A to Z Challenge 2013

Friday, January 8, 2010

Random Facts

Since Sandra and Christine have already done this, I thought I'd join in on the fun. Here are some random facts about me:

1) Most unusual or interesting job I’ve had…

I haven't worked at very many jobs, to start with. The most unusual one however, would be a job I had working for a bowling alley as a pin chaser. When bowling balls or pins would get stuck in the gutters, I'd have to go running down the thin strip between the lanes and free things up. Oh, and clean up all the trash, ashtrays, and beer cups from the bowlers of course. Yuck.

2) Childhood Memory related to writing…

I've posted the only writing sample I have from childhood previously, which is kind of depressing actually. I may have written more than that, but I haven't kept any of it. I have a picture of myself (no I'm not sharing it) that was taken while I was writing that poem though, and it's funny what makes me cringe. Not how I looked, what I'm wearing, or even what I've written. The fact that I have my hat on indoors. It's a military thing. Bugs me to no end.

3) Things I collect

I'm not a big collector of things really. I used to collect Coca Cola stuff, but then I realized tons of people do it, so it became less interesting. I have a neat old truck crafted out of actual Coca Cola cans that my dad found though, which I really like. I also like anything to do with dragons, though I can't say I have a collection of it. Do tons of old software disks and computer hardware parts count? Maybe that's what I can tell my wife when she gripes about them. It's my collection.

4) Obsessions

Since I'm married and not allowed to obsess over other women (except for Queen Latifah - wow, what a beauty), I have to obsess over other things. I obsess over using the right word when I'm writing; my internal editor never shuts up. I am currently obsessing over getting to level 80 in World Of Warcraft, though who knows what I'll do when I get there.

5) Unusual “talents”

I'm probably the most unextraordinary person with regards to talents. That's not to say I am not talented in various ways, but I don't know that any of them are unusual. I can play piano, but meh. I used to be fluent in Russian, but meh. About the only unusual talent I have is the ability to recall specific lines from songs, movies, or books at odd moments. I'll hear something said that will spark my memory of some obscure line from a B movie that nobody else remembers. Drives my wife crazy, I'm sure.


Sandra said...

Games can be so addicting!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Oh, man, you gotta be kidding me. Guess what job I had as a pre-teen/early teen? Yep, pin setter. I, probably like you, had two alleys to tend and "jumped" over a divider to pickup one set of pins while the other lane bowled. Then at the end of the game, the bowlers would roll coins...hey, it was lot of money back then...down the gutter to me. Or, Leave FOLDING MONEY, (oh was that the thing!) with the bar tender. Probably couldn't do it now because, well, all automated, but too young to be in a "bar" would actually be enforced. Small world. Hadn't thought about that in ages.

Best Regards, Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Eric said...

Sandra - Don't I know it.

Galen - Well, your experiences as a pin setter was definitely rougher than mine as a pin chaser. I actually had to be available for ALL the bowling lanes, but just for clearing out errant pins or balls rather than setting them up. I do admit it was fun running down the small strip between lanes though, because it required so much balance.

Christine Fonseca said...

I love these facts about you! WOOT!!!

Jenna said...

Pin chaser? I didn't even know they had that. I've got to somehow work that into a short story. ;)

Awesome reading these! I love memes. :)

Cole Gibsen said...

Games are addicting. I get so addicted to Sims. In the latest one I made my an author. It figures that she became a best seller before me. *sigh*

Great post!

Michelle H. said...

Pin chaser? I would have never guessed. Yeah, those games are totally addicting. I try to stay away. Nice post.

Nishant said...

would actually be enforced. Small world. Hadn't thought about that in ages.

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