1) I once spent several days calling local taxidermists to see if they could help me with a very specific taxidermy project I was working on.
TRUE! My father-in-law wanted a deerskin mat to use in his prayer house. My uncle shot a deer and saved the skin for me (so nice of him, but ewwwww). I spent weeks with a deerskin in my freezer before I got up the nerve to start making any calls. I KNEW they’d laugh at me; it had to be obvious from my first question that I had no idea what I was talking about.
Fortunately one guy finally told me that a white-tailed deer skin wouldn’t be the best thing anyway and he just happened to have an already-tanned hide from a warm-climate species that would work better. So I drove out to BFE, picked the thing up, and disposed of the much-maligned original skin. (An interesting aside to this story — the guy kept live deer in a pen next to the shed where he practiced his craft. That’s weird, right?)
I now know more about tanning than I ever wanted to know. And I still know very little.
2) I was scheduled to have my eggs harvested, but I canceled the appointment because You’ve Got Mail was on TV the week before, and I didn’t want to be like Tom Hanks’ stepmother.
FALSE. It has to be admitted that I did once consider egg donation. There was a time when I just kept hearing heart-breaking stories of people who couldn’t conceive, and I was wishing I could help somehow. It’d have to be for a friend, though, I finally realized, if I were ever going to go through with it. I couldn’t do it for a stranger, as much as I wish I could be that generous.
3) Once, on Spring Break in Mexico, I sampled a drink containing a substance that’s illegal in the US.
FALSE. I’ve never been on that kind of spring break, and the only time I’ve been to Mexico I was 4 years old. There WAS an incident in Europe while I was in college, but I didn’t know what it was before I tried it (thought it was something else), the drink was gross, I only had one sip, and the stuff in that drink has since been made legal in the US anyway. That pretty much takes the wind out of my one rebellious story.
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