Monday, June 25, 2007

I've been tagged

As Ginny pointed out, she and I are both now two times removed from PZ Myers: Possum Momma got tagged by him to write 8 random facts about herself, and we got tagged by her. So here you are.

The obligatory rules:

  1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  5. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog

1. I am a really good skier, or at least I used to be. It's easy to get the practice when you spend eight years living ten minutes from the base of a popular ski mountain. I've skied numerous trails rated double black diamond, and I loved moguls. I don't think I've skied in about ten years, although I still have my my own skis stashed in my garage. They are red and significantly taller than I am. The better you are, the bigger skis you use (adds speed but reduces maneuverability).

2. At one of my first real jobs in college, I worked in a La Jolla office that had a big window overlooking the beach. At the time, I didn't fully appreciate how unusually awesome that is.

3. I hardly drank alcohol at all until I was of legal age. I didn't have a major moral objection, I just didn't much like drinking and saw too many people thinking they were being witty and interesting while they were drunk and I was sober. There were ten guys living in my freshman dorm suite, and only two of us never drank. The other one was a Mormon.

4. I almost injured myself very badly while climbing down a fairly treacherous path cutting through a cliff to Black's Beach in San Diego. I made the trip pretty often. This one time, I was trying to hang down over a low drop, but I lost my grip. I fell a short distance and would have hit my head on a rock, but instead my head landed on my backpack, which had a towel inside. And yet I still don't believe in God.

5. At my bar mitzvah, the Torah portion that I read in Hebrew and gave a speech about was the passage containing "An eye for an eye."

6. The first girl I ever loved had been my friend since we were born two weeks apart in the same hospital. The friendship ended the day I said I was in love with her, because she didn't take that information well. Today she is a TV actress, who gets a lot of bit parts on popular shows. I've seen her on three or four shows but I'm long since over her.

7. I once got roughly yanked away from a museum display case by a guard in Paris, because I couldn't understand him when he told me I was standing too close.

8. I can't stand football, but I used to live in Auburn, Alabama, where college football is a major focus of the residents' social lives. My parents and I used to drive around fraternity row during the days leading up to football games, so we could look at all the incredibly elaborate motorized paper mache sculptures of Aubie the Tiger who was brutalizing the opposing team's mascot somehow (i.e., cooking them in a pot, running over them with a car, etc).

Now I'm supposed to tag some more people, but since most of the bloggers I know have already been tagged, there won't be too many. Sorry, but some of these require membership or special access.

  1. Keryn
  2. Gil (he doesn't seem to have a blog yet, but since one is available, it's high time he used it)
  3. Jeff Dee
  4. Martin Wagner
  5. Azzurra

If I forgot that I know more untagged people with blogs, please don't feel slighted, just email me! There's room for a few more.


  1. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Black's Beach... man. That brought back some memories. :)

  2. I remember you stating in the past that you had lived in Alabama, but I never realized it was Auburn. I graduated from Auburn in 2000, and I lived in Auburn/Opelika from 1998-2003. Sounds like it was longer ago than that for you. It has changed a lot since I moved. Last time I was there, there were areas that I didn't even recognize anymore.

    I do love college football though. High school ball too, though I don't care much for the pro game.

  3. Yeah, I lived in Auburn from around 1979 to 1985. I was ten when we left. I'm sure it has changed, but I can't tell because it doesn't show up clearly on Google Earth.

  4. I hate to be a thread-derailer, so I'll make this brief. I've recently run into a theomatics-bleever for the first time, and I wanted to thank Russell for crafting one of the (apparently) few sites debunking the subject. I had a lot of fun playing with the gematria calculator and pulling out a nice reductio ad absurdum.

    So, thanks a lot for that, and for all the great work. I'm a big fan of both shows, and I hope your schedule lets you back on the Non-Prophets soon!