Monday, October 20, 2008

Six Unremarkable Things about Me

Laura, the dream-loving therapist of From the Couch, has tagged me with a meme. I'm supposed to divulge six unremarkable, ho-hum things about me. Easy.

Here goes:

1. At the age of 1 1/2 I ran away to join the circus.

2. My newfound family was just your average family. Loving. Somewhat dull. They used to say that Uncle Roscoe had been fired from one too many cannons. I always wondered what that meant.



3. Save for an unfortunate incident involving an irate bearded lady, a cotton candy machine, and my upper torso, it was an uneventful childhood. I emerged virtually unscathed. (I stand before you today a typical menopausal woman.)




4. I spend my days in recollection. One of my sweetest memories is that of the day I met my future husband. It was love at first sight...
...of those clown pants.

5. We had two rather ordinary children....

...who shared a penchant for impersonating Cherokee Indians...

and bringing home stray animals.



6. To this day, I enjoy simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Walks in the countryside. I now live in the high desert of New Mexico,

a sparsely inhabited, unremarkable place where the license plates say Land of Enchantment.

Go figure.

113 comments:

JafaBrit's Art said...

ADORABLE! and I so relate to the menopausal pic LOL!

lime said...

san, you are an absolute hoot, girl. land of enchantment indeed. i think you lend enchantment to anything you do.

so let's see..menopause means maybe no more headaches, and a burst of hilarious creativity. sign me up for it.

Sandi McBride said...

I'm LAUGHING WHAT'S LEFT OF MY ASS OFF! That's the best laugh I've had in a while my dear San! Thanks...it's hard not to love a clown...tho they can be kind of spooky...right?
STILL LAUGHING
Sandi

Kim said...

San, you are amazing the way you weave these stories together! I love this one a lot!

You are a true artist in every sense of the word.

Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic journey to mid-life! :)

jsd said...

extra-ordinary :)

Meg Wolff said...

I got a good laugh out of this one!! Everything was funny. Cute photo of you as a child. Loved the photo of your husband with the clown pants and Land of Enchantment photos. San, you are a national treasure from "The Land of Enchantment"!

Carol said...

Sweet!

Lee said...

LOL San, I'm with Sandi, laughing my ass off! You are so good at taking the ordinary and making it a roller coaster ride of fun for the rest of us! Loved that long curly blonde hair on your man and the Indian garb of the kids.

Joy! Joy! Joy!
Lee

sukipoet said...

I love the way you took the "assignment" and went off on your own take of ordinary and unremarkable. Is that REALLY a photo of your future husband. Wow. Take care, Suki

andrea said...

Remarkable! :)

CHEWY said...

hahahahha (laughing)
You are so very very clever, you!

Lakshmi said...

:) very interesting to read this..brought a smile on my face after a rather ordinary day

Daryl said...

OMG .. I, too, ran away to join the circus but I was a little older .. I was 3 and I packed a bag!

I believe that Bennie's bowtie was previously owned by Soupy Sales ...

:-Daryl

Angel... said...

How sweet!!! this is such a wonderful post..I like it when you ran away to join the circus... hahaha cuteeeee

Celebration of Life said...

Wow! That picture of Bennie is a hoot! I'm sure glad the style has changed since then!

Very funny and entertaining blog today!

Have a marvelous week!
Jo

Sparkling Red said...

San, if we paid you a million dollars to be unremarkable, I don't think you could manage it.
;-)

CrazyCath said...

Oh that is so where you belong - The Land of Enchantment. *sigh* Sounds wonderful.

What a brilliant meme San. Love it. Have you been clowning around ever since? lol

WILSONART said...

This surely is "A life with a view".
It also could be titled:
"Life less ordinary"

Super fun read,,,love all the photos, and the amazing resemblance of your son & his young(er)father.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

San, No need to send in the clowns...not with those plaid pants! Outrageous fun and you managed to include the whole family. A meme of all time!

San said...

JAFA, I guess what they say is true. Takes one to know one!

:-D

San said...

Lime, it has meant no more headaches for me. Then again, maybe it's the "hilarious" creativity.

You are not exactly not-a-hoot, milady.

San said...

Sandi, I hope you'll hold onto a little ass anyway. Mac would appreciate it.

Now you've got me laughing.

Hugs.

San said...

Kim, "this fantastic journey to midlife" sounds like something on the Discovery Channel.

Well, why not?

San said...

JS: Or "freakish." :)

San said...

Meg, a "national treasure"? Me? Is there a prize????

San said...

Carol, HI!

San said...

Lee, I only hope neither my spouse nor my offspring are bearing arms when they see this post.

Joy to you!

San said...

Suki, yep, that's my husband-to-be, although the photo was taken a few years before I met him. Thank goodness he doesn't have a picture of me from that era.

San said...

Andrea, thanks for flying through.

San said...

Dar, all I can say is 'Shucks.'

San said...

Lakshmi, thank you for the unexpected visit. My pleasure.

San said...

Daryl, I wonder what you put in that bag. The mind reels.

And I think you're right about the provenance of the tie.

San said...

Angel, I'm glad this foolishness made you smile. Yours is a pretty smile.

San said...

Jo, I only wish that when you visit New Mexico that Bennie will be willing to wear an outfit like that. Especially if Gary is along. I can hear him now: "Works for me."

San said...

Spark, try me. PLEASE.

San said...

Cath, many would call me a clown. Yes.

U are 2 sweet.

San said...

Babs, you're right. Father and son have a striking resemblance. Except in matters of wardrobe and hair style.

San said...

You're right, Mary Ann. Those plaid pants do rule out the need for clowns summonsing.

Velvet Ginger said...

All cute cute cute!!!! You spin the sweetest yarns! Your kids sure look like your husband's young pictures! I really dig those pants too.
I loave it all...thanks!

Laura said...

Hilarious!

murat11 said...

San, I must beg to differ. I don't think there's anything the least bit typical in a woman whose crown chakra is blasting forth the continent of Antarctica. I always knew you were a cool chick; now we have visual proof.

Meg Wolff said...

Yes, the prize is that you get to live in The Land of Enchantment for your entire life!!

If you don't like that prize I'll start looking for a crown, or something fitting for the Queen of The Land of Enchantment.

p.s. The distorted photo is really funny too.

p.s.s. I started making a playlist (idea I got from you) last night.

katie jane said...

Very cute, San. So original and informative yet entertaining. I love your life story.

david mcmahon said...

Magical, San

Rhea said...

Fabulous! I love your take on the six unremarkable things about you. Hilarious, wonderful and very creative!!

Ron said...

What an absolutely WONDERFUL post, San!!!

LOVE the photos!!!

If these six things are unremarkable...I can't imagine what remarkable is!?!?!

I think your license plate sums up your life perfectly...

....ENCHANTING!

You're definitely living in the RIGHT place!

Thanks for sharing, San!

Thoroughly enjoyed this!!!!

Indigo said...

Indigo incarntes

I really enjoyed this post. Your pictures and story was so clever :)

Lynette said...

LOL San I'm with you on the menopausal pic hehe and this is a post full of fun and enchantment from the land of enchantment! I enjoyed every picture and every word! Hehe I so remember when the 'clown' pants were in because I had some with big old stripes going down the legs. :)

SandyCarlson said...

San,
That was so much fun at the end of a long and challenging day. Thank you! I didn't know you had a background in the entertainment industry!

Oaks said...

Excellent mom...truly, the most intimate portrait of a very boring life.

Maggie May said...

What a great post! And what a great imagination you have.
No wonder you have such a good following!

Hilary said...

That was hilarious. I generally skim over or skip "meme" posts because they follow such a rigid formula. But you approached this one with such creativity. What a fun post. Thanks for starting my day off with a smile and a giggle.

San said...

Rubye Jean, last night Bennie looked at the blog. I haven't heard him laugh so long in quite a while. Then he had two words: "You bitch."

:-0

San said...

Laura, thanks for putting me up to it.

San said...

Paschal, for the record, that's the Chicago skyline. But who's keeping a record?

San said...

Meg, the distorted photo would have been a tad funnier had there been a crown on my head.

You're putting up a playlist? WOW. I cannot wait!

San said...

Katie J, I'm glad my humble life story brought you a smile.

San said...

David, thanks.

San said...

Rhea, hold on to all of those pictures of your kids playing their band instruments. You may need them for something like this when you're my age.

San said...

Ron, it is pretty cool to live in the Land of Enchantment at that.

I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

San said...

Indi, you've needed a smile or two of late. I hope this helped a little.

San said...

I know what you mean, Lynette. As I told Suki, THANK GOODNESS Bennie doesn't have any pictures of me from that fashion era.

San said...

Sandy, now you know. And I can say it with conviction: There's no business like show business.

San said...

Oaks, it was nice to open up and speak the truth about my childhood.

Now don't you go doing the same...

San said...

Maggie, you're too kind. I thought that YOU were always looking behind to see who's following. Usually it's a crowd.

San said...

Hilary, I thank you for being open to the silliness.

murat11 said...

Hey, I'm looking at the negative space! Forget about the skyscrapers!

San said...

I shoulda known, Paschal. You're the maven of negative capability. Antarctica it is!

indicaspecies said...

Ran away to join circus at age one and half!!??

And did a bar of chocolate lure you back home? haha..

QUASAR9 said...

lol, ran away to join the curcus at one and a half
that is remarkable most babies at that age can barely crawl

Bennie said...

You Bitch! Who gave you permission to use that photo of me just before I was to interview for that job at Ringling Bros! And I know you'd rather not post these facts to your blogging friends, but it's only fair that they know where we met. Yes it's true: I was performing nightly as a clown and San cleaned up after the dog and pony show! Ah, the memories. Those thick black rubber boots you wore were a real turn on. Though I did have a little trouble with your scent.

Love ya, Bennie

Akelamalu said...

What a great post! LOL

Velvet Ginger said...

Laughing at Bennie's reaction to you posting that!
I had to read all the things about you again...completely charming!

San said...

Celine, chocolate bars will lure me almost anywhere. You?

San said...

Quasar, you were probably spotting galaxies at 6 months. It's great to see you. Thanks for visiting.

San said...

Bennie, get real! You know it's the scent that drove you WILD.

Love you too.

San said...

Akelamalu, aloha!

San said...

Rubye Jean, I'm glad you appreciated my husband's demented humor. Then again, I guess I deserved that.

:->

Jennifer H said...

Why do I get the feeling that your life is a land of enchantment? :-)

Loved this.

(The pants...well...)

Peg said...

I bet you had fun spinning your tale of the six remarkable things about me. Clowns are great and I bet being part of a circus in your early life would be enough to fill s volume of two ....I am sure you had one laugh after another. The pictures are great especially the menapausal one.... take care San
Peg

Helena said...

LOL! This is wonderful! I knew you would make me smile. I needed that- thank you!

Raven said...

That was wonderfully entertaining... though if that's the UNremarkable stuff, I shudder to think what the rest of the story must be... you must tell us the remarkable parts in another post.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I love it!! what a great way to answer the meme!!

Land of Enchantment huh? We came here from Alamogordo (don't apologize, we actually liked some aspects of it).

Bruno LoGreco said...

The circus? Wow.. I would never have thought..
I could see why you love New Mexico - The land of Enchantment. Funny, I used this word over the weekend walking through High Park - I felt I was walking through an enchanted forrest.

San said...

Jennifer, you are most polite to hold judgment on the pants.

San said...

Peg, thank you for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the clowning.

San said...

Helena, I love seeing you smile! You light up a blog.

San said...

Shudder is right, Raven. Shudder is right.

San said...

Hostage, you're a long way from Alamagordo. Apologize? Who? Me?

San said...

Bruno, that must have been one enchanted walk. But were there little genies and elves on the path?

I DO know what you mean. I've felt like that in nature. It's great.

Patty said...

OMG San, that was too funny!
Your use of images to tell your story is .... true artistry.
With your remarkable talent, you should write a book.
Excellent!!
~Patty

smith kaich jones said...

OMG! Those pants!

Nothing at all unremarkable about you. This is too funny!

:) Debi

WILSONART said...

LOL @ convo between San & Bennie

Todd said...

This was hilarious, San!! Loved reading about your unremarkable events in your life. What a treasure you are!! :)
Peace!
Todd in Santa Fe

Dianne said...

this is a remarkable post about unremarkable things!

only you could pull this off

magical

Mima said...

Great post, and loved the circus theme, especially your DH's trousers, no you call them pants don't you! I have a little while to go before I get menopausal, but both my main carers are going through the change at the moment, so I am getting to share in all the awful details long before I have to suffer the consequences, and as a result I am dreading it! Anyone that can stand up to it and laugh has my full admiration!

Shrinky said...

And I'll bet you also learnt how to dance up high above the crowd, sailing the flying trapese. Why am I not surprised..?

Seems you still do.

self taught artist said...

by far you are the most creative blogger I know.
and no wonder you blog less, who can keep up with so many comments?????????

RiverPoet said...

I love it! Very creatively done - Peace - D

Anna said...

San you are amazing and full of surprises, and those pants are something else, lol. Anna :)

CoyoteFe said...

Remarkable! :-)

Chuck fka: Meanie said...

Mee hav 6 banaydz on mee, San! Datz unweemawkuhbow!

Wuv,
Chuck

Canary said...

One of the best blogs I have read.. and your paintings are remarkable :)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Delightful, San! Delightful!

Peter said...

Hi! Life is like a circus of clowns, you never know when you going to laugh next. What a remarkable and unordinary life you and your family have led! Keep it up and well done.

Take Care,
Peter

david mcmahon said...

Always knew Bennie was the clown prince!

Jeff B said...

You are a nut! I love that about you too.

Those pants...bwahahahaha Wonder if they came with a volume control?

aims said...

San - just wanted to tell you that my dearest friend who is recovering(does anyone?) from breast cancer was in your lovely city just recently. I gave her your store addy in the hopes that she could pop in and say hello for me - but sadly she couldn't make it.

I would have loved some stories from her of your store and of you.

But this will do. It put a small smile on my sad heart. Thank you.

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

You're one cool family :>) in cool square pants :>)

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Angel... said...

San, I just stopped by to say Happy Halloween to you.

Kim said...

Nothing ordinary about you, dear. #3 did it for me, LOL, you are such a hoot!

the mother of this lot said...

What a lovely life!