June 05, 2007

Gratuitous Random Narcissism Posting

Lynn S tags us with one of those Tell Us About Yourself memes:

The rules are as follows:

Each player creates a list of eight random personal facts/habits.
At the end of your post, list eight people who you want to tag to also do this meme.
People who are tagged will write their own list of eight personal facts/habits and, if they have a blog of their own, post these rules and their list.

I don't recall doing one of these before, so here goes. (Steve, Gary, LMC, Chai-Rista - feel free to jump in as well.)

1. I love getting the mail even though there is rarely any of actual interest to me. The Missus deliberately leaves it in the box until I get home, just so I can walk out and fetch it.

2. I like to put tabasco sauce on popcorn. And french fries. Oh, hell, and eggs, too. In fact, on quite a lot of things.

3. I can't get to sleep without my head sandwiched in between two pillows. If the Missus ever decides to do me in for the insurance money, she won't need to do any real prep work.

4. I have a fear of latex balloons left over from several traumatic childhood popping incidents. In fact, I won't get into a car with balloons in it. (This can make birthday party runs problematic sometimes.)

5. At the metro, I always preposition myself on the platform so that the train doors open directly in front of me, thus increasing my chances of nabbing an empty seat. (Why more regular commuters do not do this is beyond me.)

6. At home, I simply ignore the telephone.

7. I don't like cats. Nonetheless, cats seem to like me. One of ours insists on watching me shave every morning.

8. I love red wine. On the other hand, white wine gives me a horrid headache. (I understand that this phenomenon is more common the other way around.)

9. BONUS: Favorite day of the work week? Thursday. Least favorite? Tuesday.

So there you have it. I won't tag. If you want to play, you have my blessing.

Chai-Rista jumps on board:

  1. IMO, If there is an pyramid of action in television drama, Gary Sinise is at the foundation.

  2. I ignore the landline telephone at home, too. But I answer the swingin' jingle on the cell 'cause only my best peeps have that number.

  3. I have a perfectly healthy addiction to zombies.

  4. Bic or PaperMate? Gentle Readers, the implement of writing is greatly important, and it is PaperMate. End of debate! PaperMate!

  5. I love old medical texts with photos or illustrations. They have to be older than 1960.

  6. I love to eat tuna from the can, after I cover it in extra virgin olive oil and chipotle Tabasco sauce.

  7. My favorite time of day is 5am. I drink coffee w/soy milk and write in total peace.

  8. When I'm buying a car, it's a deal breaker if the air conditioning isn't meat-locker cold.

  9. Bonus Point: I changed my own flat tire this morning and it was no big deal!

Posted by Robert at June 5, 2007 09:02 AM | TrackBack

#5. You ask why more commuters don't do what you do at the platform? Because of you.

I'm not a regular Metro rider, but I figure if you've managed to memorize to the exact millimeter where the train will stop and have the doors open in front of you, I don't want to get in your way.


Posted by: jen at June 5, 2007 09:27 AM

#5 - In Japan they paint marks on the platform exactly where the car doors are going to be, and people not only line up right at that spot, they study which car to be in so that they are closest to the exit they need to be at in their destination station (Tokyo train and subway stations are huge and often have exit numbers in the high duble digits: my work exit was #14 in my station).

The ticky part for foreigners is figuring out which marks go with your particular trians, as many stations have 3 or 4 different lines coming in to the same platform. Fortunately most are color coded.

Posted by: John at June 5, 2007 09:44 AM