Ten Random Things

Since faithful assistant Lauren David tagged me with sixteen random things and grumpy old geocacher Mark Rainey tagged me for six random things. I’ve decided to split the difference and go with ten random things.

1) I first started writing in fifth grade. I carry a notepad with me constantly because I’m always writing. At any given moment, I have 20+ blogs in progress.

2) I collect salt ‘n pepper shakers, comic books, dvds, and three sets of China.

3) I have both a British and American passport. You never know when you’re going to have to flee a country on short notice.

4) “Voodoo Chile” by Jimi Hendrix is my theme song. I’ve been known to burst into my bedroom at three in the morning spouting the lyrics. My wife loves this as much as my Mojo Jo Jo impersonation as bedroom banter.

5) Though I’m not one for life verses … John 15:1-2 has been a theme: “”I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

6) I always wanted to be a tap dancer. In fact, I daydreamed that my brother and I would grow up to be the next Nicholas Brothers

7) I love grape Nerds and white gummy bears. Yes, I will pick through a bag of gummy bears and only eat the white ones.

8) I refer to my church, and my small group in particular, as the Island of Misfit Toys.

9) I have a plastic rod along my spine to correct severe scoliosis. When it’s about to rain, my bones ache.

10) I’m not big on following rules. I also hate being tagged with stuff. Actually, Lauren knows this and specifically tagged me just to annoy me. I see her working. In that spirit, I’m not going to tag anyone. If you’re reading this and feel so moved, consider yourself tagged.

Oh, and since I was tagged in another “About You” meme, I’ve chosen to answer one question randomly:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes, my dad’s favorite drunk uncle.

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I Hear and Obey – Photo Meme

‘Cause if all your friends jump off the bridge and you don’t, life is pretty lonely.” Alethea Kontis

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

Yes, before showering and shaving, I exist in a fuzzy, gentle glow.

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Eat This Kaufmann

Since I’ve probably been dropped from all of the Christian feeds I was on over the weekend

(swiped from Sofia Coppola, I mean, Nick Kaufmann)

Your result for The Director Who Films Your Life Test…

Quentin Tarantino

Your film will be 49% romantic, 31% comedy, 42% complex plot, and a $ 42 million budget.

Wow! What a life you have led thus far! Action-packed, anti-social with probably dark humor. Quentin hasn’t really made many films, but each successive one is a bigger and grander project … and more violent. Karate CHOP! Your life story will probably star Michael Madsen, Uma Thurman, or some TV or movie star from the 1980s for which your film will be the comeback — let’s say Emilio Estevez. Maybe. Quentin’s short directing resume includes Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2.

Take The Director Who Films Your Life Test at HelloQuizzy

[Now forget about the bad man from the weekend. These were not the boobies you were looking for.]

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A Name Meme

The irony here is that I usually hate memes, however, I was having a discussion with a couple of friends where we were using other friends names as verbs. There are the obvious ones:

Keene – to inadvertently out one of your message board alts by forgetting to log out before you post again.

Mamatized – when you’ve been handed your butt in an online argument, dispute, or otherwise been shown to be just plain wrong about life and thought.

Haringa-d – when you’ve been handed your butt grammar Nazi-style.

Now, granted, this came up after someone said they had Mauriced in public [1) to annoy or otherwise be unnecessarily sarcastic; 2) a semi-drunken verbal rampage that involves being annoying or otherwise overly sarcastic, though usually ending in declarations of love and/or use of a “preacher’s voice”.] So, choosing five friends, I continue the tradition:

Lauren – to become obsessive compulsive about every aspect of your life or routine. Also known as a Ro.

Rolfingsmeyer – to start a project, bubble with a plethora of ideas about it, only to have the idea fizzle by the wayside as yet another project unfinished. (Specifically, this is referred to as a Rob. The Marcia is when one is playing a game of Magic the Gathering and pull a random/unprovoked/illogical attack on a player which results in your demise in the next turn.)

Stephen noises
– when a generally quiet person clears their throat in preparation of saying something. This includes the resultant pause in all conversation as everyone awaits the pronouncement.

Harp – to prematurely destroy something you’ve created because it isn’t coming out the way you imagined.

West – to have a teddy bear-like innocent love of all things horror related.

Consider yourselves tagged.

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Like I really Care What People Think

Okay, I was talked into doing this. Think of it as a game to see how well you (think you) know me.

The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.

Here’s my Johari Window.

The Nohari Window is a challenging inversion of the Johari Window, using antonyms of the original words. By describing your failings from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of perceived and unrecognized weaknesses can be explored.

Here’s my Nohari Window.

This will be interesting (read: an exercise in self-absorption).

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I’m The Originator – Meme Day

ENTP – The “Originator”
Temperament: NT (Intellectual)
Primary Function: Extraverted Intuition
Population: 3% (4.5% male, 1.5% female)

Click to view my Personality Profile page

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Yes, My Message Board IS Scary

Yes, it’s another Pink Night of the Soul. My sister (who sends her thanks for everyone’s prayers) is back as a MOD on my board and felt like declaring her presence.

*sigh*

I’d like to once again apologize. Consider it technical difficulties that are taking longer than expected to fix. Remember, two things: one, it is part a horror message board, so of course we expects sights that might send a person away screaming; and two, you can always go back in time and look at your favorite board(s) and “remember when …” Since I’m preparing to go out of town to a convention while planning my own, for now, a meme:

How Much is Your Life Worth?

Your Life Is Worth…

$596,500

Apparently I also need to increase my insurance.

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Thinking Bloggers

I’ve been tagged with a meme by a blogger who has just come to my attention. Apparently I make someone think. Woo-hoo!

Of course, I have to come up with five bloggers who make me think. It’s not like Scot McKnight, Rich Vincent, or Brian Keene need anymore blog love. So how about:

Anthony Smith

Rod Garvin

Wrath James White

Matt Cardin

Marc Davidson

And though I wish Lauren David and Andre Daley wrote more often, Jay Lake actually blogs more than I do.

Also, I took a look at Don Imus, then Reverends Sharpton and Jackson, and I wrap up my take on this whole mess by examining the role of hip hop in our culture with my Intake column “I Used to Love HER”.

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Five Things

Apparently I have been tagged. This is a pretty tough list to compile since I’m a pretty open book and blog about anything that pops into my head. Do you want me to link to my previous blogs of embarrassing medical mishaps (from lactating part I and part II to the catheter incident)?

1. I collect things. Sure, there are the comic books. I also collect salt and pepper shakers. China patterns (Russel Wright American Modern and Fire King stuff). Not to mention shot glasses and DVDs. You pick the obsession, I have compulsed it.

2. I am convinced I am going to die from some sort of brain disorder, probably a stroke but I haven’t ruled out an aneurism. I don’t have a fear of death as much as a fear of incapacitation or losing “who I am.” All that to say that I have only seen the season finale of Homicide: Life on the Streets season 4 once and have great difficulty watching Andre Braugher’s performance during season 5. Oh, Homicide: Life on the Streets is my favorite television show of all time.

3. Sadly, I am a direct descendant of Captain Morgan. Yes, that Captain Morgan. This comes from my mother’s side of the family, the Jamaican side.

4. I have a fear of heights and a fear of open water. This practically translates into a fear of bridges, too. I’d like to apologize to my fellow drivers on I-65 between Kentucky and Indiana. However, crossing the Ohio River is usually done white-knuckled and at 20 m.p.h.

5. I have had my identity stolen. I have retained dual citizenship as I’m an American, but was England born. I moved to America when I was pretty young and lost my British accent almost immediately (on purpose, actually: it’s tough enough being “the new kid”, trying to fit in, without people always coming up to you saying “say something English for us”). Anyway, a distant cousin apparently took my information and is living in England as “Maurice Broaddus”. The reason I know is because my aunt busted him. She didn’t tell me then, only after he pissed her off over money.

I’ll throw in a freebie that obviously some people don’t know: I hate being tagged with stuff. But, in the spirit of cyber community, I hereby tag Lauren, Anthony, and Wrath (Lord help us with stuff we don’t know about Wrath).

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