Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Copycat Alert

I have to copy Steph's Geek List. It was too funny and made me think of too many of my own tendencies to nerdhood. I began my road to nerdiness around the age of 8, the year I got glasses. So we'll start there.

1. I got glasses in the 3rd grade. They were brown plastic with ff emblazoned on the temples for Fred Flintstone. In 5th grade, I moved on to ET glasses, then HUGE red round ones in 6th grade. Each year, my glasses grew predominantly thicker until I reached high school and got the Harriet the Spy-esque eyewear. They were not only thick, but large and in charge. Fortunately, I got contacts in 7th grade.

2. I was always somewhat furry, very short and bone skinny. Unfortunately, my name rhymes with skinny.

3. In fourth grade, I had an orthodontic device called a lip bumper. It was to correct my oversized buck teeth by not allowing me to rest my teeth atop my lip. It was pearly white and foxy.

4. I once made my own library out of my bookshelf. It included a check out date label in the back of each book. It was categorized alphabetically within each genre. I charged my sister and her friends for library cards and kept lists of overdue fines.

5. I didn't really play sports much. I played soccer for about a third of a season and then I got hit in the mouth with the ball. That was the end of sports for Ginny until high school when I wanted them for my transcript for college.

6. I once got hit in the face with a raw egg while innocently roller skating to my friend's house. The shell cut my eyebrow and blood and yolk all down in my glasses. Then I was blind and had to feel my way home. Crying. On rollerskates. With long, gangly chicken legs.

7. I didn't brush my hair for almost three years. I had a huge rat's nest underneath my hair in the back. My mom gave up on me and told me that if I had to have it cut out, it was my problem.

8. When I was little, I wanted braces, glasses, and crutches more than anything in the world. I used to put unwound paper clips over my teeth and tell people they were retainers.

9. My friend Dana and I made up a dance involving bent-legged cartwheels and hula hoops to Bon Jovi's Livin' On a Prayer. In the front yard. In front of other people. And we wouldn't let them join us because they weren't cool enough.

10. I collected my own teeth in a Tic Tac box. I think that it's because I had so many teeth-related accidents. I once broke my front permanent tooth my slamming into a kitchen table while on rollerskates, imitating what my sister had done moments before. This was to show her how foolish she looked. Clearly, I showed her.

8 comments:

Eddie said...

I had a lip bumper too! And a sagittal. And I had a library with real library cards with my books too! You should see it, when I pick up my drycleaning, I still occasionally find one of the library cards in my pockets.

seeingdouble said...

I'm not even going to admit how many of those held true for me. Not the library thing though, I was an only child and only had a few close friends, so I never thought of that!

Kristen said...

And I thought that I was the only one who did the paperclip retainer thing...

Anonymous said...

For the record, I didn't crack MY tooth on the table. That was just an unfortunate occurance in your re-enactment of something that I obviously did more gracefully the first time around.
I had forgotten about the lip bumper. You rocked that head gear in high school too. Oh- and you can't forget the back brace! (Note: I could go on, but I am showing self-restraint and stopping here.)

Your baby sister,
Katie Bonk

Anonymous said...

Because you are SO super cool, cousineddie as well, I will have to copy, too! I bet my list is better, I am an engi-nerd, after all. And a choir nerd. Stop by later, I have to work now....

For some reason Blogger won't let me log in, so....

-The other Katie

Pigs said...

Ahem...just for the record, my rockin' headgear was only worn at night. At home. And we won't even go into the backbraces!

Anonymous said...

You're right, Mom, Dad, and I were the only lucky ones to see you rise and shine every morning with severe bed-head-gear. Hee Hee- I can still see the hair all bunched up in there! (Oh, wait, must continue practicing self restraint today...)

-Katie Bug

Pigs said...

This geek thing is becoming quite a trend. Check out Meredith's. (Pressure of a Name)