The 6 Things Meme25 November, 2008
Greg Laden (the guy who runs a blog called Greg Laden’s Blog (and I really wonder just how long it took him to come up with that title?)) has tagged me with a meme. He was tagged by Mike at Tangled Up in Blue Guy, and he, in turn was tagged by PZ Myers, who was tagged by The Science Pundit, who was tagged by The Darwin Report, who was tagged by Informal Skepticism, who was tagged by Scepticon, who was tagged by PodBlack Cat, tagged by Wandering in the Wilderness, then the trail goes cold.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you (I did).
2. Post the rules on your blog (I did).
3. Write six random arbitrary things about yourself (I did (see below)).
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them (I did (see below)).
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog (I did).
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up. (Greg: Done. I stole the idea of using parenthesis from you).
Six Random Things About Me:
- While in kindergarten, I had my photo in an issue of Ranger Rick magazine. (Death Valley Elementary School designed a nature trail for kids back in ’71 or ’72. Ranger Rick had a story about the trail, and one of the photos showed my sisters and me jumping off of a sand dune.)
- I jumped off the rim of the Grand Canyon to scare tourists. (I went to Grand Canyon Elementary School (a CCC building from the 1930s) and it was a weird place to be a kid. One of our forms of entertainment was to scare visitors. There is a two-foot tall rock wall along the rim of the canyon (the upper level of the Kaibab Limestone) running from up by Verkamps down past El Tovar. To amuse ourselves, we ran along the top of the wall and (being careful to jump only where there is a wide landing area between the wall and the actual rim), while visitors watched, jumped off of the north side of the wall and ducked down so we could not be seen.)
- At Grand Canyon I scared visitors with tarantulas. (While attending elementary school at Grand Canyon, my friends and I looked forward to the spring tarantula mating season (mating season was the only time we could find the buggers). These large brown hairy critters were relatively harmless (the only time I was bitten it hurt less than a sweat bee sting). We caught one or two, placed them on our shoulders, and walked into the Visitor Center. The screaming visitors were a delite to our young ears.)
- While living in Arizona and California we had guinea pigs as pets. (Never, never, never buy a half-price guinea pig. She’s pregnant. My guinea pig (Snow White (a white long-hair)) had triplets.)
- I spent five years in a four year high school. (I had a really bad case of mononucleosis and missed about 6 months of school. My spleen swelled up to about twice normal size (the Hagerstown hospital invited interns from all over the state to come and examine me (apparently swollen spleens are rare (at least ones that were that swollen.)) and feel my spleen.)
- My (((Wife))) first noticed me while watching Dawn of the Dead and The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in a dorm room at college. (I put my feet on her lap and said she was cute. She married me anyway.)