Monday, January 05, 2009

My Seven Things

I generally avoid this shit like the plague, but, since Snipey tagged me all direct-like, I reckon there's no harm in a little New Year's meme. And so, without further ado, here are seven weird and rather random things about yours truly:
  1. I am a notary public, which means I can legally perform marriages in the state of South Carolina. To date, I have performed one: for my best friend and his long-time girlfriend.
  2. I have two children, which isn't exactly a trade secret. What's lesser known is that each has a name that references both cheesy rock musicians and beloved sci-fi/fantasy properties. For my son it's Cheap Trick and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For my daughter, Guns N' Roses and Robotech.
  3. My wife is six years my junior, which doesn't seem like a lot until you remember that I have an unhealthy obsession with pop culture minutia. She genuinely doesn't get a significant chunk of my silly references because she was too young to watch Three's Company and Galaxy Rangers. Her loss. ;)
  4. Before I started writing about music, I actually wrote and performed it. I was in a half-dozen or so local bands with a number of high school friends throughout my teens and twenties. I chose to leave music for two reasons. The first is the simple fact that I was never really particularly good; I played bass, a little rhythm guitar, and did some songwriting and singing, but I obviously have no innate talent for any of these. The second is a personal brand of chronic, crippling stage fright.
  5. With the above two entries fresh in your mind, you shouldn't be at all surprised to learn that it is my fondest wish to start a heavy metal band that does nothing but covers of classic television theme songs. We will be called Clicker, which I imagine would look great in some horribly indecipherable metal band font.
  6. I have worked for the same company, a local community college, for 15 years. Yep, that's my whole adult life. I've held four different positions across three departments in my time here, so it's not like I've been doing the exact same thing for a decade and a half. Still, I can't help but think that it's a little odd for someone to hang around the same workplace for so long.
  7. While most adults fear things of actual consequence, like, say, loneliness or their own mortality, I am still haunted by the same terrors that plagued me as a child. Namely zombies, spiders, clowns, and Christian puppet shows. The zombie thing is easy enough to avoid, but spiders, clowns, and, since I live in the rural south, religious-themed puppet shows are a constant threat.
With that unpleasant incident behind us, I'm'a tag:
  • Church – because he doesn't have a blog and will have to tweet his answers, which I find amusing
  • Matt – because he needs something to distract him while he's trying to quit smoking
  • Hex – because he spends a lot of his energy focusing on others
  • Beefy – because he enjoys talking about his hilarious and noteworthy exploits
  • Snake Eyes – because he's Canadian, and Canadians are fascinating
  • Anthony – because he is my nerdy music blogging brother
  • La BĂȘte – because his job description alone makes me pretty sure he's got some interesting stuff going on
Da Rules:
  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post — some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.


Church said...

Number 1) I hate you.

I'll have to think about the others...

Z. said...


Anthony said...

More writing!? son of a...

Snake Eyes said...

Rascal. OK I hope to dip quill in ink today, godswilling.

snipe said...

Thank you for indulging me :D I usually avoid them like the plague too, but when I was tagged, it was by people who don't send that shit out all the time.

Snake Eyes said...

Done, finally. Over here.

Z. said...

You know you love it, Ant. Just like you love The Simpsons.

Same here, Snipe. Since it was from you I gave it a shot.

Well done, Snake. Fascinating read.