Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm Never Tagged, But Guess What . . .

I was tagged by The Magic Violinist, so here goes:

1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and then write eleven things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions for you in the original post.
4. Create eleven new questions and then tag three people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you have tagged them.


From our 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.
I'm sure Michael and Steve would be thrilled that I'm sharing




11 Facts About Me


1. A guy in Japan once told me (in heavily accented English), "You look like Tom Cruise." I don't see it.
2. In the 8th grade I got to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Arlington.
3. I could eat Mexican food every day and be satisfied, but those who spend much time with me may not appreciate it. I do enjoy a variety of foods, though. Indian, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.
4. I have seen San Francisco, Tokyo, New York City, Boston, and St. Louis from great heights.
5. I once saw Jerry Rice make nine 3-pointers in a basketball game. Yes, a basketball game.
6.  A homeless woman barked at me and our dog while I was walking her on the streets of Atlanta. I was walking the dog, not the woman.
7. Semi-fermented soy beans don't taste as good as you would think. I know from an unfortunate experience.
8. I played trombone in a dance band while reclined in a wheelchair. I couldn't sit all the way up because of my half-body cast.
9. I entered college as a Physical Education major. I planned on doing athletic training and then medical school. It's almost the same as what I ended up doing: Japanese, medical school, then acupuncture.
10. I don't like wearing shoes. I much prefer sandals.
11. I don't like buying new things for myself. In fact, I am typing on a laptop computer with a missing U key. For real.




The Magic Violinist's Questions for Me

1. What is your favorite color and why? Probably green. I've always liked how it looks throughout the year--green grass, evergreen trees, green leaves. Blue is a close second, though.
2. What is your favorite book and why? I have a very difficult time with favorites since I like so many, but I really like The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway. It is about Americans living in Europe int the early 1900s, and I think that is a fascinating time in history. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is in there, too, and what's more exciting than half-inebriated adults running along narrow streets, hoping an angry bull doesn't impale their backsides?
3. What is your favorite movie and why? I still really like "Field of Dreams." It's about baseball history, which I love, and it's also about people and relationships, which make a movie very interesting to watch.
4. What is your dream pet and why? Aside from the obvious answer, our dog Scout, I would love to have a monkey, as long as he didn't fling poop or bite me, or smoke. Monkeys are as close to humans as you can get so I think it would be really fun to have one hanging around.
5. What is your dream vacation and why? A beach vacation where I open the door to the house and walk right onto the sand. It is a very relaxing place to be and I always feel energized and peaceful all at the same time.,
6. What is your favorite song and why? Again, favorites are VERY difficult for me. I don't even know where to start with this one. Lately I find myself being drawn to John Mayer's acoustic version of "Free Fallin'." His voice is very cool and I love his guitar playing. Peter Gabriel's "Book of Love" is a close second.
7. What do you daydream about? Having no student loans and being able to write books and music, hang out at home with my family, and relax on the beach.
8. Who is your best friend and why? Stacy. I could come up with a million reasons, but mostly because she makes me so incredibly happy. My kids are up there, too. They are great and make me smile a lot.
9. Is there a famous person you would love to meet? Why would you want to meet the person? Neil deGrasse Tyson. He's a brilliant physicist that not only is able to explain complex mysteries of the universe very easily, but he can converse on a wide variety of subjects. He's a breath of fresh air among other, more socially awkward scientists. Also, Harry Connick, Jr. would be a very interesting person for me to meet since I'd love to talk to him about his musical career, from his club days in New Orleans to his multiple Broadway runs.
10. Do you sing in the shower? Not as much as I should.
11. Do you ever think about doing something to change the world? If you do, what would you want to change? It could be a law or different way of doing something. I often wonder what I could do to make a huge difference, but unfortunately I haven't come up with anything specific. Sometimes I feel like I see a lot of improvements that need to be made without seeing he solution.


My Questions for You

1. What is your ideal weather and why?
2. If you could pick anywhere in the world to spend just one day, where would you go and what would you do?
3. If the invitation says "black tie optional," what do you do?
4. What old movie would you like to see with today's editing and special effects technology?
5. What is one dish you wish you could make, but have never tried?
6. What one vegetable could you eliminate from the world and feel no loss?
7. If shoe size determined intelligence how large would you want your feet to be? Remember, you still have to walk on them.
8. You wake up one day and have only retained one of your senses? Which one would you prefer it to be? (You can have all of them back the next day.)
9. If you had a time machine, to which day in your own life would you like to return? Does it make a difference if you knew you couldn't actually change anything that happened that day?
10. Think about your meals yesterday. How well would your food pyramid stand?
11. When you let yourself daydream, where does your mind usually go?


OK, I tag my sisters-in-law Emily and Jessica, and Jimmy. Jimmy, you can put your answer in a comment, or you can start a blog!

8 comments:

Boquinha said...

I loved reading this! You need a new computer. :P I enjoyed reading #8. And I'm impressed with the 11 questions you came up with, too. I want to be tagged again!!

The Magic Violinist said...

I liked 1 and 6 in the first list and 4 in the second! :D

Dr. Mark said...

Stacy, you can answer the questions if you want to. I'll give you extra credit.

Thing 1, you only liked 3 out of 22?! ;)

Boquinha said...

Okay, you don't have to ask me twice!

1. What is your ideal weather and why? Mid to high 70s and sunny. I love being warm. I do not like being cold. I love the feel of the sun on me. Sunny days and blue skies make me happy.

2. If you could pick anywhere in the world to spend just one day, where would you go and what would you do? I would take my family to Lisbon, specifically Sintra. We would explore the town itself, climb up to and explore the castle and palace, and we would get great food.

3. If the invitation says "black tie optional," what do you do? Sounds like something I probably wouldn't attend in the first place. :P I'm a jeans and t-shirt/take-out and a movie kind of girl.

4. What old movie would you like to see with today's editing and special effects technology? None. It would ruin it. Can you imagine "Back to the Future" made current? No thanks. There goes all the charm!

5. What is one dish you wish you could make, but have never tried?

Um, I often think about making rugelach. I'm not scared of trying. Just haven't done it yet.

6. What one vegetable could you eliminate from the world and feel no loss? Squishy, soggy, yellow squash.

7. If shoe size determined intelligence how large would you want your feet to be? Remember, you still have to walk on them. LARGE! I value smarts. If it means I have big feet, so be it.

8. You wake up one day and have only retained one of your senses? Which one would you prefer it to be? (You can have all of them back the next day.) Then taste. I'd give my eyes and ears a break, but continue to enjoy eating.

9. If you had a time machine, to which day in your own life would you like to return? Does it make a difference if you knew you couldn't actually change anything that happened that day? I think I would go back to the first day I ever met you. I'd love to know the date and collect every detail of that day. I'm glad I couldn't change a thing. :) It all worked out.

10. Think about your meals yesterday. How well would your food pyramid stand? Really well. We're generally healthy eaters.

11. When you let yourself daydream, where does your mind usually go? I tend to philosophize in my mind. A lot. I dream about different paths in life, different places, adventures as a family.

These are excellent, varied questions -- thank you!! :)

Jimmy said...

Cool! I've never been tagged before...

1. Ideal weather and why? I like warm, Spring weather. Even NM gets too cold for too long for me. Maybe it's because I'm short and look even shorter when I'm wearing heavy winter clothes. So I guess the reason why is about vanity.

2. Anywhere in the world to spend just one day? It would be Cuba. I'm fascinated with its history, I love their food, and almost the entire country is a beach. How could you go wrong with all that?

3. "Black tie optional..." I've never received that type of an invitation, but I'm sure I'd rent a really nice tux or find an excuse not to go at all. I hate feeling underdressed.

4. What old movie...? Terminator. But maybe not--because even old school orginal Terminator is better than the most recent, technically more complex, one.

5. One dish you wish you could make but haven't tried? I'd have to say any kind of expensive meat on the barbecue grill. I'm so bad at barbecueing that I just do hamburgers, and that never turns out like I hoped. So I don't even try steak and lobster on the grill because I'm sure I'll ruin it.

6. One vegetable I could live without? Cauliflower. It looks like you're eating warts.

7. Shoe size? Well, in case you dind't know, I'm kind of short. One time on a business trip I bought shoes that were a half size too big because of peer pressure. Now I hardly ever wear those shoes because they're too big and look goofy on me. So from then on I've been intelligent enough to stick with my right shoe size.

8. Wake up one day with only one of your senses...Sight. I've had two cornea transplants and I've never had more anxiety than when I couldn't see.

9. Time machine: There was a day camping as a young boy and all I remember was my cousin rescuing my shoe before it was about to go down a waterfall. That cousin has passed away and I just wish I remembered that whole day more clearly because I miss him.

10. How'd I do yesterday with the food pyramid? Pretty good. I just got too much of it with the two extra brownies I justified before going to bed. Up to then I'd done alright.

11. Daydreaming...Performing in front of a huge football stadium crowd. At one time in my life I really thought I was the undiscovered, Hispanic MJ. Never mind the fact that I can't sing.

Dr. Mark said...

Jimmy! Thanks for your quick comment. You beat all the bloggers!

I'm still going to eat cauliflower, but now I have an oh-so-lovely image for the next time I do.

Your #9 is one of those stories that really makes you think about how we live each day and what we choose to make our focus. Thanks for sharing.

Does your daydream include a white glove and sequined socks?

Boquinha said...

REALLY enjoyed your comment, Jimmy! I often wish you had a blog. At least there's email. :)

Emily Foley said...

I'm so behind on your blog, I just saw my tag! I'll get to it ASAP. I surprisingly learned quite a lot about you in this post. My dream vacation would probably also be the door to the beach. Can't even imagine the heaven.