Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tag::Seven random things about me

Sorry folks...I rolled into Austin and promptly was set upon by the "I-10 Revenge" (think Montezuma's revenge)...I told a friend the first day that it felt like someone "took an eggbeater to the inside of my stomach"...let's just suffice it to say the past four days have been the absolute worst gastrointestinal event of my lifetime...that said...

Here are the rules: Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog: Share seven random and/or weird things about yourself. Tag seven people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. Here goes:


I was tagged by:
Danzarin
Reality Pivots
Johanna's Tangri-La
still looking for one or two others...


One::
I once had a dream (more like a fleeting thought) about being an Olympic speed skater (I have the legs for it) and then it was an Olympic C-1 paddler. My passion, many years ago, was whitewater kayaking. The culmination of my kayaking "career" was paddling the Chattooga River in Georgia - a National Wild and Scenic River - made famous by the movie "Deliverance". As I recall, it's solid Class 4/5 whitewater.
Olympic Whitewater C-1 Slalom

Two::
I sincerely believe that I was a mountain man/trapper (like Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith and those dudes) in a previous "incarnation"...here's the story...the summer after high school, I did a month long mountaineering course at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the Wind River Range in Wyoming...at the end of the trip, we were picked up at Green River Lakes by a bus for the long ride back to Lander, on the other side of the range...we were driving past this one area...where I got this overwhelming feeling...it was almost like I could see the tipis...the indians...the mountain men...the horses...the dogs...the smoke from campfires...all coalesced into a rendevous (mountain men, indians and merchants trading)...it was like I was there...as we crossed the creek, I noticed it was named "Horse Creek"...when I got to Lander I wandered into a book store, picked up a book on mountain men (I had already been reading everything I could get my hands on for the past several years...)...thumbed through the pages...and stopped on a map/plate showing the location of the very last rendevous ever held by the mountain men...it was in 1840 at Horse Creek on the Green River...after that, the mountain man's way of life began to die out...as demand for beaver pelts waned...it was a really eerie feeling at the time...

Three::
I'm allergic to penicillin...my allergic reaction when I was 6 yrs old consisted of severe dizziness and seeing everything in black and white negative...freaky...

Four::
My first job was when I was 11 or 12 years old...was working as the "attendant" at a driving range (golf)...I got fired on my first day...I was too young to drive the ballpickeruppermachinethingamajigtractor...so I was shagging the golf balls manually...and some kids went into the little shack and stole some candy bars while I was out on the range..."you're fired!"...

Five::
I once choked on a large chunk of bacon in a breakfast taco...while driving down the road...actually inhaled it partially...I thought to myself, "this is it, this is how I am going to die"...but then involuntarily heimlich'd myself by throwing my body over the center console (and choughing and choking the offending chunk free) as I skidded to a stop in the middle of an intersection...cheating death...

Six::
When I was 16 years old...a sophomore in high school...I had a year long affair with a 24 year old nymphomaniac...I just found out last year why it ended...my mom found out about it and ran her off...

Seven::
I can think about someone I have not seen or heard from in a long time...and within hours, (sometimes minutes) I will run into them...or they will call or email me...this happens to me a lot...

I will figure out and add the tags and other stuff later...

3 comments:

tangobaby said...

I can say that you have proved #7 to be true. There have been a few times that I was thinking about you and then checked my email to find a message from you in my inbox.

As to #6, that sounds like a boy's dream come true! And practice does make perfect, as they say.

;-)

Sarah said...

Hi Alex,

I'm sorry you have been unwell! You would never have known it from your dancing the other night.

Thanks again for the tip about Lambert's. I enjoyed meeting you and your companion, and despite all that noise it was really wonderful to get some tango in during my time in Austin. I hope to see you again some time!

Sarah

Johanna said...

Hey Alex,
Great list! Thanks for playing along. It's all TB's fault...