On Monday night David and I had dinner at a favourite bistro in Passy with Judy Nijholt and her charming husband Auke, from Holland. They were in Paris to celebrate Judy's birthday. Judy is an accomplished artist and writes the amusing blog Kats in Klompen. We spent a delightful evening together and are looking forward to seeing them again in Paris, Holland - or both!
I've been tagged by Leonie, Nina and Amy for the "six weird things about me" meme that's been circulating. While I like reading the answers to other people's memes, I really don't like doing them myself. But as you asked so nicely, here goes:
1. I don't like the numbers six or four. I've always felt distaste for the number six. A friend once had an office in the building at 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, which I thought was the worst luck, never mind the Biblical connotations. Sure enough, his government was overthrown and he was out of a job! And I have Chinese friends in San Francisco who refuse to have lunch at a restaurant at 444 Market Street, because in China, the number four means death. Ever since they told me the Chinese interpretation of "4," I view it with suspicion. I prefer odd numbers such as 3, 5, 7 and 9.
2. I talk on the phone only to make arrangements to meet. I don't like long phone conversations, other than with my daughter. I'd rather talk face-to-face.
3. I can read Tarot cards. Sometimes the things apparent in the cards disturb me, because they're so accurate. On occasion I have dreams about things to come.
4. I can agonise and worry for two weeks over a magazine piece, then write it in two hours. I am good at writing "mean" letters, to get compensation when something doesn't work as advertised, doesn't fulfill expectations, etc. Nine out of ten times, these letters produce desired results and financial recompense.
5. I stay up very, very late at night, but if I sleep late in the morning, have troubled dreams. Consequently, I am often sleep-deprived.
6. I cannot resist buying books and have been known to buy books (food for the soul) before food. It makes me anxious to be in someone's home if no books are visible. I don't need to read the books, but I need to know they're there!
So many of you already have played this game, I'm reluctant to tag. But if you want to reveal six weird things about yourself, please post your version of this meme.