Saturday, May 16, 2009

Q & A: I was tagged!

Saphron "tagged" me via her blog.

Personally, I'm pretty good at ignoring chain e-mails, and I'm sure I could extend my non-conformity to you've-been-tagged blogging, but I thought the questions were good. (The one I didn't like, I got to delete! The one I thought was misssing, I got to add.)

Besides, if you read my blog, you might enjoy my twist on the answers. It's fun to get behind the eyes of another. Sometimes.

Rules: Answer the questions. Replace the one question you dislike the most with one of your own, AND add one question of your liking. Tag five untagged people. Ready? GO!

What is your current obsession?

Jin Shin Do, meridians, and now EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).

Do you nap a lot?
Not very often, but twice last week after work. I drained my "sleep bank" the weekend before via a trip to Arizona by car for a family reunion. I can tell when I'm not getting enough sleep, or if I need a little more mental "down" time.

What is under your bed?
Dust. Lot's of dust. It's carpeted, and this summer I'll move the beds and vacuum. Twice a year, whether it needs it or not! ;-)

What would you like to learn to do?
Right now... EFT. (See #1.)

What’s for dinner?
TBD. My wife and I usually go out once or twice a week to our favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant: Mexi-Casa. Tonight may be that night! (Otherwise, I like breakfast for dinner -- eggs, grapes, toast with jam, and coffee with flavored creamer. I'm a simple guy.)

What was the last thing you bought?

I've got a bid on E-bay for a racquetball racket for my son-in-law, but "shhhhh," he doesn't know it. (He's in school, so nice equipment is not in the budget.)

What is your favorite weather?

70's and 80's during the day. 50's and 60's at night. Little or no humidity. Kind of like Southern California. (Oh. That's where I live!)

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
"There's no place like home. There's no place like home."
Otherwise, I'd like to visit my older kids and grandkids: British Columbia, and Illinois. (Maybe the Canadian Rockies, or on a road-trip visiting all the National Parks and National Monuments.)

What is your most challenging goal right now?
Making my summer (self-imposed) honey-do list. School's almost over. I'm just on the backside of having accomplished a major goal (1st year: new school), and just yesterday I started looking forward to the summer with its projects, travels, etc.

Do you have a blog you read daily even when there are no updates?

I check my blog reader for updates; although, I do sometimes visit blogs that haven't been updated because it's like re-reading a letter from a friend. That usually brings a smile to my face, and it's like a mini-visit, even if only in my mind.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
A simple cure for cancer and a medical organization with enough clout (and will) to bring it to market.

What do you want but can’t have right this second?
See above. (It would also be nice to have my wife and I being at our healthy and fit weight and other health goals.)

What languages can you speak?
English and some Spanish. I also speak Troll. (All men can and do. It involves pointing and grunting.)

What language(s) do you want to be able to speak?
Better Spanish. Hey! I know what I need to do: read Spanish books to build my vocabulary. That sounds like a fun summer project. (I'm adding that to my honey-do list!)

What's one thing you're looking forward to?
Summer vacation: 19 working days away. Woo hoo! (Short-sighted? Yes. Smile-inducing: Very.)

What websites do you visit constantly during the day?
I don't. I do that before and after work. Sometimes, I'll Google something with my class, usually to find a definition or illustration. On my own time, I check my Blogger, GoogleNews, e-mail, Rhapsody, YouTube, and Google -- for my "current obsession." See #1.

If you could only listen to one artist for the rest of your life who would it be?
Julia Lane. (Celtic harpist: very soothing.)

If you had all the time in the world, what would you do with it?
Road-trips. Meaningful philanthropy. Family visits. Oh, I do that now. (I am living my dream!)

What is your favorite time period?
Now. It's all we really have. Zen: Be. Here. Now.

+What has been the highlight of 2009 for you?

Getting to know the staff, students, and families of my new school. Plenty of challenges, plenty of growth, very few "oops." It's been a great year.

And who do I tag? You. You. You. You. And yes, you!

Include yourself if you'd like. It's a fun and easy post. Those who read your blog will enjoy the insights, depths, foibles, and frolics that make you you!

Have a great weekend! (I'm playing racquetball at noon! Yeah!)


  1. Hey, coincidentally...'Be Here Now' is a song by Ray LaMontagne, the artist I would listen to for the rest of my life!

    Was that a zen moment too?? (I don't really know what zen is. I think it's everything. Hmmm...that felt pretty zen just now)


  2. I love Julia Lane!!! Music for the soul I call it!!!
    I really am happy that you did this one Don. Like you, I try to avoid things like this like the plague (someone is always trying to draw me into these kinds of things and I 'pretend' not to see it, lol).
    I feel like I know you a little better. Geez, you're a pretty nice guy. I already knew that though........
    Hey, did you make fun of my "Summer Classes's For Men" post??? I'll come up there and Kung Fu you dude.........(Yeah I know....that was a REAL peaceful thing to say wasn't it. Sorry, I'm in a silly mood).
    Have a great racquetball game!!

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  3. Saphron: Hey! Be Here Now is also a famous book: a classic. Maybe Ray has read it. A good and fun Zen book is Lao Tzu's book Tao Ching. (What you described was more like a co-ink-a-dink.) ;-)
    Zen masters give their students koans (short riddles) that help them attain enlightenment. (Fun stuff too!)

    Reggie: Glad you liked the post. I laughed that you pretend to ignore "tags." Good call.

    This list of questions I liked better. Hope to see your replies?

    Yes, that was me making fun of your post making fun of men. You'll notice that I'm probably the only guy who posted a reply. I too occasionally do some male bashing, but I also stick up for us guys.

    As a widower, I sometimes marvel at the little things couples don't overlook. Yes, men could be more attentive to how a woman "spells" love, like better aim at the toilet, but women could learn how a man spells love, like "Don't major in the minors, dear," And, "Tell me again what you like about me?"

    Just sayin'.

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. PS: Reggie's post on Summer Classes for Men is funny: just sexist. (Not that that is a bad thing.) ;-)
    Check it out:

  5. Love the idea of speaking Troll - must add that to my list of accomplishments. And Julia Lane gets added to my list of 'want to hear'... Thanks for a good post, as usual.

  6. Scriptor: Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You already have a lengthy list of accomplishments, but adding another language: nice. I think you'll like Julia Lane. She'll set a tone that seems to suit your "Ramblings." Enjoy!