25 random things about me…

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January 30, 2009, 7:12 PM

The latest meme around Facebook is posting 25 random things that you might not otherwise know about them as a “note”. And as of right now, I’ve been tagged three times in people’s notes about it. It’s quite interesting reading about all of these different things about people, since while I know many of these people very well, a lot of these facts are things I didn’t know.

With this meme, the rule is as follows: “Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.” Then you’re supposed to tag 25 people in the note, including those who tagged you.

Since I’ve been tagged three times, in deciding whether or not to do this, I had one of those what-the-hell-why-not moments. I will admit this up front – this is going to be hard, since I’ve discussed so much on Schumin Web over the past twelve years, that it’s hard to find stuff I haven’t discussed on here.

So here goes.

  1. I took a Taekwondo class at the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville, Arkansas for three years until we moved to Virginia, attaining the rank of Blue Belt.

  2. I had my wisdom teeth removed during the summer of 1995, when I was 14 years old.

  3. I never really liked Bus 68, the bus that I used to ride to and from school in middle school, because it only had red stop lights – no yellow caution lights.

  4. When I was in elementary school, I liked the Ward school buses way more than the Blue Bird buses because the Ward buses had a three-inch row of padding right under the windows.

  5. I rode Metro for the first time on June 21, 1994, and had a Rohr both ways on that trip (though I didn’t know they were Rohrs back then, but remembered the red door-release handle cover).

  6. I got a buzz cut in the second grade.

  7. I had great fun when we spent half a class period in US government in high school having our own mock general assembly session, with our teacher as the speaker. I don’t know what we spent more time on – passing legislation, or censuring each other. After each censure motion passed, our teacher would say, “Consider yourself censured.”

  8. My current lunch of choice to take to work is rotini pasta with vegetarian spaghetti sauce.

  9. I used to hate spicy food, but now I absolutely love it, and the hotter the better.

  10. I once had to wear an elf costume with a paper hat for a Christmas program in first grade. No pointy shoes, though.

  11. I saw a psychologist regularly in the fourth grade because my school thought I was nuts, and my parents took them up on their suggestion for me to see a psychologist to prove them wrong. The school ended up banning the psychologist from coming to school to observe when he determined that the problem wasn’t me, but rather the school.

  12. There is a lot of stuff that I put into Schumin Web strictly for my own amusement.

  13. An article that I wrote for Schumin Web called “Am I ready for the last big birthday of my youth?” was so moving to me that I actually got all teary-eyed in the process of writing it.

  14. One of my favorite things about going to the Tulsa Zoo in the 1980s was the earthquake simulator. I considered it worthwhile to wait through the narration just to get those ten or so seconds of shaking at the end. It was enough amusement for me that I would run the exhibit several times in a row before my parents insisted we go on.

  15. I always got a kick out of when Mrs. Carmical, the principal at my elementary school, would mispronounce “mozzarella”, pronouncing it like “MOE-zur-el-la”.

  16. In high school, I always loved it when Mr. Keeling, one of our assistant principals, did the announcements, because he obviously was doing it only because he had to, and would comment on them with things like, “Whatever that is,” and once skipped one over saying, “Can’t read that.” It was all the more amusing because Mr. Keeling sounded like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

  17. At age six, I once gave my mother directions for a back way to the Sam’s Club in Springdale, Arkansas, and she was shocked when the directions as I was giving them to her in the car led her right there. She figured she had time to get a little lost, but my directions were flawless.

  18. I think that wearing a Utilikilt like my friend Jeff wears would be quite comfortable and highly liberating, but I can’t get the nerve up to buy a kilt and wear it in public. And yes, I would wear underwear with it.

  19. When I was in sixth grade, I took part in a play in school about the legend of King Arthur. I played King Lot, which was a minor role. For that, I wore a black shirt, black tights, a red bathrobe, and a paper crown.

  20. I had my birthday party when I turned five at Burger King (how classy).

  21. I was in a children’s bowling league at Dixieland Lanes in Rogers, Arkansas when I was in second and third grade.

  22. I wanted a marker just like Mortimer Ichabod Marker from Picture Pages with Bill Cosby because it made the coolest sounds when Bill Cosby wrote with it. It wasn’t until later that I realized that the fun sounds were added later.

  23. I used to regularly build buildings out of Legos when I was younger. My earlier designs were all two-story buildings. The first floor was usually one or two large rooms, with one usually roofed over and the other open. The second floor was where all the action took place, and had multiple smaller rooms. I would renovate often, since after all, it was just Legos. Later on, I built bigger and more complicated buildings out of Legos, and would always put a complete fire alarm system in my buildings. My horns were always Wheelock 7002T signals, and the pull stations were my own design – square, with the handle on the left side, and a down arrow to the right. I guess they were most like the Cerberus Pyrotronics MS-151. And of course, I’d find an important room in which to place the alarm panel, meticulously done to look something like a real panel.

  24. When I was little, I thought the words to “My Country Tis of Thee” were, “My country tis a V, sweet land of liberty, for V-I-C.”

  25. This took more than two hours to put together because it’s hard thinking about stuff that doesn’t overlap with stuff I’ve already written about on Schumin Web.

So there you go. Twenty-five random things that I’ll bet you didn’t know about me. Now to go post this on Facebook…

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