As for the other 25...
1. I hate parsley, but I love cilantro.
2. If forced to choose between giving up eating meat and giving up wearing leather shoes/gloves/etc., I would give up meat.
3. The most I have ever cried at a movie was when I saw The King and I at the age of five. I was inconsolable.
4. For a long time my favorite Classic Hollywood actress was Audrey Hepburn, but a few years ago it switched to Ingrid Bergman.
5. I wish more people (male and female) still wore hats.
6. As a little girl I was incensed to learn that the French word for “garbage can” (la poubelle) is feminine. I thought it was an insult to my whole gender.
7. People who don’t know me very well are always surprised when they learn that I love to sing karaoke.
8. I can’t stand rooms with low ceilings. High ceilings are even more important to me than windows are.
9. My most common nightmare involves my teeth rotting or falling out. I am a bit paranoid about dental health.
10. My most pleasant dreams are ones in which I am exploring a big mansion or palace.
11. Many years ago I made a pledge to myself that I wouldn’t get addicted to caffeine in the mornings, and I’ve kept my word.
12. I am grateful that one of my high-school English classes introduced me to authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, because otherwise I fear I might’ve been too much of a snob to read them on my own.
13. Sometimes I feel like the name “Marissa” doesn’t suit my personality. But I don’t have a name picked out to replace it, either.
14. The best two blocks in downtown Portland, according to me: 11th Ave between Burnside and Davis. Powell’s Books, Sur La Table, Mio Gelato, Anthropologie and Portland Center Stage. YES.
15. I can rattle off the names of the alphabetical streets in Portland really fast (AnkenyBurnsideCouchDavis…). I am working on being able to do the same for San Francisco (HugoIrvingJudahKirkham…).
16. Because I grew up in the heart of suburbia, I am really unduly excited that I now live half a block from a taqueria.
17. The first show I ever saw on Broadway was Cats.
18. Speaking of which, I definitely prefer cats to dogs. The guy at my neighborhood hardware store even told me “You look like a cat person” the other week.
19. The first Shakespeare play I ever saw was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There were trapezes involved. It was pretty spectacular.
20. In junior high school I disdained teenybopper music like Britney and ‘Nsync. But now I have a weird nostalgia for it. Funny how that works.
21. The one and only time I joined a sports team (softball, fourth grade), I was named “Most Improved Player.”
22. Even before I had met any professional playwrights, I knew I wanted to be a playwright. Which must be kind of unusual, to choose a career without ever having spoken to anyone in that profession.
23. I have worn plastic-framed glasses since high school, but only in the last few months has anyone told me I look like Tina Fey.
24. I name my computers after mythological figures. My current laptop is “Orphée” (French for “Orpheus”).
25. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike without training wheels till I was 7 and didn’t get my driver’s license till I was 20.