A person’s life consists of moments that become memory, and in turn becomes facts. They are all hidden in our little moments when we first do something we realize we love, to the embarrassing moments, moments of elation, and moments of sadness.

I am going to share with you 10 random facts about me.

10. Cowboy Bebop is my favorite anime.

Anime is a genre of cartoon originating in Japan. This particular show is about bounty hunters in space, with lots of jazz music. The bounty hunters are basically space cowboys, with the main protagonists being Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein the corgi. It follows their adventure on their shared space ship.

This was one of the first anime I ever watched, and the best plot. I remember sitting up watching Toonami I believe, usually with a snack, and humming along with the theme song. The opening theme is amazing and to me the show is timeless.

9. I have a painting of Albert Einstein I acquired from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

I remember this particular moment in college. I was living at Oxford Oaks Apartments, and I would always get coupons from Bed, Bath, and Beyond in the mail. Being a broke college student, I didn’t utilize them too often, but I remember the last time I was in the store, and I saw it.

This big portrait in mostly blues, with the man himself, and equations lightly painted in white. I still have it hanging in the living room to this day.

8. I have a white fluffy cat named Gandalf.

I remember it was during my third year teaching. I was living by myself and I had wanted a pet for years.

I decided to go to PetSense and there I saw him.

He was in the back of his little area. His tag said he had to be in a single pet home, and his cute little face had a certain RBF that made me realize this was me in cat form.

I looked at his tag and saw his name was Gandalf. That was the final selling point.

It’s funny because he always had personality. Whenever I would go in to the store to get his pet food, everyone would ask about him.

To this day, the sass is real and I love him very much.

He laid down to watch Chopped.

7. I play Diablo 3… a lot.

If you don’t know Diablo 3 is an RPG that I play on PS4, but it’s available on many different platforms. The gameplay is perfect for me because I don’t get motion sick when I play it.

What I was taken with were the cut scenes. The animation and storyline were captivating. The between scene stories were amazing illustrations of each character class in the plot.

The dialogue between your companions during game play can be hysterical. Overall, my favorite game.

6. When I sleep I love being a burrito.

My house is always cold because the cold makes me sleepy. What makes it better is my comforter and quilt.

It’s wonderful to go to bed at the end of a long day to crawl into bed and wrap myself in my blankets.

5. Figment the Dragon was one of my first plush toys as a child and I still have a Figment to this day.

Much to the chagrin of certain family members who will not be named, I still have a lot of my plush toys.

I have a top 4 and Figment is one of them.

One of the confirmations that I was born in the wrong decade, because he used to have his own ride at Disney that was dismantled in the 90s.
I am sorry that I missed out on it because Figment is the greatest.

My plea for Disney to bring back the Figment the Dragon show.

4. Podcasts are my favorite.

Here lately, when I’m driving in my car I can’t listen to music. I have to put on a good podcast.

When I’m cleaning, podcast. Shower? Podcast.

My favorites here lately are Build Your Tribe with Chalene Johnson and Becoming Bullet Proof with Tracey O’Malley.

3. My favorite gigs are performing in the pit for musicals or for musical artists.

I love providing the background for a great show.

I have done musicals such as Next to Normal, No, No Nanette, and Carousel.

As far as celebrity shows so far I have played in the orchestra for Michael Bublé.

I thought I was going to throw up or pass out in that situation because I had never played a stadium before, but as soon as that cue came it was like I was born to do this.

I don’t know how many other artists that will pass through Oklahoma that will require an orchestra, but I sure am looking forward to sitting in on future gigs, especially another Michael Bublé performance.

2. My friends and I used to do manga style comics and stories in junior high and high school.

We were the Shippo tribe, based off of the fox demon character in Inuyasha an anime I unfortunately cannot with through as an adult. This group was started and named by our friend Jessica who is dubbed Jeppo.

All of our names had some iteration of -ippo or -ppo after them. Aileen was Leanippo, Briana was Nikkippo (middle name Nicole), and I was Angippo. There were others in our group, El, AJ, Derrick.

To this day, people still call Tiffany Tippo. Our comics were awesome. At least I thought they were.

1. Finally, my friend group consists of friends that I have had for 8-20 years. Lifelong friends that are basically family.

I discovered as I go through life, not many people have this experience.

My 3 best friends whom Chris, my fiancé has dubbed the “ya-ya’s,” are Tiffany, Aileen, and Briana.

We all started hardcore hanging out together in the 6th grade and we are all still very close to this day.

I also can’t talk about best friends without mentioning Josh and Damian.

Josh is how I survived college. The many nights making spaghetti and eating ice cream watching Star Trek and venting.

Damian, my buddy who gave me a place to stay between my jobs in Crowder and Enid. Damian also came with me to my sister’s funeral and had just generally been there for me when I needed him.

It want always serious though, there were shenanigans some of which included me dressed as a puppy and Chase as a fairy for a pageant. Chanting “free to pee” when Zoey wouldn’t stop for a restroom break. Then saving the kittens from the McDonalds parking lot.

This concludes the 10 facts about me. I hope you enjoyed them, and I’ll see you next time.

Classically yours,

Angela

Laura A. Lord

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