April 21, 2008

Six Random Things About Me

Precie tagged me with this "six random things" meme. (Meme, by the way, is a word I find overused by bloggers. I'm not even sure they're using it correctly. Be that as it may, I am flattered that anyone would take the time to do such a thing to me.)

The rules:
a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

So, here are my six random things:

1. Back in high school, I lettered in four different field sports. I was among the tops on our track team in long jump, triple, jump, pole vault, and javelin. All this despite being among the shorter kids in my class.

2. My favorite candy is sour patch kids, though anything sweet, sour, and chewy will do. I also love the regular old jelly beans and spice drops. yum.

3. I have never broken a bone. My eight-year-old has already broken his arm and been to the ER for three different things. The worst I've done is slice my finger on a sharp knife, requiring three stitches, while washing dishes once.

4. I appeared on television in 1997 demonstrating the revolutionary Nokia 9000 smart phone, the first phone that incorporated a PDA and a cell phone in one brick (I mean, unit). While working as a consultant for Nokia, I was invited to Finland to meet the team. One of them invited me to "the lake" to meet his family, where I had the pleasure of a genuine Finnish sauna and a corresponding naked swim in the lake.

5. In college, I was a reporter, anchor, engineer, and producer for KALX radio news. One morning no one else showed up, and I did the entire show myself, including running out to People's Park to do an interview with a homeless guy about some sort of controversy, and then using that story and the sound from the interview in the morning newscast.

6. I came >this< close to switching my major from Electrical Engineering to English in my junior year of college. I didn't, but I still got to take a creative writing class from Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. No idea if he'd be proud of my Unlucky 26 or not. I suspect not.

Now, the people I'll be tagging:

I will be notifying these unlucky winners in short order.


JaneyV said...

This is kinda cool really! I shall have to really think hard about what to write. You're an interesting guy. I think your professor would thoroughly applaud The Unlucky 26!

I can't believe you're up to R already. It doesn't pay to be sick in blogland - you end up missing so much! I have to go offline now (bedtime!) but I'll catch up tomorrow.

As you noticed on my blog I'm changing over to a new one. Sorry for the inconveniece but the new one is Whittering On ... and the address is janevolker.blogspot.com but I think you've figured that out already! thanks Pete!

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

Of all your random facts, the one that astounds me is that you actually like sour patch candy. Ewwww.

Of course this is coming from someone who used to scrape the cream from an oreo cookie and put a slice of kraft cheese inside to make chocolate cheese sandwiches.

Tumblewords: said...

These are pretty exotic things for being 'random'. My random will be quite mundane in comparison but I'll try to get it done very soon - thanks for thinking of my blog!

Robin S. said...

Fun to read your six things, Pete!

bluesugarpoet said...

Sweet! Now I have something to blog about tomorrow!!!!

Sarah Laurenson said...

Hmmm. I guess I should let you know I followed some of the directions. Hah. Great random things there, Pete.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I noticed you didn't have the, um, nerve to tag the big guy.

JaneyV said...

Ok I've posted! but I have only 5 people to link to - everyone else was done! Jane

Blogless Troll said...

Ahhh, spice drops. Those make me gag, like the Harry Potter jellybeans. Sour patch kids are good though.

PJD said...

Thanks, all yall. Now you know what to send me (sour patch kids) when you want to shower me with gifts.

And no, Sarah, I figured I wouldn't tag the big guy. Seems like it might be a little self-centered to try to approach a superstar with such a "look at me!" type of thing... and, as BT said, you didn't have the nerve either...

Lily said...

okay. my post is up. but only three of my people are truly random. i hope they don't think i am creepy.

Chris Eldin said...

I love the journalism story!! You must have been in a mania that day! Do you still have the footage?

Precie said...

1) Sour patch kids rock!

2) By big guy, do y'all mean NB...or EE...or someone else? I hate being out of the loop.

3) Thanks for playing, pjd!

PJD said...

ch@ndy, thanks for playing! creepy randomness... how bourgeois.

chris... it's radio, so "footage" may not be the right word. I do indeed have the sound check tapes from most of my newscasts. When I finally upgrade my 8-year-old computer, maybe I'll get one with sound/video editing capability and make some mp3s out of them so you can have a good laugh.

precie... we meant EE by "the big guy."

Sarah Laurenson said...

OK, Poet man. I'm posting longer versions of my 6 things. 1 is up now.