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That's Me, AlishaV!
This is a page about...well...me!
My name is Alisha Vargas and if you're stopping by here you probably know me or have seen me somewhere around the Internet.
I made up this page to tell you a little more about myself, sort of my version of an author's page. Since it seems like so much of our stuff and our selves are scattered across the Internet, I figured it would be great to bring all my stuff together in one spot.
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm just me.
Odd, strange, weird, those are the labels that come closest to describing me, but if there's one label that describes me the best, it's the one of hard-to-label.
I tend to be the exception to every rule, or perhaps am just so opinionated that I think I am and so force everyone to see it my way. I try to be forthright and open, telling the truth even when you don't want to hear it, though it comes up against my need to be polite far too often.
I'm short and fat, smart and silly, quite earthy, and into just about all things nature: rocks, animals, the Earth. Also, I'm addicted to road trips, camping, and most of all, discovering new things.
Facts About Me
My Theme Song - People Are Strange by The Doors
Favorite Food - Seafood and pizza, but not really seafood pizza
Favorite Vehicle - Older International Scout. I want one with a removable top, bright blue
Politics - Extremely liberal with a few extremely conservative touches
Religion - None, I don't believe in any of that stuff, I'm an atheist
What I Wanted to Be - When I was little I always thought I'd be a marine biologist or a writer
What Would Be the Perfect Job - Writing about wildlife
Some of My Favorite Things - Animals, travel, reading, nature
Favorite Movie Quote - "I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure." Mae West
Video Game I Have Played the Most - Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo
Tattoos - A tiny heart on my breast, a moon and stars on my shoulder, a green clover on my bottom, and a large lotus blossom with dragonflies in the small of my back
Don't see what you want to know here?
You can anonymously ask me a question.
My Siblings and I
The picture above is of me with my brother and sisters when I was three years old.
From left to right, my brother, Shane; me; my sister, Kimmy and my sister, Kelly.
I'm the youngest in the family and my siblings are all much older than me and gone most of my childhood, so it's almost like I'm an only child as well as the youngest. That means not only am I a spoiled brat, but I'm also an opinionated, independent, bossy one :D
My Personality Type
My Personality is Very Rare (INTJ)
My personality type is logical, uncompromising, independent, and nonconformist. Only about 3% of all people have this personality, including 2% of all women and 4% of all men.
INTJ means I am Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. Sometimes I score as an ISTJ because I am close to the border of N and S. Sometimes I am more Intuitive, or times more Sensing. I rely on my gut as well as my brain.
Where I've Lived
I was born and raised in Southern California, about an hour east of San Diego. In 2001, I moved north to near Sacramento. And then in 2008, for the first time of my life, I moved out of state, and right now am living in Reno, Nevada.
Degree in Geology
I'm one unit shy of my Associates degree in Geology. All I need is a rarely offered lab class in Physics to get it. I could easily finish up my Earth Science degree too. And I'm only shy a few units for my Animal Sciences degree. But I don't really care about the paper, just the learning.
Sierra Community College
The college that I attended is Sierra College.
Sierra College is a smaller community college located in Rocklin, California about an hour away from Sacramento.
With its pleasant, friendly campus, Sierra is a great school to visit or attend. It was once the summer practice area for the San Francisco 49ers and has a great walking/running path around the back and sides of the school.
It also has a great natural history museum, with a full sized gray whale skeleton and also an amazing rock walk with many rare and unusual boulders representing geology from all over the country.
To learn more about Sierra College check out: Sierra College
Sierra College Natural History Museum
Some of My Favorite Things
I have a lot of favorite songs. I can never decide exactly which ones I like best since it depends on my mood at that moment. I listen to just about everything except headache-inducing rap and heavy metal, so my faves are a bit eclectic.
- Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
- Right Here, Right Now
- Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
- Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy by Big and Rich
- Let's Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa
- Only Wanna Be with You by Hootie & the Blow Fish
- That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Highwayman by Waylon Jennings
- Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
- I Hate Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe
- Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm by Crash Test Dummies
- Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
- Nowhere Man by The Beatles
- Tequila Sunrise
- Lola by The Kinks
- Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
- Beautiful Day by U2
- My Old Man's a Dustman by Irish Rovers
- Summertime by Will Smith
- Space Oddity by David Bowie
- Dulcinea from Man of La Mancha
- Janie's Got a Gun by Aerosmith
- Red, Red Wine
- I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter
- November Rain by Guns-N-Roses
- It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
- Shiny Happy People by R.E.M.
- Love Shack by The B-52s
- Desperado by The Eagles
- Hotel California by The Eagles
- To Be With You by Mr. Big
- Aqualung by Jethro Tull
- Shake the Sugar Tree by Pam Tillis
- Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
- The River by Garth Brooks
- Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows
Often My Absolute Favorite Song
Favorite Bands and Singers
Most of the time I have no clue who sings what songs. I listen to what I like, wherever it comes from. there are a few bands that even I know and really like though:
- The Beatles
- The Eagles
- Garth Brooks
- Chuck Berry
- Irish Rovers
- Michael Jackson
- Alan Jackson
I've Been Told This Song Reminds People of Me ;-)
A Few of My Favorite Books
I love reading, and have many favorite books. Here are a few of my "can't live without" favorites that have stood the test of time.
See more of my favorite books by checking out my Books on my Bookshelf
The Hitchhiker's Guide
The Hitchhiker's Guide is a cult classic, and just incredibly fun to read.
Douglas Adams was a genius and every one of his books is great, but this was his best, although I really liked The Long Dark Tea-Time too.
Get this book, grab your towel, and get ready to go on a chaotic adventure across the galaxy.
This was one of my favorite books even when I was a little girl. I adore the entire Dragonriders/Harper Hall/Pern series, and have read all of the books several times. Dragonsong has always been my favorite of the bunch though.
Dinosaurs of California
I have taken many classes from the author of this book, Richard Hilton, and have enjoyed every one of them. He seems to know everything and is obsessed with getting every bit of that information into your head.
This book is great for anyone since Dick describes everything in layman's terms, but with enough information to satisfy the expert.
There haven't been many dinosaurs found in California, since most of it didn't exist as we know it during the Mesozoic, but Dick describes each one found, as well as the other Mesozoic reptiles, and the early Californian fossil-hunters and paleontologists.
California's history is full of discoveries and discoverers. It is really amazing, and Dick captures all of it in this wonderful book.
I absolutely and completely love this book. John Muir Laws, or Jack as he likes to be called, has spent his life hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, first with his parents, and then by himself or with friends. Tired of carrying numerous field guides, and guessing correctly that other people were too, Jack decided to make a field guide that covered all sorts of different aspects of the Sierra, not just the birds or the flowers. Instead of making it like all the other practically useless field guides out there, Jack made this field guide easy to use, and get this, color coded. Yep, if you see a blue bird you can just turn to the blue bird section and see all the similar blue birds so you can pick out the one that you saw. Three petaled red flowers are in the three petaled red flower section. Even if you don't live in or near the Sierra Nevada, this book is great just to look at the beautiful pictures, each of which Jack drew and painted himself.
Rachel Morgan Series
I love all of Kim Harrison's books.
Dark romance is a favorite genre of mine and although Kim's books aren't just romance and are actually dramatic, action-packed comedic romances, I love her slightly dark, twist on the world the best.
Rachel Morgan, a witch, lives in a world where the paranormal folk have come out of hiding and are living lives that are seemingly normal. Rachel, a living vampire, Ivy, and a cynical-little pixie, Jenks, stop working for the IS, the paranormal version of the CIA/FBI and open a business in an old church, being runners.
Living with a bunch of pixies and a vampire can be difficult, but luckily, Rachel has a knack for stirring a spell, getting into trouble, and kicking butt.
My Favorite Color
My favorite color is blue. Not navy blue, not baby blue, blue blue. Runner ups are green, again green green, picture Ireland here, and purple, do I need to say purple purple?
Minerals on eBay
I eventually want to amass a decent mineral collection.
I usually prefer getting my rocks and minerals by searching for them myself, but many minerals only occur in other countries, so I'm always scouring eBay for more minerals to add to my wishlist.
Unlike most people, I prefer my rocks rough and unpolished, not faceted or altered. I love them just how nature made them.
My Favorite Shows
I typically like comedy sitcoms most of all. Adult cartoon comedies such as Bob's Burgers, Archer, The Simpsons, and others are hilarious fun. I like things that make me think and laugh.
Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle is the middle child in a crazy family.
Anyone with their own dysfunctional family or with sons can definitely identify with this show. Or if like me, you really wonder how those around you can often be so obtuse, you might emphasize with the title character.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line is it Anyway? is a fun improv show, featuring four people who have to come up with fun songs and compete in games on the spur of the moment. It is hilarious!
Mike does the dirtiest jobs in the world and shares them with us.
The odd thing is, even when he's covered in goo, he somehow looks hot. There's just something about a guy who can turn anything into a dirty pun and quote Shakespeare while standing in shit.
I also like learning about jobs that are unusual or that I know little about.
Mass craziness, that's the only way I can describe this show about sheriffs in Reno. I loved this show before moving to Reno, now I love it even more since I can often identify the area they are racing through. Sometimes I wonder if sheriffs are really like that.
He's a jerk, a genius, and hot. Dr House is the doctor we all want to save us if we ever contract some rare and odd disease, as long as it's not lupus.
I like learning about odd diseases, and Dr. House's intelligence and humor make for a good show.
He's like the Sherlock Holmes of medicine.
My Favorite Movies
I can never decide which are my favorite movies, it always depends on my mood.
I love comedies, fantasies, action occasionally, romances, horror movies (so I can laugh at them), and most genres have a movie or two that I like. The perfect comedy when I'm in the mood to laugh is probably the best, though I do love some of the off-the-wall stuff too. Below are probably my top favorites right now.
Labyrinth is a fantasy movie starring David Bowie as the Goblin King.
A young spoiled woman hates her new baby brother, then has to go on a quest to save him when Jarreth, the Goblin King, tries to please her by taking the baby away.
The Last Unicorn
I've loved The Last Unicorn since I was a child.
It's a beautifully illustrated and written story of the last unicorn roaming the world. A group of characters and the unicorn go searching for the other unicorns and eventually discover a perilous castle full of demented beings.
It's actually fairly frightening for some children, but while I got a few goosebumps watching it when I was little, it was more thrilling than scary.
The Abyss is about a group of people who have to go very, very deep into the ocean to where a submarine sunk.
Things go weird though when a strange, creature is spotted and some people suffer from pressure sickness.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show or RHPS is a very unique version of the classic Frankenstein story.
Brad and Janet are just innocent young adults driving along a nearly empty road on a dark and stormy night. They get a flat tire and request help at a mysterious castle filled with strange and demented people.
RHPS has great music, a cool story, and Tim Curry!
All Over the Internet
My Tumblr Blogs
At Double Arches
Pinnacles National Monument
On a geology trip to Pinnacles National Monument in California, 2008
My Bukisa Profile Page
At the Great Reno Balloon Race
Fantasy Land Trona Pinnacles
My YouTube Videos
Below are a couple of my YouTube videos. I don't have much on there yet and they're all just short little snippets, but I plan on getting some more stuff up.
View from Dead Horse Point in Utah
States I've Been To
I love to travel, and have traveled up and down California. One of my favorite things in the world is to go on a road trip, or even just a random drive. I've only been to four states so far though, and the fourth one, Utah, was only just visited for the first time in May 2008.
I've visited 4 states (8%) Create your own map
Me in Titus Canyon
Titus Canyon is a wonderful place near Death Valley, California with outstanding geology! This is called megabreccia, they are huge pieces of broken rock, cemented together with another type of rock.
Me at Bryce Canyon
Dan and I in Death Valley, CA
My Facebook Profile
I'm not on Facebook as much as I wish I could be. I just don't always have to time to visit it, though I am addicted to the games. If you want to add me as a friend on Facebook, click on the link below and tell me a great reason why we should be friends :)
Pinterest is like an online bulletin board. When you find pretty pictures or interesting ideas, you can 'pin' them to various boards to save them for later or share them with others.
I am a Pinterest addict. I freely admit it. Months will go by where I don't post anything, then suddenly I will jump on and try to pin everything. I have boards devoted to Geek stuff, several animal boards, costumes, places, and things I find funny.
Check out my Pinterest boards here: Pinterest
My FL Profile
HubPages is into censorship, so I apparently I cannot even share this other site I am on.
FL is sort of like Facebook, but nsfw. It is a social network for those into non-conventional practices such as D/s. While ____ is a huge part of who I am, I can't even mention it. I was the secretary and vp of our local leather group for a while and was once very invested in the lifestyle, but after a few years I got a bit tired of some aspects of the community and have stepped back, though still do a weekly gathering to talk and play cards.
I do still have a FL account though and if you search for AlishaV on there you should easily be able to locate my profile. I am very sorry that this site here is so whitewashed that you cannot just follow a link or even see the name of the site. I prefer sites that are less concerned with everyone fitting into a little box and more concerned with interesting articles by creative people, so I hope to find a new place to write soon.
About Me Page
I also have an about.me page linking to places I am on the Internet.
Click here for my about.me profile: about.me/alishavargas
Random Pictures of Me
Me and Butte-y
Under a Boulder
Me and Yuba
Trying to Pet the Fish
My cousin Christina and me holding a quail we rescued in 1994. The poor little thing became stunned and soaked by a big storm, and I found him laying on a trail where he was almost stepped on by a horse. We took him inside, got him warm and let him recuperate, then when he was better, released him back into the wild.
Looking Towards the Future
Thanks for stopping by my little page and learning a bit about me.
For even more AlishaV, check out my articles here on HubPages or just do a search for AlishaV or Alisha Vargas on the Internet. I do it quite often because it's always fun to remember accounts I've forgotten or places where people have used my Creative Commons licenses pictures.
Have a great day!