Wow! I’m surprised that so many people participated and it has certainly motivated me to continue on with the games. We did, in fact, have a winner but before I announce who will be getting the mystery prize and what has been won, I’ll go through the list:
1. I was once thrown out of a Catholic church for refusing to wear shoes.
This is true. When I was 18, I had a boyfriend who went to a Catholic school and his graduation was at a church. Being one with nature, I went in a tye-dye and some torn jeans and no shoes. I was asked to wait outside and missed the ceremony.
2. I was a cheerleader.
I was a cheerleader in the ninth grade. I was damned good at it until I got expelled from school for having LSD and beer in my locker. Not fitting behavior for a cheerleader, I suppose.
3. I was adopted when I was four years old.
This is also true. After a string of foster homes, I was adopted by a family at four years old.
4. I was once the study of a college psychology class.
During my adoption proceedings my parents were informed that I had suffered a great shock and was living with post traumatic stress disorder. They had a battery of tests run on me including an I.Q. test which I scored really high on. Somehow word got out about the psycho-genius and the University of Cincinnati asked to study me.
5. I lived in a tree for two years.
After I left home at 17 I moved to Florida and had no place to live. Armed with some new friends, we built a home for me in a small forest that included a tree house. The tree house was built out of wood we stole from the Home Depot back when they kept the lumber outside in the fenced in area. We also jacked furniture from the Salvation Army trucks outside of Walmart and made quite a living space for me. I had a living room, two bedrooms, the kitchen and a party room. It was great.
6. I have hitchhiked across the country with a cat.
This is how I got to Florida after running away from home at 17. I started in a car and made it about fifty miles until the thing broke down. So, me and my cat, Pey-pey hitchhiked down to Florida and lived on the beach for about a month until the tree house was built.
7. I sang at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football game.
This is FALSE. The person who sang at the Buccs game was Dean-o. In fact, I had such terrible stage fright that we were together for almost two years before I ever let him know that I could sing at all. So, there was no way in hell I sang at the game. Since then, I’m much less afraid of public performace.
8. I have lived in Europe.
Yep. Thanks to the good ol’ Army we lived in Germany for three years.
9. I am a published author.
This is also true. I’ve had a number of poems published in books during the past five years.
10. I have broken 12 bones in my body.
-Scapula (shoulder blade)
So, lo and behold, we have a winner:
Miss Paige is the winner of one of my all time favorite books, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by author Dave Eggers.
Part fiction and part non-fiction, this is a story chronicling the life of Eggers as he raises his younger brother after the deaths of his parents. As morbid as you’d think this is, depressing, it is NOT. This book is about the funniest story I’ve ever read and has had a huge influence on my style of writing and candor. Paige will be getting a free copy but for anyone else, I recommend you find it, read it and love it.
So, now you have all learned a few interesting facts about the108 and until next time….
And Miss Paige…. I need you to email me your address 🙂