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10 May 2006 @ 07:51 am
 
I got "M" from stateless:

1. Mark. The love of my life. My soulmate. My true heart. My husband. Mark and I have been together for more than ten years, and married for five and a half years. He is the one that keeps me sane, cheers me when I need cheering, comforts me when things go wrong, loves me even when I'm not nice to be around, and forgives me when I've fucked up. Without him, I'd be half the person I am, truly.

2. Michigan. It's where I live now and where I've spent the vast majority of my life. I love Michigan. I love that we have four seasons, not just hot and/or cold. I love the changing leaves, the sun, the rain, the snow, the people. It's my home.

3. Michigan, University of. My alma mater. I grew up in Ann Arbor, and my mother was a U of M graduate, so it's no wonder that I'm loyal to my Wolverines. What is perhaps surprising is that I get my intense love for Michigan football from my mother. Every Saturday each fall we watched the U of M football game if it was on television, or listened to it on the radio if it was not televised, which was frequent during my early years. We lived and died by their fortunes and bled Maize and Blue. It's a shared experience with her that I cherish. Needless to say, when it was time for me to choose a college, there was no question which one I would attend.

4. Music. It's everything to me. It helped me survive the darkest days of my life, when my father died, and when my Derek died. Thank God for U2 and their music.

5. Mothers of the Disappeared. I was an energetic member of Amnesty International for many years. I was a National Volunteer Leader and the coordinator of the Western Regional Action Network and the Western Europe Co-ordination Group for AIUSA, and their advisor on Ireland and Northern Ireland. Through my work with them I met the Kennedies, including John John and Ted, spoke at regional and national conferences, met with British Embassy officials, drafted testimony that was read on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and generally learned that I could be so much more than just meek, mild, li'l Mary when I had good cause. It was a learning experience I'm ever so grateful for. It was also the impetus for my attending law school, although it hasn't worked out as a career for me.

6. Motherhood. I am the very, very proud Mam of a one year old son, Devon. He has changed my life immesurably for the good. I can't imagine life without him now.

7. Mullen, Larry. The drummer in the best damn rock 'n roll band the planet has ever seen. U2 have changed, and saved, my life countless times. I first discovered them in 1980 when a friend who lived on the East Coast sent me a cassette tape of "this funky cool Irish band" that she'd heard interviewed on a local radio station. I was hooked from the first, and I've never looked back. I did look askance at Pop, however. Not my cup of tea. But for the most part, I've been a die-hard U2 fan for 26 years now.

8. Mexican food. My favorite thing ever. I love the stuff.

9. Mischief. What I love to get up to. I am definitely a teaser of the first order. I love to tease people and be teased. I am definitely not of the same somber ilk as my mother.

10. Mary St., Dublin, which was just down the block from Capel St., Dublin, where I started my love affair with Dublin. Dublin is my home as much as Michigan is. I love Dublin so much my heart aches thinking about it sometimes. It will always be someplace I feel at ease and alive.
 
 
Current Location: My desk
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Mothers of the Disappeared (in head)
 
 
 
subterranean homesick news: edge wrylookoccula on May 10th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, "looked askance" is such a great way to put it.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Heee. It just fell right out when I wrote "never looked back".
The Craic and the Porter Blackantigone_ks on May 10th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
drafted testimony that was read on the floor of the U.S. Senate,

...every time you do one of these I learn so much more about you, and realize that there's SO MUCH I don't and need to know. This totally blew my mind.

I first discovered them in 1980 when a friend who lived on the East Coast sent me a cassette tape of "this funky cool Irish band" that she'd heard interviewed on a local radio station.

Dude, for reals? I'm completely fascinated by early fandom, and the stories that come out of that.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Heee. Yes, for reals. I've long since lost contact with the girl who hooked me up with the cassette tape, but I've been a fan ever since. 'Course I only finally was able to go to a concert in 1987 -- before that I couldn't afford it and didn't have anyone to attend with me. So I don't have any really good early fandom stories other than just my own miserable inability to actually see them in concert.
MysteriousAliWays: Edge in action by plathegreat85mysteriousaliwz on May 10th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
You didn't wait as long as I did - somehow, to my shame, I have been a fan since 1981, but only got to see them last year!
Definitely worth waiting for - pity it had to be so long :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I bet it won't be nearly that long until you see them again, though! ;D
MysteriousAliWays: U2 red floor by raelalamysteriousaliwz on May 10th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
"Thank God for U2 and their music."

Hear, hear. U2 and their music transcend mere entertainment - it's food for the soul.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Amen.
MysteriousAliWays: U2 red floor by raelalamysteriousaliwz on May 10th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'll be waiting, fingers poised over the keybord and credit card at the ready, the second the next UK tickets go on sale!