Thursday, June 28, 2007

Eight Things About Me

Lori of Hahn at Home has tagged me, something I've somehow avoided for a long time. I'm not even sure I know eight folks who haven't been tagged already. Since RC is getting antsy, I'll give this a try and count it as a contemporary post, something which will be more common in future as I attempt to blend my long ago memories with more contemporary recollections. The rules: Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog. 1) I'll eat (taste) almost anything at least once, it may actually taste far better than it looks. The Asian folks wonder why we generally refuse to eat brains and eyes, as they the cleanest part of most animals. Instead, we stuff ourselves with "treats" such as goose liver (pate) and intestine linings that are cleaned and then stuffed with all the ground up organs of the animal. It does seem a bit weird when you think about it. 2) I LOVE storms of any type. Preferring to be at sea during gales and other nasty conditions. I've been known to remain on a 'weather deck' during an entire storm, just watching the power of the sea. Standing at the coast out of reach of the water crashing on the rocky coast is a great treat to me as well. And snow means I'll get to watch the cute little 'skid-steer' plows moving the snow around.

3) I'm somewhat claustrophobic, although I can work in tight spaces without panicking, as long as I'm familiar with the space and know where the exit is. If in a building, I feel very uncomfortable if I can't see the outside. I also refuse to sit in a restaurant or other establishment unless my back is against the wall, affording me a view of as much of the place as possible.

4) I'll taste almost anything as I said above, but I absolutely detest egg salad, macaroni salad, and potato salad. Yuck!! Especially yuck to egg salad. There's not enough hot sauce in the world to make it palatable. I don't like my eggs in a sandwich either. I love eggs and sausage, easy-over eggs on toast, but no egg in a McMuffin style deal thank you. Strange, to say the least.

5) I love ALL critters, from the most disgusting insects imaginable to cute puppies and kitties. Even though I was raised on a farm where it was necessary to slaughter animals for food, I always consider that acceptable. I hate those who kill any living thing just for the pleasure or thrill they get from killing. If you kill a critter, be prepared to eat it, all life is sacred.

6) I'm extremely quiet and dislike social gatherings. Not really sure why this is, as I've always had to go to meetings, parties, dinners, etc as part of my job over the years. Even now I go to town meetings and committee meetings and say my piece if I feel that things aren't going the way I perceive as the best way for all. But if you give me a keyboard it seems I'm unstoppable .

7) Even though I've always given the impression of being firm in my decisions, I quite often have doubts as to whether I did the correct thing or not. I must be doing okay though, as for 60+ years things seem to have turned out the best for all concerned, at least most of the time.

8) I'm a sucker for kids, critters, and even 'chick flicks' if they're well filmed. I also love opera, jazz, heavy metal, and hard rock. Country music I can tolerate for a time, but a steady diet of it depresses me. Dancing was a favorite activity, especially ballroom, but I can no longer do it. I hate watching "artistic" dance though. I love paintings, photos, and any sort of well done visual art. To me, a urinal is NOT art, nor is wrapping islands in fabric, etc. Cristo sucks in my book.

That wasn't as hard as I thought, boring, but easy. Don't be surprised if I tag YOU, if I can think of anyone whose "tag" thoughts I've not read. Until next time, be well and take care.


R. C. said...

Very nice Mike, I could almost hear the song "My Favorite Things" while reading this....Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens...Glad your back, now I can plan my vacation..

Hahn at Home said...

Hardly boring Mike - it is good to learn more about the old Indian far off the reservation! Thanks!

Patricia said...

Well, that was nice, Mike.
That's about the way I thought you were.
Isn't it interesting how we can form an impression of someone from things like blogs and Guest Books, without ever meeting them in person. There have always been "pen pals" which is kind of like that, but with the new electronics everybody in the world will soon know everybody else! Hmmmmm.

Ann said...

Until now I didn't know anyone else who disliked potato salad the way my husband does. And I agree with Patricia, as there were no huge surprises-- you reveal your personality quite well in the blog posts-- and also with Hahn at Home, who said it wasn't boring. Thanks for sharing!

Gledwood said...

storms are cool ...we had a real thunder & lightning humdinger last week!... entertaining blog ... dropped in at random on the random blog button ... all the best 2u... btw!: come to mine!: gledwood2.blogspot ... hope 2c ya there ... take it e.z.... gleds

Mies said...

Hmmmmmmm, no surprises...Okay I'll agree with that...Good to have ya back and writing again......
Hey! R.C., I didn't know you could sing!...Nice voice...

R.C. said...

Thanks Mies
I'm available for parties, weddings and other special occasions...Cost is very reasonable:)

Brother Tim said...

Nice post, Mike. Being an old Gulf Coast commercial shrimper, I understand fully your love of the gales at sea. When hurricanes threatened our area, we always took the boats out to sea. Better to fight the sea, than to fight the docks.

ursusdave said...

Well now there are some things on your post here that I have in common with you and some that I definitely don't. And a few really surprised me. Thanks for them cause I needed to know that someone whom I respect and admire as much as you has similar things that bother them too.
I'll do one of each:
I love great potato salad. One time at a veteran’s group’s picnic I had 5 kinds of homemade potato salad and it was outstanding.
I love storms. I absolutely love to drive around in any kind of storm up to about 45MPH winds or so. But I'd have to take a wild ride in one at sea to know if I could handle that or not. Sure sounds good though. I can see you up there lovin it on the weather deck for sure--how long I'd be able to stay there with an old sea hand like you and whether I'd ever go to sea again are questions that may never be answered.

Kay said...

Good gracious, Mike. You said I should go back to your earlier posts to know who you are and I am. It's late and I need to get to bed but I'm tip toeing through your posts looking into doors and pulling out quickly some times and looking in sometimes. I'll come back to those rooms when I have more time. I can most certainly see WHY you'd be somewhat claustrophobic given your earlier life.

I don't believe you can truly erase your bad times. I can't. I've always thought that you have to just accept it and go from there... looking toward the light.

OK.... gotta go and look in a few more rooms before I go to bed.