Friday, June 22, 2007

Tagged by PZ

I was tagged by PZ, over at Pharyngula.

1. All right, here are the rules.
2. We have to post these rules before
we give you the facts.
3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about
themselves.
4. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about
their eight things and post these rules.
5. 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.


I really suck at these things, but I'll give it a shot. Eight "random" things or habits that might be in some way fun to read about? *thinks*
1. I have a strangely attuned sense of direction. I think I honed it as a kid, running - pretty much unchecked - in the backcountry of the Southern Sierras and coastal ranges of California. I'm one of odd women that I know who uses directions like, "OK. So, now you're heading south...you'll want to head west at the intersection of "blah" and "blah"." And, because I have this spidey sense, I can get really irritated when Mr. Possum gives bad directions or points a certain direction (as he often does) to refer to a store or place that's in the complete opposite direction.

2. British guys turn me on. Hugh Laurie, Collin Firth, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant (post-Hooker in the car), Liam Neesen (ok...he's Scottish, but whatever),... basically, the movie "Love, Actually" is like soft porn for me. *smile*

3. My confirmation name was Diana. Ironically, the Catholic Church pulled that name from the list of "acceptable confirmation names" in the last go-around of saint culling. As an aside, the whole "holy name" thing fascinates me. You see it, mostly, in Catholicism and Mormonism. I mean, what's wrong with the name your parents gave you (as an entrance ticket to a fictional heaven)? At least in Catholicism, you - as an individual- get to choose (with the help of multiple priests, nuns, and lay ministers who feel they have a say-so). If you're an LDS woman, you don't get that luxury. Your name is based on the day you go through temple and can only be told to your husband - so he can call you "through the veil". What's up with that?

4. My favorite candy, as a child, were ZOTS. I don't think they make them anymore. While everyone else was pounding back Pop Rocks and Nerds (they were the latest and greatest), I was foaming at the mouth for Zots. I haven't seen them since 1991... but, if I ever found them, I'd probably gorge myself so rapidly that it would require an oxygen chamber to depressurize the gases (if you've eaten Zots, that will make sense...if not, it won't) in my body.

5. I used-ta'-could-do alot of things I can't do now...and this makes me sad. I used-ta'-could-do a triple loop and a double axel in skating. I used-ta'-could-do a standing back pike. I used-ta'-could-do five pirouettes on demi pointe. If I tried any of those now, I'd land myself in intensive care.

6. I've never, ever had a cavity. I suspect that my genetics has a lot to do with it (since my dad has never had a cavity and he's in his late-fifties). But, I also know that I brush twice a day because I am completely squicked out by the idea of someone sticking a needle in my mouth. *shudders just thinking about it*

7. I have been known to go above-and-beyond OCD if I see bugs in my house.

8. I hate shopping.

9. I've never tried any recreational drugs...because, I'm too afraid that I'd like them. I don't drink alcohol for the same reason. LOL

10. I love John Steinbeck.

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Ok.... now for the tagging.
Ginny
Sean
Brent from Unsrewing the Inscrutable
Mike - Mike's Weekly Skeptic Rant
Lynn's Daughter
Russel Glasser
Science Ethicist
And, in a twist... Russ (from my comments section). He's elusive. ;)

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32 comments:

PZ said...

My favorite candy from my childhood is almost impossible to get now: U-NO chocolate bars. Turns out they're a west coast thing.

I have discovered to my distress that I have no sense of direction. I grew up in a deep valley that ran north-south, and all I had to do was look to see where the west hill and east hill were running, and I'd orient easily -- and yeah, I thought of everything in terms of e-w-n-s coordinates easily enough. Now I'm in the flatland, there are no large landmarks, and worse, even the streets here run on a bias. I have no idea which way I'm facing anymore.

ShadesOfGrey said...

You mean PZ, that's Mr. Pharyngula to the rest of us, actually has time to tag people in addition to writing his (excellent) blog? Who knew?

Glendon Mellow said...

Okay, I love the word "squick". You are awesome. Just inventin' words all over the place.
"Squick". tee hee

Atheist in a mini van. said...

My favorite candy from my childhood is almost impossible to get now: U-NO chocolate bars. Turns out they're a west coast thing.

They ARE a west coast thing. In fact, I believe they're manufactured in Oakland. But, I was just at Walgreen's and saw some. I'll box a few up for you... I e-mailed you. Just e-mail me your contact info and you'll be swimming in U-NOs before you know it.

We even have Abbazabbas and O'Henry bars here.

...and worse, even the streets here run on a bias. I have no idea which way I'm facing anymore.

I guess that's true. Here we've got the Sierras to the east. The coastals to the west. The San Andreas to the south... if you're walking toward a place with no mountains, you're very likely going north. BUT--- Bako (where we are) has fucked up little streets that curve and meander. I seriously think the city planners were smoking crack when they laid out the streets. They've obviously never heard of a grid system. AND- what makes it worse for those navigationally challenged, is that the Svengali's in the planners office allow developers to change the names of the streets mid intersection (many, many times). You can drive straight north, from my place, on the same road, and have it change names three times in 7 miles.

*thinks* I do get all turned around when we visit my husband's family in Belleville, IL. (just east of St. Louis). When I think of the Mississippi, I *know* it's zig-zaggy, but my minds eye pictures this straight N/S path. As anyone in that area knows, it curves around and stuff... that and the lack of prominent MOUNTAINS (No...Cahokia Mounds doesn't count!) can turn me around. Then I have to look at the sky and, have been known to, put a stick in the dirt for fifteen minutes to get my bearings.

ShadesOfGrey said...
You mean PZ, that's Mr. Pharyngula to the rest of us, actually has time to tag people in addition to writing his (excellent) blog? Who knew?


DR. Pharyngula (He didn't spend six years in a PhD program to be called "MR", thankyouverymuch) is the epitome of awesomeness. We all tremble at his blogging powers. He's just that good. ;)

Virginia aka Ginny said...

Ok, I'm totally freaking out...I don't know 8 people in blog land to tag! What do I do?

Nicholas said...

Speaking as a Brit, I applaud your good taste!

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Fiery Ewok said...

Ginny- if you don't tag 8 people within 2 hours of being tagged yourself... don't you get 7 years of bad luck? Or is it 4 weeks of blogger malfunctions?

Wait...am I thinking of all those touchy-feely fundy forwards???

:-D

Russ said...
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Russ said...

PMomma,

Am I the "Russ (from my comments section)" being tagged? Me? You tagged me? From the few times I have read blogger's "tagged" blogs, I have the apparently mistaken impression that this tagging business was an honorific swapped amongst active bloggers. Please, say it ain't so.

fubarmonkey said...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ZOTZ-FIZZ-CANDY-Cherry-Apple-Watermelon-Zots-96ct_W0QQitemZ300122346916QQihZ020QQcategoryZ38176QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I can't vouch for how old they are. :p

I've swear I've eaten these before or something very similar. I gotta go to my usual weird candy places

Poodles Rule said...

PM. I used to love big chunks without nuts. That and candy cigarettes, ha! I too have a freakishly great sense of direction. Bugs my husband.

And I can sympathize with the used to coulda's.

Poodles Rule said...

Oh, and I love to shop. I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. ;)

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Fubarmonkey!! Those ARE the candies. *drool*

Fiery Ewok said...

Yep, you're the Russ. The Russ with the fantastic comments who refuses to do his own blog for us all to worship at. We have to find you hiding away in the comments section in a variety of other blogs.

Even dedicated a post to you myself awhile back.

*sigh*
We just all want to see you post for yourself Russ!!!

Love your comments. Don't always check the names when I'm reading comments, because I don't know all that many people. But I almost always know when it's you!

Anonymous said...

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

Liam Neeson is Irish!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

Liam Neeson is Irish!


Learn something new every day. :)
Damn. That just makes him even hotter. *fans self*

btw- anon, please see my rule about anon posts.

Fiery Ewok said...

Irish, scottish, either way Quigon is yummy!

Mrs. John Steinbeck said...

How many times do I have to tell you to BACK OFF because John Steinbeck is mine? You know he will never love another woman as much as he loves me!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

How many times do I have to tell you to BACK OFF because John Steinbeck is mine? You know he will never love another woman as much as he loves me!

You can have him when you pry his cold dead hands from...my cold dead hands!! ;)

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

I am working on the list PM. Fiery Ewok has been keeping me busy with emails - it will pass some time at work tomorrow ;)

Fiery Ewok said...

Oh nice Sean, make it sound like I'm pestering you!

Just be honest and own up to your tendency to procrastinate!

:-P PBLTH!!!!! ;-)

Terra said...

Pmomma,

Thing that I haven't tried because I'm pretty sure I'd like it too much:
shooting a gun. So, there you have it.

mrs. john steinbeck said...

You can have him when you pry his cold dead hands from...my cold dead hands!! ;)

Oh, I will do JUST that. Just because I gave you the Mrs. John Steinbeck bear doesn't mean that I'm REALLY letting you be with him.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Oh, I will do JUST that. Just because I gave you the Mrs. John Steinbeck bear doesn't mean that I'm REALLY letting you be with him.

I've consulted with the bear and she has confirmed that any and all decisions regarding the status of relationships with Mr. Steinbeck are at her full and total discretion. Unfortunately, for me, since you gave her a "wish and a kiss", she has informed me that she will defer to your claims on Steinbeck. DAMMMIT!! ;) You win. But, only because the bear says so.

ShadesOfGrey said...

Athiest said:
"DR. Pharyngula (He didn't spend six years in a PhD program to be called "MR", thankyouverymuch) is the epitome of awesomeness. We all tremble at his blogging powers. He's just that good. ;)"

Oops, sorry PZ...'nother oops, DR. Pharyngula! Heh heh

timm said...

Oooh PM, the Zotz, they are still made. I have a big box of them sitting on my microwave as we speak (er type, well you know what I mean).

I pick them up at a local sort of food supply wholesale outlet called Cash & Carry here in Washington (The State {TM}). They sell all kinds of candies that you mostly only see on little gas station/mini mart type stores. I pick these up with a big plastic tub of Atomic FireBalls' which are way hotter than their smaller boxed version.

If you really want/need to share this experience with your kids, I would be more than happy to send some your way.

That is really why I bought them again, to torture my seven year old sone with them. He was, BTW, completely unfazed by them. They just don't really hold a candle to some of the extremely sour and weird candy that is being made these days for shock value.

Mrs. JS said...

I also gave her a special purple heart instead of the boring red. Winnar!

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