Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The 8 things meme....at last.

I have been tagged by Zephyr, Ruth and Kate Olson to do the 8 random things.

Rules:

1. Let others know who tagged you.
2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

1) When I was 10 or 11 I won a screaming contest (on who could scream the loudest), they actually didn’t let me finish, but as most of the hundred+ adults present were sticking finger in their ears the presenter ran up shouting, “You win, you win!” to make me stop. Who in their right mind would come up with a contest of screaming children?

2) Though all of high school and my first college degree I used an Underwood #5 from the 1920’s. For some reason I thought writing stories on an Underwood and sending off letters for submission with it made me appear more “literary.” (as opposed to “fruitcake”). Since it had no correction ribbon my submissions were littered with white out and XXXXX over a misspelling. I honestly believed this gave unknown editors a BETTER impression of me.

3) At an Appalachian hills home without running water, I got accepted by outshooting all the ‘good ole boys’ with a .22 (they were, admittedly, drinking at the time). Guess all those summers at Christian survival training camp came in handy. They fed me and let me use the “hot tub” (giant metal mixing pot with wood fire under) resulting in the worst food poisoning I have ever had.

4) The last six months I have done eight different sports; six of them in a wheelchair; four of them I still do on a regular basis: Wheelchair boxing, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair jogging and disability sailing.

5) I have never smoked a cigarette, though I held one once while it burned down....just to be sociable.

6) My father used to read either a) the Bible or b) Homer's Iliad to us as little children to put us to sleep.

7) I like searching university library lists for things in storage and asking to borrow them. By nature, books in storage MUST be better than those on the shelf (which is how I found a collection of early 16th-17th century hymn books in the English Literature Library).

8) Linda and I have no bed and have slept on the floor on thermarest camping mattresses for the last 10 years.

I tag: Wiccachicky, GayProf, Sober, Daniel, Cooper, Kathz, Katja, belledame222, and KateJ when she decides to go back to blogging. Also God can answer if she choses.

10 comments:

KateJ said...

I didn't know about this tagging (tagging to me means something they do to offenders as an alternative to prison!) But you've shamed me into action and I'll be having a go, I reckon, when I start blogging again in a week or so. (I'll have had a blog-free month by then and I'm getting serious withdrawal symptoms!) Don't know that I know 8 other people who are blogging, though... I'll have to think about that!

Ruth said...

Love that typewriter! I had one like that (a Royal) from my grandfather and did my first writing on it too. LOL I still remember the keys sticking and no way to correct errors...

belledame222 said...

Who in their right mind would come up with a contest of screaming children?

A sadist? Or just someone really, really stuck for ideas...

kathz said...

Help! 8 things - 8 people. I think I'll be urging KateJ and her partner to return to their Welsh blog so that I can tag that - or is it cheating?

I'm going to need days to think about this.

Kay Olson said...

You are hilarious.

And, apparently persistent, to get all that schoolwork done on an Underwood. Beautiful machine, but, wow.

GayProf said...

I am so behind on my memes! I will try to do this...

I loved the typewriter. WordPerfect, however, has a font that perfectly simulated typewriter printing. You would still need to supply your own WhiteOut.

Hazel said...

Hi Elizabeth, I was given something to pass on to five deserving bloggers, and thought of you. I hope you don't think its weird or that I'm a fanatic stalker, I'm just a fan.
http://hazel8500.wordpress.com/2007/07/21/schmoozies/
Take care!
Hazel.

Cooper said...

All right...tag #2....I am limited to just 8 things????

Sober @ Sundown said...

Oh my, was that my name on the list?

I will start working on the list, and post it when I find 8 wacky things about me.

Elizabeth McClung said...

KateJ: Come back to blogging soon - we need more welsh blogs!

Ruth: Yes, get too fast and you get keys stuck, keeps you about 25 WPM.

Belledame222: Yeah, but still I WON! Wooh Hoo!

Kathz: run away to another country, do it when you return

Kay: Thanks, but I think I had the "clueless" hilarity - like when I handed in a five page pentamic poem instead of an essay in college. (it was on theme)

Gayprof: Alas I will always be a low tech geek, I still have the fountain pens, the expensive rag paper and crappy handwritting (I had chicken pox when we did cursive, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

Hazel: Cool, thanks for passing this on me to me - I wish I could keep up with your blog but you are a one woman blogging tornado (4 posts in one day?)

Cooper: yup just 8

Sober: Go sober go, do the meme!