I rarely participate in blog memes. I wish that I had a good reason like “I take my blogging seriously” or “it would corrupt the integrity of my blog.” In reality, I’ve just never been tagged in one before, and I’m usually too lazy to go out and find them. Over the past couple weeks, however, I’ve been tagged by two different people to participate in the same meme. That seems pretty divine, and it’s a fun one anyway, so I figured I would give it a shot.
Before I get into it, I should mention that I’m going to cheat a bit. Like I mentioned, I was tagged by two different people. Last week, @Daley_84 (author of the excellent Comfort in Sound blog) passed it on to me, and this week @floydsdad (author of the equally excellent Floyd’s Dad blog) did the same. Like a good game of telephone, the rules changed slightly between them. One focused on the number 11 while the other focused on 12. I’ve decided to go with 12 because I’m writing this while trying to get my son to sleep, so I probably have the time. I also have to answer questions that they asked. Since I don’t feel like answering 23 questions, I’ll take half from each. This is actually a good thing since they’re both British, and I have no idea what a couple of their questions are asking anyway. Without further ado, on to the meme!
Here are the rules that go along with it.
- You must post the rules.
- Post 12 fun fact about yourself.
- Answer the questions that you have been asked and then create 12 new questions for the bloggers that you tag afterwards.
- Tag 12 people and link them to your blog.
- Let those you have tagged know about it.
Here are 12 fun facts about myself that may be slightly strange.
- Even though I’ve wanted to be in the Navy since I was about 8 years old and have now served for about 14 years, I was 19 years old before I ever saw the ocean.
- My graduating class in high school had 16 kids (12 boys and 4 girls).
- I once worked for 6 months in the jewelry department at Wal-Mart. One of my specialties was piercing ears.
- With the exception of the Navy, the only 2 places I have worked are K-Mart while in high school and Wal-Mart while in college. In both instances, I quit because I was leaving for the Navy.
- I used to get jars of pickles for holidays and birthdays. That’s how much I loved them.
- My bachelor’s degree is in Medieval European History, and I was nearly successful at making sign language count for my foreign language requirement.
- Despite being in my 30s and growing up in a farming community, I can’t drive a stick shift.
- My son’s first name was inspired by my favorite beer.
- While I’m very much out of practice, I used to be a fairly decent saxophone player.
- I have participated in a professional fishing tournament with my dad.
- I once spent 2 weeks in Djibouti to help set up a training exercise. I lost over 20 pounds in those 2 weeks because of the anti-malaria medication.
- I have had the opportunity to spit into every ocean except the Arctic.
To the questions.
- What is the most bizarre thing you have ever eaten? While many, many jokes about ship food are flying through my head, I’ll play it safe. This would probably be the kabobs that I was once served in Turkey. They were very tasty, and I would have them again, but the menu didn’t say what type of meat they were, and the server wouldn’t volunteer the information either.
- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be besides money and eternal life? First, I would like to meet the Dalai Lama. Second, I would wish that Soundgarden had never broken up. Third, I would wish that my son would actually go to sleep tonight, so I could stop lying here.
- Do you have any phobias that render you a gibbering wreck? I really don’t. I have a healthy fear of snakes, but nothing that is debilitating. The closest thing would probably be my fear of being late. If I’m even in danger of being late for something, I break out in a cold sweat.
- If you had to live as the opposite gender for 1 day, what would you do? Shower…..a lot.
- If you were allowed one album to take into solitary confinement for a year, what would it be? This would have to be August and Everything After by Counting Crows. This album came out when I was 13 and immediately became my favorite. To this day, it is one of the few albums that I will listen to beginning to end.
- Would you rather be a pirate or a ninja, and why? This one is tough. The sailor in me says pirate, but I’m going to lean towards ninja. The reason basically boils down to the fact that ninjas don’t get scurvy.
- What is your most unusual skill? My wife and mother have both told me that I have the rare ability to calm everybody down when things are going crazy. Apparently, my demeanor and voice helps others relax at times.
- If you had to write a book, what would it be about? I would definitely write a book about my father. One of the reasons that I started this blog in the first place is to hone my writing skills, so it could be a large part of my life once I retire.
- What is the funniest (non-offensive) joke you know? Knock, knock….Who’s there?….Dwayne….Dwayne who?….Dwayne the bathtub, I’m dwowning. (As you can tell, I’m not much of a jokester.)
- What would you like your legacy to be? I would be perfectly happy if I were only known as a family man that worked hard every day to give his wife and kids every advantage that he could.
- What has been your most embarrassing moment in public? One time long before I met my wife, at the check-out counter of a movie rental place, I was getting ready to hit on the girl behind me in line when the clerk decided to tell me at the top of his voice that I had two movies overdue. One was a cartoon, and one was an adult film. I walked out of the store in shame.
- Why is your favorite color your favorite? My favorite color is gray which is fairly unusual. In Mr. Jones by Counting Crows (from the album I mentioned earlier), there is a line that goes, “Gray is my favorite color.” I thought that was a really neat concept, so I went with it. Now, after all my time at sea, I’ve seen every possible shade of gray reflected on the surface of the ocean, and I’ve developed a love for the color that even Adam Duritz could never appreciate.
Now, for my 12 questions to pass on to the other
poor saps bloggers that I decide to tag.
- What is the best concert that you have been to?
- If you could learn one type of dance, what would it be?
- What is your favorite pet, and why?
- What is your dream job?
- If you could meet one author, living or dead, who would it be, and why?
- What is the one place on earth that you would like to visit?
- What is the dorkiest thing that you have ever done?
- If you could afford any hobby, what would it be?
- What is your “moment of zen?”
- What is the coolest animal that you have ever seen in it’s natural environment?
- What is your favorite sport to play?
- How old were you the first time that you drank alcohol?
Now, on to the people that I will tag with this post so they promptly ignore me and then stop following me on Twitter. I don’t have a full 12, but I can only inflict so much pain without feeling guilty.
@MadDadz (Mad Dadz Blog)
@TheDaddyYoDude (The Daddy Yo Dude)
@BartimusPrime1 (I Can’t See You Because You’re Talking Too Loud)
@HowToBeADad (How To Be A Dad)