1. I was a competitive soccer player from age 8 to age 15, when I was taken out of the game by a knee injury. The exceptionally frustrating part was that I had the best coach I ever had, that season, a young polish fellow named Piotr, who pushed me out of Defensive Sweep into a Forward position for just one game before I got injured. I scored twice.
(I also played indoor soccer much later as an adult. That was fun too. In a similar timeframe, I finally had physical therapy for that knee, so it doesn't give way every year any more.)
2. My favorite two foods are salmon and hot dogs/bologna. I used to steal hot dogs out of other peoples' fridges when I was a kid. I prefer farmed salmon to wild caught except any sort of Scottish smoked salmon is good.
3. My favorite color is blue, but not turquoise blue, which I get a lot since turquoise is my birthstone. Just your basic cobalt blue.
4. Those are probably the only things I could properly call favorites. Those computer security questions that ask for your favorite ____ drive me nuts.
5. I usually know which way North, South, East, and West are, and thus I navigate by street names and cardinal directions. This is not the female stereotype, so people frequently start giving me directions based on landmarks, which I find pretty annoying when it happens.
6. I have a BA in History.
7. For a year in high school I could almost never remember the word "intimidate" when I wanted to use it.
8. I very rarely drink alcohol to any degree; in college the activity that most often put me in a state similar to being drunk was staying up really late at night. High school friends will probably not be surprised by this, as I had a very strict curfew and very regular sleep schedule, and when I stayed up late sometimes asked people not to tell me what time it was so I wouldn't crash and turn into a sleepy pumpkin.
9. Only one time have I been extremely drunk, during a party with fellow theater folks at Grinnell at the end of my 1st semester. It was a wonderful, fun experience with friends I trusted who took care of me, I felt great the next day, and I never intend to try it again.
10. The only nickname I had in high school (that I recall) was Smurfette. Thank you, Joseph Conat. Emily Stuckey was the darker side of Smurfette. An acting class substitute teacher once threw pens at us when she didn't think we were realistically re-enacting a typical morning greeting between us: I skipped cheerfully into the room and Emily responded to my enthusiastic "Good morning" with a desultory, "Hi", then turned and demanded to know why the teacher was throwing pens at us. The rest of the class assured the sub that this was really how we were.
bonus factoid: I could skip *really* fast in high school, and it was often my preferred way to travel, especially in crowds, partly because it did not seem to trigger my exercise-induced asthma, while running did, and partly because when skipping I could completely change direction almost instantly even when going fast.
(This was a Facebook post a while ago that someone just commented on, and it occurred to me I should post it here too.)