Friday Dec 22, 2006

Five Things About Me

So, Michael tagged me. I'm the last one. Everyone else has been tagged. Michael only tagged three people because everyone else in the blogosphere has been hit. And I was the very last one on his list. That shows where I fit in in the grand scheme of things.

The good news is that I don't need to tag anybody since it's all been done for me. Good thing, because this is the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. No, no, I jest. It's late Friday afternoon, December 22 and I was going to help the homeless have some semblance of a Christmas, but now I've got to fill in these five things that you don't know about me and really don't want to know about me. I'm just jesting again. It's holiday humor.

WHAT YOU MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT (BUT PROBABLY DON”T) KNOW ABOUT ME:

  1. I played the trombone four years from 4 th grade to 8 th grade. I might not be tone deaf, but I'm tone hard-of-hearing, at least. I knew after 6 months that it wasn't for me. However, my parents had made such a big deal about all the money they shelled out that I was too afraid to say that I wanted to quit. So I stayed with it for an eternity. I didn't learn much, but I carried that darn trombone with me all over the place. It definitely built up my upper body strength.

  2. I ran a marathon when I was 16. Since I wasn't very skilled at anything and since the trombone experience taught me that I could endure unpleasant experiences longer than the average person, I gravitated to running. So, as other teenagers were enjoying their youth, I was running myself silly.

  3. I sky dived once when I was 19. I didn't realize it was a stupid idea until it was my turn to jump. I reasoned that it was either embarrass myself and chicken out or plunge to my death. I chose to plunge to my death. I'm not a chicken! Somehow, I survived it. That was it. Never again.

  4. I lived in Taiwan for two years. I attempted to learn Mandarin Chinese. There I was, more or less, tone deaf and I chose to study a tonal language. Well, my chop stick skills improved during that time. So, I have that going for me.

  5. I was an adult education teacher for a few years. I taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship. I'm not sure if my students learned much English, but I picked up a lot of Spanish. So, my Spanish is now better than my Chinese and almost as good as my English. And by teaching Citizenship, I learned a lot about the American government that I missed when I was in high school since I was too busy running all the time. While I was teaching Citizenship I even designed the following Citizenship web site: http://aenet.esuhsd.org/Citizenship_lessons/Citizen/index.html.


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