7 Things

I’ve been tagged by Chris Bell with the 7 Things Meme that’s circulating of late, and far be it from me to decline such an invitation!
So, here’s how it goes:

The Rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog. Or how about Tweeting them to break the rules?
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter and/or Plurk.

And all about me:
1. I’ve run 2 marathons, several 1/2 marathons, and more 5- and 10K races than I can count. I’m not fast, not by a long shot, but I do like to run. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to dedicate to training (my expanding waistline can attest to that!), so I don’t run nearly enough any more. Always trying to get back to it, though.

2. I am a pretty good cook. I can usually manage to create a decent meal from pretty much anything we have in the fridge, and if given time and ingredients I am even fairly creative in the kitchen. Alas, this is another thing I have too little time to do as much as I’d like.

3. My wife and I met via the Internet. Not that big a deal these days, but this was back in 1996! We met via Net Girl on AOL and have been together for 13 years, married for 11 in May. Funny thing about this? When we met we lived about 8 miles apart, but found out that 1) she had done temp work at the same company my mom worked for while in college; 2) had gone on a ski club trip with my sister in high school; and 3) we had both lived in San Diego for a time. Obviously we were destined to meet!

4. I am allergic to cats. Nothing against them, but can’t be around them for too long. My wife, being a cat person, has borne this cross for me, and I admire her strength!

5. My first job out of college, once I quit my waiter/bartender job, was as manager of a coffeehouse (NOT the one with the green mermaid!). There I cultivated my tastes in expensive, fully-flavored products; good coffees, red wines, big beers, and cigars.

6. Yes, I enjoy the occasional cigar. Not my proudest vice, but not a bad as some. Between my first teaching job and the aforementioned coffeehouse job, I worked at a tobacco shop, and it’s probably for the best that I don’t any longer! Way too easy access to temptation!

7. I am one of 6 educators in my extended family: Myself, my wife, my sister, her husband, my sister-in-law, and my mother-in-law are all in education. Not so odd, particularly, but this is given the fact that neither of my (or my sister’s) parents went much beyond a high school diploma. While they are not highly educated themselves, they produced children who between them hold 3 masters degrees and a National Board Certification. I am very proud of them!

Now, to whom do I pass along this honor?
Tom Haughton
David Feliciano
Ms Cornelius
Scott Elias
Diane Main
Ken Shelton
Mark Wagner

Ok, I’ve done my part! Enjoy!


2 comments so far

  1. Ed Shepherd on

    It always great to get to know people at a more personal level in my PLN. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Chris Bell on

    Somehow I missed that you had taken me up on my “tag”. I’m missing running right now myself. I’m hoping that once Ethan is on a somewhat regular schedule I can get back into running at least 3 times a week. Gotta get prepared for my next 1/2 marathon. And I also need to lose some weight ;^).

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