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...