Monthly Archives: April 2008

Can I Count?

No, obviously not. Eight is not ten, especially when one skips seven. Seven may possibly be the new thirteen.
Speaking of numbers, this Thursday is the birthday I am not having. Last year was my last birthday ever. Hmph.
On to better numbers, very late on this upcoming Thursday and/or very early on Friday morning will be this blog’s 5th birthday.
Oh, and, Happy Earth Day to you.

Eight Random Things

Ha! Dave got me… Good thing I was keeping up on my feed reading… So, here it goes, my Eight Random Things…
1. Let others know who tagged you.
2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
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Fact #1: My two childhood passions were volcanoes & whales. One year, when I was 8 or 9, I convinced my Mom that we needed to do a roadtrip to visit all of the major volcanoes in California & Oregon. Good thing my Mom is cool.
Fact #2: In commemoration of my childhood, I am planning a road trip to Seattle for Bumbershoot this year and I plan on driving by and stopping at all the major volcanoes along the way in CA, OR, & WA.
Fact #3: Major West Coast Volcanoes of Note: Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Crater Lake, The Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte, Mt. Hoot, Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainer. Now I have visited/ walked about / climbed: Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Craker Lake, The Three Sisters, Black Butte and Mt. Rainer. So that leaves Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Baker, and Mt. St. Helen’s left for this August / September.
Fact #4: I am a rice-a-tarian. I have Celiacs Disease and rice is always the safest option.
Fact #5: Once I placed #3 for my age bracket in downhill ski racing for the whole of the West Coast. I also had the chance when I was 19 to ski a whole weekend with the US Olympic Ski team recruiters who afterwards told our mutual friend that they thought I had the “prettiest” skiing technique that they had ever seen. But the truth of the matter is that I was simply not competitive enough or aggressive enough to ski for the A, B, or C teams. Glad for that now.
Fact #6: I learned to ski when I was 2. Yep, 2 years old. My Mom & Dad met when they both worked at or around Mammoth Mountain. My Dad was on ski patrol at Bear Valley on the west side of the Sierra’s when I was 2 and he put me in ski school.
Fact #8: As a child, my Mom’s dad was obsessed with technology and pushed me constantly to learn how to program computers. I rebelled by not touching a computer at all until I was 19. Now he has the last laugh. Still does.
Fact #9: The area I live in is 6 feet below sea level and 1.5 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Luckily, we did not have a storm surge at the same time as an extra high tide during one of the storms this winter , otherwise I would have been 3 feet under water at my apartment. This happened at our area in 1983. While I love being near the beach, am thinking that I should move back to Orange.
Fact #10: I have a book addiction. While the rest of the world loves their TV or gaming or sports or whatever, I love books. I am currently trying to decide where I should put another bookcase as to free up floor space currently taken up by stacks of books. I did make a positive step to break the addiction today by going to the Library to check out a book rather than order it on Amazon…
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Now I am supposed to tap 8 other folks, and to follow Dave’s example, I won’t email them but let them find this post via my feed:
1) Sandra Daly-Mendoza
2) Allison Hahn
3) Devin Ballentina
4) Tink
5) George Kelly
6) Rita El Khoury
7) Elizabeth Perry
8) Colin Mercer