10 things You may not have known about my Past!
I like to think that I'm somewhat private, and yet I really don't have any secrets either. A few, 10 to be exact, things that you might not have known about me are...
1. I was a rather "wild child" when I was a tween. I had an older step sister who I idolized. She was probably 9 years older than me when we all lived together in Lincolnshire, IL. That was in the late 60s when it was still a part of Deerfield. She taught me about Rock 'n Roll, cigarettes, water pipes and various other things. Need I say more.
2. I've participated in 6 Half Marathons. I started running when I turned 50. I did the Country Music Half Marathon 5 years straight until last year when I had to drop out of training.
3. I graduated college from the University of South Alabama in Mobile with a degree in Biology and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. I had started in Pre-Med and then went on to change my major several times until my father insisted that it was time to graduate and move on.
4. I spent a summer as a "mother's helper" on a 150' boat cruising the Greek Islands. I had looked for over a year for a job to take me to Europe and it was the best I could find. There were 15 crewmen who taught me all about snorkeling, Greek food and the culture there. Including Ouzo.
5. I am the middle child of 4 children. I was so boring when I was younger, my siblings called me John Boy. That was when I wasn't being wild, of course.
6. I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years. Well after the Greek summer my girlfriend and I traveled around for a month and landed in Italy as Nannies. She lasted about 3 months and went home to Connecticut. I stayed. Changed families 2 times and lived with the last one for just over 2 years. (That was the wedding I went to last month)
7. I once fell off a train while traveling through Europe. It's a long story and I'd rather not re-live that. It was in Spain headed to Barcelona.
8. I went to church with my family growing up but I wasn't baptized until I was 28. My family wasn't terribly serious about Church so it was a huge step for me when I decided to take my faith much more seriously.
9. I spent a summer in the 70s traveling through rural Alabama with a team of medical professionals and volunteers providing medical services to families and individuals who did not have access to medical care. It was part of the University of Alabama Birmingham's medical school program. I was a freshman in college and we lived with the local families.
10. I got my first car when I was 15. I had to drive myself into town to take my driver's test for my license. We lived so far from town, my mother was just unable to run us back and forth. When the instructor asked how I got there, I told him that she brought me and then walked into town. Oh, the joys of a small town. LOL
Well that's about it for me. Not as colorful as some of the others, but I am what I am! The Getting to Know you Contest