Five things about GR!
Lucky readers. Tracy Helgeson tapped me and I am it. You could say this is silly and boring, but I’m in the mood. I scribbled down some notes during the BLIZZARD and soon I need to go get a surge protector.
1) ME AND W: My sister has discovered that 14 generations back, me and George W. had the same grandfather, which makes him my cousin. I can’t say I am proud of this. Audrey Hepburn is back in there too, and I am very pleased to be her cousin.
2) ARTIST: I always had crayons and paints as a kid, always, and it is all I wanted to do, and that is still true. Looking back at the family tree again, you see quite a few painters and actors (ignore the politicians and drunken fools). No surprise I do what I do.
3) MY HEAD: I build projects in my head. Do other people do this? I know clay and processes well enough that I can construct new ideas start to finish in my head (some people would call it staring into space) and try to work out the problems and imagine if it is a good idea.
4) HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT: I haven't finished high school yet. I enrolled in classical Greek at the local college when I started my junior year of high school. It wasn’t exactly easy, but I could handle it, and by October of that fall I knew I wasn’t going back for a senior year. I happened to read the Harvard catalog, which said that well-prepared high school juniors could apply, and if accepted, enroll as students without finishing high school. I looked at other catalogs, and most private colleges said the same. I figured if I could handle college Greek as a junior, I was ready. I was accepted at 2 of my 5 colleges, and the one I wanted to attend gave me a whopping good scholarship. Typically, though, I started slacking the second half of my junior year, and stopped going to high school classes once I was accepted in April. So, I never actually finished my junior year of high school. (I figured I was dropping out anyway, why wait till June?) After college, I later got a masters in special education and another as a reading specialist, and taught high school myself for awhile. I was always hoping the school would give me an honorary diploma, but.....
5) HEAD TO TOE: I have a big purple birthmark under my hair. It matches my purple house. I am not tall, just five foot eight, so OK, I am a compact person. People say Tom Hanks looks like me, except I look more handsome and I am more charming. Har!
Greg, you’re IT! Five things about you, Grego.