May 14, 2004
No, I'm not Mormon. But I had some friends who are Mormon growing up, and I went to several functions at their church, as well as visiting Nauvoo and Carthage. I also did my term paper senior year of high school on Joseph Smith, so I know a whole lot about LDS for not being Mormon.
In itself not geeky, but seeing as I watched the entire first two seasons (42 hours of it) in two weeks is really, really geeky.
8. statistics (the fun stuff like the Monty Hall problem or the Birthday problem)
This predates my current book choices (How to Lie With Statistics and How We Know What Isn't So); my old roommate was a stats grad student and would wow me with stats problems. I can't wait to take stats when it's offered here on post.
7. Yukio Mishima
Found him through the short story "Patriotism" and was absolutely floored by that story. Read two of his biographies in one weekend. Amritas is right; the author is more interesting than his novels, but I own all of them.
I read the Army Officer's Handbook from cover to cover and have tried very hard to learn everything there is to know: MOSs, Army alphabet, vehicle identification, etc.
5. Swedish language
My husband always teases me: "You chose to learn a language that only 9 million people speak, and all of them speak English?"
4. rap music
In itself not geeky, but pretty odd for a white girl college prof to have been to a Snoop Dogg concert.
3. Chief Illiniwek
I really got into this debate at the University of Illinois and have read every transcript and article about the issue.
I finished a project last night during the first 45 minutes of Rocky, and it was really hard for me to sit through the rest of the movie without knitting something.
1. the Karate Kid Trilogy
I know everything about these movies.
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