Judd Corizan, founder of The Rising Blogger, the site I recently acquired, has launched a new site, Sunday Stealing. Each Sunday, they rip off a meme from another blogger — giving full credit and a link back to that author’s site, of course — and invite everyone to play along.
This week they lifted the “Finish This Sentence” meme from PT-Law Mom, who stole it from A Woman in Law School. Given the credentials of the criminals involved in this caper, I am playing along as a show of solidarity to my future fellow female barristers and, of course, Judd.
I hope you will become an accomplice and link back to all of the co-conspirators!
1. My uncle (by marriage) once told my father and other uncle by marriage that he believed all African-Americans (that’s not the word he used) should be “shipped back to Africa — heads in one boat and bodies in another.” I will never, ever forget that moment. I was about ten years old and we were spending a couple of weeks in South Dakota visiting relatives and friends. My father did not say anything in response as we were guests in my aunt and uncle’s home. I was so stunned and horrified by his words that I never, ever forgot them. I consider it one of the defining moments in my life that ultimately led me to choose a career as a civil rights attorney. Until this moment, I have never written or spoken about that incident.
2. Never in my life have I doubted the existence of God.
3. When I was five my parents owned a pink 1957 Chevrolet Belair with a white hardtop.
4. High school was the most exquisitely painful and, simultaneously, fun-filled four years of my life.
5. I will never forget to be thankful each and every morning that I awake and have my eyesight.
6. Once I met Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
7. There’s this boy I know named Mattie-Boo and he was not planned, but he sure was wanted. We can’t imagine life without him. In response to the news that #1Son was not gong to be an only child, as we had planned, BigBob said, “God just had a better idea” and those remain the wisest six words I’ve heard him utter in the more than 23 years we have been together.
8. Once, at a bar, I smoked a few cigarettes.
9. By noon, I’m looking at the clock wondering how I’m going to accomplish everything I need to get done given that the morning has somehow evaporated . . . again.
11. If only I had about 20 more hours in each day, I might get to the last item on my “to do” list. Doubtful, though.
12. Next time I go to church, somebody important will be dead. The only thing that could lure me back into a church would be a funeral.
13. What worries me most is that I suffer another detached retina at any time and lose my eyesight.
14. When I turn my head left I see my living room curtains.
15. When I turn my head right I see my parents’ old stereo RCA XL100 25″ television with the walnut cabinet that they purchased in 1977.
16. You know I’m lying when I . . . never. I don’t lie.
18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be . . . no clue!
19. By this time next year I will gearing up to return to New York City with the Stockton Concert Band to perform at Carnegie Hall for the second time in March 2010.
20. A better name for me would be “Judge Janie.” BigBob says I would be a “hangin’ judge. They’d beg for mercy.” He’s right.
21. I have a hard time understanding stupidity.
22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll be saying, “Never say never”because I can’t stand the thought of spending more time in school.
23. You know I like you if I acknowledge your existence. If I don’t like you, I will simply ignore you. I can’t be bothered to even notice or observe that you are sucking air out of the atmosphere.
24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be the person who nominated me.
25. Take my advice, never forget this simple truth: “You can’t fix stupid.”