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In a friends-only posting, [ profile] allanh did a Seven Interests meme:
If you comment on this post, I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Since I've got only 2 interests (gardening and square dancing) listed in my profile, I replied: "Oh dear. I think I'll be quite a challenge for you. You might have to resort to people instead of interests."

So here's the seven things he picked:


What's there to say? My first copy of Bear Magazine was sent to me by someone else. I've still never been to the Lone Star (and bars are out of my comfort zone, so I'm too shy to go by myself).

Clark Baker

Hey! I don't think he's on my Friends list. Is he even on LJ? He's an interesting person, an entertaining caller (if you like that sort of thing), and one of the nerdiest people I know.

He has a very clear technical approach to dancing. I don't always agree with his opinions (really, the word "Women" is avoided in square dancing, because it's hard to hear, and nobody uses it except Clark and his circle).

[ profile] fyellin

One of the first square dancers I ever recognized outside of a dance. I think he was dropping off flyers at The Dance Store for the Quads Hoedown, as I was just starting my addiction to square dance dictionaries. Some people seem limp-wristed, but he always looked hipless, as if his spine were balanced alternately on one leg or the other, with no pelvis. That's not the same as being tragically un-hip. It was to be a couple more years before I ever danced at any Quads event, but I was often mistaken for a Stanford Quad, because I was college-age.

I like to say I've "slept" with him, technically, since we shared a room at Extrav. We share a liking for redheads. I somehow missed inviting him to my 21st birthday party, so he's the reason I had a 2nd annual 21st birthday party. I can't remember if he even attended (all those 21st birthdays run together), but I remember flirting with Bill, whom I soon started dating. Bill and Frank apparently had been housemates successfully before, so going in together to buy a house seemed like a good idea.

That's why Frank's house was the first place I ever lived other than with my parents, when I moved in with Bill. I've also never been single since. I should ask Bill what the copy of Bear Magazine meant; we weren't speaking at the time.

There's also a strange feeling, having formerly lived in a house, and visiting it again. I think of the way vampires can't enter a house without being invited in by a resident. When do I stop being able to invite vampires in? Could I ever? I never registered to vote there, but I wish I had a copy of San Mateo County's 1988 Measure A (which is too old to be readily web-available). In the news, embattled SF Supervisor Ed Jew might really be a resident of San Mateo County -- all he needs is a vampire, and he could prove his residency.

[ profile] otterpop58

I'm not sure, but I think I'm responsible for the name. I'm the one who was bringing OtterPops to ECR. If you pack them in the styrofoam 6-packs that isopropanol is shipped in, and freeze the whole thing, along with cans of salt-water, then wrap everything in more insulation, it's possible to keep them frozen all day in the trunk of a car, along with an ice-chest of soft drinks, so they're nicely slushy by evening.

Men With Long Hair

What's there to say? It's the natural state of things (along with facial hair). Why waste time and money with razors and barbers?

Square Dancing Guru

Addiction to square dance dictionaries -- reading Burleson's Encyclopedia with the late movies until dawn -- dancing C-4 at the age of 22, when I was already getting gray hair!

The PACE newsletter needed articles, so I offered to write an "advice" column, with a bit of humor. Later, the Internet provided a new forum. Really, there are no new questions, just new dancers since 1996 who haven't Googled with the correct phrase.

The lucky tummy-rubs are just a convenient perk.


Really, there are no new questions, just new zippers since 2002 who don't bear up to Googling.

I need to add links to [ profile] zbear20 (who I finally met, at [ profile] allanh's housewarming) and [ profile] zzbear.


Date: 2007-10-05 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Women instead of ladies or girls, you mean? Doesn't bother me, but I can see that it's probably non-standard.

I can dance plus if I'm having an alert day, with a helpful square around me.
My favorite Clark story dates from a review afternoon. It was the end of the day and most people had left. The dances had been getting progressively harder. One square was incomplete. People looked at me. I asked whether they'd be better off dancing with me or with a phantom. Clark answered immediately "phantom." I was not offended - I had asked the question sincerely. He gave a clear answer. The world might be less confusing if there were more exchanges like that.

Re: Clark

Date: 2007-10-06 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1) specifically change ringing. see
This is how I know [ profile] callyperry, whose friends list I skim, which is how I found you (and she was the instigator of my square dancing participation).

2)Besides squares, I contra dance and tap dance and occasionally take Lindy Hop classes.

3)I sew. I have two functioning and one rusted treadle machine. Every once in a while I wish for zig-zag stitches or a buttonhole attachment, but most of the time I really like using a machine that would fit in anywhere in the past century or so.

4) I've been a vegetarian since 1974, originally for environmentalist reasons, but I noticed an immediate improvement in my health.

5) I just think many of the photos posted to the group are beautiful.

6) Nearly all my square dancing has been at Tech Squares, which is where I met Clark.

7) It's in front of the convention center in Portland, OR. Among the bushes there's a large bell(from Asia somewhere) and the sign says:
"Attention. Bell will ring without warning."
I thought it was funny in a couple of ways, but unfortunately it's not readable. My brother-in-law claimed that that made it even funnier, so I left it.

Date: 2007-10-05 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad we've been able to share a few memories over the years!

Date: 2007-10-06 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your 7 interests was interesting to read.


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