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What is your biggest fear? Have you tried to overcome it?

My biggest fears were needles and snakes. I overcame both basically, at least enough to tolerate them and be in the same room. I joined the herpetology society and raised some lizards. I ended up having a Christmas dinner in the Snake House at our local zoo under the snake cage. That is progress, because I couldn't even see snakes in books and touch the pages or watch them on TV. I won't see the movie Anaconda, but my friend has a snake and I can hang out in his room and not be afraid.  As for needles, I would hyperventilate and cry when I had to get shots or give blood. I started getting things pierced On Purpose to prep myself and finally got a tattoo. All of this was just to overcome needle phobia, and not for public attention. I still get nervous and don't watch it being done but can do it a lot easier. I do choose to get the flu rather than the quick shot. I believe that fears can be overcome with a long process and the real want to do it. I was tired of living in fear of things that come around in regular life. Friends making fun of me for staying outside the snake house, while they all went in...Now I go in for most of it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I would agree to do it, believing that we would be friends to see the child grow. My friends mean a lot to me, and blessing them with a child is better than seeing them try to adopt and have mother change her mind at the last minute. It would be done with the help of lab, not the "old fashioned way" so why not share. It would be hard to explain to my husband's son, but I think he would understand at his age.  I am struggling with fertility myself and consider adoption, but not the idea of asking friends to do it for us.  Legally there would be issues and the chance that with people moving away, friendships ending, that the child could be out of our lives, but I know that our friends would make great parents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's the worst job you've ever had?
I do not believe that anyone should be required by citizenship to serve in the military. Already our men in the US have to sign up for Selective Service in case of a Draft. The military should be a choice, and a good one at that, but not all people are cut out for the job.
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's the worst job you've ever had?
I worked at a local, large grocery store for only 3 days. I found out I had to join the union and they take part of my paycheck without me getting to choose, I had to handle lots of dirty bills and coins but the worst was, handling the packs of meat that were bloody.  Back then, we did not have the wasteful, plastic bags you can put your meat in now.  Then you had to put it on the conveyor belt, I scanned it and then felt the juice on me.  After that I would collect their money and give change.  Over and over with a line of customers, working alone at my register and not a lot of pay was just too much.  I quit!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you prefer texting or talking on the phone?
 
 
 
 
 
 
You're packing your bag for that magical desert island that happens to have electricity, a TV, and a DVD player—what five DVDs do you take with you?
I take one porno to get me by on those lonely nights, I would take Castaway so I would get ideas for survival, I would take one Carol Burnett show of funniest moments, 1 Yoga video so I could do yoga on the beach and finally my wedding video that is on a DVD set to music so I could remember my beach wedding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you could ask your pet any question (and they could answer you), what would it be?
When I meow back, and you keep going, are we really having a conversation? Can you translate some meows for me so I can understand what you want better?
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos, it has dairy, grain, vegetable, meat and I can add or subtract toppings to change it a bit.  I would prefer to make it a Taco Bell taco!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The boogeyman, global thermonuclear war, being forced to eat broccoli—there's a lot to be afraid of when you're a kid. What was your biggest childhood fear?
I was afraid of snakes! I mean like crazy scared. I used to go to books about animals and anything with a glossary in the back and look for what pages snakes were on, then skip those pages. I couldn't watch them on TV, touch a picture of them or do any outside stuff for fear of seeing one.  There was a video on Friday Night Videos and there was one scene with a black snake crawling across the screen. I ended up hating that video and still picture it when I hear the song.
My other fear is needles.  I still have a little attack when I have to get blood drawn, but at 37 I can handle my fear inside.  I do worry the whole week I know that I have to go. I have a little allergy to the needles, so I get a bruise, a small red rash and it burns like a bee sting for about 10 minutes after.  So I just make it more dramatic in my mind.
As an adult I have decided to get over my phobias.  So I adopted lizards and joined the Herpetology Society.  I learned to go in the snake house at our zoo, which I was always alone outside as a kid, teen and young adult wondering if any escaped and would be hiding in the grass around me.  I do have a preference in my crazy phobia that I only like LARGE snakes like boas bc they can't hide and have little heads crawling up the glass.  I started watching Fear Factor with snakes and watch Animal Planet on snakes a lot. My final thing that made me feel a little cured was I attended the Christmas party for the Herp Society and had dinner on the stoop in the snake house under the snake cages, but of course the large boa cage.
As for needles, I have worked on that too. I have my ears pierced 2 on bottom of both ears, the tops done once and my inner ear. I got my tongue pierced for my 30th birthday.  I kept getting something pierced on purpose to change fear to anticipation.  My final thing that made me feel a little cured on this was I got a tattoo on my back.  Basically for the purpose of handling the needles more than saying I have a tattoo. This is a personal journey for me, not to impress others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have you ever thought you knew the words to a song and then been shocked to find out what the lyrics really were? What was the song? Did you like your version better?
Warren G had a song out that was my favorite. I thought the words was he had stolen Lawrence Welk, but turns out he stole Lauren's wealth...wait stole Larul's wealth....hmm guess I still don't know. We just sing real loud Lawrence Welk for the humor now.