StinkyLulu on The 8 Things Meme (Squared)

StinkyLulu had just begun to feel left out of the "8 Things" that's been zipping around when - lo, behold - two "tags" landed within but a few hours. As I do love being tagged for these things, I opted to answer both tags...at the same time. So, for each of the 8 Things you may not know about StinkyLulu, you'll get two tidbits: the first in the literary & queer historical spirit of Queering The Apparatus (tagger #1) and the second in the trashtastic pop cultural vibe of I Am Screaming And Punching Myself (tagger #2). The two halves do indeed make up the whole of StinkyLulu, 'magine that.

1. All right, here are the rules.
2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
4. People who are tagged write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


I have never seen* Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Singin' in the Rain or Schindler's List; I have seen every single one of Designing Women's 163 episodes no fewer than four times. (*"Never seen" in this context means that I have never seen the entire movie, from front to back, in one screening.)

2. I was personally introduced to Diana Ross while we were both standing in a Wendy's parking lot in Providence, Rhode Island; later that day, I introduced myself to Edward Albee while we were both standing in the lobby of a Times Square porn theatre/go-go boy palace.

3. I realized I was gay while reading an article in my mother's Cosmopolitan magazine; the article was about transsexuals.

4. In 1986, I was named the first place national winner of a patriotic speech contest; at the award ceremony, they presented me with a huge fake check and a "gold record" purportedly of my speech.

5. My first sexual experience took place in The Netherlands when I was barely a teenager; my first experience with intoxicants took place that same year in Saudi Arabia.

6. While a struggling theatre dude in NYC post-college, I paid the bills by working as a phone sex operator; my two most popular personas were "Dean" and "Sheena."

7. At an event celebrating Item 4, Strom Thurmond -- the controversial Senator from South Carolina -- sought me out and offered me a job as a speech writer; at another such event, I lunched with Olivia De Haviland, Mary Lou Retton, and Shirley Temple Black.

8. If I had it to do all over again, I would return that call I got in 1991 from that assistant producer of that new MTV show about roommates and try finagle a gig on the production side of things; my biggest fantasy is to be a contributor to This American Life.
And as per the instructions, StinkyLulu tags the following: Your Mom, Fag Yer It, Raybee, In Which Our Hero, Anna, RBurton, and Canadian Ken.


RBurton said...

I'll play in the comments since I don't keep a blog. If I thought I could maintain a readership, I'd start, but "ifs" aren't interesting.

1. When Rosie Perez came to MSU in September to promote her documentary, I got her to sign my DVD copy of Fearless. I also told her Anna Paquin cheated and stole her Oscar.

2. Before coming out to my father who lives in Virginia, I visited him for a spring break where we saw Far from Heaven and Talk to Her in theaters and Hairspray and The Boy from Oz on Broadway. He still seemed surprised.

3. My senior year of high school, I was tied for first in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the national competition in Philadelphia. Immediately after that, I was among the first out of competition.

4. The boyfriend I lost my virginity to broke up with me less than thirty-six hours later.

5. I've been fired from two jobs. First for laziness and then for disrepecting authority figures. Strangely, those are what I'd consider my two most admirable attributes.

6. I was a vegetarian for four years. Now I step on ants when I'm bored.

7. I think Vertigo and Singin' in the Rain are perhaps the most overrated films ever.

8. If you Google "Adam Waldowski," you will likely find an article about a first grader who wanted to read his Bible in class when his teacher told him he couldn't. I hope that doesn't bite me in the butt when my atheistic biography comes out.

StinkyLulu said...

#1 & #2 just crack me up.

Thanks for playing.

Raybee said...

So we need to think of 8 interesting things about ourselves... Oy, I don't know if I'm that interesting. lol

Anna said...

I feel downright boring compared to your list.

This is intimidating!

StinkyLulu said...

Oh, now, doesn't have to be interesting...I'm just nosey.

Cinebeats said...

That was a fun read StinkyLulu! I would love to know the details surrounding #5, only because I love good travel stories. ;)

Oddly enough my husband lived in Saudi Arabia for 6 years and I believe he did drugs there for the first time as well.

I posted my own answers to this thing at my Myspace blog.

StinkyLulu said...

My family lived in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, mostly in a small city on the Persian Gulf coast a couple hours South of the Kuwait border. Most of the expat kids I knew were little boozers (which wasn't easy given that spirits were illegal) or baby druggies. I'm so lucky we had to move away after 9th grade...

The Netherlands thing was on one of our annual trips stateside. My folks would schedule 3 or 4 pitstops in Europe or Asia. That year, 'twas Amsterdam. I begged off of a trip to the tulip farms, so's I could sneak back to The American Bookstore (where they had a "gay" section). I got picked up by a British businessman on his lunch break.

I became a movie fiend in Saudi Arabia, because (a) there was little broadcast television and (b) I had access to a huge videotape library of stuff taped off HBO. I saw so many 70s movies that I had no business seeing at 12 or 13. It was great...

Cinebeats said...

Your days spent in Saudi sound a hell of a lot my guys! I'm guessing you both probably spent time in the same area.

He was there in the 70s-early 80s and you're probably close to the same age. It's a small world.

Cinebeats said...

p.s. The Amsterdam bookstore encounter sounds naughty & sexy!

criticlasm said...

I had NO IDEA about Strom Thurmond....hmmm..learn something new everyday.