April 18, 2006

Six Things...With A Twist

Beth and I have both been tagged with the recent "weird thing" meme so we're taking it to the next level and adding a twist. The twist is two-fold.

Fold 1: Beth has compiled the list of my weird stuff and I've pieced together hers.
Fold 2 (son of fold): Only half of these things are real. Half are wicked lies. The person who picks out all three lies correctly wins a prize, most likely a homemade CD. Same goes over at Beth's place.

Here's what Beth said about me and my quirks:

1. Chris is scared of boats, but not all boats. First, he is scared of shipwrecks. Second, he is scared of the portion of the hull that is underwater. He says it gives him the heebie-jeebies, and if we are ever, say, watching a movie and there is a shot of a shipwreck or of a boat passing from an underwater vantage point he hides under the couch and cries like a little girl. This is actually not that weird though when you consider the time that he was diving on an old shipwreck in fairly shallow water off the Caymans and this huge ship passed by overhead and he almost got sucked into the propeller or whatever it is and cut to ribbons and killed. Oh, except that no such thing ever happened. Nope, he just made it up. I think one day he was sitting around and decided to choose something bizarre to be scared of, and this is what he came up with.

2. Chris is a master at origami. Not weird? Well, it isn't just any origami no cranes or frogs or little paper boxes. Chris has spent countless hours perfecting the art of dirty origami. His Kama Sutra series is especially impressive. Y'all, don't tell my mother about this one, ok? I don't think she would understand.

3. Chris has a deep and abiding affection for his socks. First of all, he will never get rid of socks. He keeps right on wearing them even if all of his toes are hanging out the gaping hole in the front. And when he finally does stop wearing them, he keeps the worn out ones in his sock drawer and occasionally pulls them out and throws them in the laundry so they don't feel abandoned. And then, every night he takes a shower and then takes a pair of socks downstairs with him. But he doesn't put them on, oh no. He just sits them on the couch with him and then they, I don't know, cuddle or something, and more often than not they are still there on the couch when I go downstairs the next morning. I think he might even name them, but I'm just speculating here.

4. Chris is a collector. You probably already know about his thousands of cds and our thousands upon thousands of books, but I don't think he has ever told about his little lightbulb collection. No, not a small collection of lightbulbs, a sizable collection of small lightbulbs. Flashlight bulbs, nightlight bulbs Christmas lightbulbs, etc. You are all thinking this one is the lie, right? But check out
http://electriclights.tripod.com/ and countless others available via google search. He got started when he was a kid and just kept on collecting. The only problem is whenever we move, because those things are a real pain to pack up and then unpack back into their display cases.

5. Chris has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. He remembers details that I suspect nobody else in the world has bothered to (or cares to) remember. You can name some mediocre studio drummer from the 70s and he will tell you 12 albums the guy played on and his son's middle name and birthdate. Seriously, ask him anything about music and odds are you will get more (accurate) information than you ever wanted. He can also tell you the address, including zip code, and phone number of every place he has ever lived. However, if you ask Chris to tell you his age, his salary, where he left his sunglasses, the square root of nine, his lovely wife's middle name, or any other minor but important
fact that he should certainly know, you are likely to be greeted by a blank stare and complete inability to answer the question. It's like living with a 12 year old idiot savant.

6. Ask Chris to name his favorite band and he will tell you he could not possibly choose just one. Press the issue and he will likely concede to name a few favorites, among them Genesis, Yes, Pearl Jam. He's hiding a deep dark secret. Chris does have a stand-out favorite band, he's just ashamed to admit it. His absolute, all-time, no doubt about it favorite? The Grateful Dead. "Ripple" is his favorite song ever sometimes he just puts that on repeat and listens to it all day.

So...which ones are lies?

Posted by Chris at April 18, 2006 07:17 AM

The truth 1, 4 & 5

The lies 2, 3, & 6

Posted by: HR Mommy at April 18, 2006 07:26 AM

I was going to guess the same ones at HR Mommy, but I don't suppose it does me much good to guess them all second, huh? :)

Fun game, though!

Posted by: Emily at April 18, 2006 07:35 AM

Lies: 1,2,&6.

Truth: 3,4,&5

Posted by: Alissa at April 18, 2006 07:58 AM

Lies: 2,4 & 6.

Truth: 1,3,5

Posted by: fauve at April 18, 2006 08:00 AM

truth: 3, 4, 5

Posted by: Corinne at April 18, 2006 08:14 AM

I have to tthink there are little lies in all of them but I am guessing.

Truth 1,4,5

Posted by: Bill at April 18, 2006 08:29 AM

3, 4, 6.

Posted by: Brad at April 18, 2006 08:38 AM

1,5 and six are true... the other are not.

Posted by: Amber at April 18, 2006 08:40 AM

Truth - 1, 3, 5.

#2 seems like a trick question though, b/c of course you would want to live up to that lie at least! ;)

Posted by: Michelle at April 18, 2006 08:41 AM

truth: 3,5,6
If I'm wrong though, and 2 is true, you've got to post picturesm :)

Posted by: ktjrdn at April 18, 2006 08:44 AM

Lies - 2,3&6.

Im hoping I win since I was so lame about collecting the last prize!

Either way, have an awesome day!

Posted by: That Girl at April 18, 2006 08:50 AM

Lies: 2, 3, 4

Posted by: Dawn at April 18, 2006 08:52 AM

Just cause it sounds so cool.... #2 has to be true. (kidding) :)

Truths: #'s 3, 4, and 5, because I too share that same "gift" of music. No one will play any type of trivia game with me because of it.

So the rest, 1,2,3 must be false. Shame... I was hoping your next post would be some of the folding layouts for that dirty origami.

Have a great day, cactus-fish family!

Posted by: at April 18, 2006 09:11 AM

whoops! The above post is mine! Sorry 'bout that! No coffee in system yet!

Posted by: Shash at April 18, 2006 09:12 AM

I'm with HR Mommy -- lies are 2, 3, and 6.

Great idea to write each other's lists! You guys have such a fun family...Will you adopt me?

Posted by: Liberal Banana at April 18, 2006 09:12 AM

I'm guessig 2, 4, & 6 are not true. Not that I don't think you're a collector, but the lightbulb thing was too much. If it turns out to be true...well...I must sit back and reevaluate.

Posted by: wordgirl at April 18, 2006 09:25 AM

hmmm. I'm going to say truth is #2, 4 and 5.

Posted by: suze at April 18, 2006 09:25 AM

truth: 3, 4, 5

Posted by: Dee at April 18, 2006 09:32 AM


They're all lies!!!!!

(but? The Grateful Dead rock.)

Posted by: ben at April 18, 2006 09:36 AM

Lies: 1, 2, 4
Truth: 3, 5, 6

Good stuff!

Posted by: Beth in StL at April 18, 2006 09:36 AM

2, 4, & 6

If 2 is true you must post pictures!

Posted by: linda at April 18, 2006 09:36 AM

2,4, and 6 are lies.

Posted by: kim at April 18, 2006 09:39 AM

2, 3 & 4 are the lies? Someone probably already guess it, I haven't read through the comments yet.

The underwater thing IS scary. Gives me the creeps as well!

Posted by: VirgoJen at April 18, 2006 09:57 AM

I think the lies are 1, 2, and 4. Regardless of which they are, all the 6 things are hillarious.

Posted by: Jessie at April 18, 2006 09:57 AM

I'm gonna say 1, 2, and 4 are the lies. But I kind of want 2 to be true. :)

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2006 09:59 AM

Lies: 2, 3, 4

Posted by: RzDrms at April 18, 2006 09:59 AM

Now I'm thinking 2, 4 and 6 are the lies. For some reason I see you loving your socks but NOT loving The Grateful Dead.

I'm way curious now!

Posted by: VirgoJen at April 18, 2006 10:00 AM

I'll go for 1, 2, and 5 as lies.

Tell Beth whatever the answers are, this is a great , creative post!

Posted by: Ross at April 18, 2006 10:26 AM

I know for fact that 6 is a lie. The hard part is figuring out the other two lies. I am guessing that the sock thing is true (to a point) and #5 is definitely true. Also, #1 doesn't seem too farfetched. So, I am going with 1, 3, 5 TRUE and 2, 4, 6 are LIES. Although kinky origami sounds fun and also sounds like a great name for a band!

Posted by: Ms. Q at April 18, 2006 10:36 AM

I think 2,4&6 are the fabrications.

Posted by: A.K. at April 18, 2006 10:49 AM

1, 2, & 6 fibs?

I can't imagine Chris not having an opinion - on favorite musical group or anything else.

Posted by: ann adams at April 18, 2006 11:06 AM

Lies - 1, 2, 4.

And by the way, if somehow #3 is true, Memorial day is supposedly the Lost Sock Memorial Day as well. If you have been holding on to one lost sock, waiting for the other one to turn up, this would be the day you throw it out. Heh. Don't ask me how I know about these weird holidays...

AND by the way the way, today is "Wear your pajamas to work" day. I am wearing my Peace Frog jammies pants! Wait till my coworkers get here. It'll be a hoot!

Posted by: oakley at April 18, 2006 11:09 AM

I'd have to say that 3, 5 & 6 are true. That means 1, 2 & 4 are lies. Not sure why but eh, you know.

Posted by: MoMMY at April 18, 2006 11:15 AM

1, 4 and 6 are lies
which means that 2,3 and 5 are truth.

Posted by: Amy at April 18, 2006 11:23 AM

2, 4 and 6 are lies and 1, 3 and 5 are true... that's the best I've got. (I was thisclose to saying 6 was true and 3 was a lie - but I had to think some more)... this was a good one!

Posted by: Sue at April 18, 2006 11:30 AM

Based on new found evidence, I change my answer to :
Truth : 3, 5, 6
False: 1, 2, 4

Posted by: Dee at April 18, 2006 11:38 AM

"I think one day he was sitting around and decided to choose something bizarre to be scared of" LOL. I'm choosing belly button lint. Oooh, or eyelashes.

Can't. Open. My. Eyes!

Great blog.

Posted by: Tink at April 18, 2006 11:38 AM

3, 5 and 6 are truths...though I HOPE you really do x-rated origami cuz that would just be wicked cool...lol.

Posted by: Jaycie at April 18, 2006 11:40 AM

So, I take it that means you won't be seeing The Poseiden Adventure remake????

Posted by: Michelle at April 18, 2006 11:51 AM

Lies: 1,2 & 6

Truth: 3, 4 & 5

Posted by: Aurelia at April 18, 2006 12:16 PM

Umm 1, 2, and 6 are LIES??!!

I am so excited just to find out!!! (from both yours and Beths!!!!

Posted by: ::c:: at April 18, 2006 12:35 PM

lies: 2, 4, 6

truths: 1, 3, 5


Posted by: ali at April 18, 2006 12:52 PM

The lies are 1,3 & 4.
I think.
Great twist, by the way!!!

Posted by: Kelly M. at April 18, 2006 12:57 PM

1, 3, and 6 are the truths. You told me about #1 personally, in fact, so that one's in the bag.

Which leaves 2, 4, and 5 for the dirty dirty lies. But I'm putting in my vote for a "pictures please" if I'm wrong about #2.

Posted by: Gavin at April 18, 2006 01:10 PM

the part about liking the dead is definitely a lie.

Posted by: jodi at April 18, 2006 01:29 PM

The truth - 2, 5 and 6! :)

Posted by: Laura at April 18, 2006 02:02 PM

1,2 and 3. Lies. i believe the lightbulb one only because my husband gets a bit of a halfy every time we go down the lightbulb aisle. it's a problem, I tell ya.

Posted by: mr. lady at April 18, 2006 02:18 PM

Obviously, I am in the "you snooze, you lose" category and I am sure you already have a winner.

I just did this meme too. Even though I hate meme's.

I live with a Genesis fan. My husband loves them and would probably list them as his number one pick for fav band/group. No wonder I like you.

Posted by: DebbieDoesLife at April 18, 2006 02:46 PM

I think it's only fair to tell you I'm stealing this.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at April 18, 2006 02:55 PM

Oh! 1, 3, 6 are lies?

Posted by: Queen of Ass at April 18, 2006 02:56 PM

I''m going with 2,3 & 6 being lies and the other's truth. So freaking funny. Now I need to go to Beth's and see if I can figure it out. Great idea.

Posted by: Melissa at April 18, 2006 03:39 PM

I would guess there is truth in all of them. That there are lies in all too (we call those exaggerations, Beth...it's okay, he stole your chapstick, you can exaggerate....)

Posted by: speckledpup at April 18, 2006 03:41 PM

I'm going to say the lies are 1,3,6... do you need my address? ;)

Posted by: Bayou at April 18, 2006 05:16 PM

the lies are 1,2, & 4

Posted by: goodsnake at April 18, 2006 06:17 PM

Truth: 3,5,6. but MAN those are some good lies.

Posted by: Pammer at April 18, 2006 06:33 PM

I am not officially playing because I am currently enjoying the fruits of the last contest (woot!), but I am going to go ahead and guess that you are afraid of boats, that you have an affinity for socks, and that you have an encyclopedic knowledge of music. 1,3,5 are true.

Posted by: jen at April 18, 2006 07:03 PM

I'm surely too late, but I was guessing in my head and so I'm taking my guess anyway. :o)

Lies: 1, 2, 4
Truth: 3, 5, 6

Posted by: Janet at April 18, 2006 08:54 PM

2, 4 and 6 are LIES!!! DAMN LIES!!!

Tee Hee...

Posted by: Starfruit at April 19, 2006 12:06 AM

1,4,5 are the truths. I want to believe you aren't afraid of boats... but it's too off the wall. So there.

Posted by: Carrisa at April 19, 2006 12:43 AM

i guess 1,3, and 6 all lies. ;)

Posted by: Sarcomical at April 19, 2006 04:40 AM

You did it. Goody! I hate when people think they're too kewwwwwl for a meme. Puh!

And I love the twist. Very clever :)

Posted by: Izzy at April 21, 2006 11:06 PM