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5 truths and a lie

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When I read “5 Truths and a Lie” on Sips of Jen and Tonic, I commented that I was definitely going to play along.

I love the whole concept, and was excited to see it featured on two of my favorite blogs today: Beyond the Backyard Blues and Miss Edee.

I know it’s hard to believe there’s anything left for me to share with you but I racked my brain and came up with these.

Can you guess which one is the lie? (Answer coming tomorrow.)

1. I wrote a newspaper article about a New York slumlord under a fake name because I was afraid he would come after me.

2. I have voted for a Republican.

3. I allowed my 2-year-old daughter to ride a killer whale.

4. I spent an evening with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in my dorm room.

5. I once ate a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts on a cross-country flight.

6. I found out I was pregnant in Bloomingdale’s.


  1. #2. And this may be a trick, if so I have fallen for it.

  2. #5. I can’t imagine a regular person doing that.

  3. #3

  4. Rachel Joyce says:

    Can we play along?

    1. A vice president of the United States has seen my breasts.

    2. I have spent an hour on a New York City street in absolutely nothing, but a bathrobe.

    3. I can speak a little of the following languages: German, French, Italian, Farsi, Dutch, Latin, and Welsh.

    4. At the age of twelve my entire class (everyone in sixth grade) got taken out of school for a week to learn how to shoot .22 rifle, trap animals, use a bow and arrow to hunt animals, and wilderness skills. At the end of the week we all took a test to receive our hunting license.

    5. I have been an event planner for over half my life and have planned 10 homecomings, dinners for 3,000 people, fancy dress galas, and lectures series, but parades are my all time favorite thing to plan,

    6. When I was eight I told my parents I wanted to plan the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for a living. Although I haven’t I did go on to plan homecoming parades at various high schools and colleges.

  5. I am going with #6. bloomingdales?

  6. I’d also like to think it’s #2, but when I out myself as a former GOP voter people don’t believe me. So who knows? I can’t wait to find out, though!

  7. I’m guessing #4.

    And I can’t wait to hear Rachel’s story!

  8. Wendy Karp says:

    I’m going with the donuts. Everything else seems entirely plausible.

  9. 1. I have Eleanor Roosevelt’s autograph.

    2. I ran for secretary of my grammar school and printed pencils with Vote for Madge Stein for Secretary. I lost and they banned props.

    3. I have more wrapping paper than most people have in a lifetime.

    4. I once skated in an ice skating show with my sister to the song about the little rambler).

    5. I walked in the first Avon 60 mile in October, 1998.

    6. I have written a novel under a pen name that was a hit in it’s day.

  10. I don’t know you very well, but I’m optimistically going with #2

  11. I’m going with #2 — I have a few Southside Johnnie stories myself, so I believe that one!

  12. I’m going with #1, despite the fact it made me smile, because I would absolutely do that. It has the most details, which seems like a “tell”.

  13. At first, I thought #2, but it’s very plausible. (Edee, me, too.) So, I’m going with #6. I’ve spent my share of time in Bloomingdales, and I’ve never once seen them sell a pregnancy test. Wait, you could have received a call while shopping. #6 seems really plausible now, too. Aw, heck, they all do!
    Great list!

  14. Traci Wilson says:

    Im going with #2. As dumb as Seaworld is i cant believe theyd let a 2 yr old ride an orca. You may not have known how dangerous that could be but they certainly did! **See Blackfish <3

  15. Elin told me to look at yours and her posts about the truth/lie game as examples to write this week. Sorry, Lois, but I would have thought YES about the donuts. Can you blame me? All the free PR you’ve given to Cronuts! Hahahaha. I love the hidden detective writer you are! Awesome.

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