Monday, March 29, 2010

once a hippie, always a hippo



I took the What African Animal Are You? quiz and it seems I would be the hippo. Text of the quiz results are below and most of it suits me, I think. But I'm no more a full-fledged hippo now than I was a bona fide hippie back in 1973 when this shot was taken. I'm the kind of hippo that has never taken a mud bath (although I've soaked in quite a few natural hot springs) and I was the kind of hippie who never trekked to Haight-Ashbury to hang with my generation (although I smoked lots of marijuana with peers who hung out in Reno like I did).

You are sensitive and deep. You have a spiritual side to you that's hard to deny.

You naturally bring out the best in people. You are a true healer.

You have a strong power over others. You've learned to harness this power to make their lives better.

You tend to have intense dreams where important things are revealed to you.



Hippolyta by Rachel Linder




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22 comments:

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

fantastic hair and photo - though i just posted about punk i would never have been one: wouldn't have survived three streets without feeling self-conscious in pink hair and bondage gear!

francessa said...

Such a lovely photo! I like it very much. You're the perfect hippo! I'm an elephant, but I can't see many of the following qualities in myself: strong (?), wise (??), sensitive (ok),affectionate (sometimes), with endurance (ummm...), a lot of power (??) and compassion (well ..). I must check what other animals occur in that test ;-).

Jennifer said...

Great picture, Lydia. And it sounds like being a hippo -- and a hippie -- is a pretty good thing.

We're leaving for NJ this morning and I feel like I've missed a lot on your blog. Hope to catch up when we return. I'll have computer access, but the computer belongs to my father and stepmother, so my time will be limited. Have a wonderful week!

kj said...

ah, we would have been friends even back then, lydia.

you were and are beautiful!

xoxxo

Darlene said...

Your lovely long red hair is just glorious. You were stunning.

I am a Lion and one of my attributes is 'energetic." Who moi? I don't think so. They sure got that wrong. :-)

Looking to the Stars said...

I love the pic of you and I love the other pic too.

I think the descrip fits you, I see all those things in you

I am a Giraffe, down to earth and realistic. able to see far off into the horizon, umm sometimes. bring a lot of perseptive to other's lives, I don't know about that. Never too myopic, I have to look that up. Honest to a fault, yes. Tend to tell it how it is even if someone isn't ready to hear it, yes unfortunatly. Down to earth and practical, yes dog gone it! I was amazed how true this thing was.

Thanks for sharing it :)

YogaforCynics said...

And a very attractive young hippie girl as that...hmmm, do I count as a dirty old man making a comment like that about you when you were a lot younger than I am now even though, at the time, I was too young to even have thought something like that (considering girls basically yucky)?

Anyway, I've always identified with bears and dogs...and dogs, at least, often seem to identify with me, as well...don't think either's African, though...probably I'd come out as a hyena or something if I took the test...so I'm gonna skip it...

Lydia said...

Pixies~ I must have been looking at your punk post about the same time you were writing your comment. It's a great post, as usual.

francessa~ My elephant friend...that description sounds like you, although you might not agree with the endurance part after having been ill. But just think of all the things you did even when you weren't feeling well! You amaze me.

Jennifer~ I read your post about your trip to NJ, and it sounds like a most interesting trip you have planned. Have a wonderful time. :)

kj~ That is such fun that we'd have been friends back then.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - makes more sense as the years go by!

Darlene~ Thank you, dear lion. O, that sun-bleached hair...I didn't appreciate it when I had it.
You seem to have energy to me...you are probably comparing the levels now to earlier in your life. ;)

Looking to the Stars~ Dear giraffe, a fine animal indeed. Those are fine characteristics that all seem to apply to you, most definitely.

YogaforCynics~ Thinking about your question does strange things to my brain. It seems you would be a dirty old man if there was a parallel universe. But since that is a shot of someone from the past?...not so much.
Was intrigued to read about your identifying with bears and dogs, because the same is true for my husband. Lots of people would mention dogs, but bears would be rare. When he was a little kid he was hiking in the wilderness near the southern Oregon coast and came face-to-face with a standing black bear. He and his adult hiking companion ran in the opposite direction, but he says he never felt he was in danger from that bear...

Maggie May said...

gorgeous you!!!

and hippos are awesome :)

Lydia said...

Maggie May~ She, the girl who was back then, thanks you!
I have only seen one hippo in my life and I was just a kid, and it was at a zoo. To see them in Africa...now that would be something.

Vagabonde said...

I just found your blog. I had not heard about the animal test and took it, it is fun. I am a zebra – unique and flexible (well I used to be flexible but oh my back…) etc. I see my blogging friend Darlene in the comments. You have an interesting blog and I’ll come back.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

You are always a gorgeous woman and a great personality. Your photo is stunning!

Lydia said...

Vagabonde~ Welcome to you! Thank you for your kind comments and I'll be thrilled to have you return.
Zebras are such beautiful animals and have always seemed almost magical to me. Unique indeed.

Lydia said...

Phivos~ I thank you for your compliment. (My mother always checked my elementary school report cards for the "citizenship" marks first, as she thought being a good citizen, having a good personality was more important than getting good grades. Wasn't she unique...)

Rhiannon said...

I'm a hippo aparently also...I read what it said and I can see those things in me...glad your a hippo too!

Lovely pic of you with that lovely long soft hair of yours. Also love the beautiful artwork of the Hippolyta by Rachel Linder...I love this kind of Art. I really seriously think I belonged in another time era. So, what am I doing here now on earth? I haven't a clue..maybe I came back because I had not obviously learned enough about life yet..moving along..:o)

Love,

Rhi

Lydia said...

Rhi~ I love this kind of art, too, and thought it was really sweet. It seems to me that you do belong in another era, more so than anyone else I've ever known. There is a strong tie in you to somewhere else! :)

Erin Davis said...

I'm a hippo, too! And that photo of you is stunning!

Lydia said...

Erin~ A fellow hippo! Thanks for letting me know and thanks for the sweet comment.

earthtoholly said...

Lydia, before I read your post, I thought that that was a pic of Michelle Phillips! Wow...so beautiful!

As it turns out, I'm a hippo, too, however, I don't feel I'm a healer, bring out the best in people, have a strong power over others, etc., etc. Hmmm...

Lydia said...

earthtoholly~ Wow back! I never was told I look like Michelle Phillips. :)
If you don't see yourself in the hippo profile maybe you are a baby hippo, or a hippo on the cusp with another grand animal...
In any case, those things seem to describe your photography for me.

mythopolis said...

Well, you know what? You are adorable. I went to the Haight several times. The first time it was all about hippie freaks (like me, at the time), the second time the cafe was full of punks (I was too late to be one of them, but I qdmired them) The 3rd time it all seemed gay. The district seems some kind of barometer of what's going down. Wonder what they are into now?

Lydia said...

mythopolis~ Why, thank you! That made my night to read your comment. I also thoroughly enjoyed your mini verbal tour of the Haight. I have no idea what the tone and tempo is around that place now, but I think you are right about it being a barometer. Check out (in my blogroll) The Wicked Witch of the Web. She is one of my favorite bloggers, a young woman who lived in NYC and moved last year to SF for a new job. Her insights are rich and I think she is one of the funniest writers I've ever read.

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