30 June 2007

meme meme everywhere, and not a drop to drink

So this meme thing is apparently this summer's blog trend that just won't die. This time I've been tagged by pacheco over at Bohemian Cinema.

The idea? 8 things about yourself. I've got time to kill right now, so why not?


1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. 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.

So, yeah. On with the show...

1. I'm obsessed with music

I purchase way too much of it, spend way too much time looking for it, and when I find a band I really like, I absolutely have to tell everyone about them. The current obsession? breathe owl breathe and Jaymay. Also, even though I'm nearing 30, I still make mix CDs for people all the time. Chances are if I see you on a regular basis and I like you at all, you've got one somewhere in your apartment/house.

2. I used to be an athlete

These days very few people believe it, but for the longest time I ran cross-country competitively (even though now I probably couldn't run a mile without dying), and was a pretty good basketball player. When I graduated high school I was second in school history in scoring and first in assists. I'm pretty sure by now I'm neither.

3. Once, I wrote a novel

And, no, you can't read it. Mostly because it sucks and is over 300 pages long. I'm a big believer in the concept of art as therapy (not as much now as back then), and my senior year of college was something of an existential crisis for me, so I wrote about it...and wrote...and wrote...and wrote. It took me a long time, and I was kind of screwed up in the head for most of that, but the moment I finished it and put it aside, the clouds cleared away. Special bonus: it made me the writer I am today.

4. I'm a baseball stat geek

I'm the guy who as a kid memorized baseball statistics, and even to this day I can parse some of the sabermetric stuff sight unseen. Example: the other day I get a phone call from my buddy Ben asking about a fantasy baseball trade and over the phone I'm having him look up line drive percentages and batting average on balls in play. I have a subscription to Baseball Prospectus that's at least as valuable as Netflix.

5. I'm a marked man

I come from a family of outdoorsmen and hunters, so when I was 9 or so I had to learn how to shoot a rifle, naturally. Only, I've never been all that strong (nor have I ever had much interest in shooting things). So, the rifle fires and the kick is enough that the hammer hits me in the mouth. To this day I have a scar in the shape of an "L" on my upper lip. I should mention, though, that I hit the target.

6. I'm a self-taught filmmaker

I didn't get into film until my final semester of college, and my school didn't really have much of a video program anyway. I've taken a grand total of one film class in my life (Intro to Cinema). As a result there's a great deal of basic, essential stuff I don't know. This week I'm showing someone the basics of Final Cut and realizing that I really have no idea how to edit, that I essentially am just making it all up as I go along. It's kind of humbling. I think the crew of gravida might have suspected that I'm a complete idiot. They may have been right.

7. Bad habits

I bite my fingernails, like, a lot. I used to be pretty self-conscious about it. I even tried the trick of putting clear nail polish on them. Then, one day I realized I really didn't care if other people thought it was a disgusting habit. So I nibble on them at will. I feel much better about myself as a result.

8. I'm addicted to email

Some of you may notice that I tend to respond to emails pretty much instantly. Well, that's because I have a GMail addiction. I've got the GMail Notifier set up on my computer so a little box in the corner turns blue whenever I have an email, and I have to respond right away (because then they can hopefully send me another email more quickly). When I'm away from my computer, I end up checking email on my phone something like once an hour. I don't even want to think about what that does to my cell phone bill.

So now I'm supposed to tag 8 other people, even though I'm pretty late to the game and most of them have already gone. But, I shall try:

1. Andy Horbal, Mirror/Stage
2. Matt Riviera, Last Night With Riviera
3. Jason, Italian Folk Music
4. Dennis, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule
5. Edward Copeland, Edward Copeland on Film
6. Adam Ross, DVD Panache
7. Bill (Milo), tying tethers
8. Kristine, Fidgety


pacheco said...

Yay for sports, Yay for self-taught filmmaking, and yay for obsessively checking email (I also can't pry myself off of my RSS aggregator)!

lucas mcnelly said...

i'm afraid to even start using the RSS aggregator

Allison said...

I like your article!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

I've been tagged by you and also Walter at Quiet Bubble! Does this mean I have to write 16 facts? I hope not! Thanks, anyway! I look forward to discovering if there are even eight things interesting enough to mention about myself!

billiam said...

my iphone just puts the email the way you normally read it. get with the times man!

billiam said...

and i will do this to-morrow. 8 facts about me? i have them- problem is- who will believe them?

Anonymous said...

my god. it really is staggering how much you write about yourself. no wonder you get so little done, creatively.