5 Random Things, Part VI

Posted on 04 August 2011

1. Back when I only had a land line, I put the library on speed dial so I could more easily renew my books. And I think it was position #5. Sad.

2. The summer I was 16, I attended a camp for young writers at Susquehanna University. One night, our entertainment included a viewing of the movie Testament. I had trouble getting to sleep that night, never mind trying to finish my lighthearted fantasy story about sky people (yes, really, and the story was as bad as it sounds).

3. When I got back from the camp, I told my mom that I could sit in a classroom and discuss/critique writing all day long, every day. “That’s how you know you’ve found what you really want to do,” she told me. (By that logic, I guess I should have gotten an MFA and gone on to teach.)

4. Years later, the program director of that writing workshop and I both published short stories in the same issue of South Dakota Review.

5. In high school, I wrote a poem about the glories of being tall that pissed off some short people. One of my (tall) friends still talks about that poem. I dredged up a copy of it and sent it to her in a care package when she was in a serious car accident several years ago. It made her laugh, which made me happy.

Are you tall or short or in-between? Who’s in your top speed dial slots? Have you found what you really want to do?

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18 responses to 5 Random Things, Part VI

  • Paul says:

    I remember Testament. Better than anything about that subject that has come along since then.

    I guess I’m part of the in-between height group.

    As for doing what I want to do, I know what it is, but I have to have a regular job in order to be free some of the rest of the time to do what I’d rather do. Like most people, I suppose.

  • Averil Dean says:

    I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Still haven’t found it.

    And I’m 5’3″, but laugh all you want; I can dance with any man. In heels.

    • I’d never laugh at someone’s height. :) My poem stirred up some anger probably because I had two short girls in mind while I wrote it…and let’s just say I wasn’t a fan. Oh, high school.

  • Teri says:

    I love a list. And I love a loop like this one! I’m average. Average height, weight (liar!), hair color, and shoe size. Pants are too long or too short. They sell out of my shoe size. I look like everybody’s sister. Average.

  • Lyra says:

    I want a copy of that poem! Please.

    I’m 5’9″ and can’t dance with any man, no less in heels. (Okay, but my dad, or an old friend that I have lost touch with. We’d go to this gay country bar and he was the only man to give me a strong enough lead to make me follow him. However, I was in cowboy boots.)

    I don’t use speeddial. Remembering phone numbers is the poor man’s version of Suduko.

    I know what I want just not how to get there.

  • Downith says:

    5 foot 2 and never did master speed dial …

  • Teri says:

    Had to come back for the speed dial part… Remember when “voice dial” came about? I had “Mom” and “Home” in my phone, the 2 I called most. Then my mother died and everytime I spoke “Home” into my phone, it would reply, “Calling Mom” by accident with that mechanical voice. Mom and Home sounded too much alike. I still remember the instant I deleted her from voice dial.

  • lisahgolden says:

    I’m very short. 5′ and some change. I would love to be tall, but since I’m not, I’m going for wide. I can control that (sort of).

    Finding what you want to do. MMmmmmm. Yes, that would be nice.

  • lizisilver says:

    I’m a tall midget at 5′ on a good day. My top speed dials are my mom, husband cell, and brother, in that order. Interestingly, those are the only numbers on my caller id. No one likes to call an curmudgeonly little person.

  • I’m 5′ 1″ and have to set my phone on the kitchen floor in order to reach it. And I used to like you, Laura, but our relationship would grow a lot tighter if you showed up here to change all my light bulbs.

  • Lyn Hawks says:

    I’m 5’10” and then some and always banging elbows with everyone because I have such a long wing span, never mind doorways. I was once accused of lying in my profile on Match.com about how tall I was, I guess because I showed up in “heels” (not even an inch). Height matters as a writer if you suffer through bad desk chairs and don’t deal with the ergonomics. I keep avoiding the inevitable both at home and at work and the back and neck are crying about it.

    I love that you wrote a poem when you were in high school about the glories of being tall. I didn’t have the courage and slumped my way through school. I always felt like an Amazon. But petite was still in (it was the early 80s). Now I stroll with pride. Aging and not caring helps. :-)

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