I was tagged by Bitch Who Blogs, so forgive the lack of any weight-loss related posting today. Here are 5 things few people know about me, which will now be called 5 things few people know about me except for all those people who read my blog:
1) I had 5 wisdom teeth. It’s one of the little known side effects of being smart, it goes straight to your teeth. Strangely enough, my older brother only had 3 wisdom teeth which makes me wonder if he left one in the womb for me. I’m pretty sure my parents got charged extra to have the 5th one removed. The 5th one was like a tooth cap and didn’t have a full root. Here’s an x-ray of them. For the observant among you, I had 4 bicuspids pulled when I got braces, which is why there are only 29 teeth showing. I think everyone has on average one mutation, so that’s mine!
2) My high school chemistry teacher was Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, a former tobacco company researcher who testified against the industry and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the Michael Mann film The Insider. The first six weeks of school he was just another teacher, but one weekend I flipped over the front page of the newspaper to see he had done an interview with 60 Minutes that had been pulled (and was later aired) due to corporate pressuring at CBS.
In a weird twist, a local television affiliate had filmed footage of our class as part of the traditional first day of school story, which led to a one second clip of me being aired on 60 Minutes. Which just goes to show it really does matter what you wear on the first day of school.
Dr. Wigand wasn’t that great of a teacher, but I suppose I should cut the guy some slack since it’s probably hard to put a lesson plan together when the tobacco industry is leaving you death threats and your wife is divorcing you. It took years before I was able to see Russell Crowe as a sex symbol because whenever I’d see him I’d think, “Ew, Dr. Wigand.”
3) I can wiggle my pinkie toe independently of the rest of my toes. It almost makes up for the fact that I cannot roll my tongue.
4) For the first 6 years of my life I went by the nickname Jenny, short for my full name of Jennette. However, since Jennifer was the most popular girl’s name of 1980, there was always another Jenny in the class and I got sick of being Jenny F. When we moved in 1986, I switched to Jennette. It took about 10 years after that to get all of my extended family to quit calling me Jenny.
5) Instead of twiddling my thumbs or shaking my knee up and down, I sometimes play the introduction to Mozart’s Concerto in C for piano with my fingers. I only took piano for two years, but the fingering for this song has been burned into my neurological pathways. I also used to be able to play the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but only if I didn’t look at my fingers since that would instantly screw me up. I just had to let my brain run on automatic.