I was tagged by KLKatz at the US History Site Blog, and I am keeping alive this virtual game of tag. This is actually of great benefit to me, as the 90-degree heat 'round here amidst our domestic ban on air conditioning this summer has me in a lazy mood, and I was without anything worthwhile to post.
These are the rules:
1. Let others know who tagged you.
2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
Here, then, are random facts about me that have not already been covered in my blog biography.
1. I have a permanent cap on one of my front teeth after driving my bicycle into a parked car in 1977, flying over the handlebars, and smashing my face on said stationary vehicle. Don't ask.
2. A friend once gave me Ralph Nader's personal fax number. I have never used it.
3. I once played guitar in a rock band called "The Bottom Line," composed entirely of fellow employees from Joe Louis Arena. Our biggest gig was playing a corporate function at the Fox Theater in 1989; I then moved to Toledo and my career as a rock star ended.
4. I can crack nearly every joint in my body.
5. I once engaged in dueling karaoke with Tom Noe, he of Coingate fame. It was at a Father-Daughter dance at the school at which both of our daughters attended. I sang "Yesterday," by the Beatles, and I received a solid round of applause (yes, I rock on karaoke). Noe, though, was quite the karaoke tactician; this was weeks after 9/11, and he chose to sing "New York, New York." I still think I was the better singer, but the crafty Tom Noe's choice of songs brought down the house.
6. I was born to parents who were Baptist and Episcopalian, and who settled on Presbyterianism as a compromise. I attended a Lutheran school for a few years, and then went to a Catholic high school. I dabbled in Eastern religions during the mid-1980s, curious with the mysticism in some interpretations of Buddhism and Taoism. My wife and I were married in a Unitarian-Universalist Church, I converted to Catholicism in 1987, and I frequently get accused by neo-Nazis of being a Jew ("HistoryKike" is their favorite attempt at an attack... oy vey!)
7. After losing my wallet while living in Texas, I once talked my way onto a plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with no ID (I did have my ticket). This, of course, was pre-9/11, but I still consider this my finest moment of smooth-talking.
8. At the age of 16 I received a ticket for riding on the trunk of a moving vehicle. I didn't mind the fine, but I thought it was total bullshit that I got two points on my still-new driving record for a non-driving offense.
Now that I have emptied my closet of dusty skeletons, I will now tag the following bloggers: Hooda Thunkit, Stephanie, Humboldt's Clio, Historychic, Screaming Nutcase, The Man with the Muck-rake, MP, and Microdot.