Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tagged and I'm It.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I got tagged for the second time in a week for the "Eight Random Facts" meme. The taggers this time were The Birding Couple. Last week The Birders on the Border got me. I figured I'd better git-r-dun or the tagging might never stop.

What is the memeing of all this? Meme defined.

My initial plan was to play 'possum and hope that the threat would dissipate. Then I thought about acting like a hog-nosed snake and faking my own, very painful death.

But the true path of least resistance is to follow through with my own 8RF post and then, as with a cheesy chain letter, tag eight other innocent bloggers.

Rules for a memeingful life:
  • write a post with eight random facts (8RF) about yerself
  • list the rules of the meme
  • at the end of that post, list eight other bloggers that you've tagged to write similar 8RF meme posts, (including the rules)
  • leave comments on the "tagees" blogs to notify/warn them about the meme.
  • get on with your life, the course of which has now been forever altered.
Here are my 8RF.

1. I was born in the mostly Dutch community of Pella, Iowa. I've been inside the hospital there as a patient exactly twice--both involving labor: once when I was being hatched in the early 1960s and once last Labor Day.

2. If I were not gainfully employed editing Bird Watcher's Digest and writing books, I'd be a studio musician or sound recording engineer.

3. My wife and I have a band called The Swinging Orangutangs. Yes, we rock.

4. Our farm, Indigo Hill, has been a home to 14 different breeding warbler species: Louisiana waterthrush, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, American redstart, black-and-white, ovenbird, worm-eating, yellow, prairie, blue-winged, pine, Kentucky, cerulean, and hooded.

5. There have been two important Chet Bakers in my life. Only one of them played trumpet. Only one of them kisses me on the face, poops in our meadow, and brings ticks into the house. Both are handsome devils.

6. The movie I'll always stop to watch is "The Outlaw Josey Wales."

7. I earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Western College at Miami University without ever taking a multiple-choice exam.

8. I have rooted tirelessly for The Pittsburgh Pirates since 1971.

And now for the tag-ees, some of whom may have already been tagged, but so what? (and I won't be mad if this meme virus stops with any of you...)

1. Julie "Beautiful Blogzilla" Zickefoose
2. Jeff "Birding, not NASCAR" Gordon
3. Jim "The Incredible Birding Hulk" McCormac
4. Kathi "KatDoc" H.
5. Mon@rch
6. Rondeau "It's Better than Pelee" Ric McArthur
7. Jeff "The Karaoke King" Bouton
8. Mike "Digiscoping Zen Master" McDowell

Good luck and let's be careful out there!


On July 19, 2007 at 1:42 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

All respect to the taggers: There's something about memes I don't like. Maybe it's their white makeup and simpering motions.

On July 19, 2007 at 1:47 PM Bill of the Birds said...

But that "stuck in a box" thing is AWESOME!

On July 19, 2007 at 1:55 PM Rondeau Ric said...

I'm flattered that you think there are 8 interesting things about me.
Or were you just desperate?
Rondeau( I always get stuck with these things) Ric

On July 19, 2007 at 4:28 PM Trixie said...

Yeah, you may not have taken a single multiple choice (I didn't either) but did you get any grades? I made it through with only narrative evaluations.

On July 19, 2007 at 9:01 PM Janeyms said...

Your dear wife, and Mary thought I should start a I KNOW why I decided to be a blog troll instead. Nice to get to know a bit more about Chet Baker's dad though.You are right about that thing in a box too. I'm still laughing about that one!

On July 19, 2007 at 9:50 PM Mary said...

What are you doing in that photo, BOTB?

Thanks for participating in a silly meme. We know you better. Wasn't too bad, was it?

Jane should start a blog.

On July 20, 2007 at 9:03 AM mon@rch said...

Very cool facts about yourself and very honored that you tagged me!! Ugg, you think playing possum will work for me??

On July 20, 2007 at 9:09 AM Patrick Belardo said...

My condolences on the Pirates. I had the pleasure of visiting the stadium a few weeks ago - gorgeous place. I was even there for the supposed 3rd inning walkout protest which was more of a "walk over to the food area and hang out" protest. They won though. Good times!

On July 20, 2007 at 7:17 PM KatDoc said...

I did this one once already, and couldn't think of anybody else to tag - should have gotten you first.

~Kathi (with an "i")

On July 20, 2007 at 7:39 PM John Briggs said...

My wife has always rooted for the Pirates. She is originally from Erie, PA and loves the Steelers (BOO!)

Interesting thing this tagging.