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25 posted 09-04-2009 02:40 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



1) In college, I was brilliant at excelling academically with minimal effort. A majority of the time I barely even touched the textbooks for my classes (only when I was emotionally driven to or really enjoyed the class did I decide to read the texts) and also didn't attend many of my classes, both when I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and when I transferred to Portland State University. I simply left class early after the professor took attendance, because often class sizes are fairly large, in my experience, and how is the professor going to know who's there and who isn't if he/she didn't make earnest efforts memorizing everyone's name? I primarily relied on my well-developed, intuitive writing skills to get by in my classes and earn A's and B's, where I basically 1) leafed through the key chapters addressed on the syllabus, 2) chose random quotations that I sensed had a more all-encompassing or universal appeal, 3) reading around those quotations briefly to get a sense of synopsis from the text, and 4) write an essay based on what I found.

But I never felt emotionally engaged in college, and in Boulder especially I simply wanted to go on long walks. I recall leaving every one of my American History classes early after taking the quiz that opened each class, where I'd walk alongside the Norlin Quadrangle from Eaton Humanities where I had that class toward Old Main, walk across Varsity Lake to the north of it, and then either head north alongside Broadway toward the Pearl Street Mall (I loved eating at bd's Mongolian Grill there, where I often stopped for lunch) take a nice scenic walk along Boulder Creek by taking 17th Avenue over to the trail and then stopping for tea at the Dushanbe Teahouse after that nice saunter, or sometimes even head east past Folsom Field to Folsom Street, and walked north through the commercial district. So much of the poetry I wrote then was inspired from my walks in Boulder, especially the sight of buskers on Pearl Street Mall and the colorful surroundings along Boulder Creek.

As with Portland State University, I often chose to walk toward Goose Hollow, or up in the scenic hillsides surrounding Portland State University to the north and west of the campus. Just south of the Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center on the southern tip of campus, right after you cross over I-405 via Park Avenue, there's a stairway that leads right up into the lower part of the scenic hillside, up to Southwest Cardinell Drive, which leads you right up toward the higher reaches of this elegant, scenic residential district. Some of my favorite strolls since moving to Portland have been via Cardinell Drive.

You still think Ferris Bueller was the whiz kid at playing hooky?

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2) Costa Rica is the country I most want to visit in the world. They have 5% of the world's biodiversity, have a larger percentual of protected wilderness and natural areas than any other nation on Earth (especially want to see Corcovado National Park), scintillating volcanic beaches, is the fifth-most environmentally friendly nation in the world, is ranked fourth on the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Index (determined by studying life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita in each country)...............all this despite being the first country to constitutionally abolish its military worldwide.

Other countries I'd especially like to visit are Spain, Italy, Thailand, Singapore. Brazil and Norway. Much of Eastern Europe also looked lovely, after watching Michael Palin's "New Europe".

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3) When I was a boy, I drew my own comic sketch series on sketch diaries I asked my mother to regularly purchase for me. Here's a sample of one of them:

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4) I'm both incredibly fascinated with, as well as intimidated, by robots (actually science-fiction in general, but especially robots). Did you know that Professor Atsuo Takanishi (who has already invented the Oral Rehabilitation Robot and Clinical Jaw Movement Training Robot for the medical industry) has just invented an Anthropomorphic Flutist Robot; actually capable of playing the flute at the level of an intermediate human flutist? It can even mimic many of the mechanisms we use to play the flute, such as 3DOF lips, a vibrato and a complex mechanical tongue capable of advanced flute techniques like double tonguing.

All I know is this; when musical robots start asking for tips, and no one offers any..............the human race will be in serious trouble! O__O

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5) I can jog all the way from my house to Zenger Farm in extreme southeast Portland every time without stopping or even breathing heavily. That's a total of 8.24 miles.

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6) Unless there's snow or ice on the ground, I ALWAYS wear sandals, even during the winter. When your legs are in motion, there's a thermal circulating between them, so my lower extremities never get cold and I see no reason for tennis shoes. I've always found tennis shoes uncomfortable anyway, and my feet often bleed with them on.

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7) In 2002 I almost got on the Oprah Winfrey Show after fellow Denver Academy teachers drove me to prepare a video cassette, as well as a letter, reading several poems and discussing what it is like to live diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I got a manila envelope back later before graduation from her, which included an autographed portrait of Oprah and a letter which mentioned that, although it was unlikely my idea would be considered, nonetheless commended me for my efforts.

I'm not necessarily a fan of Oprah, as I've been particularly critical of her as of late for gravitating more towards materialism with her program. Nonetheless, she's indeed a decent, honorable person, and it meant a lot to me that I got a response back, even if it was more her workers responding to me than Oprah herself.

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8) I have written and recorded my own Christmas carols. In December 2006 I wrote and recorded two originals ("Ebenezer Caesar (The Misunderstood Freezer Meister") and "Immaculate Reception") as well as eight covers.

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9) I also am a regular contributor to radio theater at KBOO Community Radio. My contributions are featured monthly on the "Ubu Hour": a program which merges film noir entertainment stylings and music with modern political and social topics.

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10) I am presently with a dakini (also known as Tantric healer).

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11) My favorite instrument is a four-stringed yellow Mosrite electric guitar. No other guitar manufacturer can produce that classic surf-guitar sound like they can. The lead guitarist of the Ventures, Nokie Edwards, used a vintage 1962 Mosrite. Ricky Wilson of the B-52's played with a blue Mosrite. Keyboardist/guitarist Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand (who also sings "Tell Her Tonight") uses a Mosrite. All three of those bands are known for their edgy and meaty, yet melodic and suave, riffs, and if I were granted one wish to be a famed musician, a Mosrite would be my signature guitar.

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12) People often make note of how I virtually never swear. It's not because I believe the seventh seal of the underworld will break open if I do like some believe, but because I'm just disenchanted hearing many people use the same four-letter word as both a noun, verb and adjective incessantly, which is exactly the case in many Hollywood action, comedy and thriller films. I'm just thinking whenever I hear someone swearing on and off "...............is that all you've got?", you know what I mean? The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use. We have a rich, diverse and voluminous vernacular. Learn a new word each day. Don't be afraid to experiment. I know some will say as an excuse "Well, this is how people talk today!". If that is true, then we are certainly in trouble I believe.

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13) Every holiday season, I ask my parents to give half of what they would otherwise spend on me to Heifer International: a non-profit 501 organization which every tax-deductible purchase of a gift animal or tree seedling helps families around the world in third-world countries become self-reliant, and ensues also the plants and animals are healthy and are treated with respect under their motto, "Ending Hunger, Caring For The Earth". Since 1944, they've helped more than 4.5 million families in more than 125 countries. They basically have believed in the philosophy since 1944 that if you "teach a man to fish", or are provided sustainable amounts of food and income, they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty permanently.

This past Christmas I donated a flock of chicks (because the protein-rich eggs provide nutrition to children in developing countries coping with inadequate diets and, because chickens require little space and can thrive on food scraps, they provide great income for families, as well as control insects and fertilize gardens) and a swarm of honeybees (because a bee's pollination ritual can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields, and help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen) to them.

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14) I co-organized and served as Volunteer Captain for the first annual ErosFest Northwest in August 2009, which was a huge success, and will play a larger role in future ErosFests. I am also a trained Volunteer Leader with the 501-certified non-profit agency Hands On Greater Portland, where I lead various volunteer projects across the Portland metropolitan area.

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15) I tried pole dancing for the first time last month..............and I loved it. Judge me if you wish, but when one looks beyond the unfortunate sleazy stereotypes frequently stamped on this form of dance, it is very healthy for both ones abdominal and upper extremity muscles, as well as self-confidence. I now am a regular at Portland Ecstatic Dance events (encompasses all dance, not just exotic).

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16) I was two minutes away from being the male body sushi platter at ErosFest Northwest's Body Sushi Buffet (I was signed on as the substitute male platter). Imagine me wrapped up in cellophane and bamboo leaves and having to lie motionless for at least ninety minutes!

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17) Despite having an excellent knack at creatively detailing long-term projects and ideas.........I frequently lose simple things like my house key and library card (I often leave my house key in the pocket of my shorts, and it has went through twelve washing cycles this year alone)

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18) I graduated as valedictorian from Denver Academy with a 3.98 out of 4.00 grade-point average, and made it on the Dean's List twice at Portland State University for maintaining a 3.5 out of 4.0 or higher grade-point average.

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19) I am quite possibly the pickiest eater you will know. Everything I eat is certified-organic and as local as possible. I'm diagnosed with Orthorexia Nervosa, meaning I'm obsessed with eating "purely" and I stubbornly martyr against eating anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup, partially-hydrogenated oil, monosodium glutomate, genetically-modified organisms, etc. I'm also a vegetarian, though not vegan because I do love my honey (if not for honey I'd be completely capable of leading a vegan lifestyle)

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20) I will be attending my first "Burning Man" in 2010.

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21) I designed floats for the Portland Rose Festival's 2009 Grand Floral Parade..........from applying corn husks to the side of a house to make shingles, to gluing flower petals onto bare manzanita trees to make them look like cherry blossoms, to gluing coffee beans one by one to create window awnings, etc. I was also rated #1 in total hours contributed volunteering to put them together for that week (fifty-six and a half hours).

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22) I am related to both Sheryl Crow and Lee Ann Womack on my father's side of the family.

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23) I have over 4,000 pictures I took with my camera from this year alone uploaded on my file-storage sites! @.@

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24) Ayurvedically speaking, I am a Vata; meaning I'm made up primarily of the elements space and air, and am thus, according to the Charaka Samhita, always moving, lively in thought, slender, enthusiastic, creative, unbounded and broad-minded. That also suggests I have often irregular daily routines, changeable moods and disjointed thoughts! ROFL!

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25) One quote I most identify with each day is one spoken by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned." While I believe we are all imperfect, I also believe we are all inherently good and that, regardless of ones background or upbringing, we have much more in common than we do difference as a global family.

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XOXO,
Noah Eaton
(Lisping Hibiscus)


"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa
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I don't think I can out-do the one above me.

1) I was raised Hispanic but both last names are Italian and Irish.

2) I always take my hat off before eating.

3) I'm only 18 but I feel like I'm 30.

4) My dog's name is Lovo which means Wolf, I'm going to rename him 'Honey' cause hes such a wimp and hes golden.

5)I once saw a play and absolutely loved it

6) I want to write plays, movies, songs.

7) I want to direct movies, and be in them.

8) I'm a Marine Corp brat

9) I plan on joining the USMC soon

10) I want to go to college but don't think it'll happen

11) I met my cousins for the first time last month, they are absolutely freakin' adorable (4, 7, 9) and I can't wait to move closer to them.

12) I moved to New Orleans to help my dad finish his house after Katrina destroyed it.

13) My dads been working on it for 4 years.

14) I have what they call 'Dyscalculia' Which means numbers and I don't get along.

15)My favorite movie is "The Secret Life of Bees"

16)I grew up in some of the poorest schools in America

17)I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

18)I've always had a way with words

19)I don't quite like the way I look.

20)^-- You couldn't tell this unless I told you

21)I want to be a Scout Sniper

22) I want to own my own restaurant someday

23) I want to be a chef

24) I find happiness in the smile things.

25) I AM WRITING A BOOK

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde

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27 posted 06-21-2010 03:09 AM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

Not that anyone cares, but I`m bored & can`t sleep, so:
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1. I`m 40.. this year.. and I`m slightly bewildered by this..  still feel, I dunno.. 32?
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2. I have 4 children, but wanted more, until biology said "nope" to me in a big way  =(
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3. I am quietly devout.. have been called `too religious`..(hah??).. yet do NOT force my views on anyone!
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4. I am scandinavian.. 3rd generation Swedish and Finnish descent.. very blonde & fair.
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5. I am creative artistically.. I adore drawing, painting, digital art, etc. etc.
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6. Even I am bored by this list. I am boring?!  =(  lol
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7. I will learn to play the piano before I die! (keeps getting put off.. buut it`s a dream..)
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8. I still adore `kid food`.. as gross as that sounds.. things like graham crackers, cheese sticks, cheerios,apple juice,  goldfish crackers.. though I have to limit myself & eat mainly `grownup` foods now! lol
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9. I have been approached by photogs in the past but never bit.. it isn`t the lifestyle I would admire; it isn`t me. (I know that sounded vain  XP) edit: and now I`m wondering why the  heck did I even put this in here!  (dying of embarrassment)
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10. I can make my hiccups go away using just my mind/breathing techniques, within 2 minutes. I have taught it to others.
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11. I wish I would have went to college.. I was fiercly traditional; at that time my only goal was to get happily married & have a lot of children! (Yes, some people do still think this way)  =)
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12. But it`s not too late, and go I shall, when my youngest is in H.S.  (for writing.)
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13. I have never recovered from my girlhood passion for horses and cats.. I could have dozens, had I the space!
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14. I am NOT a `dog person`.. rude, dizzy, messy, sloppy, loud creatures.
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15. I love my children with all that I am.. and they are (and always will be) my #1 priority!
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16. I have no known allergies! And I know to be thankful for this...!  =)
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17. I do not own a television, by choice. Garbage.  We do a LOT of reading in our home, and get news from the internet or A.M. radio.  No, I do not home-school!
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18. I can still do a front walk-over (remnants from gymnastics in the late 80`s!  lol!!)
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19. I am afraid to ever surf with my husband.. I have a fear of the deep water.. sharks... oohhh brrrrr!  *shudder
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20. Reading and writing poetry is my #1 hobby/pastime/pleasure.. obviously  =P
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21. I dream of being published..(agh! that`s everyone`s dream!! )  =)
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22. I wish I were psychic.. I am fascinated by the paranormal, though that seems counter-intuitive, with my religious faithfulness. I simply feel there is a lot more to creation, over and under, yet to be discovered..!
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23. I am also fascinated by science: especially the cosmos, quantum theory, etc. etc.
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24. If I had access to a dimmer switch, I would turn down men`s libido by 60% and women`s up by 2%, and all would be perfect.  You hear that, Mr. Man-Upstairs??
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25. I truly believe one of the most overlooked, under-rated virtues is: kindness.  Really! Just..kindness. Try it, everyone! It`s where it`s at.  =)
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Well..okay then. That`s it!
~Amaryllis  
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28 posted 06-21-2010 11:56 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Scandinavian, blonde, 40, model material...what could be boring???????

I have to say, though, that this one made me laugh out loud!!

I wish I would have went to college.

That cracked me up!!! Hope you can enjoy my warped sense of humor!
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29 posted 06-21-2010 12:22 PM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

*terribly embarrassed now     lol... oohhh I sound like an idiot. I`d laugh too.. can I blame it on the late hour?  
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p.s. `deer.. why is it so funny?  I truly do wish I`d have attended, right out of High School. Did I make a grammatical error? (trying to figure out your warped sense of humor)  
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30 posted 06-21-2010 06:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, "I would have went" not only fractures the English language but it's fair proof that the speaker did not attend college (or high school, even!)
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31 posted 06-21-2010 07:13 PM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

Ohh.. I are feelin` owies now  
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Owies not allowed!!
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33 posted 06-23-2010 12:17 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

There is nothing grammatically incorrect at all with "I would have went".

It is no different in structure from "I would have gone", just using a less expected word.      

 
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