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Thursday, December 14, 2006

TT: 13 Characters For You to Meet.

Thirteen Things about Rashenbo #2
TT Edition #71 12/13/06

Have you ever done that "get to know you" activity where you tell 2 truths and a lie? The idea is that you share three things and one of them is fake and then you have people guess which one is the lie? Well, I thought that I'd share some people that I know and then some folks that I've made up. I'll change names to protect identity... but six of them will be people I've never met and I've made up and six of them will be people that I do know and one of them will be me. Can you guess who is real and who is fake? Let's begin. (I've now added a link at the bottom that will take you to the answers - for those of you who have already guessed!)

1. Crazy Aunt Mabel. Crazy Aunt Mabel is just about as schizophrenic as they come. She once claimed to single-handly battle a cougar on her porch. She lost all her teeth in a bar fight. Then said she had mouth cancer, but it just turned out to be old food stuck in her dentures.

2. Double O Z. The boss from hell. He claimed to have been a harvard professor, professional pugilist, a computer coder when coding was done by hand AND had been offered the ambassadorship to France. He delights in turning employees against each other just for his own amusement.

3. The Ecochallenger. Brad grew up in an abusive home with an alcoholic father. He doesn't deal well with emotion and is incredibly sensitive to drinking. He has jumped around the world and has some interesting philosophies about life. He was a team member of an ecochallenge race.

4. The Hillbilly. Jinks is from a family of hillbillies. The family farm has a long history of dairy farming and small town drama. One crazy uncle fought the local church with guns and threats of septic tank runoff. Her great uncle got caught doing something he shouldn't and spent some time in San Quentin. Her grandmother disinherited two children and one grandchild from the will.

5. The Doctor. Sally grew up on the Hopi reservation in Arizona. Her mother was grandaughter of the tribe's wiseman and her father was a federal agent with the BLM. She's got strong roots in Indian traditions and culture and currently works as a doctor in Africa. She regularly prays to her guardian totems and has performed a special ceremony to speak to her ancestor shaman.

6. The ditzy blond #1. Greta grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. She's a blond-haired, blue-eyed German married to a six-foot-five African-American who plays professional basketball in Macedonia. She plays on the stereo-type of blonds to get further in business. She's a hell of a politician and can bull-shit with the best of 'em. She's also a pharmaceutical sales rep.

7. The ditzy blond #2. Anna is the 7th child of a well to do family from Minnesota. As the baby, she gets to do whatever strikes her fancy and picks a new hobby each year. The most recent obsession has been geocaching. She's got a plan to drive across the US hitting as many treasures as she can.

8. The Executive. Jenna is the only daughter of a man who was passionate about conservation. She's grown up with the best education money can buy. When her father died she became obsessed with his own goals and is a strong activist for conservation. There is no one more OCD than she.

9. Cajun Bob. Ah yes, Cajun Bob is the life of the party. He was born in Acadiana (known by everyone else as south Louisiana). Cajun Bob drinks too much. Loves his food spicey and says things pronounced like, "cooyon" for stupid... "do do" for sleep... He makes the best gumbo that can be found and "oooo eee" - I'm not sure what that means.

10. The Dermatologist. Dr. J is a lovely older woman. She survived a terrible marriage and became a recovering alcoholic. She then went on to partner a business with another person. The business took off, until claims of brain washing and sexual harassment forced her to file a major lawsuit.

11. Psychic Claire. Claire has been touched... yes, she has a gift. She has 15 different sets of tarot cards. She likes to think she's reincarnated, usually by whatever dead celebrity she can think of at that moment. She is the most loyal friend you can have and every now and again her "premonitions" do come true.

12. The Twin. Sue is a lovely woman in her mid-40s. She is an identical twin. They are identical in every way, except where it really matters. Sue has no uterus. Anna, her twin, was able to have a child. Sue has always longed for a child but she has had to accept that she will not. Now she dedicates her love to her doggies... a pack of yapping Terriers. She's married to a wealthy executive and spends her time on various boards and sells Arbonne products for "fun".

13. The Housewife. Trisha became pregnant with her first child when she was 16. She dropped out of highschool and married the child's father. After 13 years they are still together but their life is anything but perfect. She struggles with her own self-worth and confidence. Her husband is verbally abusive and ignores their two daughters. Instead, he only devotes his time to their son. She has been unfaithful several times but can not build up the courage to leave her husband. She suffers from several illnesses and is unable to work, which just compounds her problems.

Ok, there you go 13 characters. Who is real? Who is fake? Who is me? 4 of the characters are from my novel. 2 of them are from a future novel. 1 of them is me. The others are real people that are family, friends or acquaintances.

The answers are found in this link. You should only click it once you've come up with your guesses! No Peeking!



Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Tee hee. We're each other's firsts! (and yes, I know how that sounds)

I'll have to re-read when I'm more awake, but off the top of my head, you're the Ditzy Blond, right? *grin*

(you should write copy for the contestants on The Amazing Race, you know. Nice job!)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous erica said...

Wow... I have no idea, but then I'm not familiar with your blog so I wouldn't have a clue anyway!! LOL Happy TT :)

10:07 PM  
Anonymous baggage said...

Wow, really neat idea for a TT, although I have no idea which one is or isn't real.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

wow! great list! ok, so i don't know which one is you.. but i'm guessing that 1, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13 are characters and the rest are real. But really, we're all characters, aren't we? :) Thanks for stopping by mine!!

10:16 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

I have no idea either - but they are great characters.

Thanks for coming by my TT. I'll be interested to find out who is who over here :)

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

Creative idea for a post with some interesting characters thrown into the mix. I can't even guess who's real and who you just made up!

Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting me!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

Creativity at its finest! Cool list!

10:32 PM  
Blogger Janene said...

I'm thinking you might be Ditzy Blond #2...but maybe not. I think they all sound made up! Which means you are great at making people sound VERY interesting and intriguing in a few short lines! :)

Happy Thursday! Thanks for stopping by!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Hehehe, :) Thank you guys for your comments. Tomorrow I'll edit this post, or make a new post and tell you who is who. I'll give you guys a hint. I am not a blond. :D

10:53 PM  
Anonymous she said...

I think 4, 6, 10, 12 might be characters from your books. Ok, I know you indicated there were more, but some of them sound so off the wall the may actually be real!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Mikala said...

Wow - that's a really cool idea for a TT. I think I might be too tired to guess though, so I'll just close my eyes and pick.

The Executive!

Happy TT!

I'm up!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Laughing Muse said...

I tried to see if I could find any obvious cues as to who might be fake.

Problem is, I *know* people who could fit each of the more outre-seeming descriptions you wrote.

And...gawd, I think I've worked with a few of those bosses. *twitch*

11:12 PM  

I couldn't even begin to guess. This was a neat idea.

11:37 PM  

Wait until the end of Thursday 13 to tell us the answers. I think that's sometime on Saturday right?

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Joy T. said...

I am taking a huge wild guess here and saying #8..no wait #11...no #8. Ok I can't decide whether to go with 8 or 11. What a great bunch of characters, I can't wait to find out who YOU are :o)

3:07 AM  
Anonymous K T Cat said...

I love the list! I'm betting that the doctor is fake.

4:14 AM  
Blogger delightfulduchess said...

I don't know which is real, but I think some of them live on my block!

5:48 AM  
Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

Are you # 11? I have no clue, but this is a very interesting TT. I think my husband works for #2 only he didn't go to Harvard. Thanks for visiting!

6:16 AM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Hehehe, I'm not number 11! :)

7:40 AM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

That is a great list. I've worked with the boss OZ you talk about. Hated him.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I'm guessing....4, 9, 11, and 12 aren't real.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

*I* know you're not blonde. Learned that during Green Hair Week.

I'm just being a PITA. *grin*

8:32 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I have no idea. I do know I want to read your books because all of these people sound interesting.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I came to your site through Amy's. This is a great idea for a TT. Very cool.

Happy TT!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

how fun! here are my guesses -
real: 2,3,4,5,7,11,
fake: 1,8,9,10,12,13
and #6 is you.

so what do i win?

10:15 AM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

You get bloggy hugs and kisses and accolades of wonder! :)

Carrie, you have 2 real ones right... you have 2 fake ones right... I'm not #6 :D

11:30 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Great idea...I wish I knew more about you, because right now I'm completely in the dark.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

You must be the hillbilly, right? lol j/k

12:34 PM  
Blogger MelissaSnapshots said...

How clever! There is no way I'll ever guess which one is you, since I've never been here before!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous ancsweetnsassygal said...

I have no idea who is real or who is fake. I dont' know which one is you, but I'm hoping it's not #13. Thanks for visiting my TT.

Merry Christmas!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Thank you for visiting! :) I'm not #13.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Angelo said...

Hilarious T13!!! very awsome list lol... thanks for dropping by! Happy Thursday :)

4:24 PM  
Blogger momtoanangel said...

That was great! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

4:33 PM  
Blogger scribbit said...

That's about the most creative TT I've seen--but I'm not going to even try and guess. Well, okay, #5?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous lisa-marie said...

Wow, what a fun idea for a list! I may have to steal that idea, if you don't mind! Thanks for visiting my site! Cheers!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

Great Idea for a TT! My score stinks. You must have a way of making fiction sound like fact!

Thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen #23 13 Favorite Christmas songs.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Very cool idea - thanks for sharing!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Zmrzlina said...

That's such a fun list. I think I'm related to a few of these people.

6:10 PM  
Blogger huberama said...

please please please tell me that Crazy Aunt Mabel is real because i think she's my new role model!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Magpie said...

That was fun! Thanks.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous semitough said...

I thought I might be the hillbilly until you said "she". Too close for comfort.

And by the way THIS is the best TT today ;-)

Thanks for stopping by my place.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Dragonheart said...

What a very cool idea for a Thursday Thirteen. :) I had fun reading them all!

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. :)

3:18 AM  
Anonymous The Shrone said...

What a fun idea for a TT list! I would only be taking shots in the dark and wild guesses as to who is real or not. :-)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Dharma said...

I just started reading you but here are my guesses:
13 sounds like you except for the husband part.

1 - not real
2 - real
3 - real
4 - real
5 - not real, but then again..
6 & 7 - I'm torn! I keep switching them
8 - not real
9 - real
10- real, why not
11- real
12- not real


2:53 PM  
Anonymous Joy Renee said...

thanx for visiting my TT and for reccomending bookcrossings I will have to check them out.

i think you are #4. it's probably why you have such a passion for characters

3:14 PM  
Anonymous kristarella said...

Goodness that's difficult! I guess since it's my first time here... or just difficult, but fun.

I think, 1 is too weird to make up, 2 sounds plausible from bosses I've heard about, 6 and 7 seem likely and I think one of them is you, 12 sounds real, several more sound real too, I suspect you're a good writer :)

Down under we have a phrase (that doesn't get used much) "within cooee", someone might say they're going for a walk but they'll be within cooee. Meaning if you called out "cooee" they would hear you and call or walk back. Maybe Bob is like that, he might mean he's not far away.

3:00 PM  

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