Eight random things

I’ve secretly always wanted to be tagged with a meme. It’s kind of like the blogospheric equivalent of getting picked for the school kickball team. So when Dana Huff at huffenglish.com, er, let anybody who wanted to be tagged with the following meme become tagged at the end of this post, I took the bait.

First, the rules:

  • Each player starts 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, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

And now, my eight random facts.

(1) I’ve been a bass guitar player for almost 20 years. I got started in college when I went to see Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (deep music geekdom alert here) on the opening show of their one and only tour. I was trying to become a keyboard player — I had given up playing the trumpet because I had gotten braces — and went to the show to see Wakeman. But little did I know that Tony Levin was the bass player on their tour, and he blew me away. I went home that evening and started trying to play Roundabout and Carry On Wayward Son on my roommate’s cheap bass he got at Sears. Somehow, I was able to figure those out despite no previous string instrument experience, and I started taking lessons from my university’s bass/cello instructor. In the last five years I’ve been in a couple of rock bands around Indianapolis; having kids has put a damper on my playing but I’m hoping to get back into it soon.

(2) I also used to be in a semi-pro choir called Vesper Chorale when I lived in the South Bend, IN area. “Semi-pro” means we had a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule, did very challenging choral music, and held ourselves to recording-quality standards — but never got paid for it. My high point with the group was being able to sing the tenor recitativ Bach’s Christmas Oratorio along with a full orchestra. The other soloists were professionals — talk about feeling out of my league!

(3) I started out in college as a psychology major and made it through the first 2 years of my university’s undergrad psych major in my freshman year. I switched majors to math after taking Honors Calculus on a dare from my roommate, a mechanical engineering major who thought that I was a psych major because I couldn’t handle anything with real math in it. I ended up with enough psych coursework to get a minor in it.

(4) I have two daughters (referred to here as “Doodlebug” and “Peanut”), both adopted from China. Doodlebug is 3.5 and was adopted by us in 2004; Peanut is 16 months and was adopted by us just this past February. My other blog Prone to Wander is where I am doing most of my daddy-blogging these days.

(5) I’m a native Southerner (grew up in middle Tennessee) but have no discernible southern accent.

(6) I do all the cooking in our household. I’m more of a cook than a chef, and really more well-intentioned enthusiast than cook. So I’m kind of like Rachael Ray, but without the homicide-inducing perkiness.

(7) Although I grew up near Nashville, I’ve never been to the Grand Ole Opry. And although I live in Indianapolis now, I’ve never been to the Indy 500.

(8) I am, however, entered to to run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon next May with my wife. We have a LONG way to go before we will be ready for that.

As far as tagging other people, I’m going to do like Dana did and just say if you want to be tagged, consider yourself tagged.



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2 responses to “Eight random things

  1. “Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe”

    Yes! (Groan-inducing pun alert)

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