Eight random facts about moi

Oh no, I’ve been tagged with a blog meme! I generally tiptoe past memes when I encounter them; as they drowse in the hot summer sun, they are unlikely to retaliate – unless prodded with vintage medical paraphernalia, of course. Alas, the Evilutionary Biologist got me anyway (I knew there was a reason he spelled his name that way) and now I have to tag eight more hapless bloggers!

Here are the rules:

  • We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  • Players start 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.

Eight random things about me. . .

1. I never learned to type properly. Instead I hunt and peck with two fingers (at 50+ wpm).

2. I have a phobia of the circulatory system – not shots, or isolated blood, but veins and arteries. This is one of many reasons I am not a medical doctor (nor a phelebotomist, John)! I’ve not only passed out while donating blood, I’ve fainted on the floor while setting up my own physiology lab. Fortunately my students were not present at the time.

3. I was the 1st runner-up in my hometown Junior Miss pageant, thus earning the privilege of riding on parade floats wearing princess dresses for an entire year. And I know the secret pageant wave!

4. But I do not know my left from my right, unless I glance at my hands while making pencil-clutching gestures. (No, the “L” mnemonic doesn’t work, because I read just fine backwards – both hands look like “L”s to me).

5. I am addicted to jogging. I have to jog several miles every day or I get bitchy (that means bitchier than usual). The farthest I’ve ever jogged is 13 miles, but I have no desire to run a marathon: it seems quite painful.

6. When I took a French class in elementary school, I had a small crush on the instructor (a high school student – he probably wasn’t even that cute, but hey, he know French). I was too embarrassed to say “je t’aime” to him, and would only say it to the poster of a large purple octopus on the wall. So you can see the cephalopodmania started early for me. I have no idea what everyone else’s excuse is.

7. I have a pet corn snake who is afraid of (live) mice.

8. I once built a little apparatus to aerosolize crack cocaine for fruit flies. Sadly, they did not seem to enjoy it: they convulsed and died. For the record, I didn’t inhale – my drug preference is alcohol, specifically cocktails. And I’ve never had a hangover. That’s actually three random facts at once, so this meme is done!

I will tag Morbid Anatomy, Snail’s Eye View, Curious Expeditions, Dandelion Diva, Hungry Hyaena, Witless Wanderer, Cabinet of Wonders, and Simplistic Art.

C’mon now – most of you don’t write much about yourselves on your blogs, which is why I’m curious to hear some Random Facts! But if you have some no-personal-stuff rule, or you detest memes, you’re exempt. (Though at least consider participating. Those lumbering memes are safer when satiated!)

PS sorry if anyone has already been tagged!

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10 Responses to Eight random facts about moi

  1. You’re right…I’m annoyed…but also flattered.

    I’m supposed to do a number of art postings this next week or two, and I don’t want to rain on any artists’ parades by interspersing write-ups with eight bits of personality, so it may wait a bit…but remind me if you don’t see anything for a while.

  2. Also flattered. Now the hard part, thinking of eight victims…

  3. cicada says:

    I know, the victimization aspect of the meme makes me feel vaguely guilty. Thanks for not minding (too much). :D

    Besides, I actually want to know more about the bloggers I picked. You’re interesting people. (And if not, don’t disillusion me).

  4. vbj says:

    Scott Bean, French teacher extraordinaire. I had the same crush!

  5. cicada says:

    I CANNOT believe you remember his name! You probably remember more French than I do, too.

  6. JOhn Dennehy says:

    I once built a little apparatus to aerosolize crack cocaine

    Where on earth did you obtain crack cocaine for research? Nevermind, I don’t think I really want to know…

  7. cicada says:

    You’d have to ask my PI! I was just a rotation student. Even if I knew where to get it, I couldn’t have afforded it. ;)

  8. Snail says:

    :) Now I have to think of eight facts that might be even remotely interesting!

  9. M says:

    Okay, we did it! We were most flattered to be tagged by you, and against our better judgement, went for it. (and tucked it neatly after a jump).

    Also, I don’t know my right from left either, and have to picture my childhood neighbor’s houses…the Weathers lived on the left and the Pickards lived on the right. Not the fastest system.

  10. cicada says:

    Thank you, M! I must go read your post! (Sneaking it under a jump is perfectly legal. I’m sure the meme will not gnash its teeth at you, and will instead bring you all sorts of meme-ish good fortune. )

    Snail, I’m sure there are eight interesting things about you. But they don’t HAVE to be interesting – just random. If all else fails, just tells us what you’ve gots in your pocketses. . .

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