Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

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Eight. Random. Facts.

The power of blubeagle compels me! The power of blubeagle compels me! Meaning, she did this and asked me (nicely, of course, she's blubeagle) to do this.

These be the rules:
• Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
• People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
• At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
• Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. When I entered seventh grade, I entered my sixth school. A Navy Brat, I was, I was (and as you may have guessed)...

2. I used to do what I called my "media tour": For a few months in early 2001, I'd pick up a different free Portland newspaper each weekday. Monday was Our Town (I was reading it when it hired coffeeinhell), Tuesday and Friday were the Portland Tribune (or The 'Bune as I call it), Wednesday was the Willamette Week, and Thursday was the Portland Mercury. This is all still true except for Our Town, which was folded into the 'Bune.

3. I call it The 'Bune because one time I saw that, in a case of "guerrilla marketing," someone had stuck copies of a local sex industry magazine into one box's copies of the Tribune. "Ah," I thought, "poon in The 'Bune..."

4. I like to imagine people as if they are a blend of two or more other people. I saw Scott Cohen as Wolf in The 10th Kingdom and thought "He's like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler!"

5. One time in 1981 or '82, when I lived in Camarillo, California (not far from where future friend blubeagle lived, in fact), the Santa Ana winds blew straight down my street so strongly that I rode my bike one-way down that totally flat street without having to peddle. Getting back was a struggle, though, and I had to give up and walk the bike back.

6. I once referred to myself in print as a "twisted bastard." (From my positive review of the 1998 guilty pleasure Wild Things, as printed in the Hermiston Herald: "The reasons I have for liking Wild Things? I can't say; either I'd give away key parts of the plot to look for, or you'd see me for the twisted bastard that I am.") I did not get in trouble with my publisher for that. I only got in trouble with my publisher two years later when I used the word "frickin'" in my Gladiator review. My publisher didn't catch that I'd also used the word "frickin'" a year before when I reviewed Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

7. I've appeared on local television a few times: once when my dad reunited with us after a Navy cruise (we didn't know we'd been filmed until we saw the news that night), once with my mouth (in my embarrassed opinion) hanging open hella wide when I was in the audience of a local game show, and once where only my arms were visible (counting passes to the Star Trek exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, where I volunteered one month).

8. I stayed up almost the entire night of Voyager 2's 1989 flyby of Neptune, tuned into NASA Select Television and videotaping the images as they returned. I still have that video somewhere. (I have another random fact related to me and NASA, but it's sadder than I want to be right now.)

I don't feel like tagging, so I shall let yourselves tag yourselves...
Tags: memes

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