8 Random Things About Rhea

I was tagged by Carolyn Shelby to write 8 Random Things About Me from Paul Ruppert’s original meme.

So, here are 8 randomly awesome things about Rhea that should fill the void while I take care of personal stuff and refrain from serious blogging.*

1. I’m filled with irrational fears. Things that terrify me include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Clowns – “Killer Clowns from Outer Space” and “It” scarred me
  • Apple corers
  • Ice skating
  • Surfboard fins -I’m okay with sharks, it’s the board fins that bother me.
  • Snakes - Small ones like garter snakes, not big ones like anacondas and rattlesnakes, for some reason I’m cool with those. I’ve actually gone rattlesnake hunting, below is a western diamondback (or mojave) we caught (legally) in Arizona:

2. I love cheese. I’m slowly turning into a foodie and have an unhealthy obsession with cheese, especially gourmet varieties. Every time I go to the store I come home with a new, expensive type of cheese!

3. I used to think I had telepathic and telekinetic powers. When I was around 9-years-old my friends and I discovered X-Men. While they enjoyed the TV show, I discovered the comics and quickly amassed hundreds. During those years, whenever I got a sinus headache, I refused to take medicine because I swore my mutant abilities were developing and I had to fight through the pain. Being an intellectual redhead with a soft spot for bad guys, I was obviously partial to Jean Grey:

4. I’m NOT a morning person. This definitely runs in the Drysdale blood. My grandmother wouldn’t talk to anyone in the mornings until she’d read the paper, had her coffee and eaten her cereal. No exceptions. I’m not that bad, but I have been known to say some terrible things to anyone that dares wake me.

5. I like to climb things… without safety devices. While I’m terrified of surfing, I love free climbing the sides of cliffs and have been doing it since I was a kid. If I see a wall, a rocky ledge or a sheer cliff, I need to climb it. Fortunately or unfortunately, I live in Florida, so I don’t get to entertain that side of myself very often. Here’s a picture I took on my trip to the UK with my then boyfriend (now fiance; Brad proposed literally five minutes after this picture was taken and was less than happy with me dangling over the edge):

6. I curse like a sailor in traffic. My excuse: my mother’s from Chicago and I’m an Irish/Scottish redhead. Genetically speaking, I was designed to be feisty.

7. I studied primates for years and everyone called me Monkey Girl. This shouldn’t be news to many of you after Li Evan’s interview. During that time of my life I visited every zoo on the eastern seaboard, the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Duke Lemur Center and a number of other facilities. I also received a scholarship to attend the Third International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, an Earthwatch scholarship to study whiptail lizards in Arizona and I participated in the Busch Gardens zookeeper resident camp. In other words, I was a royal dork, but my only passion was primate behavioral research and being a normal kid didn’t matter to me. I burnt out really quickly and chose to major in Advertising and here I am today… a primatologist turned SEO chic:

8. My drink of choice is cider, preferably Magners or Bulmers with ice.

And, that’s it! Obviously it’s late and I should go to bed, but I was excited to see my first Digg homepage submission.

*For those I haven’t already vented to, that personal stuff includes a new job, election to chair(wo)man of First Coast Surfrider and my wedding in November!

People tagged… Patrick and David Mihm. Sorry, I’m only tagging two people because I don’t want to piss off too many people with tagging games. =)

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  1. avatar pat Says:

    I learned alot Rhea, yum. I have a gift for you now…

  2. avatar Rhea Drysdale Says:

    Wow, you’re up late, too! Well, I’m heading to bed, but I better see 8 things from you when I wake up. Just kidding… I know you’re busy running off to Hawaii, so I wanted to get this in before you dropped off of the Internet for awhile. :)

  3. avatar Scott Hendison Says:

    Congratulations on your engagement…

    Monkey Girl – LOL – ;)

  4. avatar Rhea Drysdale Says:
  5. avatar Gretchen Says:

    Nice post! I am with you completely on cheese! I can’t get enough–thank GOD I am not lactose intolerant! Oh, and BTW when I was a kid I was completely convinced that I had psychic abilities and would make my best friend hold up index cards with shapes on the back of them while I incorrectly guessed what they were!

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  9. avatar Rebecca Kelley Says:

    Did you get to hold monkeys and chimps?

  10. avatar Rhea Drysdale Says:

    Yes. Well, chimp babies at a horrible monkey owner meetup. FYI – Do NOT own chimps unless you can provide for them and understand their strength and the incredible pain they can/do inflict as teenagers and adults.

    As for monkeys, I got to chill with lemurs, gibbons (so cool!) and a few others.

    I used to prefer apes to humans. =)

  11. avatar Dennis Keim Says:

    Hi Rhea! Had a fun time with your mom in greater metropolitan Grand Island yesterday. She called me this morning to tell me she was on her way in the easterly direction again. She said I should google you and see what mischief you’ve been up to lately.

    My what almost twenty years has made. Perhaps some of this can be blamed on that trip we took so long ago to the Epcot Center. :)

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I’m sure you’ll be a lovely bride.

    If you get bored with the bazillion social networking sites you currently involve yourself with, feel free to drop in to my LiveJournal and find out what variant of reality I’m working with these days. Also feel free to drop me an e-mail, of course.


    All the best!

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    bruce campbell army…

    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read….

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