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You know how sometimes people on your friend's list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out :)

1. First Name: Rebecca. I was Becky until I was about 12 but am really not a Becky anymore. You can call me Becky if you knew me before I was 12 (this keeps me from killing family). But otherwise Rebecca please, Becca if you insist on shortening it.

2. Age: 35

3. Location: Mountain View, California. I tend to refer to home as “Bay Area” just because if gives people a better sense of the geography. More specifically San Francisco is an hour north, and San Jose is about 30 minutes south. (And also, has anyone else noticed that out here people use time to tell how far away something is? In WI my parents live 15 miles from Green Bay, but out here I live 15 minutes from Palo Alto. Just strange.)

4. Occupation: Theatrical Stage Manager, with my AEA card. I have a home at a LORT (League of Resident Theatres) company. Practically this means I work on four of their eight shows a year which adds up to between 32 and 35 weeks of work annually. I know that sounds strange, but for someone in theatre but to be on contract that many weeks is doing well. For example AEA members get a year of health insurance after working 20 weeks a year. The rest of the time? I occasionally go back to my day job at the kooky children’s book company working in their customer service department, but they have been slow so I recently discovered unemployment and letting the state support me, which I have to say doesn’t suck.

5. Partner?: J and I have been together for about a year and a half. Things are still really, really good in the day to day. There are some looking to the future issues I’ll discuss elsewhere (the boy has trouble thinking about his life more than a month in advance) but he makes me happy just by existing.

6. Kids: Nope. Interestingly I’m still up for the idea of getting pregnant and having a child, as long as I can give that child to someone else to raise who’ll let me be an auntie. A little strange, I know.

7. Brothers/Sisters: I have one brother who is 20 months younger than I am. He has a wife, two kids, a dog, and a house so luckily I have a little more leeway to be the odd child. We get along together really well, but aren’t great about staying in touch because we live really different schedules in different time zones.

8. Pets: Nope. I once kept a goldfish alive for almost two years but that is about the maximum commitment I’ve ever made.

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:

a) Work. I just started rehearsals for a new show.

b) Running. I have registered to run the San Francisco half marathon (1st half) on August 3rd so I have been training.
 (The combination of A and B are killing me right now; I had to be up at 7am this morning to run before an 11am production meeting. For reference I left work at 11p last night.)

c) Reading. J and I have similar tastes in Sci Fi and Fantasy but have mostly very different authors on our bookcases. So I’ve been reading my way through his library and finding some great new stuff.

10. School: University of Evansville, in Indiana. I have a BA in Literature and a BS in Theatre (still my favorite degree ever – heh) with a technical emphasis. Yup two degrees, I was an overachieving child. Evansville was a big city compared to where I grew up so it was a good stepping stone to even bigger cities, and the theatre department was always short on technicians which meant that if you were driven you could do an awful lot of different things. 
I went to a Catholic grade school and the public junior high and high school in WI.  

11. Parents: Mom and Dad grew up in the same small town in Northeastern WI and would have officially met when they started school, since they were in the same grade. By high school they were dating, senior year Dad was on the football and basketball teams and Mom was a cheerleader. They did break up for a while in the college years but got married at 22 (well Mom was 21 for another two months) and are still together. I remember being a kid having overheard a fight and telling Mom I was scared. Her response: “As long as we’re fighting that means we both care about what happens and that is a good thing.  If we stop caring, then you should get scared.”
11a. Grandparents: I am lucky enough to have known all four of my grandparents as well as three of my great-grandparents (well five of my great-gs, but only three I can remember). They’re all gone now but they were a huge part of the foundation of my life.

Oh and the Big Read list of 100 books meme that is going around is fun to see.  It turns out I've read 46 of those books, though I think that somehow listing 'Narnia books' or 'complete works of Shakespeare' as one item is cheating.
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I'll skip doing this in my journal because I've posted much of that stuff before. I will give a brief version of it here though, just in case.

1. First Name: Officially, Timothy, but I usually go by just Tim. My papers get published using my initials T.J., though.

2. Age: 35.

3. Location and Occupation: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It's about an hour outside of Toronto and I'm completing my PhD in Systems Design Engineering. I'm looking at modelling what happens when you grab something that happens to be moving with a flexible robot (like the arm on the Space Shuttles).

4. Partner: None. I last dated someone in May 2000, we were together for about a year and a half but she was with the military and was just at school for the minimum time to do what she need there since every month added two months to her term of service for the military.

5. Kids: No, and I have no plans to ever have them. I have a niece, and all it's made me do is confirm that I never want them. I don't mind teenagers, but I can't stand little kids.

6. Siblings: I have sister who is four years older and is married with a little girl who is turning 4 in a few months. They (and my parents) let her get away with a lot.

7. Pets: No. My family has had a few cats over the years, one when I was young and one that died last year that they got in 1990.

8. Big Things:
a. Living with my Cerebral Palsy. See my posts on the topic from a few months ago.
b. Trying to complete my PhD.
c. I've been sick with a GI problem since 2002 that over the past year has been getting progressively worse. It causes me a lot of pain. In April, my specialist said that he may have misdiagnosed me since the presentation isn't typical of the disease he diagnosed me with.
d. In April, I for some reason lost partial control over my left ankle/calf and one of the fingers on my left hand (the middle) and since then I've had a succession of new symptoms (headaches, nausea, muscle tremors/spasms) and I now use a cane to walk. My knees hurt to bend so I usually try to avoid sitting for long periods.

9. Schooling: I did both my undergrad and my Master's in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo which is probably the top engineering school in Canada. My Master's thesis was on modelling fabric bending. I was teased throughout as being the "fashion engineer".

That's probably enough for now. I read quite a bit of Sci-Fi/Fantasy as well but I have wide tastes and will read many other genres and classic books.

I don't think I ever knew you were an engineer, the projects you described for your masters and doctorate sound really intriguing. I had gleaned about half of this from just reading your journal but thanks for taking the time to write it all out.

It sucks that you aren't feeling any better. I can't do much except say that, but I will think pain-free thoughts for you.

Oh, I thought you knew. It's why I got along so well with bridges since she's a civil engineer. Most of the fundamentals are the same between what I do and what she does.

Most of it I've posted before in the VM4 or in my LJ, so I'm not surprised you had seen it before. I really enjoyed the topic of my Master's thesis when I started, but I was kind of sick of it by the end which is why I moved on to a new topic. Plus, we didn't have the equipment I would have needed to do a proper job of a PhD in the area. My thesis supervisor picked the topic of my PhD so I'm not as interested in it as I could be, but I do find it interesting. It's hard to get motivated when you're not feeling well.

I knew you were in a relationship, but I didn't realize that you had been together that long. I've come to the general conclusion that I'm not that interested in a relationship. I like having alone time too much, but there are certainly times when I wished I had someone around especially lately.

Thanks for the thoughts. I'm going through about 100 Tylenol 3s in a month now. When I first was sick, I only needed about 30 over the course of a year. I have a colonoscopy scheduled in September that will hopefully pin down a diagnosis for my GI problems.

Thanks again for doing this! I was curious about your stage managing and what it entailed, but didn't know you had another job. Also, I was remembering some posts about possible relationships - but I'm glad that you're with someone who makes you happy!

Go English majors!

And also, has anyone else noticed that out here people use time to tell how far away something is? In WI my parents live 15 miles from Green Bay, but out here I live 15 minutes from Palo Alto.
Jerry Seinfeld has a bit about that, how it doesn't work the other way.

"How late are you going to be?"
"About 5 miles."

he makes me happy just by existing.
Aw, that's the best.

That's true. Though I do tend to get calls from folks running late for rehearsal that tell me where they are instead of how much time it will take for them to get to me.

Yes, it is.

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