At the beginning of August, I shared a page from Kidding Around, the art journaling class Trevor and I were taking together. The page was titled, "10 Cool Things About Me." (Click here to see it.) I can't tell you how many people asked me about two items in particular: the time I found a baby and the time I was interviewed on MTV by Pauly Shore. Time to finally tell the stories!
As it turns out, I'd included those stories and a few others in a mini book I made in 2011 for a National Scrapbook Day challenge.
Here's the title page. That's me at 8 months and just before I turned 39. As you can see, it's the same picture that I'm using here on the blog. I still look the same, but I probably should update it one of these days.
This story is about starring in an instructional video.
The next story is about meeting Pauly Shore.
"When I was 18, I was a California 4-H State Ambassador (Diamond Star). I traveled all around the state giving speeches and acting as an MC at events. I gave the keynote address at the annual convention of the California Women for Agriculture (held over Veteran's Day weekend) on the topic of “What Is a Veteran?” despite the fact that I knew nothing about agriculture or veterans. I worked the Junior Grand National Rodeo (again, knowing nothing about rodeos or livestock) where I was approached by Pauly Shore. He was conducting interviews for MTV and wanted to know why I was the only person there wearing a suit. The interview appeared on MTV, but I never saw it. He's the first famous person I'd met. He was such a jerk that I didn't want to flatter him by asking for his autograph."
I'm not sure why I didn't mention that my friend and co-Diamond Star Piper was with me for both experiences. She actually saw the MTV interview air and said it was painful. It must have been a bit weird to see two teenagers in suits at a rodeo, but that's no reason for Pauly Shore to have been so incredibly rude. (Go here and scroll down to 1990-1991 to see a picture of my team in our suits. I'm the third person from the right.)
Here's the story about finding the missing baby.
Here's a story about my medical abnormality.
"My heart is rotated 90 degrees from normal. It might have happened when my lung collapsed at age 10, or I might have been born that way. When I was about 21, I had chest x-rays done. As I was waiting in the exam room, I heard a doctor outside the door telling a colleague to come look at some x-rays. The second doctor asked, 'When did the patient die?' The first doctor said, 'She's in the exam room right now!' 'Really?' he asked. Ten seconds later, in walks my doctor with my x-rays. No mention of the fact that his colleague thought I should be dead."
My maiden name caused a few problems.
"I was temporarily switched at birth. Fortunately, my mom took one look at the baby they brought her and said, 'This isn't my baby!' After cleaning me off, they'd brought me to another woman with a similar last name- Jonas instead of Jones.
Not surprisingly, this kind of problem hasn't happened a single time since I've been married!"
While I haven't had a case of mistaken identity as Cindy deRosier, I have a new set of problems!
When I made this album, I left a bunch of blank pages so that I could add more stories. I really should do that. I have enough stories like this to fill dozens more pages. When I posted the link to the 10 Cool Things About Me post on Facebook, one of my friends commented "You're cooler than you let on!" which cracked me up. I've decided that if I ever write an autobiography, the title will be "Cindy deRosier: I'm Cooler Than I Seem."