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  • Today one of my favorite bloggers posted a list of hidden talents she possesses, that service no real purpose. I started to wonder about mine. Here's a short list I came up with.

    1. I can sing all the lyrics from the soundtrack to the movie Xanadu.
    2. I can sing all the lyrics to just about anything, come to think of it.
    3. I can sing all the lyrics to just about anything in five languages, in fact. (Being able to sing the opening song from Schumann's song cycle Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart from memory comes in really handy, I can tell you.)
    4. I am really good at taking inventory in grocery stores. (True. Temporary summer job in university.)
    5. I can plant 2300 evergreen saplings in one day. (Also true. Summer jobs in 1989 and 1992.)

    Now for some really useful talents.

    1. I know how to do lots of computer stuff, including write HTML. That last thing really impresses people, but shouldn't.
    2. I know a lot of spelling and grammar rules. Comes in handy when I write for a living. I know the difference between it's and its, their and there, effect and affect, phase and faze.
    3. I can organize just about anything. And make it fit into the trunk of a car.
    4. I can read music.
    5. I can cook. Really healthy food. From scratch. So that it tastes good, even.
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