Wednesday, August 01, 2007

8 Random Facts About Me

Michele Martin of The Bamboo Project has tagged me for the 8 Random Facts About me meme.

My very first meme participation -- does this mean I've arrived as a blogger?

First, the Rules:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts

2) List 8 random facts about yourself

3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them

4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they've been tagged

And here's my random facts:

1) My dad was the captain of a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy.

2) My family moved to Hawaii when I was nine. My parents still live there and although I've been away for more than 20 years, I still think of it as home.

3) I went to the same high school as presidential candidate Oback Barama (although I'm 7 years younger and have never laid eyes on him in person). My oldest brother was a class behind him and has observed that he was a "big man on campus."

4) I speak German. I used to speak it fluently; these days I'm pretty rusty. Yesterday I read an e-Learning blog auf Deutsch and I was surprised at how much I could actually understand.

5) I moved to Cambridge, MA after college and thought I'd stay east for a couple of years and then move back to a warmer coast. I've now been in Massachusetts for 17 years. I still haven't gotten used to the winters.

6) I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years (ages 9-20). I swam two years in college and then decided I was done with swimming and instead went to study in Germany for a year (Hamburg) where I proceeded to gain a lot of weight. I still love to swim and feel most at ease under the water, although I don't get the opportunity to swim much these days without a child hanging on my neck.

7) I made a vow when I was in college to never work at a job where I would have to wear panty hose. Except for the occasional sales call, I've managed to get away without wearing nylons. Luckily, women's fashions have also changed.

8) I play a lot of "Godzilla-Lincoln-Log-House-Wreck" these days. My 4-year old gets to be Godzilla while I narrate the scene of mass destruction.

And so I tag:

Janet Clarey
Christy Tucker
Clive Shepherd
Dan Roddy
Brent Schlenker
Tracy Hamilton (who's on holiday this week, but I bet will respond nonetheless!)
Wendy Wickham
Ray Sims

Apologies if you've been tagged previously or have done something similar, I'm just playing the game!


Anonymous said...

It's the first time I've been tagged for a meme too. Danke sehr. Of course, I was thinking that last week I had arrived when I got my first email asking me to do a review for software--for which I would be given a free copy. As my husband said, "You, too, can now be part of the astroturfing movement." ;)

Welche deutsche e-learning Blog hast du gelesen? (Pardon any grammar errors there--mein Grammatik is nicht mehr so gut.)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry--is it fair to be speaking German here when the rest of us don't know what you're saying? :-)

I like the panty hose vow. I've amended it to include any job where I'd be required to sit in an office and do work that I could do at home just as easily.

Also--enjoy those Lincoln log sessions while you can. I miss those days sometimes.

Cammy Bean said...


Ich habe das e-Learning Blog von Tim Schofeldt gelest (dass habe ich mit Facebook gefunden!)

Translation for Michele and other readers:

I read Tim Schofeldt's e-Learning Blog that I found through Facebook.

Christy, Auch is mein Grammmatik nicht mehr so gut. Schade.

Translation: My grammar isn't so good no more either. Too bad.

Anonymous said...


thank you for reading my blog. I'm very happy about that :-)

Cristy, Cammy: euer deutsch ist wirklich gut!

Herzliche Grüße aus der Nähe von Hamburg,

Cammy Bean said...


Danke schon! (Ich kann die Umlauts nicht typen....) I will eurem Blog noch mehr lesen!

[Thanks you! I can't type the umlauts -- those two dots that should appear over the o in schon. I'll keep reading your blog!]

Anonymous said...

Hi Cammy

I really loved this 8 Random Facts about me tasks even if most of the people I tagged did not do it (that is the way of memes - no Christmas cards for them this year :) ).

I think the 8 Random Facts gives people a insight into you are a person which is great. But the thing that got me so excited was that you tagged Ray Sims who is in this post del.ic.ous tips is linking to my wiki site. I have been meaning to contact him for ages to thank him - you have reminded me.

(and have also switched to other user when posting this comment so the right blog address is used)

Cammy Bean said...

Sue -- Your experience shows the real power of the meme in helping to build community. Meme away!