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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Seven True Lies:

Candace challenged me to write six true statements about myself and one lie. This is a response, but also, a friend of mine pointed me to a cool free online radio website. They have some stuff you're familiar with, and some lesser-known artists, and continually refines itself to find stuff you'll like, no matter how unknown the artist is. I'm referring to Pandora Radio, and I've never been as happy with a radio station as I am with this one, terrestrial or internet-based. Now that I've done the plug for that cool-as-hell site, it's time for you to get involved. Spot the lie. :)

1. I once considered supporting Bill Clinton's run for the White House.
2. I am afraid of precipices and bridges.
3. I have no known food allergies.
4. I was put on cholesterol-lowering medicine for the first time before I turned 25.
5. I have been in a tornado.
6. I have been in an earthquake.
7. I am a fan of Sigur Ros and Bjork, and am developing an interest in other modern Icelandic music.

Today's musical clip (okay, music, no clip) is from a Swedish band named Baxter. I found them on Pandora. Enjoy. :)


Candace said...

Let's see... this is a very good list! It's really hard to guess. I'll just pick number three as the lie. You have a food allergy or two, right?

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Yep. When I was a kid, it was cantaloupe, but I got over that. Now, it's lychee. I've even been around air fresheners that used real lychee oils, and I got an instant and powerful headache, just as if I'd eaten one. They taste and smell good, but I don't get anywhere near them.

#1 was when I was 14, and for a little while, I tried to get people I knew to support him. I ended up pulling for Bush the Elder, because I realized how much of a putz Perot was. #2, well, I have a few stories to tell that will make some psychiatrist rich some day. #4 was only true by 3 days. #5, when I was in grade school, one touched down not more than 100 yards away in the school's softball field. Someone I knew actually saw it. And then there was another time that involved a rickety old bridge... still creeps me out almost 20 years later, though I don't know if it was because of the tornadoes or the bridge. #6 was like someone who's only been in a Category 1 saying that they've experienced a hurricane. In this case, it was only a 2-3 on the Richter scale, and happened a few times.

Candace said...

I can't believe I guessed right!

So you have familial hyper-cholesterolemia, too? Not fun, is it?

Thanks for playing along!

Lizzy said...

Ah man, I missed another one!

Candace said...

Okay, Lizzy, I'm heading over your way to TAG your ass.

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

While I'm sure there's a familial component to it, there's a decent amount of dietary components to it as well.

Candace said...

Familial hypercholesterolemia runs in my family. It doesn't matter much what you eat. My brother ate sensibly, exercised, never smoked, but had to have a quadruple bypass when he was 40. He lived nine more years before having a fatal stroke. I was fortunate that it didn't affect my heart so much as my arteries. At age 30, I had an aortobifemoral bypass (unheard of at that age), and have been back several times for roto-routering and also for graft repairs. Blick. MC, I'm REALLY glad to hear that's not what you have - watch the diet!

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

For years, I've known that odds were in favor of me needing heart surgery or catheterization before I hit 40. My father was young when he keeled over from heart disease, and while I don't know if it was familial or not, his diet and job certainly did him no favors.

Snave said...

I got here late, but I would have guessed the one about the earthquake.

I have a cholesterol problem, but it tends to be with my body not producing enough of the good kind. That leaves my bad to good ratio at usually at least 3:1. My being basically sedentary doesn't help matters. I have two friends (brothers) who have a genetic problem with cholesterol from their mom's side. Their mom managed to live until age 60, but her brothers died at 40 and 43 of sudden heart attacks. I know I need to do a better job with my situation, but I can't seem to find any doctors who can tell me something besides "exercise"... so that is probably what I need to do.

If you like Icelandic music, I can heartily recommend the new Sigur Ros DVD, "Heima". There is a wonderful vibe of family, friends and tradition throughout the film. Lots of great scenery, too. I haven't listened to much Bjork, and she has so many CDs I am not sure I would know where to start. Another interesting Icelandic artist is Mum, at least from what I have heard by them. But I LOVE Sigur Ros, anyway. I have most of their CDs, still need to get "Von" and look for other stuff with which they have been involved.

I am also deathly afraid of heights, but it tends more toward climbing tall ladders or climbing steep hillsides. Standing at the edge of a roof doesn't bug me too much as long as the pitch of the roof isn't too steep!