First, the damn rules:
- We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
- Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Don’t forget to leave them each a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
So be it.
- HABIT: I have just about given up milk for my breakfast cereal. For that matter, I’ve just about given up breakfast for my breakfast cereal. Instead, I pour out a tumbler full of granola or Grape-Nuts or whatever (maybe Cheerios, but nothing presweetened) and drink it as though it were a beverage while I sit here typing in the evenings.
- FACT: When I joined the Army back in ’72, there was a block on the form for Preferred Duty Assignments, one in the continental US, one overseas. The overseas choices were listed by theater: there was, you may remember, a war going on in the Pacific, and being (I assumed) something of a wuss, I checked the box for Europe. You were allowed to pick any of the 48 applicable states for the CONUS posting; being (I assumed) something of a smartass, I checked Rhode Island, knowing that actual assignment there was extremely unlikely. After basic training, I ended up in central Massachusetts, a short bike ride from Rhode Island, and then at a NATO base. Be careful what you ask for.
- FACT: Once upon a time, I had a reputation as an early adopter: in 1974, I bought a pocket calculator with an 8-digit LED display, an AC adaptor, the four basic arithmetic functions and not a whole lot else, for the princely sum of $109.95. Today you can get far more capable machines than this at the dollar store. The number of Beta tapes around here testifies to the value of getting rid of that reputation.
- HABIT: The figure “8” is usually written as a continuous curve, and when I was studying the fine art of writing, we were told to start at the top, sweep to the left, downward toward the right, sweep to the left and then complete the loop. Approximately half the time I actually do it that way; the other half I do it “backwards.” I attribute this to the delusion that occasionally reversing a task will ward off age-related deterioration. (While I am legitimately fast on a 10-key pad with my right hand I am a northpaw, so to speak I will often do a string of calculations on the office adding machine with my left, for possibly-related reasons. Speed is lower, but accuracy is comparable.)
- FACT: I complain as bitterly as any woman when I break a nail. (And I file down the rough edge as soon as practicable.)
- HABIT: If I have to be up early the next day, I cut off my caffeine consumption by 5 pm or thereabouts. I can’t prove that this makes any difference, but I do it just the same.
- FACT: While I’m not at all averse to running around the back yard in my birthday suit, I don’t go barefoot back there. Most obvious reason: one and a half sweetgum trees on the premises.
- FACT: I’ve done lots of these, and generally I’ve managed to do them without asking you to follow suit; the “damn rule” notwithstanding, I am doing so here.
Of course, if you want to, I won’t stand in your way.