Friday, July 06, 2007

Tagged by Susan, Dennis and Tracer

Within two days, three people have tagged me with the same meme. Guess that means I have to play. Here goes ...

I was tagged by Susan DiPlacido, Dennis Mahagin and Tracer. The rules:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are my eight things:

1. Years ago, I had hypnosis to overcome my fear of needles. When I told a friend I thought the hypnotist was weird she said, "How so?" "Well," I began, intending to enumerate, "he has a handlebar mustache--" "Nuff said," she interrupted. In any case, it worked. Though I'm still squeamish, I can get a shot or have blood drawn without fainting. Most times, anyway.

2. I once had dinner at the home of Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. I was actually an invited guest. This is a long story that begins with my friends and I sneaking into the Broadway rehearsal of Monty Python Live at City Center when we were teenagers, and ends with me doing a semester abroad in London.

3. I believe that chocolate-covered Halvah is tangible proof that God loves me.

4. I used to write Pan Am's frequent flyer newsletter, WorldPass. They were my client at the time that Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie. My friends at Pan Am--some of the smartest and most dedicated people I've ever worked with--were more devastated than you can imagine.

5. Sometimes I put things on my To Do list after I've already done them, just so I can cross them off.

6. I can never remember where I parked my car, but I can recite the whole opening to Superman (faster than a speeding bullet ... more powerful than a locomotive ... ), all the words to Meredith Wilson's "Trouble" (right here in River City), numerous Dorothy Parker poems, Miniver Cheevy, and a bunch of other stuff that does me absolutely no good.

7. I can draw a passable Mickey Mouse.

8. There's a word in my first novel that I made up. So far, no one has caught it, though I'd like to offer my apologies to the woman who had to translate the text into German.

I tag:

Dr. Joy Browne
Paula Chase
Tish Cohen
Patry Francis
Jane Green
Lee Goldberg
Richard Lewis
Roger Morris


Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Hilarious, Ellen! I love that you made up a word...what will we have to do to get it out of you?

The Pan Am story is tragic, but you brought me back with the story of the To Do list :)


Roger Morris said...

Hi Ellen, thanks (I think!) for the tag! No really, it's great to be tagged and I really appreciate you thinking of me. I shall try...

SusanD said...

You're so funny, Ellen. Thanks for playing. I totally believe the made-up word thing, and I probably breezed by it, considering that when I read an early version of "Applewood" I thought "tony" was a made-up word. You explained it to me, and I so use that word all the time now. I'll have to think about what one you made up and try to repeat it frequently so it can get entered into the lexicon.

Also? Putting stuff on To Do lists you've done? Very cool.

Maryanne Stahl said...

ha! I have written items on a list in order to cross them off! but have you retroactively penciled in an event on a calendar?