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Travel Betty Gets Suckered Into A Meme

July 9th, 2007 · 2 Comments

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My friend Greg tagged me and while I don’t usually go in for these chain-mailish type shenanigans, he is a good blog buddie and old co-worker. Through this desperate plea for attention, I have gathered that he has few pleasures in life. It would be cruel to ignore the signs. And so here I have manipulated the topic to suit our travel-focused needs.

Here’s what Greg said:

We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Okay, so here are my personal travel factoids:

1. After two years of dedicated study in college, I was lucky enough to spend a summer in Urbino perfecting my Italian. By the time I left I could do only two things: order a beer and discuss politics. Luckily, over 10 years later, I still remember how to order a beer.

2. I usually end up breaking down and eating at McDonald’s at least once during trips abroad. I’m not proud of it. I’m just saying.

3. I have performed as a flutist in a high school symphonic band in the following countries: France, Germany, Lichtenstein, Austria, Belgium, and Canada. I also performed as a marching band flag girl in the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Arizona.

4. I once turned down a free trip to a 5-star resort in Hawaii with my parents because it meant missing a sorority rush. (Shame-O-Meter Level: 10)

5. I usually always hate a place the first day I arrive because not knowing where anything is or how to get around makes me feel insecure.

6. In order to help me get over my fear of flying, my hypnotherapist asked me to visualize a hilarious situation that could occur in a plane. So now every time someone goes to adjust their overhead air vents, I imagine that bird poop comes out.

7. I worked at Disney World for 6 months in college. My job was to pass out glasses at MGM Studio’s Muppet Vision 3-D movie. In addition to working at the park, we also had to spend a couple of hours each week in seminars learning about Disney magic. At the end we had a mock graduation ceremony where I received my Mouster’s Degree. I missed out on the Ducktorate because one day I had failed to wear pantyhose and was refused entrance to the class.

8. As a teenager, I once took a photo with flash of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. I tried to cover the flashbulb with my finger, but it didn’t work. I still feel guilty. As penance, I now give people like the young me the most withering stink eye when I see them disrespecting our global treasures. (Especially after seeing a fascinating documentary called The Rape of Europa, which tells how artwork like the Mona Lisa was stolen and saved during World War II. The documentary isn’t available yet for purchase, but the book is: The Rape of Europa)

Now that I’ve spilled my dirty secrets, I’m passing the torch on to the following awesome blogger (and yes, I’m only passing it on to one person. he’s THAT awesome):

Steve

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    • 1 AVCR8TEUR // Jul 15, 2007 at 6:34 pm

      Ok, I’m not going to be able to get this out of my head the next time I fly.

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jul 15, 2007 at 8:42 pm

      Ha! Well, if you hate to fly then you’ll be glad for it. It works best when you can see into first class :)

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