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Tuesday (10/26/10) 2:07pm - ... wherein Peter responds to the "8 things" meme.

The other day, I posted this list to my facebook page:

Yay memes! If you "like" this status I will tell you:
1) something I've learned about you from looking at your wall
2) the color you remind me of
3) my first memory of you
4) the animal you remind me of
5) my favorite thing about you
6) a weird nickname for you
7) something I've always wondered about you
8) a challenge to post this
I got quite a few 'likes' to that status, so I'm going to slightly emend the questions, just to make my life easier.  First, w/r/t (3), there are only a few people where I distinctly remember when I first met them -- usually people sort of hazily fade into my life.  So I'll pick the earliest distinct memory I can think of, which may be long after we met.  For (5), I'm just going to pick "one thing I like about you", not necessarily my favorite thing.  Picking the 'favorite quality' would be time-consuming -- and possibly invidious, as I might well blather on and on about how bayootiful the ladies are instead of describing them in less-objectifying ways.  Finally, for most people, there haven't been questions I've always wondered about but never asked.  I mean, typically I just ask people stuff directly unless the question is just too awkward to ask -- and in that case, I ain't asking it here.  (Also, my nicknames may not be sufficiently weird.)

Tim Margheim
1) From looking at your wall:  You are a fan of Monty Python, which is a general sign of being a Good Egg.
2) Color:  Anti-Flash White.  (Hat color, of course.)
3) Memory:  Posing for various photos at KBB.
4) Animal:  The Cheshire Cat.
5) One nice thing:  You seem to have a whimsical sense of humor, which there can never be enough of in the world.
6) Nickname:  Dances With Turtles
7) Question:  How did you wind up in the blues-dancing scene?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Samuel Chang
1) From looking at your wall:  We spent this past weekend at our respective alma maters, and we both packed at the very last minute.
2) Color:  Davy's Grey.
3) Memory:  Hanging out outside of Kick Butt Coffee.
4) Animal:  Cuvier's Gazelle.
5) One nice thing:  You take lovely photos at KBB.
6) Nickname:  Sammy Jenkis
7) Question:  What is one thing that you think was unique about going to Stanford as opposed to some other school?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Katie Thornton
1) From looking at your wall:  You have experience with guns, and you have a watch-cat.  I know not to cross you.
2) Color:  Is blonde a color?
3) Memory:  Filming a Snackers show at Out of Bounds, and accidentally setting the f-stop too low.
4) Animal:  The Iberian Lynx.
5) One nice thing:  The wide variety of characters you've played in shows.
6) Nickname:  The Psychic
7) Question:  What's been the most challenging thing about playing in _Dusk_?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Cyrus Bharucha
1) From looking at your wall:  You keep your wall blank!  You, sir, are better at online security than I am.
2) Color:  Sky Blue.
3) Memory:  Discussing the great "statue reversal stunt" that happened at Rice lo these many years ago.
4) Animal:  The Koala.
5) One nice thing:  I envy you the ease with which you strike up conversations.
6) Nickname:  Litigation Jackson!
7) Question:  Did Rice change at all over the course of your matriculation there?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Kristin Firth
1) From looking at your wall:  Sick.  Sick sickity sick sick.
2) Color:  Brick.
3) Memory:  Illicit larceny in the Love Notes' "Where in the World?" show.
4) Animal:  The Andean Flamingo.
5) One nice thing:  You sing great songs in Dancy Street.
6) Nickname:  The Canadian Queen
7) Question:  I'm *still* waiting to hear what the appropriate bribe is for to get you to report favorable things about me.
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Amy Averett
1) From looking at your wall:  I got tired just *reading* about all that.
2) Color:  Amaranth Pink!  (congrats again)
3) Memory:  The "State Fair" song from Shana's improv-singing class.
4) Animal:  The Snowy Owl.  (Go Rice!)
5) One nice thing:  You deal with adversity with a lot more aplomb than most people I know.
6) Nickname:  America's Favorite
7) Question:  What all did they have you do for the GGG auditions?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Reiley Atkinson
1) From looking at your wall:  You have lots of friends who post on your wall!
2) Color:  Raw Sienna.
3) Memory:  Having a gloriously silly discussion about table lamps at one of Lasso's house parties.
4) Animal:  The Sportive Lemur.
5) One nice thing:  You are one of the funniest people I know in the dance scene.
6) Nickname:  Wryly
7) Question:  How many fourth-graders could you take in a fight?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Chris O Biddle
1) From looking at your wall:  There's a wall there?  I am unable to look away from the woman in the profile photo.
2) Color:  Vermilion.
3) Memory:  I clearly remember building wooden swords at your place on the end of my street for that SOHS production of Macbeth.
4) Animal:  The Philippine Eagle.
5) One nice thing:  It's great that we've been able to catch up with each other after being out of touch for, what, fifteen years?
6) Nickname:  Lord ToppenBottom, of course.
7) Question:  Do you ever hear anything about Austin improvisors, up Chicago way?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Brit Reese
1) From looking at your wall:  College never gets easier, does it....
2) Color:  Goldenrod.
3) Memory:  I remember sitting on the stage with you at Ruta Maya, at the last Sunday after-hours at one of the ALXes.
4) Animal:  The Dusky Dolphin.
5) One nice thing:  Your relentless teasing of Colin.
6) Nickname:  ¡La Zapatista!
7) Question:  While you were in the dance scene, would you say you put up with more creepiness than average?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Jordan Forbes
1) From looking at your wall:  B&B reviews?  Wha?
2) Color:  Burgundy.
3) Memory:  Buffy nights at... was it Colin's?  Always a bit odd, watching that show with a Willow clone.
4) Animal:  The Short-Beaked Echidna.
5) One nice thing:  Your sense of humor goes to delightfully-offensive places that my timid jokes fear to tread. :)
6) Nickname:  Glowing Jesus
7) Question:  What are you up to these days?  I never see you any more. :(
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Brad Temple
1) From looking at your wall:  Gah, you were at Austin Film Fest.  *envy envy envy*
2) Color:  Duke Blue.
3) Memory:  A one-line scene between you and Lampe:
Andy:  You'll do a scene from nothing, and within a minute, one of you is a murderer.
*lights down*
*lights up*
*beat*
*Brad shrugs, looks at Lampe*
Brad:  It's you.
*lights down*
4) Animal:  The Moon Bear.
5) One nice thing:  You are the only improvisor I know who can (AFAICT) drop jokes into a scene, and (1) the jokes are funny, and (2) the jokes actively help the scene.  (See above.  Also:  "I just heard she's barren!" from Theatresports.)  If I tried that, I would kill scenes dead.
6) Nickname:  The Governor.
7) Question:  How did you get into improv?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Raewyn Lowe
1) From looking at your wall:  Apparently, Sorority Life involves lots of small animals.
2) Color:  Imperial Purple.
3) Memory:  Well, nearly toppling over while dancing with you at DCBX, of course -- still a bit mortified by that.  My continued apologies.
4) Animal:  Swainson's Lorikeet.
5) One nice thing:  It's rare that someone I meet at a dance event periodically stops by my facebook wall with a supportive comment or bit of humor.  That's been nice, FWIW.
6) Nickname:  Wynsome
7) Question:  What sort of research do you do?  (*knew a tiny bit of biology, long ago*)
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Summer Leigh Shapiro
1) From looking at your wall:  The election will be over Real Soon Now.
2) Color:  Razzmatazz
3) Memory:  Hanging out in front of KBC during one of the dances.
4) Animal:  The Alpine Ibex.
5) One nice thing:  I loved your singing at the Blues Party.
6) Nickname:  The Chanteuse.
7) Question:  Do you know of a local blues act that I should go and dance to more?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Julie Gillis
1) From looking at your wall:  KOMODO DRAGONS RULE!
2) Color:  French Rose.
3) Memory:  Hanging out at Andreas's before One More Night rehearsal.
4) Animal:  The Ocelot.
5) One nice thing:  You were very supportive during my mom's last days.  I will always be grateful for this.
6) Nickname:  The Lesbian Tigress.  (OMN reference.)
7) Question:  Which improv shows announced for 2011 are you most looking forward to?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Marc Majcher
1) From looking at your wall:  FLEE THE OFFICE IT WILL EAT YOUR SOUL
2) Color:  Persian Red.
3) Memory:  The all-dude Shakespeare show where I wound up in drag.  My apologies for stabbing you in the neck instead of kissing you, sir.
4) Animal:  The Green Dragon.
5) One nice thing:  What is on my mind at the moment:  you really saved my ass on Dubbed Indemnity.  Vielen Dank.
6) Nickname:  Natalie Severance.
7) Question:  What is something really important w/r/t telling a pulp-serial-adventure-style story?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Zarina Saidova
1) From looking at your wall:  You have lots of far-flung friends who miss you. :)
2) Color:  Glossy Black.
3) Memory:  Wow -- I am having a hell of a lot of trouble placing an early memory of you, which probably means we moved in the same circles long before we actually interacted.  Maybe we hung out at some casual get-together at Michael's?
4) Animal:  The Siberian Fox.
5) One nice thing:  I have a running theory that you're so good-looking, it kind of blinds a lot of guys to how funny you are.  I swear I keep seeing this pattern at Kick Butt:
Guy:  <flirt flirt flirt>
Zarina:  <says something hilarious>
Guy:  Yeah.  Uh.  Anyway.  <resumes flirting>
6) Nickname:  see (4).
7) Question:  What other hobbies do you have apart from blues dancing?  I find myself surprisingly in-the-dark re: the non-dance part of your life.
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Jason Vines
1) From looking at your wall:  You filmed a movie, fixed your car, and interviewed at Apple within one wall's worth of time.  You, sir, are making the rest of us look like chumps.
2) Color:  Chrome.
3) Memory:  I recall the "singing along to metal" warm-up for Chelsea's "Girls of Evil" show.  (I was on tech.)
4) Animal:  Adimarchus, Demon Lord of Insanity
5) One nice thing:  You are the best karaoke performer I know.
6) Nickname:  See (4).
7) Question:  To paraphrase the Hideout show application, what is Improv for Evil's deal?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Erin Molson
1) From looking at your wall:  OMGPUPPY
2) Color:  Carnation Pink.
3) Memory:  Obviously, your last song in Shana's singing class will always stick with me.
4) Animal:  OMGPUPPY
5) One nice thing:  I love that you can do these extreme characters onstage, and then you can turn around and do scenes that are simple and sweet as well.
6) Nickname:  Mother-of-Franklin
7) Question:  What are some things about Chicago that you wish you could copy and transport to Austin?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Emily Wolfe
1) From looking at your wall:  YOU TOO HAVE BEEN ENGULFED IN THE MEME
2) Color:  Atomic Tangerine.
3) Memory:  An exercise -- was it at the Blues Party? -- where you rested your hand against my chest and we just sort of closed our eyes and breathed for a minute or so.  I thought, "Wow, Emily's good at this," which probably makes no sense to non-dancers.
4) Animal:  The Purple-Striped Jellyfish.
5) One nice thing:  You are very good about giving people hugs.  As an awkward & undemonstrative type, I envy and respect this quality.
6) Nickname:  Given your last name, I can transfer some of Meghan Wolff's nicknames over to you:  "Wolfie", "Wolfenstein", etc. :)
7) Question:  What are you studying at school?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Kareem Badr
1) From looking at your wall:  Tom Waits?  The Decembrists?  The Doubtful Guests?  You, sir, must be in heaven.
2) Color:  Black.
3) Memory:  Oldest distinct memory?  I think I remember running into you at the Fed and nabbing Kacey for a dance.
4) Animal:  The Formosan Black Bear.
5) One nice thing:  I love how passionate you are about improv.  Also, I'm grateful that you keep letting me do cool stuff with the Hideout Theatre.
6) Nickname:  "... but it feels sooooo Good-r."
7) Question:  In what ways was the Austin Film Festival worth your time?  In what ways was it not worth your time?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Jane Prusakova
1) From looking at your wall:  I am intrigued by Bug's Question of the Day.
2) Color:  Fern Green.
3) Memory:  One of the Aggie dances.
4) Animal:  The Rhim Gazelle
5) One nice thing:  You are fun to dance with!
6) Nickname:  The Syndeysider
7) Question:  What is something you particularly like about College Station?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Sarah Woods
1) From looking at your wall:  You are quite mysterious.
2) Color:  Tea Rose.
3) Memory:  Dancing with you at KBB.
4) Animal:  The Lazuli Bunting.
5) One nice thing:  You are also fun to dance with!
6) Nickname:  The Weekend Gypsy
7) Question:  What did you study at Baylor?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Hazel Reilly Morales
1) From looking at your wall:  Holy facebook apps, Batman!
2) Color:  Rose Quartz.
3) Memory:  Dancing at KBB, of course.
4) Animal:  The Pileated Woodpecker.
5) One nice thing:  You respond really well to very subtle leads.
6) Nickname:  The Fire Whirl.
7) Question:  What do you do when you're not dancing?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Kaci Beeler
1) From looking at your wall:  Holy crap, there you are at the LAX Brookstone.  ♪ I know someone fa-mous ♫
2) Color:  Psychedelic Purple.
3) Memory:  See, you're another hazy one.  I probably saw you in a ton of shows before I ever talked to you.  *shrug*  Okay, I know I definitely saw you in the Out of Bounds 2008 Improvised Shakespeare show. ( http://hujhax.livejournal.com/437833.html )
4) Animal:  Corythosaurus
5) One nice thing:  You provide evidence that hard work leads to significant rewards.  It's an inspiring data point for us slackers to see.
6) Nickname:  Rocket, of course.
7) Question:  What is one improv game, exercise, or warmup that I should be trying to play/do these days?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Patti Thomas
1) From looking at your wall:  Birthday birthday birthday birthday birthday
2) Color:  Flax.
3) Memory:  "Hey, who's that new girl with Zarina?  Maybe she will dance with me." :)
4) Animal:  The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
5) One nice thing:  You seem to share Zarina's pleasant, flights-of-fancy sense of humor.
6) Nickname:  The Third Musketress.
7) Question:  How did you decide on moving to Austin?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Taylor Overstreet
1) From looking at your wall:  I temporarily misread one status as, "is it weird to offer a gun to a complete stranger?", which sent my imagination to strange places.
2) Color:  Tiffany Blue.
3) Memory:  Doing "hesitation debate" at the Fancy-Pants Mashup.
4) Animal:  Xenia Umbellata.
5) One nice thing:  You keep busy with lots of exciting things around town.
6) Nickname:  The Social Justician.
7) Question:  What is jonsi?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Jordan T. Maxwell
1) From looking at your wall:  YOU ARE BATMAN.
2) Color:  Octarine
3) Memory:  The last Well Hung Jury show at the Scottish Rite Temple.
4) Animal:  The Narwhal.
5) One nice thing:  You have excellent taste in TV shows, of course.
6) Nickname:  "The Reverend" is the conventional one, no?
7) Question:  What can we do to help Jesse's UT-film/AIC plan come to fruition?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Sharon Kanowsky
1) From looking at your wall:  Ooh, braces?  I've been curious about getting those.
2) Color:  Peach-orange.
3) Memory:  Early days @ the Fed.
4) Animal:  The Tree Pangolin.
5) One nice thing:  You seem very positive & upbeat in your outlook.
6) Nickname:  "Boomer" (the default nickname of all Sharons)
7) Question:  What are you up to these days?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Monique Daviau
1) From looking at your wall:  Nice to see that Chris R B Fay is still occasionally checking in and providing amusing stories about Rip Tron.
2) Color:  Alice Blue.
3) Memory:  Watching your graduation show with Bob.
4) Animal:  The Northern Gannet.
5) One nice thing:  You are good at brokering things.
6) Nickname:  The Librarissima.
7) Question:  What novel should I read next?  I really need to get American Psycho out of my system.
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Sarah Marie Curry
1) From looking at your wall:  You are much better than I am at keeping things tidy.  This, and you can probably read my mind.
2) Color:  Fire Engine Red.
3) Memory:  I remember during Much Ado at some point you accidentally dumped some hair-gray on me, and apologetically dabbed at it for a bit.  (Meanwhile, my thought process:  "OMG THE COSTUMING LADY IS TOUCHING MY SHOULDER OMG".)
4) Animal:  The Green Violetear.
5) One nice thing:  Your boundless energy.
6) Nickname:  Bzzzzzzzzzz!
7) Question:  What is one city/town that you think more people should go and visit?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Sarah Nelson
1) From looking at your wall:  Apparently, you are the protagonist of a romance novel.  Go you!
2) Color:  Bleu de France.
3) Memory:  Meeting you at KBB.
4) Animal:  The Margay.
5) One nice thing:  You're a very relaxed dancer.  You probably dissipate stress from everybody you dance with.
6) Nickname:  Kawaii!
7) Question:  What are you up to these days?  I must admit, I sort of lost track of you....
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!  EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE ALREADY POSTED IT!

Lindsey Simmer
1) From looking at your wall:  Songity-songity-song-song....
2) Color:  Robin Egg Blue.
3) Memory:  Meeting you at the Hideout's Tuesday improv jams.
4) Animal:  The Kakapo.
5) One nice thing:  You stay really committed to your scenework -- I never see you winking at a scene or kind of halfway-doing it.
6) Nickname:  The Simmer-illion.
7) Question:  What's one improv show that I really missed out on by not seeing?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!

Sara E. Smith
1) From looking at your wall:  Have you gotten your free baby samples yet?
2) Color:  Desert Sand.
3) Memory:  Dancing with you at DCBX.
4) Animal:  Prevost's Squirrel.
5) One nice thing:  Your wit has brightened many a bad day around here.  I will be sad when we are eight-odd hours out of sync.
6) Nickname:  Squama.
7) Question:  What is something you really look forward to about moving overseas?
8) I CHALLENGE YOU TO POST THIS!  BUT IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING!  FEEL FREE TO IGNORE THIS!

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From:majcher
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 1:24pm
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I clearly hit "like" too late.
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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 1:25pm
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'ang on a mo', I'll get you taken care of here....
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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 1:37pm
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~ added! ~
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From:majcher
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 1:40pm
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Woooo!
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From:shadyglenn
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 5:09pm
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5) One nice thing: Your relentless teasing of Colin.

I SEE YOU, PETER.
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From:britbrizat
Date:Thursday (10/28/10) 12:03pm
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Oh guys, I miss you both.
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From:thispuppetlife
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 8:59pm
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Is it too late to get in on this action?
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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (10/26/10) 9:00pm
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Not too late!  I have added you to the queue....
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From:janya
Date:Wednesday (10/27/10) 10:38am
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thanks!

College Station is a nice little town, growing at a fast clip - and it's a short drive to Austin (and Houston, too).

Jane Prusakova
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From:dancing_llama
Date:Thursday (10/28/10) 5:37pm
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Instead of posting, I will just respond to stuff here. There's my response to your bit plus my stuff for you.
1. the free baby samples were delicious. too many people, i think, go for "dessert" first thing, when actually as a savory item they are much improved. From your wall: I still am jealous of your Improv Skillz and whenever I am next in Austin I want to see a show and meet some of these people I keep hearing stories about. *waves to improv-ers in lj-land)
2) today's weather conditions in Amman: SAND. vs. partly cloudy here. apparently we get sandstorms, so i'll be needing more glowsticks. For you: Cerulean.
3) DCBX may be the first one, but some of my favorites were from my first ABP. Thank you for talking me into coming. I was looking for the DCBX entry where I met you (you made some comment about introverted-ness, casting it in a negative light, which i promtply refuted) but i couldn't find it..
4) Interestingly enough, this squirrel is from Thailand and I will likely be visiting there relatively soon! For You: Possibly a ring-tailed lemur, but i will have to put more thought into it.
5) and the same to you. Lj-stalking and chatting with you, both, have brightened many days. many warm fuzzies to you, Mr.Peter.
6) Nickname: Squama. WAIT HOLY CRAP THAT WAS MY NICKNAME WHEN DID I TELL YOU THAT?? ...I will get back to you with a nickname.
7) I...to be honest, i've now moved into the freaking-the-hell-out stage. But, I mean, it's everything about it that's been exciting for me. In mid-august, i had no passport, and while i had technically been to two foreign countries (Canadia and Bermuda) my most exotic trip was Austin. Now I have two passports and one has a visa in it for Jordan with pretty Arabic writing. I'm thrilled to learn new foods and a new language, and to meet/hang out with/dance with new people. I'm going to travel, I'm going to take Argentine tango lessons at the studio down the street, I'm going to find an excuse to go to the older parts of the city so I get to wear a headscarf.
Just...having new adventures, I s'pose. every aspect of it. But right now I'm getting changed to go to my last blues dance in the US for a while, and I am Freaking Out.
I will think of a question for you and im it to you. =)
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (10/29/10) 8:07am
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Squama.  WAIT HOLY CRAP THAT WAS MY NICKNAME WHEN DID I TELL YOU THAT?

It's listed in your name on LJ -- so basically every time you comment on an LJ post, I get a message saying "Squama left a comment."
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From:dancing_llama
Date:Friday (10/29/10) 8:24am
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oh, right. phew. I forgot I had it there.
(Squirrel + Llama = Squama. The correlating friend's nickname was Monkey + Chinchilla = Monchilla)
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