Elementary History Teacher was kind enough to tag me with a meme: 8 facts about myself. I think the original meme title is “8 random facts,” but there’s nothing random about them. They’re all about me – there’s no dada in that. Not a bad topic for a Friday afternoon, especially since my site could use a little more personality [I've tried to stick to ed. content other than the occasional photo of my cat].
The rules are as follows: 1. Let others know who tagged you. 2. Players post 8 random facts about themselves. 3. Those who are tagged should post these rules with their 8 facts. 4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
1. I’m a member of the Professional Bowlers Association. My school didn’t have a bowling team so I got my instruction primarily from television – at the time, ABC’s Wide World of Sports with legendary broadcaster Chris Schenkel, also of New York [Football] Giants announcing fame. I haven’t bowled in ~10 months due to a soft-tissue injury to my left hip [since I'm right-handed, my left leg bears all my weight while bowling]. A few more months of rest and I’ll be back in Regional – and hopefully National – competition. My favorite bowlers are Pete Weber of St. Ann, MO and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, MD.
2. My favorite vocalists are Axl Rose and Kenny Rogers. It’s hard not to say Elvis as well, but that’s a bit of a low-hanging fruit. It’s sort of like a Catholic saying that the Pope is his favorite Christian. I took a credible survey once [really, not one of those shoddy web-things] that was supposed to identify and categorize my musical preferences. It determined that I prefer male vocalists with a distinctive sound. Axl, Kenny, Elvis, Hank Williams Jr./Sr., The Scorpions, etc.? Right on.
3. I drink way too much coffee and it’s way too strong. I did some summer coursework at Harvard one year and, of course, didn’t know anyone there – so I walked around Cambridge, MA a lot. I saw a sign advertising a moving sale – at the bottom the graduate student said he was giving away an espresso machine. I walked a few blocks, got the machine and bought some coffee. Who knew espresso is served a couple ounces at a time? That was a decade ago. Now, if you can’t tar a roof with it, I don’t want to drink it.
4. The place I like the most – other than Otsego County, NY – is Orange County, CA, though I’m equally happy in most all parts of Southern California. I haven’t been to Southern California in over a year and it’s been too long.
5. I’ve seen Rocky IV over 50 times; The Natural [Robert Redford] and Hoosiers [Gene Hackman] nearly as many. Patton with George C. Scott is moving up the list. And no, I don’t think that Rocky IV is a cinematic gem – I just like the movie.
6. I’ve had [and prefer to have] a full beard even though the general consensus is that it isn’t flattering. The good? It keeps the wind off my face in the winter. The bad? It sucks to be called Grizzly Adams all the time, especially when you look more like Jeremiah Johnson.
7. I’m a descendant of Francis Cooke, passenger on the Mayflower and signer of the Mayflower Compact. When asked what my heritage is, I say American; I’m not trying to be an obnoxious ultra-nationalist, I just think that 400+ years in a place allows you to call it home. I have a few tiny gaps to fill in my lineage papers before I submit them for approval by the Francis Cooke Society for genealogical research. Other notable descendants of Cooke and his wife Hester le Mahieu include: Georges W. and H.W. Bush, Franklin Roosevelt, Dane Cook, Orson Welles. It’s a mixed bag [I can't stand Dane Cook].
8. I like to know about former professional baseball players who have unique names. Some of my favorites are Rags Faircloth, whose entire career consisted of throwing 2 innings in 1919 for the Philadelphia Phillies; Bunny Fabrique, who hit .200 in 90 at-bats for the 1916-17 Brooklyn Robins; Ten Million, who may or may not have played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1910s; Pickles Dillhoefer, whose mediocre 5-year career ended when he died of typhoid fever in 1922; Orval Overall, who helped the Chicago Cubs win the championship – their last – in 1908; more recently, Wonderful Terrific Monds III, who played in the Braves and Rockies organizations during the mid-late 1990s; etc.
I’ve snagged 8 victims from the Smart Blogs. If your name/site is below, consider yourself tagged. If your name isn’t below, check out these 8 sites – they’re all excellent reads.
- Casting Out Nines
- Fred Burns
- Gregg Ivers
- Anna Ivey
- Plus 1
- Luke Walsh/52 Reflections
- Evidence Soup
I look forward to the responses.
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