I’ve been memed …. Again!

OK, let’s get this over with.

One: Link to the person who tagged you. Here. Go look, this person has some really strange quirks, you’ll want to read all of them!!!!!

Two: Post the rules. That’s this right here.

Three: Write six random things about yourself. See below.

Four. Tag six people. See below below.

Five. Inform the tagees and the person who tagged you.

OK, the six random things are mostly kind of personal, so I’ve put them below the fold.

  1. I have spent a total of three nights in prison.
  2. I have been tagged for this meme three times including this one. I am running out of interesting things to say.
  3. When I was a kid, my friend Kirk and I planned to grow up to be super heros. We had to sneak into the adult section of the library to read the law books (we figured knowing the law in detail would be important).
  4. Much later, when I was an adult, a bunch of little kids came by to see what I was digging up (or burying) in the back yard. I told them I was “The Shoveler …. you know, the super hero. From the movies.” And they totally believed me. They went and got their other friends, and a crowd formed.
  5. Almost every long term relationship I’ve ever had with a woman started when the woman was about 28 years old. that has been going on since I was, like, eleven or something. And I’m only exaggerating by a factor of about 25% in any direction on any of those numbers.
  6. My grandmother was biggish, and required a somewhat expensive coffin. So when she died the four of us pall bearers had some heavy lifting to do. Then, a week later my aunt died. She was tiny and required (by her religion) the cheapest possible coffin. Same pall bearers. So, when we went to pick up the coffin, there was this moment when we lifted way too hard expecting it to be heavy, then this zero-g effect, then a kind of a thump/thwack noise from within the coffin. Ooops. It was hard to not laugh.

OK, I’m tagging:

Lilian Nattel
Kari T. Ryder Wilkie
Lynn Fellman (caution … this blog may make some noise)
Ron Britton
Skepchick (since there are about six of them, this should be easy


  1. #1 lynn fellman
    January 11, 2009

    Ok.Ok! I deleted the sound effects. I know they were annoying but I had so much fun playing with them. It’s better now anyway because it loads faster without the sound!

  2. #2 Pyre
    January 11, 2009

    Damn, those memes have no respect, do they?

    They should wash off the white greasepaint, and learn the words!

  3. #3 Pyre
    January 11, 2009

    4. … I told them I was “The Shoveler …. you know, the super hero. From the movies.”

    Was this before or after the movie Mystery Men, in which William H. Macy played “The Shoveler”?

  4. #4 Muse142
    January 11, 2009

    Memes, heh.

    I think I still have one or two outstanding memes that I’ve never gotten around to actually doing. Your dedication is admirable, sir!

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    January 11, 2009

    After the movie, and that is what I was thinking of, but I’m not sure they saw the movie. I think they just believed. In the shoveler.

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    January 11, 2009

    Prison or jail?

  7. #7 Romeo Vitelli
    January 11, 2009

    So what were you burying in the backyard?

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 11, 2009

    These last two comments are unconnected. Really.

    Jail. I’ve never been sentenced to prison. And part of the jail time was as a political prisoner. It may come up as an aside in the Congo Memoirs.

  9. #9 Pyre
    January 11, 2009

    The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets: “Diggin’ Up The World”

    All day I grunt and groan
    Gotta haul that stone
    All day I work and toil
    Gotta dig that soil

    All day I excavate
    Uproot and agitate
    Gotta dig for all I’m worth
    Gotta move that earth

    I’m diggin’ up the world
    but I still haven’t found that girl

  10. #10 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    January 12, 2009

    Most hearty thanks for not tagging me. I also would struggle to find six things to say.

    But, coincidentally, I have also spent three nights in jail. None of them honorably. Bad checks, DUI, that sort of thing. The Dallas County jail was the most scary.

    Perhaps I should tell the story someday.

  11. #11 Paul Lamb
    January 12, 2009

    Prison, or jail?

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    January 12, 2009


  13. #13 CyberLizard
    January 12, 2009

    I’ve only spent about 4 hours in jail, but it was as a political prisoner as well. Stoopid electronic toll violations 😛

  14. #14 sdrDusty
    January 12, 2009

    thump/thwack noise- haa… I’m not well!

  15. #15 Pyre
    January 12, 2009

    CyberLizard: Was that along the Chicago Tollway? Then you must feel a keen sense of revenge satisfied, with Blagojevich’s arrest and ensuing problems.