8 Random Friar Facts
Thanks to Brett (who started this) and Sandie, I’ve been “tagged” in some kind of chain letter. Meaning I have to write down eight random things about myself. And then I’m supposed to ask eight other people to write eight random things about themselves.
So, without further ado, here goes.
1. I ate a worm once for five bucks. It wasn’t that bad, actually. It was tasteless, like eating a rubber band with sand on it. It was a fair exchange. I made a quick 5 bucks. My buddy said he got his 5 bucks worth of entertainment. I was 25 at the time.
2. I can (to some extent) play three musical instruments. I did piano as a kid up until high school. I did the clarinet in the school band. I was really into guitar in my 20’s. I still strum around a bit. I’m not too bad at it..just don’t ask me to sing. I have an awful voice.
3. As a kid, I was a goody-goody little Catholic. I was not only an Altar Boy, but I played Jesus Christ in a church play. “Suffer the children come unto me”. Hoo Boy. I bet you never guessed the Friar used to be like this, eh?
4. My favorite animal is the bear. That’s what I probably was in a previous life, if there is such a thing as re-incarnation. Bears are SO cool. They’re versatile, smart, strong, and they eat anything. You gotta respect that. Sometimes I like to do my “bear imitation”. I shake my head from side to side, and growl. Little kids really love it when I do that.
5. I get goose bumps when I hear certain kinds of music. Mozart’s Theme from Elvira Madigan for example. Some Beethoven. Also Bob Dylan’s Tambourine Man and Let it Be by the Beatles. Some Zepplin and Floyd. Dunno why I get goosebumps. I just do.
6. When I got laid off during the Big high-tech bust in 2001, I had a good severance pay so I took the entire summer off. I camped, did motels and lived out of my car for three months. I drove around the continent, from Arizona to the Arctic Circle, putting 32,000 on my Honda Civic. Going where I wanted, when I wanted, with no one to answer to. That was the best three months of my life.
7. In University, I was “anchorman” on our “Boat Racing Team”. This is when five guys line up in a row, and each chugs an 8-ounce glass of beer, one after another. The last guy (the anchorman) does two glasses in a row, and then you go back down the line again. The fastest team wins.
Sound stupid to you? (…It was!). But this was a very BIG DEAL back then. We had huge competitions with dozens of teams. I was able to do both 8 ounce glasses in 3 seconds, which in the boat-racing world is the equivalent of the four-minute mile. You got disqualified if you broke a glass or puked. But we always won.
8. I got the nickname “Friar” a few years ago, from the lads in the production area where I worked at the Widget Factory. I had a bushy beard, and since I’m (ahem) a large guy, they said I reminded them of “Friar Tuck”. I’m just grateful that I wasn’t named “Jingle Nuts” or something worse (like some other of the guys were).
There. I’m done.
Now it’s my turn. I’m tagging:
(Sorry, I could only think of six).
And, the rules (according to Brett’s blog!):
- Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
- At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
- Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’ve been tagged, and to read your blog.