Ouch! I’ve been tagged with the dreaded ‘8 Random Things About Me’ meme!

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Damn you, Alan Levine! (shakes fist angrily in the air)

I struggle to find the time to do serious blog posts as it is without feeling the pressure to engage in one of these stupid memes. And I do think they are stupid, but the peer pressure is strong, and hard to resist.

Anyway, I don’t blog much about my personal life, so maybe this is a good way for me to open up a bit.

The rules are:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts
2) List 8 random facts about yourself
3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

So here are 8 random facts about random ol’ me:

  1. My first car was a luminescent lime green Holden Monaro, a bit like this one (do check out the video – it’s hilarious!). Well, it wasn’t really my car – it was my Dad’s, but I had exclusive use of it through those all-important teen years, so it was as good as. Anyway, it rocked! It really stood out – I never had any trouble finding it in a car park!
  2. I have a gammy eye. When I look up one eye goes off to the side, and I get a sort of double vision. Don’t ask me which one, because when I look in the mirror to work it out, well… you get the picture!
  3. For a very brief period in the late Eighties I was part of the electronic music scene in Melbourne. I played in a band called ‘Dono Detti’ (don-a ask me what it means). And we were playing with Roland SH-101s, TB-303s, and TR-606s before you were even born, young techno whipper-snapper!
  4. In a time of financial woe I actually started my training as a taxi driver. I paid my $500 and attending a few of the training sessions before realising I wasn’t much of a people person, and that I wasn’t going to be able to cope well with drunks vomiting in the back seat.
  5. My second after-school-hours job was at McDonalds. Ah, McDonalds… I have fond memories of those years. But wait… that’s politically incorrect! I hate McDonalds! No, I love them… no… hate… no… love! My first job was on a ridiculously-early-in-the-morning milk run (that’s two facts… I cheated!)
  6. I later worked as a short order cook in a pancake restaurant in my home town of Newcastle called ‘The All American Tragedy’. Yes, you heard right. And it was.
  7. I attended Burning Man in 2004, and it changed my life. I also understand why after attending Burning Man that Phillip Rosedale was inspired to create Second Life.
  8. For many years I did volunteer work at Ernie’s Charity Recycling. Ernie started recycling fridges, but by the time I met him he had moved on to computers. Ernie was a mad ol’ coot, half blind and half deaf, but he did great work. People would drop old computers off at his Housing Commission premises (which was actually derelict and condemned) and we would pull them apart, rebuild them and give them away to the needy. He’d then reward us with a biscuit and a cup of tea. Ah! Those were the days.

There ya go!… that wasn’t so bad after all!

Now as for passing this on… I’m with Angela – I really don’t want to inflict this on anybody else. There aren’t many bloggers I know well enough to know if they aren’t going to get annoyed, or I don’t care if they do. 🙂

Here are a few:

Any volunteers?

Watch out! I might even add more to this list as time goes on.

(Original image by Jo Kay, tweaked in museumr)

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