Sunday, June 03, 2007


My friend Sydney ( tagged me last week. I got a kick out of her 7 random facts and looking at the blogs of people she tagged. I even discovered we have a mutual friend whose blog I was not aware of. As I was surfing around looking for others to tag, I realized this tag thing is something of an epidemic! I guess you could say I’ve contracted the disease, so here goes…

First, the rules: Each blogger tagged must write on his/her own blog 7 random facts about himself/herself. Additionally, the tagged blogger must list the rules of the game along with the names and blogsites of 7 people being tagged. Finally, the tagged person must leave a note in the Comments section of those he/she is tagging to notify them that they’ve been tagged and to invite them to read your blog.

First, my 7 random facts:

1. As a piccolo player in the Ben Davis High School Marching Band, I marched in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade in Washington DC as well as the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami FL and the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. I see from the link above that Mighty Marching Giants continue to be an outstanding band - certainly more widely recognized than any group I've performed with since! Who would've thunk it?

2. Growing up in Indianapolis, whose only claim to fame back then was the annual 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I was about 15 years old before I realized that Race Day wasn’t the real name of the holiday on the last Monday in May. Living near the track, I heard the roar of the engines during the whole month of May when time trials were taking place. I knew the names of all the great drivers and followed the race on the radio every year til high school when as a bandmember I was able to attend in person. The band marched around the track as part of the opening ceremony. Gentlemen, start your engines! -vrooooomm

3. When I was 19 years old, I traveled around the world on a Teen Team sponsored by Youth For Christ International. I played flute, piano, and sang in a 5-member group which did cultural exchange programs in schools and evangelism in churches. We spent 3 months in India; we also toured in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lebanan and throughout the United States. It was an incredible 6 months, and it didn't cost me a dime!

4. In India I received a week of daily rabies shots. I was allowed to stop the 14-day treatment when the pet monkey that bit me showed no symptoms after 7 days.

5. Out of all the pets I've had, my favorite was a hooded rat named Hobbes (a white rat with a black head).

6. I collect shot glasses, a hobby which began as a way to amuse myself in airports when I traveled frequently for my job. I now have 75 shot glasses. And yes, they do get used!

7. My husband and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary this month. I love being married that long – I hate that bragging about it gives everyone such a big clue about my age!

Now... the moment you've all been waiting for... when I reveal the names of those I'm tagging.

1. Jessica – a writer whose reflections I enjoy and the person who inspired me to blog. I guess this could be seen as payback! Sorry, Jess!

2. Dan & Cindy, Tabo & Melissa – new Brooklyn home owners. Since yours is a group blog, please feel free to respond collectively. I know you have NO TIME, so consider this a leisure activity.

3. Lorcan – my Quaker friend (no pun intended) who probably could come up with 700 random facts, so varied has his life been.

4. Daniel & Amanda – a young couple having many adventures in NYC while serving for a year as Mennonite volunteers in various service organizations.

5. Craig – a whistle player in Ohio whom I’ve never met, who shares my love of Irish music and strives, as I do, to eek out a bit of practice time despite a full-time job and family responsibilities.

6. Monica – an African-American transwoman whose blog I started reading when I discovered earlier this year that she too had posted about the song Lift Every Voice and Sing. Monica has given me much to think about and writes well on many interesting topics.

7. Stacey – my cousin in Kentucky whose daughter Sydney is the darling of her blog. Perhaps little Sydney will become an accordion-girl too, who knows? Hey Stacey, tag your boys and see if they reveal anything they wouldn't otherwise tell you!!!

OK, everyone, it's your turn. Start your engines and get blogging! I look forward to reading your 7 random facts and as well as the new blogs that turn up as a result.

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