Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I was tagged by The Darwin Report. Luckily it didn't hurt very much. Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random (or arbitrary) things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six random things about me:

1. I just flew in from England, and boy are my arms....[shift forward in time 14 hours] actually my brain was too tired to think of 6 random things last night. Hopefully it's better this morning.

2. I have a concert tonight to which I'm driving the truck, although I'm a little out of practice with both the bassoon and driving on the right side.

This is one we do at a local retirement community on Veteran's Day every year, and makes me cry every time. For the first few years, they had WWII veterans in uniform carrying the flags (very slowly) down the aisle. Last year, I think they were replaced by Korean War veterans. I get all choked up when we play the Armed Forces Salute and veterans of each branch stand as we play their respective songs. Seeing the music through tears and playing with a lump in your throat isn't easy, I can tell you.

3. While in England, apart from attending my Grandad's 100th birthday party and getting to know some of my many relatives a little better, we went to the Dartmoor Zoological Park. I highly recommend going if you're in the neighbourhood. And even if you're not.

4. I didn't know until recently that Alcoholics Anonymous is a load of religious crap.

5. My son appears to be becoming a gay rights activist. He's really pissed off about how the passing of Proposition 8 could affect David and Pete (his Dad and Step-dad). I have more than one reason to be proud of him! Oh, all right. Lots, actually.

6. After 33 years in this country, I got my U.S. Citizenship eight years ago because I was tired of not being able to vote. Finally it's going the way I voted...

Hmm. Six people I can tag? I had a hard enough time coming up with 6 arbitrary things about me...

1. Kia at A Blog About Everything, who is definitely still alive.
2. Mr Farty at Better Oot Than In
3. Barry at Staring at Empty Pages
4. Andrew at Artificial Habitat, even though he hasn't posted anything for months, and may, in fact, be dead.
5. David at Musings by the Hairslave. Welcome to the blogging world!
6. The King of Ferrets at Ferret's Cage

You're it!


Barry Leiba said...

I'm surprised you've just learned about AA. It's been a controversy for quite some years, since many areas have laws requiring DUI offenders to attend some number of AA meetings. AA has tried to quell it by replacing "God" with "a Power greater than ourselves," and changing it to "God as we understood Him," but those attempts are entirely ridiculous and empty.

As to the tagging: Why, you vile bo... um... I mean, thank you for thinking of me, Laurie! It'll be posted on Saturday, unless something more timely or interesting pre-empts it.

(Hm. The CAPTCHA I got for this comment is "twitifyi". Says something, doesn't it?)

Barry Leiba said...

So, here, then, I dood it. In a bit of a counterrevolutionary way, but....

Hairslave 24/7 said...

Well that's one MORE reason you won't be going to AA I guess!

Pete said...

It being a "load of religious crap" would not be the worst thing about AA for Laurie. Them telling her to forego the 3rd Long Island Iced Tea would be a deal breaker!

Laurie said...

Barry - of course I expect you to be counterrevolutionary as well as disestablishmentarian, mathematically (in?)comprehensible, grammatically correct, and other polysyllabic words! Oh, and spam free...

Thanks for doing it! What kind of beer do you like?

David and Pete - Hell, yes that would be a deal breaker! You guys know me too well.

artificialhabitat said...

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated...er...again.

So, hopefully I'm back, for now. Glad your trip to the UK went well!

The Science Pundit said...

I have heard the argument that AA is a cult. I'm not sure how I feel about that. AA is definitely crap and many of the arguments are convincing, but I don't know.

Belated (8 years) congratulations on your citizenship. :-)