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Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Dave!Last night as my cold was ending and my sinuses were draining out, I was aching too much to sleep. Instead I wrote today's blog post. This morning I went to read it and couldn't understand what in the heck I was talking about. At first I was going to try and edit it into something cohesive, but decided to delete it instead.

Luckily Kim came along with a meme to blog about this fine Saturday (which Marty also did). It's ELEVEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT YOU!

  1. I don't drink coffee. I've tried it maybe two or three times and really, really don't like it.
  2. Even though I don't have any kids, I am very protective of them. Any time I spot a kid in trouble it's pretty much guaranteed I'll do whatever I can to help. This is the sole motivating factor in my loathing of Rick "Piece of Shit" Santorum as a presidential candidate. His hate-filled rhetoric about homosexuals creates an environment where gay kids are ruthlessly persecuted for something they can't do anything about. The fact that this sometimes leads to them getting killed or causes them to commit suicide has me convinced that Santorum (and people like him) are an accessory to murder.
    UPDATE: Today there's another tragic victim of the society that monsters like Rick "Piece of Shit" Santorum are building. This is what their perverted vision of God wants for His people?
  3. When I was a kid, I had to take allergy shots three times a week. I was allergic to all kinds of odd things including dirt, wet cement, and my own body. Luckily, I outgrew my allergies... unluckily they were replaced with something much worse.
  4. I am a fan of watching Magic: The Gathering tournaments. Not only did I attend local tournaments from time to time, but I used to watch the televised championships on ESPN back in the day. As if that weren't enough, I still watch Magic tournament videos on YouTube every once in a while. The odd part? I have never played a single game myself. Back when it was popular, I couldn't afford the good cards. Now-a-days, nobody I know plays it.
  5. Because of my Magic: The Gathering addiction, I'm a fan of Jon Finkel, who is one of the greatest players of the game ever and a World Champion. Back on August 29th of last year, a woman went on a date with the guy and wrote an article ridiculing him once she found who he is. I didn't read the story until a friend told me about it three days later on September 1st. It upset me so badly that this woman could be such a heartless bitch to somebody I admire that it put me in very bad mood. Indeed, it kind of explains the tone of my blog entry the next day.
  6. I can't stand the Harry Potter books or movies. Because so many of my friends like them, I have attempted to read/watch them many times without success. Sorry, but they just suck. This has not, I might add, deterred me from wanting to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida... nor has it deterred me from playing the LEGO Harry Potter video games (which I love).
  7. I still own a VHS videotape player. There's a few shows I own on videocassette that I can't find on any modern format... I may want to watch them one day.
  8. I dislike talking on the telephone so much that I'll often go to great lengths to avoid it. On more than one occasion I've driven for hours to see somebody in person rather than to have to talk to them on the phone.
  9. I used to love cooking and regularly made much of the stuff I eat from scratch. Sometime over the last ten years that all changed and now I can't stand the idea of cooking anything. Yeah, I'll fry up a veggie burger or make a sandwich, but anything more ambitious than that only happens once or twice a month. I really need to start eating healthier, so hopefully this will change.
  10. I own nearly a hundred travel books, many of which were bought after I visited the place they were written for. I find travel books to be a great souvenir for revisiting where you've been... especially the DK Eyewitness Guides with all those nifty photos.
  11. I am growing increasingly obsessed with the idea of visiting Antarctica. Along with India, it's one of those places I mean to see before I die. Every time I read a new story of how the ice covering on the continent is breaking apart, I worry that it will be destroyed before I can make it there.

And now I'm answering Kim's Eleven questions...

  1. What is your dream job? Travel reviewer.
  2. What is the farthest (furthest?) you have traveled from home? I'm guessing that would be Uluru, Australia.
  3. Do you think you can you have more than one best friend? Sure.
  4. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
  5. Who is the first person you want to share news with? Depends on what kind of news it is?
  6. What are people likely to ask you to help them with? To design something, probably.
  7. What are you likely to ask someone to help you with? Ironing.
  8. Why do you read blogs? To keep up with interesting people and make new friends.
  9. Who knows you the best? My sister.
  10. Do you believe in karma? Yes. Yes I do.
  11. What's something you are really interested in, that most people don't know about? (that you are interested in it, not the thing itself) Woodworking.

I think I'm supposed to ask eleven questions of my own now, but I'm wiped out. Kim has good questions... answer hers!

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  1. Oddly enough, everyone I have worked with in the tattoo business has been a “Magic: The Gathering” player except for me. It’s kind of weird.

  2. Brent says:

    What is your dream job? Political analyst
    What is the farthest (furthest?) you have traveled from home? American Samoa
    Do you think you can you have more than one best friend? Not really
    What is your favorite cuisine? French
    Who is the first person you want to share news with? Significant other
    What are people likely to ask you to help them with? Kid photos. Yuck!
    What are you likely to ask someone to help you with? Taxes, finances, banking.
    Why do you read blogs? Interesting perspectives, usually independent of big money and interests
    Who knows you the best? Me.
    Do you believe in karma? Not really (but I think being nice is a good thing)
    What’s something you are really interested in, that most people don’t know about? Cooking. Not baking.

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    I used to be into MtG in a big way. Every weekend I got together with friends for local small tournaments or just friendly gaming. Had a lot of fun at some really big tournaments as well, though not much success. That was back in the mid-late 90’s, though. I stopped playing around 1998.

    Around 5-6 years ago, some friends heard about the game and were interested in learning how to play. Since I was the only one they knew who had played before, I (grudgingly) taught them how. Some of the mechanics were new, but it came right back to me. But the new interest in the game only lasted around 6 months.

    At it’s best, it was like a game of chess where you get to use different pieces of your own choice.

  4. whall says:

    Ah, so that explains why you won’t chat on the phone with me for hours about Harry Potter. And here I thought it was me!

  5. kilax says:

    Thanks for the link and playing! 🙂

    DK Eyewitness guides are my favorite too! I am the opposite – I ask for them for places I have not traveled to yet, ha ha!

    We know people (adults our age) who are obsessed with Harry Potter and they think it is weird that WE are not! LOL

    I am always happy to find another person who doesn’t like coffee. Makes me feel like less of an oddball.

    And of course people ask you for design help. Guilty!!!

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Hope your damn cold goes away, pronto!
    I like the Harry Potter movies, but I don’t understand these people who get completely obsessed with anything meant for kids. Never read the books.
    You should DEFINITELY be getting paid for traveling!

  7. the muskrat says:

    I like Potter stories! I read them in Iraq when I had no other entertainment, though.

  8. martymankins says:

    Some really random revelations I’m ot much of a talking on the hone guy either, but would choose texts or emails to communicate instead of talking. But I love talking to people in person.

    I want to visit Antarctica to see penguins in the wild.

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