[updated March 26, 2002]:
Alexis is now eighteen, and to prove it she has several large tattoos
spanning the breadth of her back, and in bracelets around her ankles.
She can now smoke legally, she notes, and can also legally buy
pornography, enter stores that don't actually card but may look at you
funny. Oh yeah, and vote. Too bad that doesn't do anything in this
country. I can't tell you with certainty what color her hair is at
any given moment. She's at Shabazz, and actually likes taking classes
with my erstwhile "history" teacher (and I use both terms loosely).
Other relevant bits remian in the previous blurb, though it is mostly
out of date.
[updated May or so, 2001?]:
Alexis would like to note that I have not updated her blurb in quite
some time, for which I apologize. She is now seventeen and a few
months (not sixteen as previously
noted, still plays bass and has now become principal of WYSO
Philharmonia's bass section, no longer does YSP (Young Shakespeare
Players), and would like me to note that that is my nailpolish
on her glasses, not hers. which it in fact is. duly noted. She's an
avid reader of the Dykes
to Watch Out For strip, which i agree is damn funny (she has all
the books). The shirt she's wearing, for what it's worth, used to say
"the more i see men, the more i likeThis summer (2001), she's going to
the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she'll spend four
jobless weeks doing cool artsy things instead of having to earn money
-- and she's getting a merit scholarship to go do it, you lucky
turkey! However, it still remains (as stated before) that I am three
years, six months, and one week older than she is, and this part of
the blurb won't change, dearie. sorry. :)
Charles Alexander Heikkinen
My dad. Weird and wonderful. This is the first shot he took
with his digital camera. Dad, you rock, and yes I mailed the taxes on
time, and thanks for doing them. My crazy dad speaks German (but only
when yelling at his dog--Das ist verboten, Hund!) and Japanese
and birdwatches like a banshee. I love him.
E[leanor] Kay Heikkinen
My mom. The fourth of the line of Eleanors (first girl on
the maternal side; I'm the fifth. All up until her went by their
middle names--Adelaide, Beatrice, Maxine, Kay. I'm just Nori).
Speaks about six languages fluently (though she'll deny it). Walking
encyclopedia / dictionary. Professor of Islam. Cool mom.