Monday, February 15, 2010

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

When I posted my response to the "Creative Writer" blog award on Friday, I promised that I would post the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth here on Monday, which is today. So, here's the reveal:

1. I have snorkeled with sea turtles, barracudas, and stingrays, but not sharks or dolphins.

This is FALSE. I have snorkeled with ALL of these creatures. The sharks were small lemon or nurse sharks, not great whites or anything truly scary. My long-term blog readers should have known this was false because last January I posted a photo of me swimming with dolphins in Mexico.

2. I love to ski the green (beginner), blue (intermediate), and single black diamond (advanced) ski slopes of my home state of Colorado, but I stay off the double-black diamond (expert) slopes.

This is FALSE. I do NOT enjoy the easy green slopes, which I find boring, and I DO go on the double-black diamond slopes, especially when I'm skiing with my husband or son. Tricky, tricky!

3. I broke my arm on the playground when I was young, then danced the Virginia Reel with it afterward because I didn't want to miss the dance.

This is FALSE. This actually happened to my brother in elementary school, but not to me.

4. I wore a walking cast for six weeks after dancing on a bar at a college fraternity party and slipping on a beer puddle and falling.

This is TRUE. Yep, I loved to party in college. :-) The ankle wasn't actually broken. The doctor told me I pulled a ligament away from the bone, which was worse than a break. After the walking cast came off, it took months of swimming with my leg trailing behind me, then kicking more & more vigorously, to get that ankle back in shape.

5. I've hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

This is FALSE. This adventure is on my "bucket list," but I haven't done it yet. Check back in a few years!

6. I used to have a car vanity license plate that read FAKE IQ.

This is TRUE. When I was a software engineer, I used to do work in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Under the license plate, I placed a bumper sticker that read, "Artificial Intelligence, it's for real!" Other drivers still snickered and pointed at the blonde in the driver's seat, though. ;-)

7. I've spent a night in jail.

This is FALSE. I did go through the El Paso County Sheriff's Citizen's Academy, which included a full-shift ride-along with a police officer and a tour of the county jail, but it did not include spending the night there.

So, how did you do? Did you have me pegged or did I fool you?


Patricia Stoltey said...

A great list, Beth, and a fun post.

Maryannwrites said...

You did have me fooled on most of the answers. I did not envision that you danced on a bar table. You look much too sophisticated for that. LOL

Unknown said...

Slipped on a puddle of beer on a bar? You party animal! I was pretty sure about the snorkeling (I remembered the dophins) and figured you would prefer the more challenging ski slopes.

Sheila Deeth said...

I failed - don't think I guessed any of them, but a fascinating read all the same.

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Woooo hoooo! I got 1 of the 2 right. Something told me you were a wild child in college. ;)

We going to drink and dance on tables at Malice?

Beth Groundwater said...

Sure, Sue Ann! You first....