The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia
20 June 2007
Eight random things
Two people, Farrah Rochon and Sphinx Ink, have tagged me with the "eight random things" meme virus that's going around. I didn't post after the first tag, thinking no one would be interested in facts about me, and besides, it's not related to writing. After the second tag and after seeing my writing friends post their lists, I figured I would go along with the crowd.
I have to post these rules before I give you my facts.
•Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
•People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
•At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
•Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
And now [cue drum roll], onto the facts.
1. New Orleans is the only place I've ever lived where I felt I fit in.
2. I collect Zuni fetishes, mostly bears. For those who don't know what they are, they're carvings, usually of animals, usually small, usually made from stone, usually highly polished, and usually having symbolic meaning in the Zuni (Ashiwi) culture. At left, you can see eight of my bears on display.
3. Most of the many scars on my arms came from chimpanzee bites. I've also been bitten by a caiman, but it was only a six-incher, so I have no scar to show for it.
4. Like Agatha Christie, I have to eat when I write. Unlike her, unfortunately, my oral fixation of choice is not low-cal, low-fat apples, but chocolate. Lots of it.
5. I love earrings. I have dozens of pairs and wear some every day.
6. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be either a professional baseball player or a missionary. The latter choice was not due to any great desire to save souls, but rather because I didn't know of any other profession that would let me travel around and see the world.
7. I didn't get my first tattoo until I was almost 50. (For readers who are not from New Orleans, 08-29-05 was the date that the federal flood walls broke in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Purple, green, and gold are the traditional colors of New Orleans' Mardi Gras, and they symbolize, respectively, justice, faith, and power.)
8. I worked on two archaeological digs during summer vacations from college. Wearing earrings, of course.
Now I'm going to break the rules. I don't pass on chain letters (well, I sometimes make an exception if they involve recipes), and I'm not going to infect anyone with this virus meme.
If my weekly posts suddenly stop, emails to me bounce back, and a black cloud hangs ominously over a certain blue Tudor house in Uptown, you'll know that something Very, Very Bad happens to people who don't pass the "eight random things" meme on.