My friends Damien and Amber (with an honorable mention to Shannon) all tagged me in a '7 random things' meme that's going around. Of course these have been floating around for as long as there have been blogs. We all love reading them, and hate writing them, as Geoff Livingston said, 'This sucks.'
But I've been called a good sport, so I'll play along. Besides it doesn't suck nearly as badly as having no one that thinks enough of you to care to hear random things about you, right?
1 - I have never broken a bone in my body, but almost drown once when I was a kid. My family was swimming, and I apparently got caught in a current and sucked under the water. I remember screaming for help, seeing my dad on the shore yelling, while my cousin dove in the water. My cousin got to me first and saved my life.
2 - I am a decent painter and artist. I think it comes from copying Batman comics when I was a kid ;) But I rarely do either anymore, I think I am too much of a perfectionist, and if what I am drawing/painting isn't 'perfect', I'll quickly lose interest.
3 - I am a big-time introvert, and when in groups of people I don't know, or know very well, I will usually stay quiet. Admittedly, connecting with people via social media has made me less so.
4 - I love animals, especially dogs and am getting better about liking cats. I think you can learn a lot about people when you see how they treat animals.
5 - I had never been on an airplane until I flew to Austin for SXSW this year. I've flown five times since then, and love it. Also, SXSW was the first time I had spoke in public in about five years. An introvert making a speaking debut at SXSW. Perhaps not the smartest move, but it worked out ok.
6 - I've been online for about 20 years, and my first computer was a TI-99 4A, which I still have, in the box. I had my first meetup of people I first knew online in I believe 1990, as members of a local BBS got together.
7 - I think the first three seasons of MASH is the best sitcom of all-time, pre-1999 live music from Jewel is amazing, have seen Memento 20 times and still don't know exactly what happened, and will watch A Christmas Story this year several times on TBS like I do every year. So there.
And as I usually do with these memes, I'll forgo linking to anyone else. You can call it an early Christmas present from me ;)