Tuesday, July 24, 2007

8 Random Things

Fiddlemama (from a forum I frequent) has tagged me with the 8 Random Things meme. This is good, because my head is pretty damn near empty today – can you hear the echo? (Echo-cho-ooo-oo-o). So all I have to do is pull eight dumb things out of the vacuum and that should be easy enough, eh? Besides everyone is on tenterhooks just waiting to find out eight more stupid things about me - as if there was anything you didn’t know…

1- The only sport I watch on TV, the only sport I love, is Soccer (Football for those of us in the know. And why the hell do they call American Football football? Seems like they spend most of their time running around with the ball in their arms.)

My football passion is pretty much retricted to the big tournaments we get on mainstream TV like the World Cup, the Euro, the Olympics and now the U-20. I can get quite emotional about it all. Like when France lost and I sat there crying in the bar where I watched it. It (I) was pathetic.

2 – I have no special bodily talents. I cannot roll my tongue, I can’t touch my nose with said appendage, I can’t wiggle my nose or ears. I can do nothing out of the ordinary with my body. The only thing it does is expand. And that’s not a talent, that’s nature and 40+ at work.

3 – I’m an Air Force brat. I think this might have contributed to my love of solitude, since, though we didn’t move around all that much, most of my friends disappeared regularly. I learned to count on myself for entertainment which led, I think, to my lifelong love of books as well as an overabundant imagination.

4 – At 46, I’m ashamed to admit I still sometimes count on my fingers. I have trouble calculating tips, I’m a total spaz at anything that has to do with numbers. Useless I am. I hate numbers and they hate me right back. On the other hand I have no problem picking up languages (or at least I didn’t used to – I haven’t tried to learn a new language in a while now).

5 – I don’t much like gold. I love silver jewelry, but gold has never really appealed to me. Plus it's just way to expensive for what it is, or even for what marketing expects us to believe it is.

6 – I’m very low maintenance. My hair stylist is always compltely discouraged with me, though he does an amazing job considering what he has to work with. I love makeup but rarely use much of it (a swipe of this and a touch of that), though I am getting better at it. However, I love lipstick and refuse to count the number of tubes I have because I’d feel very very guilty about it. I even stopped dyeing my hair because it took too much time when I remembered to do it and I always had the white skunk stripe look going on. At my age, even basic maintenance takes more and more time, so I’m slowly cutting down on what little I already was doing. Again, pathetic, but I simply can't be bothered.

7 – I love seeing movies, but most of the time I’m too cheap to go. When a promising movie comes out, I put it on THE LIST to be rented when it comes out on DVD. The list, unfortunately, is growing to humungous proportions as I keep adding films to see (both old and new) and I rarely get up the gumption to actually go rent something. Besides, I still have a whole season of the Simpsons and King of the Hill on DVD to watch. Plus a season of Numbers and three of Dead Like Me I borrowed from JazzSis and my niece respectively. THE LIST will keep on growing (insert ominous horror movie music here).

8 – I love driving alone and listening to loud music. And singing along. Which I only do alone since I refuse to impose this torture on anyone. My favourite ever CD for driving alone is Queen’s Night at the Opera.

I’m in loooooove with my caar.
Got a feel for my automobile…

– and –

Scaramouche scaramouche will you do the fandango.
Thunderbolts and lightening, verry very frightening...

I know Bohemian Rhapsody up and down inside and out... And love it dearly.

One day I'll tell you all about my abiding love for Genesis and Yes and all that old prog rock...

Actually, that was pretty hard. I guess the vacuum was emptier than even I thought. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it, please feel free.


Big Brother said...

Lil' sister, here's an easy way to figure out the tip... add the combined taxes, GST and PST. They come out to 15%.

Ian Lidster said...

Nice to see you back. I missed your musing, not to mention you. I remember when I first got my car, my Nissan NX2000 many years ago, and I took it out on a sunny afternoon, by myself, and stuck in a Hendrix CD and turned Purple Haze up to full volume as I took the sexy little creature (the car that is) along a winding country road. Pure heaven it was.
And glad you're a lipstick girl. I've always had a fetish for it.
I might steal this from you, by the way.

geewits said...

The one you call "low maintenance?" I think that's also called "letting yourself go." I feel like I can give you a hard time because I am also a 46 year-old. Now go get a prissy hairstyle and a nice color, you'll love it! If you don't want to pay for a color, have your husband do it. It can be a fun thing to do together every 5 or 6 weeks. And pick something crazy like a sassy red!

Jazz said...

BB - actually that gives 14 percent now. The sales tax went down, remember? You're undertipping.

Ian - The meme or the lipstick?

Geewits - Not letting myself go. I only have so much time in a day and I prefer to devote it to other things than doing my nails. Besides, what's wrong with grey hair? I'm loving my new grey hair and I'm getting compliments about it all the time. Much more so than when I coloured it.

Paul said...

Queen?! Gotta love 'em.

Book for you:

If you have not read this Terry Pratchett already, do. You'll thank me later -- if only for the uncannily familiar character named Crowley, who only can get Queen on his car stereo.

Josie said...

Jazz, great list. I have no aptitude for numbers either, and my dad was a chartered accountant. He used to get so frustrated with me.

If you pick up languages easily, you're probably good at drawing as well, right?

Jazz said...

Paul - I loved Good Omens. Loved it. The hound from hell was priceless.

Josie - I wish. My artistic talent pretty much comes to a screeching halt with stick figures. I have no talent whatsoever, unfortunately. I would give anything to be able to draw. I don't even doodle well.