Some of my pals on Facebook (also known as "Crackbook...you cannot stop!")...Quinn, Kent, Kath...have been tagging me lately.
"Tell us 25 random things about yourself so we can get to know you better."
I immediately shut the computer down, took Walt for a walk, then came to the conclusion that if one wants to be reminded of his/her character, then one should immerse oneself in art, as recognition that there is so much more than you on this earth. So I shined myself up, and accompanied by the equally-gussied-up Doug, ventured off to The McNay Art Museum here in San Antonio.
After paying our eight-buck-each-entrance-fee, and patiently listening to the docent-description-of-the-environs, we were free to zoom about on our own. Georgia O'Keefe is there, as is Monet and Chagall and Arthur Dove and so many other greats. Rounding a corner, I came upon...
Girl with Blue Eyes.
So if you want to know, here it is:
1) I love this painting. Skinny red/brown hair, awkward, clumsy, softened, lovable in an odd, warm way. And not afraid to look into the eyes of the creator...or anyone else.
2) I wanted so much to be a painter. Yet I was born with eye/hand coordination that is not spot-on. Does not quite connect. Meaning I can see it, but cannot reproduce it on canvas or paper. So I have learned to use words and the camera to try to convey what is out there.
3) To be humorous, you must be smart. I use humor to entertain, and sketch myself, yet also to shield myself from those who are shallow, who do not understand the possiblity of uniqueness.
4) I have tremendous appetite for life. I have been known to win many contests that involve consuming food, which is one of the great joys of life. When I was around seven, the family attended a neighborhood block party/cookout in New Jersey. One of the neighbors was grilling hot dogs. Another neighbor, incredibly innebriated, continually tried to get a rise out of me by calling me "Marcia" and proclaiming for all to hear that a skinny kid like me could not eat a single hot dog. I double-dog-dared him (very serious stuff) to a hot-dawg-eating contest. I consumed nine before I witnessed him running to the bushes to barf after eating four of the devil dogs. This debaucle was witnessed by my dear mother, who sent me home from the bar-b-que in punishment for making a pig out of myself in public.
5) When I was a child, I thought vegetables hurt. Could not stand to see a stalk of celery go under the knife.
6) I like dogs better than most people. And the people I really like love dogs, cats, horses, and the other wonderful creatures of this planet.
7) I never wanted to be a mother. Ever. I knew I did not have the patience to do the job right.
8) I like the exactness of programming. Numbers don't lie, unless you work on Wall Street these days.
9) I look for people's art. What they contribute to this life.
10) I love my sister. She means more to me than anyone I know.
11) My two brothers were the first friends I ever had in this life.
12) I was lucky to have the parents I had. They gave up some of their dreams to give us ours. And there isn't a day that goes by that I do not miss them both.
13) I play guitar.
14) I miss smoking cigarettes. I will start smoking again when I am 80. That is a promise. And don't try and stop me.
15) I always need new. Especially places. It keeps my mind active, thinking.
16) I want to see New Zealand, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Patagonia and so many other places before I die.
17) I want to be like my Aunt Peg when I grow up. She is 81, and still so vibrant.
18) I have had friends for over 30 years: Cuz, Hank, K, G, Terry, Phyll, Gail. How incredibly lucky I am.
19) Doug makes me laugh more than anyone I have ever known.
20) Please erase the following from the face of the earth: beets, miniature golf, chocolate-covered marshmallows, and idiocracy.
21) Silence is good for the soul. Shut off the radio, TV, the Internet at least once a day for twenty minutes. Listen to your breathing...and relax.
22) Emma is my pal. Pete is my buddy.
23) Everyone has a story...if you give the gift of listening.
24) No one can help how they feel.
25) Everything is as it should be.
Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920)
Girl with Blue Eyes, 1918
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18 1/4 in.
The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas