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RULES: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

I was tagged by vegmb.

Note: I have had to put my thinking cap on for this. I suppose I do have certain habits, like powdering my nose when I think it's shiny, or crossing myself when I've almost been run over by a bus; but unfortunately, no weird ones spring to mind. And I think I've already told you everything there is to know about me over the 3 years and a bit I've had this journal...Oh well, here goes, then!

01. I am the great-granddaughter of a witch, and not a white one, either.

02. I got my first kiss at the tender age of 8, at the foot of the slide in the playground at Duinrell in Wassenaar. The name of the boy bestowing it on me was Robbie Onderwater. Somehow, it's left far more of an impression on me than my first 'real kiss with tongues' which I suppose must have happened some 8 or 9 years later, but that I can't recall at all.

03. Up until the age of 10 or 11, I thought girls were stupid and I only had boy friends. Then the boys started to think of me as a girl, and since girls were stupid, for a year or two, I had no friends. It wasn't until I was 15 that I tentatively started to form friendships with other girls, who I found weren't stupid after all.

04. I loved school, and was a bit of a swot in those subjects that really held my interest. With those that didn't, though, I played truant quite a lot and subsequently, became very good at coming up with excuses. This was in the good old days when skiving off didn't lead to your parents being fined as they are now.

05. I don't like leeks, and I mean, I really don't like leeks. I'll eat any other other edible plant in the onion family, but not leeks.

06. I collect donkey statuettes and ceramics that have a picture of a donkey on them. I used to have quite a lot of these, but my dad dropped a box in my last move, and donkey statuettes are hard to come by.

07. I've been watching EastEnders since 1985, which makes it my longest-running continued interest in a television show.

08. I can't do any but the most basic arithmetic. Fractions, algebra, trigonometry and bookkeeping are incomprehensible to me. This caused me many angry tears and sleepless nights in my schooldays, but has since been diagnosed as dyscalculia, probably as a result of very minor brain damage at birth.

09. I'm a sucker for a sob story, and donate to several charities, most of which have to do with animal welfare.

10. I can't stand people blocking up the escalators. Stand on the fucking right, will you?!

Now, who shall I tag? Who is least likely to come after me with an axe? tori_x, you're game, aren't you? anonypooh, have you done this one before? How about you, sanda56, scatterheart, elen_ancalima, skylar_muc? Would you consider yourselves tagged, please, quietlychaotic and josephine_64?
That's 8...

And (I'm hoping this won't make them regret ever friending me) - mihonie and samhainborn make it the requisite 10. Score!



( 10 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Jan. 13th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Don't Leeks just taste like spring onions?

I don't mind leeks if they're chopped very small.
Jan. 13th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Raw, you mean? I don't know, I've only ever had them cooked, and they're horrid.
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I meant cooked.
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, in that case, I can honestly say, they are nothing like spring onions, which are yummy. Cooked or boiled leeks are soft and slimy or in a word, yucky.
Jan. 14th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
I hate tagging people for this kind of thing, and now that I think about it you are usually on my list. This is probably because you have interesting little stories. Thank you for sharing...and most of these things I didn't know about you.

BTW, I've been told darkfirewolfe, who tagged me, is a white witch. (She is my younger brother's wife.)
Jan. 14th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
Hee. I forgot I usually go for the cop-out of 'not tagging anyone, but whoever feels like doing this is welcome to'. We'll see whether those I've tagged will still be speaking to me after this. ;-)

Guna Guna is a form of black magic practiced in the Indonesian archipelago. It releases harmful,negative energy through spells, rituals, and by those who are especially adept at it, by the power of their thought. There is no help for those who have been bewitched -- they sicken, or are driven mad, and die; either by an inexplicable illness or by their own hand. Guna Guna can also be used to imbue inanimate objects with negative energy, so that these may bring all kinds of disaster to their unsuspecting owners. For this reason, no one in my family would be fool enough to ever bring a wajang-doll, a carving, or a ceremonial dagger, known as a kris, bought at a car bootsale or antique shop into the house -- we wouldn't even want to look at it, let alone buy it.

The magic is passed from father to son, mother to daughter, but needs careful nurture and total dedication. When a family decides not to carry on in the tradition anymore, after the death of the last witch they will burn everything , the house, the paraphernalia, everything that person ever touched or possessed, so that the knowledge that is usually passed from one witch to the next is lost. The aptitude for magic will still run through the family's veins, but they will no longer be able to call on it at will...which is what my family has done after my great-grandmother died sometime in the 30s.

Indonesian/Malaysian witchcraft is very old and very potent. I'm enough of an enlightened Westerner to be sceptical about witchcraft in general, but still too much of an animistic Asian to discount it completely.
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
ok, I'm in...but TEN interesting things about me is going to take a while to think of...may be a few days coming!. Yours was very interesting..so do you donate to a donkey sanctuary?
Jan. 14th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
ok, I'm in...

Good girl! And I'm sure there's lots I don't know about you yet.

do you donate to a donkey sanctuary?

Yes, I do -- donkeys are my favourite animals (apart from cats, obviously), and I've seen the way they are maltreated in Egypt and the entire Middle East, really...which always struck me as strange, because a lot of the poor subsitence farmers actually rely on these beasts of burden, yet they treat them like shit, and to call someone a donkey is worse than sleeping with his mother and all his sisters at the same time. Which is why particularly I support the Brooke Hospital in Cairo, as well as Greenpeace, the WWF, and a sanctuary for former East-European dancing bears.

And I wonder why I never seem to be able to save up any money...The more I earn, the more I seem to give to these charities (though it's still not enough to make it tax-deductable).
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
I done mine. They aren't as good as yours and some of them were inspired by your list but it's done :)
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for playing, sweetie!
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