Recently, NPR’s news gameshow guest starred the two younger Scott Brothers, during which they revealed to audience members random facts about them: they are identical twins, they play the bagpipes, live in the same house, sleep in the same room in bunk beds…. I thought these random facts/ stories about them made them more memorable which got me to thinking if I could think of any unique positive stories to tell about me! Can I be memorable? Let’s see! Here goes!
- The funnest thing I ever did was quit my job and go traveling! During a long layover in Taiwan, a Cambodian American kid and I spent the evening in the airport taking random selfies in every spot in the airport we could find. I spent a month in Asia traveling by taxi and train without knowing the language(s). I was laughed at by a monk, hitchhiked from a waterfall back to town, saw gibbons, hundreds of butterflies mating, a crocodile, macaws, bats porcupines and monkeys in the wild and visited an elephant hospital. This experience spurred me to go back to work to save up for more traveling. What’s the funnest thing you ever did?
- I was a nerd in elementary and middle school. I would spend my recesses reading and writing stories. My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher because he would let me sit at his library and read. He was the first person I felt truly believed in me. I still remember him writing on my report card, “The sky is the limit for Anne.” At the time, I had no idea what those words meant. I think my life would have been very different without his kindness and patience. What were you like as a kid?
- As teenagers, my first boyfriend and I went to Santa Barbara and eloped. Needless to say, we were much too young. I can only say that, to a certain extent, I enjoy making mistakes. It makes life more messy and unpredictable. Perfection is boring. Do you enjoy making mistakes or getting lost?
- The earliest memory I have is holding my grandma’s hand at the hospital on the day my brother was born. I have no memories of life before my brother and am thankful we get along today since it was a struggle during our early years. What is your earliest memory?
- I learned how to tie my shoelaces from my grandfather on one of his infrequent visits from China. When he heard that I had not yet learned how to tie my shoelaces, he set about to teach me with determination! 🙂 Is there anyone important to you who you remember teaching you something new when you were little?
- In 2007?, my then mother-in-law asked me to submit some photos to the local fair. To my surprise, I ended up winning first place for a close up of a flower in the Flower Division and third place for a close up of ice cubes in the Macro Division. I also chose an abstract photo of fireworks with the exposure too long on my camera that my sister shot and it won third place in the abstract division. For a few years after this, people would pay me to shoot their events. What was something you did that surprised you?
- I learned how to ride a bike on my own during my late 20s. I walked to Walmart and purchased a bike and decided I would ride it home even if it took me hours to learn. What was something you set out to learn later in life?
I’m stopping at 7 because I can’t think of anything else! Help jog my mind! Looking forward to seeing your answers and questions!