If You’ve Met Me…

A few months ago, a friend asked me to pick him up and drive him to the airport. When I arrived at his place, he was standing on the porch wearing a Biscuits t-shirt and a New York Rangers hat complete with Super Mario Bros pin. His climbing pack was at his feet, and he may or may not have been smoking from a vape. As he climbed in my car, I thought, yup, this is *Andy: his favorite hockey team, band, video game, recreational activity, and Colorado recreational drug all represented in that one snapshot of him standing on the porch.

That feeling made me think about how some of us like things so passionately we can’t help but shout about those obsessions all the time. If you’ve met one of these people, you know immediately what they are in to. That’s me. I’m one of *those* people.

How many times have I mentioned my love of mountains even here on the Debutante Ball? I know, it’s excessive! Facebook friend me and you’ll hear about it even more. Now I even have a mountain tattoo on my arm. (Oh, and by, the way, I can’t wait until July and I can get back here!!)


I have a house full of cats. FIVE of them. I recently bought a shirt that says, “Ask me about my cats.” I think it’s hilarious! If you fall for the trap of asking about them, you’ll end up being stuck listening to a half hour monologue. My bad, my bad.

Check out these socks!!! Cats wearing pajamas! One of my friends gave them to me (Thanks, Alissa!). I love socks so much friends give me them all the time.  Honorable mentions to other comfort items like fuzzy blankets, cozy outfits, and stuffed animals (how old am I? Don’t answer that.).


So that’s me: Mountains, Cats, and Comfort. My three favorite things, even more than books and brownies.

What kind of person are you? The kind of loves passionately and publicly? Or the kind of person who has secret love affairs with your favorite things? I’d love to hear about it below!


*Name changed to protect the guilty

Author: Lynn K Hall

Lynn Hall is a memoirist, activist in the movement to end sexual violence, ultra-runner, and crazy cat lady. Her memoir, CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE, was published by Beacon Press in February 2017. Her writing has previously appeared in the New York Times, The LA Times, Hippocampus Magazine, The Sexual Assault Report, The Manifest-Station, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and elsewhere. In the summers, Lynn copes with publication anxiety by spending too many days in the Colorado mountains, and in the winters, with pans of brownies. She lives in Boulder with her partner and their 23 cats. Just kidding…she only has five.

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