A happy Tuesday everybody! Something a bit unusual for Robert Frost’s Banjo today: a meme. Yes, if you read on you will discover seven random facts about yours truly. Interestingly enough (to me at least), I discovered that I’d done this same meme once before & had come up with seven completely different facts. We really don’t ever step twice into the same river.
As a rule, I don’t go in for memes, but I was (pleasantly) surprised this weekend to find out that I’d been named the recipient of a blog award. I should be clear in saying I decided quite a long time ago not to display awards on this blog or to pass them along, as I find the latter situation more than a bit awkward—someone is always bound to be left out. But in acknowledgment, here are seven random facts:
1. I played in an amateur baseball league while I lived in San Francisco; I was an outfielder/second basemen on the Mission District baseball team; we played in the Roberto Clemente League. I was not particularly good—a slap hitter with a slow bat & a very so-so & inconsistent player in the field. But I had some good moments & mostly had a lot of fun. Although we were playing hardball & at times against some pretty talented dudes, the Mission District team was mostly made up of musicians & poets!
2. When I was junior high, I played sousaphone for about 6 months. I played it very badly, & also had a teacher who was not a patient (or particularly pleasant) man. It was also notable because I was quite small until I was in my mid teens—I think the sousaphone was as big as me!
3. After I received my MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, I stayed in the grad English department for a year with the intention of becoming a medievalist!
4. My mother was 40 when I was born & my father was 42. That’s not so uncommon nowadays, but was considered quite old for having children when I was born in 1956. My mom is still with us—she turned 95 this February. Because I was born in my parents’ middle age, I only knew one of my grandparents—my mother’s mother lived with us until she passed away in 1966. (I suppose those are facts #4 & #4A.)
5. I’m particularly fond of “classic” mysteries as nighttime reading, with my favorites being Conan Doyle & Dorothy Sayers. I like Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey & Ngaio Marsh as well.
6. In my youth I owned (at different times) both a Volkswagen Bug & a 1978 Chrysler New Yorker. The latter actually could fit 10 people (as we proved one Charlottesville New Year’s Eve)!
7. My wife Eberle & I have watched every episode at least once of the original Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine & Star Trek Voyager, & have watched each of these series from start to finish in order. We’ve watched most of the Star Trek Next Generation episodes as well, & are planning on watching that series in order later this year. In fact, in the case of Deep Space Nine & Next Generation we’ve watched a number of episodes multiple times. We’re big fans, but no Klingon suits, Vulcan ears or conventions for us!
NOTE: This post was revised on 11/2/11 because the blog I originally referred to is one I can no longer support.