a happy place

25 Things About Me

1. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, went to the first half of kindergarten in Los Angeles, California, lived in Columbia, South Carolina until sophomore year of high school, then I moved to Tucson, Arizona where I finished high school, and then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for college, lived in Chicago, Illinois afterwards, and moved to New York, New York, only to move to Los Angeles shortly there after.

2. I’m Mexican, Native American (Yaqui, Tigua, & Apache), Scottish, Irish, English, Spanish Jewish, German, Viking, Gothic, and may be Swedish, but I look Asian.

3. When I was little, I thought I was an alien genie from the island planet Sillyland. At recess, I would sit on a piece of playground equipment and my friends would line up and ask my feet for wishes. And my feet would grant them. It made us all really happy.

4. I LOVE to talk about poop. But I hate boogers and can’t go on if I hear someone sniffling.

5. I jumped off a 50 foot cliff in Sedona, but I’m afraid of heights.

6. I’ve been “drifting” in a car, just like they do in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift. It’s the only time I’ve been truly scared for my life.

7. I’m terrified of little girl ghosts and cover my eyes during scary movie previews on TV. I’ve never seen Silence of the Lambs, Carrie, Psycho, The Ring, or Poltergeist and just got scared writing that last one out.

8. I’ve performed on Broadway for two nights. Because of a Craigslist ad. Thank you, Schrammy!

9. I never heard that women were a “minority” until my senior year of college.

10. There are three things I tell people about myself that usually result in them taking one step away from me and squinting at me with newfound judgement: 1) I’m an only child 2) I’m a Leo 3) I used to be a cheerleader. When I was 7, someone told me that only-children are spoiled, so I’ve tried from that point on to be grateful for what I have and to share. I think materialistically it worked, but I still like a lot of attention.

11. I once was a back up dancer for Neil Young.

12. I love talking. To everyone and anyone, including homeless people. That’s why each fact here is too long :).

13. I loved elementary, middle, and both high schools. And although, to this day, I love many of the wonderful people I met in college, it was often a miserable struggle.

14. I’ve driven coast to coast at least ten times. The 7 states I haven’t been to are North Dakota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Alaska.

15. By 2019, Shane and I want to have a holistic bed and breakfast barnyard theatre film studio sustainable farm art ranch, from which I could host a green television show and friends, family, artists, and kindred spirits can come to heal, create, rest, enjoy theatre, absorb nature, eat organic food made with love, and breathe freely.

16. I recently realized that I tend to only tell people good news. I like positive energy, but then sometimes people don’t know what’s really going on in my life. I’m trying to fix this.

17. I didn’t go to the dentist for 12 years.

18. Because of an episode of the Julia Childs cooking show, I was a vegetarian for six years.

19. I was in a national commercial for Wendy’s where I played a meat-eater. I’ve also pretended to be a meat-eater for a McDonald’s national tour for four months. Meat pays well.

18. I am so grateful to have recently discovered the joy of Eastern medicine. My acupuncturists, chiropractors, and Egoscue Method experts truly care about me, spend time with me, listen, are affordable, proactive, and are invested in my healing as much as I am. It’s a hidden gem and I finally see hope that I will heal.

19. I hope one day Shane and I can take dance lessons together. I miss dancing.

19. I’ve never lived in the same city as my family, except for 6 months in 1984. I’ve only lived with one parent at a time. When I moved to New York, I had four cousins and an aunt and uncle there! Now that I’m in L.A., I can finally be in the same city as my mom, grandparents, an aunt and uncle, and only 8 hours from my dad and dog, Mr. Wilson!

20. I’ve always held my friends close to my heart. I have friends from SC, AZ, PA, and Chicago that are like family to me. I look to them for fun, support, and life lessons. In highschool, I cut out a Nike magazine ad that said, “When I feel myself fading, I close my eyes, and realize my friends are my energy.”

21. I gave my heart to Jesus at a Billy Graham concert when I was six.

22. I was in Grant Park in Chicago when Obama won and that makes me incredibly happy! But I think political parties and labels are lazy and unproductive and are tearing this country apart. Most issues aren’t black and white and we should care about each other enough to take the time to proactively talk, discuss, and fix problems.

23. I have a wonderful boyfriend named Shane Portman who is an idealist with a truly kind heart and he makes me laugh. When I met him, I realized men and women can be friends, and instead of seeing who is right and who is wrong, enjoy learning from each other. We’ve been together for eight years and just got engaged. I love him very much and like to smell his ears.

24. I’m excited to soon be an aunt, a sister, have a second set of parents and a whole slew of new family!

25. I think my parents are just perfect, with flaws like everyone. But their at their cores is a big bundle of love. They care so much about others and the state of the world. Their hearts taught me to love unconditionally.

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  1. Ruth, You will not remember me. Your momma and I worked together at NCR in SC. You were little then, and you did not like having your morning ritual changed. I came over to your momma’s house when she was very weak and I mowed the yard and trimmed. You watched me from the window. You mother showed me a little paper apple in your room: when you opened a little cutout the words underneath said, “Life is about making good choices.” I have never forgotten that. Isn’t that strange. A few words, in a child’s room, and I think of them all the time. I really miss your momma, and I am happy that she has found happiness. Your essay above is wonderful. I love honesty. I hope you continue to bloom for many decades to come. — Gary Evans


  2. Gary. Wow. Thank you so much for leaving this message. Your words touched me so deeply. I can see that apple, just faintly and while trying to recall it to Mama after reading this, I was dipping so far into my memory, that I had a flash of my entire dream from the night before that I’d forgotten. Often when I’m reading, it feels like learning or it feels like I’m going on a journey, but how strange to read and relive my actual experience lost to the past, but from a different perspective. Thank you for reviving some of my memories while sharing yours. It is funny what stays with us and what passes through. It’s rare we get a chance to tell people years later about those magnified details, or that we get to hear about them. Your gentle and observant spirit shines through your gift with words. What a fun present to open!


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