- 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 post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their name.
- Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.
Ok, this seems a pretty simple post to write—no research required, since it’s about me, and no software to write! I’m going to present my list using a series of photos.
#1 – I Lived in Belgium for 6 Months
I’ve always had a passion for travel and have been lucky enough to have jobs that allowed me to do a lot of travel, both domestic and international. In 1998, I worked in Leuven, Belgium for 6 months. It was a phenomenal experience and I fell in love with the city and the Belgian beer. I also took advantage of my time in Europe and traveled throughout Europe as much as I could.
#2 – I Always Read Three Books at a Time
This one probably smacks just a little bit of OCD. It’s a long story of how this odd habit came about and why I’m a little bit anal about it. But the basic concept is that I’m always reading three different books at any given time. Here are the three that I’m currently reading.
#3 – I Designed and Built My Own Garden Shed
Here’s a not-so-little garden shed that I designed and built over the course of a little over a year. It’s modeled after an old chicken coop with clerestory windows. After four years, it’s even started to smell like a farm shed (a mixture of wood, grass clippings and gasoline).
#4 – I Once Hitched a Ride in the Back of an Irish Milk Truck
Okay, I didn’t get a picture of the milk truck that I rode in, so this photo will have to do. It was 1987 and I was backpacking around Europe for the summer. I was hiking around out on the West coast of Ireland (Connemara) when a national bus strike went into effect. I hadn’t intended on hitchhiking while in Ireland, but that was the only alternative. Luckily, the first guy that came along was a milk truck driver who was more than happy to let me ride with him. The only drawbacks were a) I had to sit in the back, on the metal floor and b) it took hours to work our way back to the city because of all the stops that he had to make. It made for a wonderful travel memory, however.
#5 – I Live in the Country
I live in an “exurb” of the Twin Cities, out in farm country. Here’s the view from my front porch. This is part of the reason that I actually enjoy mowing my lawn—I have such a great view.
#6 – I’m a Juggler
Here’s a talent that I picked up in college in the 1980s while trying to avoid Physics and Calculus lectures. I can juggle 5 balls (briefly), 3 clubs, and I can “pass” clubs with other jugglers. This photo shows me proving to some friends that you really can juggle a flaming tennis ball without burning yourself. It does require a little fortitude, however. A couple of beers doesn’t hurt, either.
#7 – I Go on a Yearly Personal Retreat
This one is a little hard to explain in a short space, but I go on a yearly trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior, where I rent a cabin for 3-4 days. I spend my time reflecting, planning, and writing. I’ve done this now for the past 14 years and I intend to keep up the habit for many years to come. The cabin that I stay in is right on the shore, so the setting couldn’t be more beautiful.
#8 – I’ve Climbed Mt. Fuji
They say (the Japanese) that a wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once in his life, but only a fool climbs it twice. I spent a few days in Japan at the tail end of a business trip a number of years ago and Mt. Fuji was at the top of my list for things to see. I was also eager, of course, to prove myself a wise man, so I decided to do the climb to the top. It was one of the most physically demanding things that I’ve done, but well worth the effort. I climbed up alone, but met some fellow travelers at the top and made the descent with them. Halfway down, we heard someone yelling for help a hundred yards or so off the trail and we ended up “rescuing” a woman who had ventured off the trail and then slipped and twisted her ankle. Maybe she was on her second climb. :O)
Passing It On
Thanks again Randy for the tag and the chance to share some miscellaneous ramblings. Here are eight bloggers whose posts I enjoy reading and that I in turn tag with the Eight Random Things About Me meme:
Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems blog & podcast
Dear Myrtle of the Dear Myrtle blog & podcast
Tim Agazio of the Genealogy Reviews Online blog
Lorine of the Olive Tree Genealogy blog
The Footnote Maven of the Shades of the Departed blog
George Geder of the Genealogy-Photography-Restoration blog
Teri of the Old Photos and Genealogy blog
Maureen Taylor of the Photo Detective blog