1) This proves that yes, it is me in the blogger profile pic.
2) Yes, that is all my hair, but it was really only to the tops of my shoulders at the time.
3) It impressed the photographer I knew how to properly hold a Japanese sword.
4) Hel and I aren't sisters.
5) We weren't going to kill her husband Scott. Not really.
6) Swords are fun. (And, like Oscars, are heavier than most people realize.) Hel has the katana and I have the wakizashi.