16 Things

I don’t much go for memes. They remind me too much of the ubiquitous and infinitely annoying email chain surveys that destroyed so many working hours not too many years ago.

But there is now Facebook, and blogs, and so we call them memes and we do them all over again.

So I was tagged, and now, apparently I am compelled by fate and the burden of social pressure to reply in kind.


16 random and little-known things about me, eh?

1: I tried blogging several times before I started iPandora, they each lasted between 2 and 10 articles before dying of lack of new content.

2: My fascination with big words and my proclivity towards them has been with me since I was a baby. Apparently I started with “hippopotamus”, which I chewed over for a few days, and then went silent for a few weeks. They another biggie, like “umbrella”, which I tried on for size, then went silent again. Sorry folks, I just can’t help it.

3: I’ve been playing piano for 20 years, but only 4 of those have been under a teacher. My primary skill is improv and playing by ear.

4: I played Freddy Ainsfort-Hill in the Woodland Christian High School production of Pygmalion (My Fair Lady). But I was home-schooled, and by that time I was graduated. I worked with the WCHS music department and by extension the drama department and had the opportunity when there were more male parts than male actors available.

5: I used to wake up between 4 and 5am nearly every morning and read. I’d sit over the heater vent in the living room and read for hours until the rest of the family woke up. I still am a bit of a morning person.

6: My first kiss was with my wife. Her’s too.

7: I’ve been doing professional computer support, service, and repair, for 10 years.

8: I like tapioca pudding, oysters, muscles, and calamari, but I do not like avocados, eggplant, or sweet potatoes.

9: I’ve paid 130 euro for a meal of tricolor pasta (pasta with freshwater muscles in their shells) and grilled fresh Sea Bass in Venice Italy. That’s about $175 dollars US. I did not know the meal would cost that much and had to go back to my hotel to get more money to pay the restaurant. The Sea Bass was being sold by the hundred gram at 11 Euro per hundred gram. The fresh (and live) lobster would’ve been cheaper at 8 euro per hundred gram. But it was really good. 🙂

10: (this only counts for people I didn’t grow up with) My first car was a ’65 Buick LeSabre. Cherry red. White soft-top. And miles of vinyl inside. It has a small-block 350 under the hood. And I drove it up to 130mph once.

11: My brothers and I played many games growing up. And even without the assistance of our female friends next-door, we played house sometimes. We played fort sometimes, too. But we actually played house.

12: I’m a Ham (amateur) radio operator, though it’s been a while since I’ve used my radios. My call-sign is KG6CQC, Tech “no-code” license class.

13: I got my best score in Laser tag while slightly buzzed. And no, I don’t make it a habit of being slightly buzzed.

14: I’ve shaved my head a few times. First time was as I was pondering a costume for the work Halloween contest. One of my younger brothers noted I should try a new hairstyle. I went as Mr. Clean. My head was cold for a while.

15: I like chick flicks. A friend and I went out to see Superman at the theatre. We saw Lake House posters and my friend noted she’d seen a preview for it. Our plans were originally to take a third friend and see Superman, and so we chose Lake House instead of Superman for that evenings entertainment. We never did get around to watching Superman at the theatre, and I didn’t really enjoy it when I did see it. Oh, and Pride and Prejudice, the A&C/BBC 5 hour version, is one of my favorite movies.

16: My wife and I enjoy playing Mario Cart Double Dash on our Gamecube, and recently found we both enjoy Burnout.

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