What drives me to you is what drives me insane

Nine eights (click for original)Weeks (months?) ago, Caroline of Pinky’s Paperhaus tagged me for a list-meme thing, and it’s well past time I responded.

Here are the rules:

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

Here are eight random things about me:

1. I avoid buying clothes that require dry cleaning. This is not the result of personal environmentalism. Rather, I have discovered over the years that I’m too disorganized to get dirty clothes to the dry cleaners and pick them up.

2. Although I’ve dyed my hair a rainbow of colors over the years, I have always been happy to have been born a redhead. When I was a child, Pippi Longstocking was my hero.

3. The talent I most wish I had: singing. Both my parents sing well, my sister Katy has a beautiful voice, and everyone else in my family sounds at least fine. I’m a croaking toad.

4. If I were ever to go back to school, I would study law.

5. My family’s nickname for me as a kid was "The Encyclopedia." I was also infamous for correcting anyone’s grammar. In retrospect, I can’t understand why anyone was my friend.

6. In 1997, a friend of mine read my palm and told me that my lifeline indicates I’ll live only to age 55. Perhaps this should upset me. Instead, I find it kind of a relief, because I’m clearly not saving enough for retirement.

7. Try as I may, I can’t get myself to enjoy the music of Sonic Youth.

8. My current favorite Bob Dylan song is "Isis." This link points to lyrics that don’t match what’s on the album "Desire." I much prefer the recorded version:

She said, "Where ya been?" I said, "No place special."
She said, "You look different." I said, "Well, I guess."
She said, "You been gone." I said, "That’s only natural."
She said, "You gonna stay?" I said, "If you want me to, yes."

I shall hereby tag these people, whom I believe haven’t been tagged with this memey-thing before and who I think will not hate me too much for passing it to them:

Bonus random fact about me: Note that I balanced the boys with the girls. That’s ’cause I’m a Libra.

10 replies on “What drives me to you is what drives me insane”

  1. It’s part of a series. There’s also nine 9s. Nine 7s. And nine As to nine Zs.

    Available at that infinite resource of Flickr.

    It’s a surreal little moment, when the nine 8s are posted without reference to the series. Would the question be asked seeing a mosaic of nine 5s? It was an interesting question, and we may be “lucky” to have seen the snapshot of 8s.

  2. I don’t know. It was just one of those things that occurred to me – shouldn’t there be 8 eights ? Like in Chinese astrology, the number eight is supposed to be extremely lucky, so therefore 8 eights would be exponetially beneficial ?

    As a child, someone once told me I was very didactic. I thought it was a compliment until I realised it was just a polite way of calling someone an annoying know-it-all.

  3. Regardless, the Eight Random Things posting reminded me of “Skippys List, or The 213 Things Skippy Is No Longer Allowed To Do In The U.S. Army”.

    I thought it’d be funny if we each could come up with a Top Ten List of Things We Are No Longer Allowed to Do, i.e. like the time I dressed up as a Roman Centurion on Good Friday and strolled into a hardware store.

  4. Dear Cindy:
    How come you didn’t tag me for listing meme things?
    I would tell you anyway.

    1. When I was nine I drew an illustrated calendar for my mother.
    2. I took dance lessons (Bharat Natyam and Kathak) for five years.
    3. In school I could only read English. Once, a new girl in my art class, who spoke fluent English, started to talk to me. She seemed to be saying something important. I looked into her eyes. I smiled when she smiled. I frowned when she frowned. At the end of our “conversation” she said, “Thank you;” the only words I understood.
    4.During summer vacations in the lower Himalayas I collected fantastic leaves and flowers. I pressed them between blotting papers and left them to dry under my father’s dictinaries and thesaurus. In eleventh grade I made an album of the dried collection.
    5.In college I learnt to write English.
    6.In America I learnt to speak English.
    7. Until forty, I thought reading fiction was a waste of my time. Now, more than a decade later, I’m a voracious consumer of novels and writing my first novel was one of the most pleasurable experience of my life.
    8. Finally, I’m glad you did not tag me. Who would I tag in return?


  5. Madhu: Those are eight fabulous things. I hadn’t been sure if this type of list would fit into the direction of your Spirituality Sparks, but it seems clear to me that it would. I hope you’ll post this there as well. And that you’ll seek out eight other blogs to tag, so the fun continues.

  6. In italian eight is written “OttO”, palindromic. Let us write the two T in the ceter of the frame and O in the border cells, we obtain a flower with eigth petals! Or we can imagine that the center cell joins all the O forming the number 8. This works only in Italy!


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