleep under the umbrella using the board as a comfortable place for my feet.

8. I hate carrots. I can eat them if they are shredded in a salad, but that's about it. I really hate them whole and raw. I do however love carrot cake and carrot souffle'. That's probably why I wear glasses. That's a big price to pay just because I don't like carrots. It must work though. I've never seen a rabbit wearing glasses, at least not outside of a children's book. Come to think of it, I've never seen a rabbit eating a carrot either. Perhaps the whole carrot thing is a myth in which case I'm glad I hate carrots, just in case they're wrong about them.

9. I still get very excited about going to Disney World. I love everything about it. It's like being in a different world altogether, hence the name, Disney World I guess. I suspect I will never grow too old to go there. I may have to rent one of those segway riders to get around later, but I will do what I must. I hope they never get rid of the Carousel of Progress. I will be crushed. I definitely am completely, and thoroughly entertained in Disney World. Perhaps it's the kid inside of me. I have a really big kid inside of me. I love video games, board games, Disney movies, and ice cream. Yep, definitely a big kid.

10. I'm terrified of chit chat. Standing in a room filled with people while balancing a small plate of munchies and trying to make interesting conversation can send me over the top. But I have improved somewhat over the years. I make a real effort, but alas, I'm sure the other person can see the terrified look on my face. I'm the kind of person who likes a close friendship where we're in and out of each other's homes and in each other's lives like the Seinfeld group. But chit chat is a skill I find hard to learn. With a really close friend you can sit and not say a word, but you don't feel pressured to talk. I really suck at chit chat. I find myself going on and on and on because I'm so desperate to learn to be a brilliant chit chatter. I see others do it so easily. It must be a gift. I intend to get better as time goes by. But I will never have the gift of gab.

Thanks for letting me share my "Proposal Moment" with you. If you'd like to share yours, feel free.

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