Tuesday, November 6, 2007

10 Random things about Me

I have been tagged by Wyldth1ng, and need to share ten random things about myself. Here they are, as random as I can be:

1. I really like pop-up books, both new and old. My prized possession is a book called "The Jolly Jump-ups Vacation Trip". It was written in the 1940s and includes a pop-up of the Grand Canyon. I just saw a pop up version of Moby Dick, in the bookstore. Obviously, an abridged edition.

2. While in college I attended a teeny weeny Four Square Gospel church on occasion. Once their pianist was sick, and they asked me to play the piano. That may have been about the time I saw the light and went back to the Lutheran faith.

3. I took Latin in the 9th grade, Swedish and Greek in college, and Japanese -- in Japan.

4. My brother used to collect crayfish and keep them in jars in the backyard.

5. I have taken the Bright Angel trail in the Grand Canyon, but not all the way to the bottom!

6. I love to read, but lately, have been having trouble finishing books. I have a lot of half-finished books lying around. (lie? lay?)

7. I like doing crossword puzzles and acrostics, but my husband is addicted to the most difficult puzzles of all: Cryptic Crosswords. This style originated in England and is ridiculously difficult.

8. I have never been to Europe.

9. When I was 23 years old, I visited New York City for the first time, because I was interviewing for a position as a missionary in Japan. While there, I visited the U.N., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and saw a Broadway Play (42nd Street). My proudest accomplishment? Hailing a cab after the show.

10. I know many of the words to satiric songs (some of them in poor taste) by Allan Sherman and Tom Lehrer.

I would like to tag: RevDrKate, PS, Pastor Eric, Rowan the Dog, and FranIAm.


Douglas said...

My parents lived in Weyland, Massachusetts in the late 50's and beqeathed to me vinyl copies of Songs by Tom Lehrer and More by Tom Lehrer.

Diane said...

We had Songs by Tom Lehrer, and That was the Year that Was (which has the famous "Pollution" on it). Later discovered one called "An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer".

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

Thanks Diane, I'll let you know when I post.

FranIAm said...

I accept the challenge!

This was great to read Diane!

It is always fun to learn about fellow bloggers in this way.

Four Square Gospel? Fascinating. I think we must take our twists and turns, otherwise, how would we know?

And Latin? Swedish? Greek? Astounding.

As for song lyrics, some in poor taste... You know I am well in touch with my sinner and my saint. As a result, poor taste has a whole different meaning to me.

Thanks Diane!

Jan said...

Diane, you have such fun random facts about yourself! This was very enjoyable to read. I took Latin in high school also, but never the others--and only Greek now and five years ago.

Anonymous said...

I like Tom Lehrer's songs too.

Presbyterian Gal said...

I love crosswords too. And Sudoku.

And Yay! Tom Lehrer. I have a full CD set of him performing the songs live. "Vatican Rag", "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" , "Lobchevsky", "The Elements","I Hold Your Hand in Mine" are special favorites and I have even performed "The Irish Ballad" myself, with a friend.

All those languages! Good for you.

RevDrKate said...

Wow! Tom Lehrer, who knew?!? I posted. Thanks for tagging, it was fun.

Diane said...

ooh, PG, you have the full 3 CD set! I'm so jealous!

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

I played over at my place. It was fun. Thanks.

Wyldth1ng said...

That is an awesome play! Pop-up books are great and had some but I can't remember the titles anymore. Just the pictures.

Pastor David said...


Thanks for this little glimpse into your world.

Pastor Eric said...

That was fun. I will let you know when I have completed my list.

Magdalene6127 said...

You polyglot, you! Very impressive.

Love the crayfish story. My brother used to collect box turtles; they lived on our screened in porch all summer.

Well played!

Rowan The Dog said...

Oh yea Diane! Thank you for tagging me. I've never been tagged before. When Lindy read your email to me I wagged my tail and wiggled all over. I am going to spend some time thinking about myself which, quite conveniently, is my favorite subject anyway. I'll get back to you soon.