Monday, February 6, 2006

Tagged

...by Pris. Apparently, I am supposed to list 5 weird things about myself. The "rules" are:

“The first player of this game starts with the topic 'five weird habits of yourself,' and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don't forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You are tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”

Ok. Here goes.

1) I've never been tagged (but that's not my first weird thing. You have to read on for that). I like reading about it---who tagged whom, what funny things they say having been tagged, etc. For a while I thought, "I sure hope I don't get tagged. I don't want to write about something just because someone tags me." But as my bloglife went on (I started it last May from El Salvador) and I felt more and more like the neighborhood kid who never gets invited to play kickball, I began to want it. I had thoughts of writing someone, saying, "You can tag me if you want." Sad. So here I am, tagged and rambling on, realizing that one weird thing about me is my tendency to ramble on incessantly about things. I usually just control it better through some editing. Sometimes, though, I just have to stop myself in mid-sentence because I would

2) I was a game-show junkie. Press Your Luck, Sale of the Century, Jokers' Wild. Of course the biggies, too---The Price Is Right, Hollywood Squares. Hell, I've tried to watch Family Feud in Spanish. Es muy bueno, no?

3) I don't have a cell phone. I don't know if that's weird or not, but it makes you feel weird when the Bubble Yum snapping cashier looks at you, distracted from her conversation about The OC, and says, "Did you ask if we have a pay phone ?"

4) I have read every issue of Sports Illustrated since 1979. In that year, Willie Stargell and Terry Bradshaw were Sportsmen of the Year. It was the year before the U.S. hockey team upset the Soviet Union. Pre-Reagan. I was nine, already in full swing with a love affair with sports. My grandmother got me a subscription for Christmas, and she's done the same each year since. Once, when I was completing grad school, furiously researching classical rhetoricans like Cicero, Quintillian, Aristotle and the other Greeks, my grandmother asked if I would prefer something like The Wall Street Journal. Heck no, I said. Heck no.

5) I love to sing in my car. And to me, I sound gooood. As I like to say, you don't have to be good at life to live it (and love it). And you certainly don't have to be a good singer to love singing. I know I sound like a dying goat. But with the windows rolled up, the temperature set just right and the volume up loud enough, I sound just like Elton John. Or Steve Perry. Hell, I sound just like Pavarotti.

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I'll tag Pam, Shin Yu (how's Taipei?), Neil, Barbara, and Ji-in. How weird are you?

14 comments:

Michelle e o said...

Ha! Lee that was great. That pressure stabilization on the vocal cords in cars is great, isn't it?

Lee Herrick said...

Oh yes...I sing like crazy. Any style, anytime! There's a fun variation on this at Twice the Rice, if you click on Ji-in's name in my original post. Michelle, consider yourself tagged. You singing those Red Hot Chili Pepper songs still?

Michelle e o said...

Oh too late Lee, I already got it. I just got a new kate bush CD and I actually really like it. I'm not sure why I bought it to begin with. I've been listening to Janis Joplins greatest hits in the car. Oh lord won't ya buy me a mercedes benz, my friends all drive porsches, I must make amends.....

Ji In said...

Next time I get tagged (by someone other than you), I am SO tagging you!

I loved the last sentence of your #1, by the way. Laughed. Out. Loud.

Lee Herrick said...

michelle---i've heard of kate bush...but never heard her. And I love Janis Joplin. One of my dogs is named Joplin. "Crybaby" is one of my favorite songs...

ji-in---well i guess i asked for it (if you tag me). I'm glad you got a chuckle from it...one of my (rare) funny blog moments! it'll be interesting to see sarah's list...

Michael Parker said...

I loved this! And not one of those items is weird--I love to sing in the car; I don't have a cell phone; and I used to be a game show addict, especially the Price is RIght. Maybe that is the point of this challenge... to prove that we are all similar rather than different. Again, a great post!

Shin Yu said...

Thanks for the tag, Lee. Taiwan is good, finally things are cooking.

My five weird things about me list is posted at the old blog Makura No Soshi while the ongoing archive of adventures is at 73daysinformosa.

Peace,

Lee Herrick said...

Michael,

I just had a funny image---the two of us in the front row on the Price is Right, bidding on dishwashers!

Shin Yu---I'm glad Taiwan is going well! I look forward to reading your posts at 73daysinformosa!

sarahkim said...

I have to admit I felt the same way about getting tagged. We're such nerds!

pam said...

'doh, just found out I've been tagged...

I better start running...

Lee Herrick said...

Sarah,

Nah, we're not nerds...okay, well maybe a little bit.

Pam,

I love your number 3! I'm going to try that....

Kimberly said...

uh, still a nerd over here. the actual nerd who still wasn't chosen for being tagged. oh well. i'm enjoying reading thru your blog. i had heard your poetry is great so here i am to snoop thru. :-)

Lee Herrick said...

kimberly,

well thanks for stopping by...it's nice to meet you. i actually looked at your blog a while back and liked it but never posted a message. now that you've visited mine, i hope you'll visit again. if you are redaing this, it means you have visited again, and it means that you have now been tagged!

Kimberly said...

uh-oh...wasn't expecting to be tagged! (perhaps it was easy to sense my desperation of feeling un-loved in the blogger world. hahaha...j/k...sort of...)
it's nice to meet you too. i will continue to check back and read more of your blog. sometime i will post some of my poems and being the professional you are, perhaps you can tell me what you think. its nice to have this chance to meet other KADs.