Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tagged! Tagged I Tell You!!

I've been tagged for a meme by Sara Sue. The rules are "I quickly write 8 random facts/habits about myself, and then tag 8 people."

-Caffeine makes me bounce off the walls, literally. I haven’t drunk more than a sip or two of coffee in years, and one cup of Earl Grey tea is enough to wire me for half the afternoon.

-I love hot weather. During the summer there is always a tug of war around the house as my wife pulls the curtains and closes the windows to keep the place cool, and I retreat to my office and open all the shades and windows wide. I don’t mind at all if it’s 98 degrees outside; I like it, and I want fresh air and sunlight.

-I’ve been a Boston Red Sox fan since I was 5. My grandfather was one too, and back in 2004 after the Sox won the World Series the family all went to his grave and drank a toast.

-I want to spend a month some summer chasing tornados in Kansas, but not until the fad dies down.

-I’m known in certain circles as “The Death Guy”. That’s because one of my specialties in bookselling is books about historic mourning and funeral customs, old gravestones and epitaphs, and such. When conversation gets slow at parties my wife loves to interject “Oh, and Forrest’s ‘The Death Guy’,” which tends to make boring people run away because they suddenly discover they desperately need more bean dip.

-I’m a complete control freak about cooking vegetables in an ‘engineer-geek’ kind of way.

-I once spent a day lying on a sofa “incubating” a half-hatched duck egg on my chest.

-I think that Marcia Cross is the hottest Desperate Housewife.

I don't really like to make people play games, but if they feel like it, I'll tag Catalyst, Phoebe Fay, Cissy Strut, and Gods to play.


Mike said...

Chasing tornadoes would be the coolest job in the world.

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike- I'm reading a book called "Big Weather" at the moment which is about tornado chasers, and apparently ever since the movie 'Twister' it's just one continuous traffic jam in the Plains states during tornado season. I figure it's got to get back to normal sometime, but if Helen Hunt called and asked, I'd be on a plane yesterday.

Phoebe Fay said...

Colonel - I love that you're a total weather geek. But I'm with FB on the temperature thing. Once the thermometer hits 90, I'm a cranky, cranky girl.

Kerstin said...

I also think Marcia is the hottest "Housewife."

Sara Sue said...

Thanks for playing, Colonel. I really used to hate memes but I've come to enjoy reading other peoples' responses.

I'm a freak for old gravestones and epitaphs too. I love old graveyards and would rather visit a boneyard than to see local tourist spots. MA has some of the most fascinating headstones I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Cissy Strutt said...

I have responded to your challenge, sir. You will find something of interest at Ginger Stick.

Colonel Colonel said...

Phoebe- most people I know agree with you about temperature, but with Global Warming, I'll have the last laugh...

Kerstin- I think she has the most sophisticated beauty. Years ago I would have said Teri Hatcher, but not only has TH become waaaay to thin, my own viewpoint has changed.

Sara- You're very welcome. It is interesting to read what people come up with. And yes, Massachusetts has the best old graveyards. We used to live in Cambridge, just a few minutes from Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first garden cemetery in America.

Cissy- thanks for playing along! I shall go right over.

Catalyst said...

I has met the challenge, and the challenge was me!