My best meme ever

What an…honor(?) to be tagged with the Honest Scrap Meme by one Joshua Cecil Horne at the Smoak House.

Honest Scrap Award

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I’ll let Josh tell you about it:

When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it (hence my over-the-top cocky title for this post), including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Weblog.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!

So without any further ado, here I go…

  1. I kinda hate memes a lot. But I also kinda like them a little. I’m a bit uncomfortable with talking about myself so much since people don’t read this site to find out about Steve. But the blog’s been quiet lately, so I welcome the chance to break the silence.
  2. I talk a lot about things that are controversial to my evangelical background on this blog. By my reckoning, there’s only one major departure from my base that I haven’t come clean on. Like to know what it is? Sorry, not yet.
  3. My most annoying habit: my annoyance at annoying habits. It’s usually my dear wife who gets nagged, although the things that annoy me aren’t unique to her.
  4. I am a picky eater. Among the common foods I hate: onions, tomatoes (although I will eat ketchup and tomato sauce in limited quantities), and nuts. I also hate almost anything slimy, but I do love cooked Brussel sprouts.
  5. When I was a kid — ok, even when a young teenager, I used to — well, ok, probably even when I got to college (you happy?), I used to pretend my life was fully televised. This began years before The Truman Show, so it was an independently created psychosis.
  6. I am a musician. In order of proficiency, my instruments are piano, clarinet, trombone, and bagpipes. Seriously.
  7. For the first couple years of my adolescent period, I wanted to be Benny Goodman. That morphed into wanting to be a band teacher; to that end, I memorized the ranges for all kinds of instruments, studied how they were played, etc.
  8. When I went to college, I started off as a music major because of the band teacher thing and also because I wanted to learn about composing instrumental music, something I played at all through high school, and less frequently since college. But the college didn’t have such an emphasis, so I had to become an instrumental major; I auditioned for piano, but quickly washed out and became a clarinet major for my second semester. Turns out, that year was wasted, as my sophomore year I switched to Bible and Theology.
  9. I served as one of the original officers for my college’s opera club, “Aria da Capo”. I didn’t then, nor do I now, care for opera.
  10. Although I can read (with varying proficiency) six dead languages, I still don’t know Latin! Major weakness for an historical linguist, that. However, I’ll be learning Latin along with my children as I start teaching my daughter next year for second grade. Of modern languages, besides English I can only read a bit of modern German, and I speak even less — which is an even more major weakness than no Latin.

In keeping with my general principle for memes, I’m not going to tag anyone specifically. There’s usually poor response among those I tag anyway. Anyone who likes can participate in my comments. Thanks for reading!

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