Saturday, August 25, 2007

Eight Random Things

Okay - I'm stealing this (tewtally) from Mistress Snark, and here are the rules...

RULES: We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. Players start with 8 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog post about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your post, you need to choose eight people who get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they are tagged.

Let's just say I don't think eight people even read this, so - for what it's worth - it's just "out there."

1) I began piano lessons when I was four. I continued until I was in my early teens, when my teacher recommended I try another teacher to learn more (better! faster!). I had another instructor until I went to college, then I studied for a few semesters with the music professor. While I rejoice in Chopin and Rachmaninoff when I'm alone, I can barely play Chopsticks in front of others.

2) When I was in college in Atlanta, some buddies of mine from high school (all boys) went to Georgia Tech, and we did a lot of things together our first few years. Someone's roommate or suite-mate was Alan Jackson's nephew, and I had a major crush on him. When my friends moved off-campus, he was their housemate, and I was over there a lot. There was much drinking and much fun to be had. I dated AJ's nephew once or twice, but it just didn't work out.

3) When I took the SATs, I drove to the UGA campus, parked in a perfectly legal parking zone, and proceeded to take the test. When I came out (many excruciating hours later), my car was blocked by MANY campers and RVs. It was Homecoming Game Day, and during football games most traffic laws in Athens were suspended. There was no way to get my car out. I begged the use of a tailgaiter's cell phone (they were big and expensive then) and called my friend's sister. My folks were out of town, and I don't remember where my friend was (probably taking the SATs as well), but her sister really saved me that day.

4) When I first started working full-time as an accountant, I traveled to Arkansas weekly for four months. One night, while picking up my takeout from the local restaurant, I saw some kids gathering near my car, laughing and throwing rocks. As I came closer, I realized they were torturing a kitten who was hiding near my front tire. I shooed away the kids, put the kitten in my rental car, drove to Wal-Mart for litter box, carrier, litter, and food, then sneaked into the side door of the hotel with the little sweetie. I kept her for a few days while trying to find a home for her - I ended up giving her to a local rescue group, and she was adopted by a friend/coworker there.

5) When I was eleven, our town was hit with a severe tornado one school day. I remember the sirens going off, the hands-on-back-of-head, kneeling position we all took under our desks. The freight train sound ripped through our cafeteria - just next to our classrooms in the fifth-grade wing. One janitor and two cafeteria workers were hurt very badly, but no children were injured. I still dream about the vibration of the walls and floors, all of us hiding underneath the desks and tables.

6) My father and I used to raise chickens "for show." At the time we had white wyandotte bantams, and they were such fun. I cleaned their feet and feathers, treated their beaks and combs for maximum sheen and color. We toured all over the southeast. When my father branched out into different breeds, he became nationally recognized for his chickens.

7) I met my husband in the parking lot of a bowling alley. I was living with my best friend's boyfriend, and he had a few classmates that wanted to join us one night. Joe had his own ball and shoes, and I was actually more impressed with his friend than I was with him. Mere weeks later, I was shown the light at my 21st birthday party, when Joe proceeded to hit on me with a vengeance. He passed out in our living room, but he made our 2nd date very memorable.

8) Of the above seven things, only five of them are true. One of them is partially true. One of them is an outright lie. Instead of tagging eight people, I’m going to ask you to guess in the comments about which ones are true, which one is partially true, and which one is completely false. After eight people have guessed, I’ll tell you which ones are which.


Eric K. said...

Okay - I'm going to guess that #7 is partially true and the thing about your car being blocked in during the SAT's is false, but only because I can't believe they would schedule the SAT on a home-game day, and I can't believe you would ever find a parking space to begin with.

Pam said...

I'm going to say #5 is the complete lie, 'cause I think I would remember all of that (yes, I have an unfair advantage of having known you forever!) And maybe #6 was partially true (the one about your dad's chickens.)

Love ya!

Amy said...

I promise I did not cheat by reading other people's comments first -- my answer is the same as Pam's. I think I would remember #5 and I totally don't. I mean we had drills but I don't remember any actual tornado. And I think #6 is partially true, but I don't believe your father was ever nationally known for his chickens. If he was, then that's kinda awesome.

Of course, Eric's known Joe forever (hasn't he?) so if he says #7 is only partially true then he's probably right. But I can't change my answer. I'm sticking with Pam.

idyllicchick said...

I'm going to do this before I read everyone else's comments...

Lessee, I think I remember you talking about piano before, so I'm liking #1 as true.

Who is Alan Jackson? Is he a country music guy or something? If so, then I believe #2 as well.

And I *know* you made pretty chickens! That's something one does not forget.

So I'm going with #5, the tornado, as an outright lie, and #7, meeting Joe, as the partial.

(After reading other comments) I think I have a good chance at this!

Kristin said...

Okay, I have no idea on which one is the lie, but about the half truth. . .I swear that you and Joe met at the combo birthday party. And I think you were hitting on each other with a vengeance!! Also on that night, I'll never forget Joe saying "I'll marry a woman with hair like that."
Hope all is well!

Eric K. said...

Actually, bowling was a week or so before the double birthday party. And the "I want my wife to have hair just like that" was Joe's first words as the car door closed when we were leaving Beth/Pete's apartment that night - it was part of my 'Best Man's Toast' at their wedding.

It looks like majority rules on the complete lie being #5 - I would expect elementary-school friends to know the truth. But, darn, who had the bright idea to schedule an SAT on a UGA home-football day????