Monday, January 5, 2009

Seven by Seven

I've been tagged (thanks to KV Taylor), and since writing this post sounds more interesting than the other ideas I had in mind, here goes:

Share seven facts about yourself in the post. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

1. I have scars on my face from a bicycling accident when I was 19. I'd like to say it was a sweet mountain biking adventure or something, but no, I face-planted on a hill about 1/2 block from my childhood home. When I woke up in the hospital, a local policeman was shining a light in my eyes and asking who was president (a standard concussion-screening question). My response: Some dumbass from Arkansas. (this was 1994)

2. I'm the youngest of three siblings--really an "only" child according to most contemporary child psychology. My brother is twelve years older than me; my sister ten.

3. On the family note, my father developed a malignant brain tumor when I was five. He survived for nine years--a long time for brain cancer--and eventually succumbed to the damaged caused by the cure (radiation).

4. I hold a B.S. in secondary education/English and a M.S. in counseling psychology (school guidance counseling). This pretty much guarantees I'll be in public schools for the rest of my career. (until winning the lotto or that "big book sale"...har)

5. Teaching is the family curse/blessing. My sister teaches high school English (like me), my brother teaches physical education, my mother is a retired home economics teacher, my father taught social studies and government, my brother-in-law is a gifted/talented teacher, my wife is a school guidance counselor, my great-aunt taught math, etc. Spooky, really. When I took my first teaching job, I knew I was "home".

6. I like to mix electronic music (using Sony Acid). Not dance/techno type stuff; more dark/ambient/IDM. Yes, this one comes from left field. I'm a big Brian Eno fan.

7. The Sci-Fi Channel once contacted me as an expert on H.G. Wells. This was in the mid-90s, and I posted a web site dedicated to the writer. The InterwebTM wasn't nearly this big back in those days. I was surprised, of course...especially since I'd snagged most of my material from a Microsoft Encarta article. I humbly steered them to the H.G. Wells society in the UK.

So I tag seven lurkers (unknown to me). I know you're out there.


Jeremy Kelly said...

I'm a big Brian Eno fan too.

K.C. Shaw said...

Still laughing at the H.G. Wells thing. Man, you could have strung them along forever!

Catherine J Gardner said...

I used to have a scar on my face - and strangely, my brother had a matching scar from a different accident that happened a couple of years after mine. Damn, I could have put that on my list.

I hope the lurkers come out to play.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

K.C.: that's what I was thinking, too...

"...and did you know that H.G. Wells was a world-class caber tosser? Oh yes...took many a medal in the Highland games..."

katey said...

Haha Jeremy has the idea!

Well that was fun, thanks for playing along. Here's hoping the lurkers cowboy up and drop a comment to let us know. Random glimpses into peoples' lives... well, writers like that kind of thing, man.

My response: Some dumbass from Arkansas.

Natalie L. Sin said...

These are fun, aren't they : )

Barry Napier said...

Hooray for #6. Wanna start a band? Oh, and I know I pimp these dudes out on my blog ALL the time, but you must give Steve Roach and Robert Rich a try (his album with Lustmored called "Stalker" is amazing).

Jameson T. Caine said...

I am the youngest as well, by quite a margin. They were all gone by the time I was five, so I had the best of both worlds: siblings who gave me presents and took me places, but who didn't live with me.

Carrie Harris said...

I'm with KC. You should have milked that for all you could. ;)

Aaron Polson said...

Yeah...I guess I could have rocketed to my fifteen minutes of fame as the guy who made a website about H.G. Wells.