Happy Meme's Day
Blood has tagged me with this "Seven Random Things" meme. I find this exercise especially difficult because my life is so meticulously ordered that randomness is not allowed to penetrate. I laugh in the face of Chaos Theory.
Or maybe it's all I ever write about is random. One of the two.
1. My first major in college was Aerospace Engineering, despite the fact that I hated math (and physics). I abandoned it within a year, a full three years before the Defense Industry collapsed in LA, plunging the universe into recession.
2. I sang in my church's youth choirs for many years, beginning at age 7 when I had the second lead in a musical play called "Zach Jr." about Zacchaeus--of "wee litttle man climbing up in a sycamore tree" fame--and his son. I continued to do it all through high school, culminating with my tour de force rendition of "A Little More Sleep," a song you've never heard of, but one I crushed on dozens of occasions from the stage at Trinity Baptist to campgounds in the High Sierra.
3. One time I tired to scale my backyard fence--a redwood fence--in my bare feet. The end result was four hours in a podiatrist's office where she removed more than 200 splinters from my feet without the benefit of anesthesia.
4. I knocked myself unconscious chasing a foul ball. I ran into the chain link fence at full speed and top of the fence was neck high. Donny, who was on the opposing team, said I rebounded backward several feet, the impact and give of the fence combining for a slingshot effect. The scariest part of all of it was opening my eyes and seeing Bill Geyer's big moon face looming over me.
Clearly, I should stay away from fences.
5. Somewhere in the US of A there are three guys who are my half-brothers. I have never met or spoken to any of them and am pretty ambivalent about doing so, though it would take me about five minutes to find them.
6. An apartment I once lived in was prominently featured in "Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo." The complex next door to that one was the setting for Steve Carrell's home in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
7. I graduated college a full ten years after I graduated high school. I didn't spend all that time in class, having dropped out twice, gotten married and divorced, played in a rock band, developed a nice little drug habit, worked two jobs simultaneously and played the role of Gen X slacker to a significant degree.
Facty (Come back, Facty! All the plants are dying!)