7 Things You Probably Don't Need to Know About Me

by francine Hardaway on December 12, 2008

I got tagged by Jason Baer to post about seven things most people don't know about me, and I know I've done this before — I think for Social Media Club– but since I can't find the post, here I go again. This will definitely be too much information:

1)I've been married five times. In my day, you married guys you slept with. It took me a long time to realize that might not be a good way to live life; however, each marriage was fascinating in its own way, and each taught be something. I regret nothing.  I have also never used a divorce attorney and never taken a dime from a husband in a divorce. The last marriage made me a widow, and that was very sad, and a fitting finish. I loved him very much.

2)My first divorce took place when divorce was still not permitted in New York unless you could prove your husband committed adultery ( he did, but I didn't want to have to trail him around with a private eye), so I went to Juarez and got a Mexican divorce.  Last night I heard on the news that conditions in Juarez haven't changed a bit in forty years; I was terrified the whole time I was there, and I was quite young to be in a Mexican border town with unpaved streets, drug dealers, and pigs running loose. My brother, even younger, was sent to accompany me by my mother.

3)Mexican divorces took were granted in large outdoor groups, where you stood in front of a Justice-of-the-Peace type dude with about fifty other people, and the official pretty much waved a wand over you and issued you a piece of paper in Spanish and English. This took attorneys on both sides of the border and was quite costly. My mother, who had orchestrated the divorce, paid for it, too. When it was over, Brad and I got on the first plane leaving Juarez, which was headed for Houston. Very humid, good seafood.

4) I spent the Summer of Love in San Francisco, and I remember nothing about it except the music. Big Brother and the Holding Company.

5) I was the first (volunteer) film reviewer for Phoenix New Times, now Village Voice Media.
It cost me more to attend the movies than they could afford to pay.

6) Shares in the New Times were also my first "alternative" investment in a startup. I was sure I'd be kissing the money goodbye, but Lacey bought the shares back from me in some "corporate coup" many years later.- I made a small amount of money.

7)My next investment in a startup was in Richard Lang's GoVideo. That's the one that hooked me. $5000 became $50,000.

You know the rest of the story:-)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason Baer December 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Wow. You could have given me 100 guesses, and I wouldn’t have come up with Mexican divorce. A video clip of that would be priceless.

You’re like the female version of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis commercials. We all have so much to learn from you.

Thanks for participating!


Michael VanDervort December 13, 2008 at 4:56 pm

You are like the coolest person from Arizona/Half Moon Bay that I know!

I just got to do the tag thing as well. Was fun. I like your MExican divorce story the best ;)

Francine Hardaway December 13, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I wish either of you were my mother. She thought I was some kind of dysfunctional failure. But I must admit, I thought I was cool even at the time. You can see pretty quickly when you are having an exciting life and no one else is:-)

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