Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bagged and Tagged

My cousin, the Bag Lady, very thoughtfully added me to her list of taggees for a recent meme. I like being tagged. It makes me feel like I belong in the world.
The rules-- Dog bless ‘em -- are I am to tell seven random and/or interesting things about myself. Then I have to get five blog buddies to play, too, and link to their blogs. And I have to post the rules.

My seven random things:

1. I can read upside down. My best friend in Gr. 11 could do this and I was danged if I’d let her reading skills outstrip mine. It came in handy more than a decade later when I asked a Court Clerk to look up a charge against someone for me. The charge was laid under the Young Offenders Act so she was unable to answer my question, but she kept the hard copy file open and spread out on the counter for a very long time.

2. I was a journalist for about 20 years. I never received a death threat, sadly, but I was threatened with lawsuits many times over.

3. Andy Williams is my favorite singer.

4. I will do just about anything within –-and occasionally without—-reason for the sheer experience of it. I have smoked pot, snorted cocaine, and inhaled laughing gas. I have also mixed amphetamines and alcohol.

5. I broke my leg when I was three. Dad told me not to climb up on the fence gate so I scooted up the second his back was turned. I got all the way to the top, wondered why I wasn’t to climb on it, and then fell backward with the gate on top of me. The hinges weren’t attached to the posts yet. I wore a walking cast on my left leg for three weeks.

6. I like heights, but because of the above I was scared to come back down on a ladder for many years. I climbed down frontward, if at all. If it was less than 10 feet down I’d jump instead.

7. We raised hogs when I was young. I discovered that sows could be ridden, albeit briefly, and it was best to get out of the pen immediately afterward.

I tag: Polly Kahl at Recovery Reconnaisance, Thomma Lyn at Tennessee Text Wresting, Michael at Avatar Lore, and two freebies.


Anonymous said...

Wow, very interesting facts -- I enjoyed reading your list! :) You know what, I can read upside down, too, and I can also read backward and write backward (as in mirror image). Freaks people out when I demonstrate. :)

Thanks for the tag! Sounds like fun. :)

Leah J.Utas said...

I'm glad you're going to play, Thomma Lyn.
I can read backward a bit, and backward and upside down together a bit, but writing backward is beyond me. Good for you!
I'm looking forward to your meme post.

the Bag Lady said...

Cool stuff, dfLeah. Glad you joined in the fun! I even remember riding pigs with you...sooooeeeee!!

Leah J.Utas said...

Ah, yeah. It's one of those things one simply never forgets, dfBag Lady.

Reb said...

The pigs must have been gone before I started forming memories. That or I was just late forming memories! I really don't remember much before about 4 years old. Does this make any sense? I will be doing the meme too, just not probably 'til Wednesday.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Great list!

Gotta say, none of it particularly shocked me, except for perhaps the Andy Williams item. You're predictably unpredictable!

Futuristics said...

NICE Blog :)

Leah J.Utas said...

Reb, we had the hogs in question when was I in grades four through eight.
Thanks, Crabby. Good to know I can still raise your eyebrows.
Hello Futuristics, glad to see you here.

Polly Kahl said...

Good list Leah, and as one who grew up in the country I especially like the hog riding. I just did this a couple of months ago so I'll have to think about what to share. Maybe I'll use yours as inspiration.

Leah J.Utas said...

Hello Polly. Have I found another swine rider?
I'm looking forward to your list.

Reb said...

Well, in that case, I don't know why I don't remember them! Oh well, city girl that I am, I probably just didn't want to get dirty.

Dawn said...

I feel as if I've led a deprived existence - no one has ever threatened me with a lawsuit!

Leah J.Utas said...

Dawn, it's quite a thrill to be threatened in this manner.

Reb, I'm not sure you took all that much interest in the barn, though I could certainly be wrong.