What's one interesting thing about you?

+14 votes
I just learned that wikitreer John Schmeekle is an ESL teacher currently in Saudi Arabia!

Made me wonder, what else might be interesting and yet unknown about our fellow wikitreers here?

What do you do in your life that probably never comes up in your wikitree participation?

(I spin interesting animal fibers like musk ox fleece into yarn, then make things to wear with it.)
in The Tree House by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (933k points)
Mmmmm. Musk ox! I have some qiviut, but I have yet to make anything with it. But I do take it out and pet it regularly :)
You live and learn! I had to Google qiviut.
Hi Jillaine, That is very interesting.  My mother use to spin cotton into yarn to make clothes out of them she ran a huge industrial machine by herself.  As for me I have traveled to see ever state in the United States except 14 of them.  The one's I have not seen are California, Washington, Oregon, Maine and some of the others up around that area.  I have also, traveled briefly through a small part of Canada.  All the others are beautiful but my all time favorite's are Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah.  In Minnesota I loved the gigantic  Red Wood Trees.  In all three of those places I love the gorgeous lakes, springs and mountain streams.  The mountains are my favorites they are simply breath taking.  In Colorado, I went into a coma while in Bolder, Colorado.  We had been in the breath taking beautiful Grand Canyons the morning before and by night time we were in Colorado.  The next morning my family awoke to find me in a coma.  They eventually, figured out the cause.  It had been extremely hot the morning before, in the Grand Canyons.  By nightfall we were in a Campground high up in the mountains and it snowed.  So, they finally figured it was a combination between high temperatures, high altitude, and then the temperatures dropping down to the single digit figures to suddenly.  They had tried to give me a spinal tap and apparently, my nerves made me jump and the needle went were it wasn't suppose to go.  A week later I woke up in the hospital all alone with the curtains drawn.  I had overheard everyone talking about how they were not expecting me to live.  All alone I woke up in very dark room and thought maybe I was in the morgue.  At the time I was only 9 years old.  My parent's popped in a minute later and restored my sanity.  After another three days in the hospital two nurses came in and told me to sit on the side of the bed.  One got on each side of me and I remember wondering why they did.  I soon learned why once they told me to put my feet firmly on the ground and get up.  I fell to the floor like a rock.  My lower body was temporarily, paralyzed.  They said, "Once you get home they will have you do physical therapy to regain the use of your legs again but you will never be able to come back up into the high  altitudes in the mountains again."  I felt like crying because I loved the mountains probably more than anything.  I was still in critical condition so, we were given back then a "license to fly" back home to Kansas City, Missouri, where we lived at the time.  "License to fly" meant we had a police escort down out of the mountains and all through all the states we had to go through to get us home to our front door.  As my life depended upon it.  I spent a week in rigorous physical therapy to learn how to walk all over again.  Finally, when I was thirty the doctor's gave me permission to fly in an airplane up to Houston, Texas for a vacation for a week.  Everything went well without a hitch.  My first and only airplane ride was fantastic.  After, that I traveled up through Colorado and into Utah, several times.  Unfortunately, I don't have a car so my traveling days appear to be at an end.  I am now in my 60's and loving to do what I started doing back when I was 9 years old doing genealogy and research.
This topic is ever so interesting - to think we do have lives outside of WikiTree :)

8 Answers

+11 votes
  • I have been to 13 countries in Africa, several of them multiple times.
  • I knit (though I've resisted spinning, as I really don't need to add a fiber stash to my yarn stash!)
  • I play the ukulele. Badly.
by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (38.6k points)
Have you ever been to South Africa?
Many times. For a few years, Joburg airport felt like my second home, as I was traveling regularly between Southern African countries and all flights went through Joburg! I spent Valentine's Day in the Joburg airport 3 years in a row :)

I've been to Joburg (and not just the airport!), Pretoria, Durban, Nelspruit and Kruger Park (a few times). I used to go to Mozambique for work 3-4 times a year and Kruger Park was a great weekend getaway from Maputo.
+9 votes
I'm not sure it is al that interesting, but much of my spare time is spent in my vegetable and fruit garden - especially at this time of the year. This autumn I'm going to replace my elderly polytunnel with a sophisticated new one.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (287k points)
+11 votes

I am a registered member of both ARES, Amateur Radio Emergency Service and SATERN, Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, both of which are called out to help with communications by government agency's during disasters. And even with claiming 8 grandchildren only 2 are actually related by biology, 2 others are related by biology to my long time girlfriend but that still leaves half of them that are only connected by love.

by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
+11 votes
Hmm... interesting about me? I'm not terribly interesting, to me at least. My comic book collection is sort of interesting, I suppose. I currently have over 12,000 comics collected ranging in dates from the 1930's to the 2010's. I have stopped collecting for the most part, so I doubt it will grow much more.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Gee Scott, I've spent hours and hours in the comic book store. I only own four. My son used to collect them and in those days he didn't drive.
+10 votes
I was deaf until I was six years old.

Several times a week I go to Bingo.

Have owned a camera since I was eight years old - even now I don't go anywhere without a camera.

One little hiccup in my life - I'm blind in one eye.

Not sure if any of those things are interesting but they are things - people probably wouldn't guess.
by Living Bowling G2G6 Mach 6 (66.2k points)
Hello T Cassidy,  I have a niece and a nephew of which are both deaf.  I have migraine headaches that make me go completely blind from up to three days to a week at a time.  I never know when they are going to hit me.  When my brother was little he got shot between the eyes with a beebe gun.  They said, he would be blind the rest of his life.  So we went to a blind school for a year and a half to learn to get around and so we could help our family learn the precautionary methods to take to help us out.  They said my brother would have to go without removing the bullet the rest of his life because the bullet was too close to the brain.  He eventually, got corrective glasses.  As for me I only have the blind spells once in a while.  Your doing pretty great if you can type and manage to do genealogy.  Best of luck and enjoy your search for buried treasures.
+10 votes
I'm an all-round anorak, and proud! if you think of a geeky hobby - that's me.

Some have crept into WikiTree - like my love of trains, and train spotting, and driving..... led me to the Gresley family as last summers "project" between Uni courses.

This year I've become interested in planes, so perhaps Messers Rolls and Royce may get a look.
by Alison Wilkins G2G6 Mach 3 (32.4k points)
+8 votes
Not sure if this is interesting to anyone else but I make sugar flowers (the kind that decorate wedding cakes etc) and I have been know to make lace with bobbins. Once made a Bride and Groom lace picture for a cousins wedding. I learned to sign years ago as my first husband's sister was born deaf, and I have worked with Blind people, getting to know how they cope with life and helping to make their life easier to navigate. Now I am partially disabled myself due to a spinal injury, I spend a great deal of time here researching my roots and shoots :)
by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Pilot (162k points)
+10 votes
The most interesting thing about me is that I hate to talk about myself. :-)  :-)  I'd much rather talk about my relatives, both living and ... otherwise
by Jeffry Ricker G2G4 (4.5k points)

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