Monthly Archives: April 2008
Fare the well to my thirties, I didn’t like you much.
May the next decade be much better.
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.
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.
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…
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
5) George Kelly
6) Rita El Khoury
7) Elizabeth Perry
8) Colin Mercer