Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How 14 Things About Me Became a Mini-Memoir


Welcome Jiller, a new follower of Desert Canyon Living. Jiller, you didn't leave a link to a blog. If you have a blog, please leave a comment to provide a link so I can visit you.

 I owe you 14 things about myself, seven for each of the awards that I received recently. Did you think I had forgotten? I didn't forget, but since I have done this before and posted the usual things about myself, I have been trying to come up with some unusual stuff that, hopefully, will amuse you. What I ended up with is a miniature memoir, way too much information for this purpose, but I had a hugely fun time writing it, so I hope you will have fun reading it.


1. When I was young in Stockholm, you could go to the Royal Opera House and buy an inexpensive ticket for the upper balcony where you could sit and enjoy all the great operas and opera singers. I went often and I have loved opera ever since. One of the operas, The Masked Ball by Verdi, tells the story of the assassination of the person responsible for building this very opera house, King Gustav III of Sweden.

Two Burmese pythons. It's not Sahara, but she looks like the yellow one.

2. I once kissed a snake. Her name is Sahara; she is an albino Burmese python, rescued by my friend Rachael. Sahara is a vital part of Rachael's animal education program, Sydney's Legacy. She is now 14 feet long; at the time she was "only" nine feet.


3. I once heard Louis Armstrong and his All Stars perform in the Concert Hall in Stockholm. The year was 1955, the concert  was fabulous, and the evening unforgettable.

4. I cannot dance. I cannot find that second beat. I also cannot sing. Totally tone deaf. So now you know!


5. Even so, I have many favorite songs; I think my most favorite of all is A Change is Gonna Come, sung by Sam Cooke.

6. I once dated a State Department guy, a China expert in the Nixon era, who taught me to eat with chop sticks, and introduced me to Dean Rusk. If you don't know who Dean Rusk was -- well, he should be in the history books. That's how long ago all that took place. 

I hate when this happens to my pictures.

7. Two of my most favorite country songs are on Willie Nelson's 16 greatest hits: Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground and Always on My Mind.

8. I once, very briefly, dated a spy! Well, an ex-spy, he was ex-CIA, fascinating, remote, and somewhat elusive. It didn't last long, but still…….


9. I really don't like to cook. I can tell that my husband sometimes gets tired of cooking and who can blame him. I wish I had that feeling in my heart that all great cooks seem have and even those who, perhaps, are not so great but keep plugging along. That feeling in my heart of love and wanting to feed and provide for my husband and my friends. Even my dogs. I do cook, both for my husband and my dogs, sometimes, but I don't have that love in my heart and I don't know where to find it.

10. I once was part of an ad campaign in Sweden for Norman Granz and his Jazz at the Philharmonic and got to meet and hang out with Gene Krupa, who was one of the great jazz drummers of the era. Being part of an era, sure makes me feel real old. Ancient!


11. I love a scaly critter. His name is Sydney and he is a bearded dragon lizard, native to Australia. He too lives with my friend Rachael and her critters and is a huge part of her animal education program that bears his name. He is one of the most adorable animals I have ever met.

12. I once went elk hunting with cowboys out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I spent a fall and a winter. Since I didn't want to hunt, they parked me on a plateau with the horses, made a nice fire for me, and took off looking for their elk. There was a ravine and then another flat plateau across from it. As I sat there, I heard a bang, bang, bang noise and when I looked up, there were the bighorn sheep, duking it out. It was fall, rutting season, and their power was mesmerizing. It went on for a long time. Their herd was there also, up and down that mountain. An unforgettable experience.

13. That winter in Jackson Hole, I worked as a waitress in an Italian restaurant. I also cleaned a rich woman's refrigerator once. All to make a living for the winter. At that woman's beautiful home, I was greeted by several moose that were hanging out in her backyard. I will never forget neither the refrigerator nor the moose. All very big!


14. When I was in Sweden in 2001, my cousin and I went to the south-western part of the country to look for our roots. We knew the village where our great-grandfather and his family lived. We knew about, and found, a couple, both in their 90s, who actually knew our great-grandfather. It even turned out we were remotely related to the old man, Ivar Carlsson. When we, two strangers, knocked on their door and told them we were looking for our roots, they invited us into their immaculate home for coffee and home-baked cookies and cake. Ivar had a church/county registry that went back for generations and he was able to show us one very determined man, named Anders Anderson. Anders was Ivar's great-grandfather's brother. It was through him we were related to Ivar. Anders lived in the early 1800s and married three times.  His first wife died in child birth, and the twins she gave birth to died also. His second wife died too. But Anders did not give up and finally had children with his third wife. One of his children was our ancestor. It has been very interesting to realize that if this guy, Anders, had given up on having kids a long time ago, I would not be here today.

I leave you with that thought….what if? Interesting, isn't it?

30 comments:

  1. I certainly enjoyed reading your mini memoir. You've had quite the life so far, with plenty more to come I'm sure.

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  2. Loved this Inger! A spy indeed?? Oh now I want to know it all,what do rich people have in their fridges?? Ha ha, I can imagine what it must have been like out in the wilderness with the men hunting and you alone with the horses in beautiful nature!

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  3. you have had such an interesting life! and i love that you love animals so much - and music has certainly been a big part of your life too. great mini-memoir! we want more! :)

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  4. WOW! what a life...so interesting!

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  5. I'm going to have to ask my Swedish/American friend, Osa, what her mother's professional name was. She is now retired but was a hugely popular opera singer in Sweden about the time you went to the opera.

    You've had some very interesting experiences, Inger. Exciting about the spy! And, yep, I remember Dean Rusk!

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  6. wow, what amazing adventures! i'm familiar with gene krupa, but will have to look up dean rusk. ;o)

    i've done quite a bit of genealogy research myself, but haven't been to any of the "old countries". how wonderful that you ran into people you had an actual connection with!

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  7. Oh wow lots of interesting things have come up from your memory here. #7 I love those two songs too!

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  8. Min kara Inger--Loved your post! A large percentage of sports fanatics are not good athletes. Many art lovers "cannot draw a straight line". There are people like you (& me) who cannot sing or dance & yet music plays a large part in their lives. My point being is that you don't have to be good at something to love it! Kram----Fran

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  9. You most certainly have had a very interesting life and met some interesting people!

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  10. I enjoyed reading your mini-memoir!

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  11. Hi Inger .. if I come across Jiller - I'll try and remember to link the two of you up .. but I don't remember her name.

    Love the memoir .. the snake - no thanks! The Gods at the opera, or theatre, or ballet .. high, high up ..

    Thanks - good memories to post .. cheers Hilary

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  12. I love reading things about you, Inger and you have the most lovely smile and wonderful adoration for all life! Yes, sweetheart, we are selling the Hollow and moving back to Connecticut!...:)JP

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  13. All of those were very interesting, but I would *love* to have seen the big horn sheep battling it out! Wow!!

    Cat

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  14. Thanks for your comments. You know I never had kids, but I guess I was busy living anyway. I have always loved animals, but only in the last ten years or so have I questioned what I eat, but that's for another post. Kitty, please let me know the name. This was in the 1950s. Hilary, if Jiller came from your followers, I will look for her too. Maybe I have to write another post about linking when you sign up in Google Friend Connect. Finally, J.P., I have to go back and read your blog again. I hope you will continue to blog from Connecticut.

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  15. Hi Inger, I've been working in the yard.... we have to do it in-between the rain drops. Hope all is well, haven't been on line much lately.
    Manzi

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  16. Thank you for the kind Welcome! I do not have a blog yet, but as soon as I do I will post a link here! Hope you have a wonderful day and Loved hearing about your life.

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  17. Enjoyed that trip through your history. Hope all is well with you. Enjoy your quite time this week.

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  18. Lordy, Inger -- someone should make a move about your life. Tres interesting!

    I try to stay away from those deep thoughts you mentioned in your last paragraph. I can never come to a reasonable conclusion! :)

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  19. That should be a major memoir. I do hope you do a post on the that mysterious spy.

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  20. I bet you have a lot more stories to tell. I really enjoyed reading about some of your memorable moments in time. If someone asked me to do that, I do not think I could come up with anything to say. I love that you shared, thanks.

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  21. Great post, Inger:) I think everybody has a fascinating tale to tell once they reflect on their lives. I love the idea of posting memorable moments - I'll probably borrow it for a blog post of my own. Syd (your lizard boy) sends his love and a big beardie kiss to his favorite Swede!

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  22. Hej Inger !
    Kul att du hittade min blogg. Då fann jag dig! Underbart att läsa din levnadsberättelse, nu vet jag allt om dig!! Jag bor i Bohuslän utanför Lysekil. Du bodde i Stockholm men kommer från sydväst, Småland Halland ?
    Må så gott,
    Bästa hälsningar
    Lasse

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  23. What an interesting post from an interesting young lady! Once again, I've learned so much about you, Inger. When you wrote about the rich lady's refrigerator that you once cleaned with the moose in the back yard, I had a flashback of when I used to clean for a gentleman who had a casket sitting outside of his front door, a knights armor greeting me in the hall, and a big red horse statue in his back yard. I actually ended up dating the guy for a while... he always left me candy when i cleaned...(he knew the way to my heart) lol.
    I think you should write a book... you have led a very interesting life.

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  24. Hi Inger...You were always on my mind is one of my fav songs also....along with Bridge Over Troubled Waters...lol...I must be a softie. As to the big horn sheep...I would love to see that...one time my hubs and I were hiking and it was super foggy and we ended up right in the middle of a huge herd of elk...didn't even know they were there...talk about an experience!

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  25. What an interesting life, Inger! You've done some pretty amazing things. We have a few in common: I don't cook, I don't sing, and I love scaly critters, too. Never dated an ex-spy, tho!

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  26. Very interesting, Inger! And Sydney is adorable!

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  27. Gene Krupa...give me some drumsticks please...tap tap rap rap tap rap tap rap....you are one cool cat!

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  28. You have the most interesting life, Inger! :)

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  29. that was awesome..you have had a lot of adventures in your life...thank your for sharing...

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  30. Inger, how fun is this post!! I loved it and loved reading about you!! You've reminded me about why I love blogging so much--Because of interesting people like you!! :-)

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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