The rules of the game:
A) Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
B) Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
C) Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
D) Let each person know that they‚Äôve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I'm not certain that I'll be able to come up with seven facts about myself, but I'll give it a shot:
1. If you give me a word, I will instantly be able to tell you how many letters are in that word. And when I say "instant," I don't mean, like, ten seconds or something. I mean instant. If it's a word in English (sometimes Spanish, but no one has ever tested me on that one), and I've heard or seen it before, odds are I'm going to know how many letters are in it. You say, "tremendous" and I say, "10." Boom. Just like that. It's an impressive trick, and I do not know how to explain how I do it. Somehow, I just quickly see the word in my head, and I know how many letters it contains. It's a bit of an OCD thing, I think, because I find myself counting letters in words, and even sentences, in my head before anyone asks me to. I have a whole game centered around it, and it only occurs in my brain. I wouldn't be able to explain it here. The point is, I have this trick that's very hard to illustrate via the interwebs, so you'll just have to take my word for it. Or meet me in person one day and you can be the one millionth person to ask me how many letters are in "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (answer: 34, but I've had that number memorized for a while because I get asked so much).
2. If not for a failed depth perception test, I would be an Air Force pilot right now.
3. When I was twelve, I was driving a four-wheeler with my cousin Natalie riding behind me. I saw a rock in the dirt road, and swerved to avoid it. I lost control of the four-wheeler, and we flew off with the big bike rolling behind us. It landed on the left side of my body, with my cousin's ankle trapped underneath. She pulled her leg out and started crying as I yelled at her to help me. She couldn't, and I was starting to panic, too, so I just took a deep breath, pushed the thing off of my body with my skinny pre-pubescent arms and crawled out on my own. We walked home and drove back with family members to pull the thing out of the brush. Natalie had a cut on her ankle and I had a bruised knee, and my granddad made me pay him $1.25 for the only broken part on the four-wheeler.
4. I know a lot about television, particularly stuff that has aired since I was maybe thirteen or fourteen years old. Call it an obsession if you must, but if one day you're stuck wondering in which episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we first meet Spike (answer: School Hard, in season 3), you'll wish you had my knowledge.
5. I'm afraid of groups of holes. Well, "afraid" is perhaps the wrong choice of words, but they really make me crazy. I can't look at clusters of things in general, but especially holes. I'm going to post a picture here to give you an idea, but you have to know that just looking for this picture nearly killed me.
6. Last night, after a security guard let us sneak by him into the after party, my girlfriend and I met Shelby Lynne. She talked to me about the Red Sox, which was pretty amazing, and then she signed an autograph for each of us. So, so great. I love her. This woman is a musical genius, no question, though trying to pin her down in a genre is damn near impossible. I kind of want to classify her as "pop jazz" but just using those two words makes me want to vomit, so please don't think of her that way. She's sold under the "country" label, but she's not always country. I don't know. Listen for yourself and see if you like it (the songs on that page are from her upcoming album of mostly Dusty Springfield songs). And, for those to whom this is important, she's pretty easy on the eyes, too (photo by Michael Lewis, stolen from Corbis).
7. Two of my favorite places in this country are Marfa, Texas, and Niceville, Florida.
The rules say I have to tag seven other bloggers now. Jack says he tagged me because I have "nothing else to do." I could be insulted, but I just spent a lot of time writing this, so, whatever. I'm not picking people for that reason. Frankly, I don't even know if I know seven other bloggers (and I can't tag Jack again), so here's what I have: Brian, Mike, Rickhouse, Lefty Malo.
That's four, and that's all I have. Sorry.
AUTHOR: Jack Cobra
DATE: 11/01/2007 08:49:51 AM
"If you give me a word, I will instantly be able to tell you how many letters are in that word. And when I say "instant," I don't mean, like, ten seconds or something. I mean instant."
AUTHOR: Bruce Paine
DATE: 11/02/2007 11:34:22 PM
Wow, that dame is easy on the eyes. blondes see right through me, though.
I am in awe of your Buffy knowledge. I am re-watching season 5 and believe that Glory is not only the weakest and lamest of the villains she faces, but that the burgeoning romance with her and Spike is pretty thin. I think they were together because he was the only guy left that wasn't xander, and you cant give her to xander because you just dont give people things they want and because he was the voice of the author and Buffy cant connect with the audience through someone else, she wouldnt be the star anymore.
DATE: 11/02/2007 11:42:23 PM
I'm always proud of the Buffy knowledge, but mostly I know that it's only a result of having watched all the episodes about a hundred times each. I think anyone would know what I do if they did the same thing.
A lot of people disliked Glory. I didn't have a problem with her, though she was weak, but I had a problem with the pacing of the season overall. Glory seemed weak mostly because it just took so damn long for anything to happen. If she was so powerful, why didn't she just come get Buffy? Her character was a little thin for a 22-episode arc.
That said, when you get to the last two episodes of season five (you've probably seen it, but maybe others haven't), prepare to have your mind blown. "Weight of the World" is sort of slow, but I really like it, and then it leads into "The Gift," which often holds a place at the top of my "Top Ten Buffy Episodes Ever" list. So, so good.
This makes me want to just go watch the whole show again, starting from season one.
DATE: 11/03/2007 05:55:41 PM
I'm a giants fan, but thanks for the post. Number 5 is very intriguing to me. I think i share your aversion to large groups of holes. Did high school cell biology and sponges do it for you? I know they definitely do for me.