Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tagging along... 5 things you should know about me

1. I have never met my father. He died when I was three years old, on the day Man landed on the Moon. He was 39 years old.

2. My idol when I was a little girl was Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian Olympics Champion in Gymnastics. At the 1976 Olympics Nadia made history, becoming the first gymnast to ever score a perfect 10. At those games she received 7 perfect 10s, 3 gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Because of her I started gymnastics, but I had to stop because of back problems.

3. My Bachelor was in Journalism and Theatre, in an American College in Athens. My MA in Television, at the University of Leeds.
4. Pet peeves: I am scared of snakes and mice, hate coakroaches and other huge insects. Plain white milk makes me sick, I only add it in coffee or cereal.

5. I signed the contracts and got the keys to my flat on September the 11th, 2001. My friend was waiting in her car and when I went to meet her she told me "I just heard on the news that there was an air crash in New York!" No idea of what really happened until we got home and switched the TV on....!


Anne-Marie said...

Aww, how sad about your father.

I was teaching on 9/11, and our school is in the flight path to the airport; before I even realised there was something wrong with the towers, on the bright, blue morning that it was, I began to notice an absence of airplanes in the sky. It was unusual and then I went inside and we saw the footage at morning recess.

I remember finding the sky eerily quiet for the following days, when air traffic was grounded.


Tausha71979 said...

Hi Marietta,

The first and last statements, yanked my heart strings. Though it is always hard for someone to find the right words. I wanted to say that I am sorry to hear about your father. You always write so well, I love visiting..I can't wait to finally see you in person


blue said...

I started gymnastics because of Nadia,too!!
We have so mamy in common.wow!

And 2 days before 911, I was THERE.
Everytime I went to NYC, I went WTC to get discount musical tickets.There was TKTS less crowded than Times Square's.

Did you read Pete's latest diary?

xoxo Tomoko

Dale said...

Dear Marietta

We all have our stories to tell...

I am sorry to hear about your father.
I can relate, in a way, to you not knowing your father.
My older daughter, who is 15, never knew her biological father, either. He left when I was pregnant, so he has never been a part of her life.
When she was 2, I met my present husband, so he has been her Dad for most of her life.

Thanks for sharing with us, Marietta.


Marietta said...

- Anne-Marie: George Bush was in a school too. Weird coincidence, LOL. But then you're a teacher and he's a...(put your own words here!)

- Tausa: Can't wait to meet you too!
I love the expression "yanked my heart strings"! Thanks for your nice words xx.

- Tomoko: Incredible about gymnastics! Did you continue?
My God! You being in WTC two days before 9/11...brrrr!
I decided to answer you here, your blog has three or four answers from me in a row!!!! Ridiculous, LOL.
And yes, I read Pete's diary, WOW! I might be able to attend lots of concerts :oD

- Dale: It's sad, yes, but your daughter was lucky to have someone as a father figure from an early age... My mother never re-married. Don't know why, I guess she never found that special someone again.


Marietta said...

LOL. Tausha I mispelled your name, sorry.

JoeBoy said...

I am so sad to hear that you never knew your Dad. My Dad passed at 81. He was my best friend.

greekzoe said...

I am so sad to hear about your father. He was so young. I lost my father when I was 19. I sure do mis him. I was pregnant with my son when he died and they never got to meet. Life can be so unfair at times.

As far as 9/11, that is one day I will never forget. It is kind of like, where were you when this happened? And just the horror of it.I still remember when JFK was shot. I know now I'm showing my age.:)

Does everyone in Greece dislike white milk? My husband doesn't like it either. I love it myself.Mmmm...

This is a neat post. I learned a lot about you.

Take care!!!


PTfan said...

How long did you do gymnastics? How long were you able to continue? Did you love it as much as you thought you would?

BallerinaGurl said...

OMG I posted here the other day but I don't see it...hmmm wondering what happened? LOL and what I said! Did you erase it by chance?

Oh well...I didn't know you lost your Dad and did Gymnastics or disliked milk. I knew the other things as we spoke about them. And like I have complimented you in the past..you are a FANTASTIC writer and your efforts from you schooling have not gone unnoticed!

OK my sweet I have a busy weekend so talk to you when I come up for air!


E.L. Wisty said...

Hi Marietta,

#5 kind of has both sides of the coin, doesn't it? The joy of signing the contract and receiving the keys for your new apartment, coupled with the horror of what happened in New York...

Meg said...

Reading your big 5 was very enlightening. It is amazing the things that happen to us that shape our lives. I am sorry about your father, I am sure that has always been an empty spot in your heart. I remember also being in awe of Nadia, she was a tiny, yet large role model. As for 9/11/01, I was at home comforting a friend who was going through a medical crisis, put her depression in perspective let me tell you. I experienced real at home fear that day, around 3 hours after the attack my telephone started ringing and it was the military looking for my husband. They said he had to report immediately. When I finally got a hold of him he was locked down in Trenton, NJ apparently his company was involved in installing cable televesion and internet services to a suspected cell and some of the employees were asked to look at a lineup. He came home put on his uniform and reported for duty, within 2 months he was fully activated for Operation Homeland Security. One day shortly after the attacks he was leaving to go to the base in his military fatigues (even the most unassuming man looks dangerous in military fatigues) some of our neighbor's, who didn't care for us because of the color of our skin, children were out playing on the street. They saw him walking to his car, they stood up and said, "thank you for what you are doing", "we appreicate you". He never said but I am sure a huge lump formed in this throat. September 11 had a long lasting effect on my family. No where near what the true victims endure but it touched us none the less.