I don’t normally respond to being tagged, only because I’m a lazy ass.  But when Julie Gong tags me, I have to respond so she doesn’t hate me and find me and kick my ass with her soccer ball-kicking leg.

I’ll not tag anyone else to do this, but for Julie, here goes:

Eight random facts/habits about me (and I swear they are true and I can tell you about them because no one but my family really knows these things):

  1. As a child, teenager, and college student, I was obsessed with airplanes, fighter jets, and space, and I would have joined the Air Force and became an astronaut if I wasn’t such a wuss.
  2. I can twirl a pen in my fingers like it is nobody’s business.  Bam!  Just like that.  Are you jealous?
  3. I type over 100 words per minute.  Bam!  Just like that.  Are you jealous?
  4. I always drive 9 miles over the speed limit, because I don’t believe a cop will pull me over unless I go 10 miles over.  Right?
  5. I am terrified to fly.  But I do it because I don’t want to live my whole life never having gone anywhere.  When the plane takes off, I have to put my head in my knees until I’m sure we’re not going to go down in a ball of fire.  This usually takes about three minutes.  People laugh at me.  Screw you, people!!
  6. I can play tennis like it’s nobody’s business.  Bam!  Just like that.  Are you jealous?
  7. I watch Hannah Montana.  What?!  Screw you!
  8. I drink Zimas.

There ya go, Julie Gong!  I hope you’re happy, making me reveal detailed, embarrassing, personal information about myself.


  1. DW
    August 10, 2007 9:09 am

    I can twirl a mean pen in my fingers, too. Someday, a competition will be held. I could play drums for Rush or somethin’ w/ the stick twirl.

    And very, very sadly, as a man w/ a daughter, I like Hannah Montana and have a shameful feeling of being excited for High School Musical 2 coming out of the 17th. There, I said it. I feel better now.

  2. Tinare
    August 10, 2007 9:54 am

    There’s something wrong with watching Hannah Montana?

  3. Pensgirl
    August 10, 2007 10:01 am

    Ah, I understand you a little better. What a paradox you are…a (once) plane-obsessed person who is afraid to fly! That’s quite interesting.

    As a kid I wanted to be an astronaut so badly, and it became such a fantastical idea that I forgot it was a real profession. It didn’t hit me that I could have actually gone for it until I was about 25. Oops.

    I’d give you more crap for the Zima than for Hannah Montana. But at least you didn’t say “wine in a box.” *Shudder*

  4. pittgirl
    August 10, 2007 10:09 am

    I didn’t used to be afraid to fly. That’s a new development in the last five years. :)

  5. SeanCollier
    August 10, 2007 10:09 am

    So you’re telling me that now, every time I fly out of Pittsburgh for the rest of time, I’ll be carefully looking around for a hot girl to freak out on takeoff, then pull out a laptop and type incredibly quickly while occasionally taking breaks to twirl a pen, then running up to them enthusiastically and yelling “I LOVE YOU LET ME BUY YOU DINNER!!”

    At least it’s something to do on the plane.

  6. Julie_Gong
    August 10, 2007 10:11 am

    Bam! I am so very happy and I could never hate one of my favorite bloggers.

    And bam I watch Hannah Montana too.

  7. pittgirl
    August 10, 2007 10:12 am


  8. Johnny
    August 10, 2007 10:30 am

    Until you got to the Zima, I thought I was PittGirl in my other personality. However, I know that I would not drink Zima in any of my personalities. I actually didn’t know they still made that stuff.

  9. parking chair
    August 10, 2007 10:47 am

    PittGirl. Watching Hannah Montana. Drinking Zima.

    Why do I feel like I’m about to be “surpise interviewed” by Dateline’s Chris Hansen for a new episode of “To Catch a Predator”?

  10. NY Luvs Pitts
    August 10, 2007 11:07 am

    4. Great controlled driving. I go anywhere from 20-30 miles over the speed limit. Currently I’ve been suspended from driving in Virginia due to speeding and I take my chances here in NY. (Don’t tell anyone)

  11. BBM
    August 10, 2007 11:38 am

    The real question is, do you maintain that 9 mph over the speed limit as you go through a tunnel? If so, then I will forgive the Hannah Montana (says the woman who watched two episodes last Saturday while no one else was around). The Zima, on the other hand, can only be forgiven if you say you speed up when entering a tunnel.

    Speaking of driving in the Burgh, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/gwp/www/burghdriving.html pretty much sums things up.

  12. Pensgirl
    August 10, 2007 12:09 pm

    BBM, that was just about the funniest thing I’ve ever read in my life. My favorite part is when you tell someone “Turn either way, it doesn’t matter.” I’ve totally done that.

    “The Pittsburgh Left” would be a fantastic name for a band.

  13. NorthSide15212
    August 10, 2007 12:13 pm

    Zima, PittGirl? I can see you now, getting out of your freshly waxed Camaro, hair permed, wearing a tight pair of Jordache jeans with red 4 inch pumps, and a cowl neck sweater; your heading into Donzi’s. A parking lot away, I arrive in a polyester shirt, buttoned all the way up to my bellybutton, blow-out butterfly collar….the smell of Drakkar Noir hangs heavy in the air. I shut the door to my ’84 Pontiac Ciera, and head in; our trajectories are now set in motion. The first collision will be on the dance floor –“Celebration” by Kook and the Gang. The final collision will be a sweaty makeout on the crushed velour interior of my Ciera. Second base, but over the shirt, because I’m a gentlman…and your a Lady. Foreigner 4 will be in the tape player.

    . . . this all could have been avoided had you not mentioned your love of Zima.

  14. Bulldog
    August 10, 2007 12:19 pm

    BBM, that is absolutely hilarious. I was born and raised here then spent most of 25 years away in the Navy. Having left at the young age of 18, I hadn’t yet learned most of the rules for driving in the Burgh. When I finished up my career in the Navy and moved back here, I could have used that little primer. There really wasn’t a single thing in there that I haven’t found to be true. What an adventure.

  15. Stll A. Fan
    August 10, 2007 1:01 pm

    confession: i am 38 and have a 7 year old daughter. i can recite most lyrics to hannah’s first album and i’m working on the 2nd (all 20 songs). while working i will be thinking about something and begin to tap my pen (no twirl) and get a beat going….and then before i realize it….i’m in the middle of GNO by HM!!! why, you ask? because my princess and I “play” band in my basement. she sings with a real mic/amp and i play drums along with her. why? are you not paying attention? i like to drum. the wife and kid DO NOT want to hear me playing along to Slipknot, Rush or Van Halen…therefor, i either wait for them to leave the house together so i can jam (no wait, surfing for porn is better) or just give in and play with her. sometimes she even lets me break out into carrie underwood or kelly clarkson. hey, at least she doesnt like britney spears! and as far as high school musical goes….i’ll be glued to my seat on friday night as princess is having 14 girls over for a sleepover/party to honor HSM2. what time is it? :)

  16. Stll A. Fan
    August 10, 2007 1:03 pm

    rats…i meant to add this “in” joke…..

    “good day…….I SAID ‘ GOOD DAY ‘ ”

    but really, zima?

  17. DW
    August 10, 2007 1:45 pm

    Still A. Fan, as I said earlier I’m there with you. We’ve confessed. I’ll find myself humming Nobody’s Perfect or something and can’t believe it. Just got 2nd album for her 5th b-day. what time is is… Summertime! It’s our vacation! :) haha

  18. Ms. Caroline
    August 10, 2007 2:02 pm

    NorthSide15212 – not that I’m old enough to know or to have owned one or anything, but I believe the Pontiac to which you’re referring is the Fiero. The Ciera was an Olds Cutlass. Again, not that I’d know. Too obvious, huh?

  19. NorthSide15212
    August 10, 2007 3:35 pm

    Ms. Caroline–you are correct on the Make –it was an Oldsmobile, not a Pontiac, though 6 in one, half dozen in the other. The Fiero has no back seat; it is a two-seater mid-engine and mine is idling out side my house right now while I change into a fresh turtleneck and blazer and freshen up the Old Spice before going to doo wop night at Atria’s.

  20. Dave
    August 10, 2007 5:08 pm

    …but can super-PittGirl twirl a pen AND type 100 words a minute at the same time? Bam, I bet she can.

  21. Alex
    August 10, 2007 10:59 pm

    Stll A. Fan and DW – glad I’m not the only one! Of course, it’s starting to worry me that my 2 year old son is taking after his big sister by singing “The Best of Both Worlds” at the top of his lungs…

    Time for a little “GNO” so I can get away from them and have some fun! :)

  22. Jen
    August 11, 2007 5:38 am

    PittGirl… I was also tagged by Julie and responded before I read your post.

    We both listed Hannah Montana as one of our eight facts/habits.

    Oh, and I find Big Ben repulsive.

    I think this means we are awesome.

    (Oh, you should watch Life with Derek, too… it’s equally as good as Hannah Montana, only they have cute little Canadian accents.)

  23. Trish
    August 11, 2007 7:59 am

    I once saw “Hannah Montana” at the gym and was so wildly horrified by the fact that Billy Ray Cyrus still rocks a mullet I couldn’t tell whether or not the show was good.

  24. Jen
    August 11, 2007 9:29 pm

    I couldn’t believe that was actually Billy Ray Cyrus, either, but what gym do you go to that shows Hannah Montana?

  25. Trish
    August 15, 2007 7:13 am

    Let’s put it this way–my gym has “Family” in its name and it was Saturday morning. It also seems the Disney Channel has no regard for its audience and frequently blinks “You’re watching Hannah Montana!” just in case you forget what you’re looking at halfway through the show.