We all need some randomness

Don’t you think we all need some randomness in our lives? I know I feel like that sometimes. I don’t like letting everything become too similar and expected if I can help it; I like following my instincts, and if I do then usually anything that comes along feels natural.

So it was a nice surprise when sulz tagged me earlier. And this tag is fun because it’s 7 weird and random facts about me. sulz asked for my weirdest facts, so I’ll do my best! First, the rules…

  • Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
  • Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
  • Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1) I got my first computer when I was 10. It was a Mac Performa 630 with a whopping 33 MHz processor and 250MB hard drive… brings back memories. Now everyone seems to have a laptop before they’re walking.

2) I’m obsessive about jigsaw puzzles. I have dozens and most of them are over 500 to 1000 pieces. When I start one, I have to finish it, and nothing will get in my way.

3) When I was younger I was in love with Martina Hingis. Now she’s broken my heart. Cocaine? Why, Martina, why? 😯

4) When I was 3 years old my best friend was a drake named Quing Quang. He lived in the park near where we lived. Only problem was, he didn’t exist. I didn’t have an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary duck. Quack friggin quack.

5) I have more questions than I have answers. And when I do find an answer, it just creates more questions! I often wonder if I’ll ever have more answers – and if I’d want to?

6) When The Phantom Menace opened in ’99, I went to one of the midnight openings for the merchandise (John Williams’ score). But I didn’t see the movie at a midnight screening; just on the first day. Even weirder – I don’t hate TPM the way a lot of people do. Just Jar Jar Binks.

7) I love SavageGarden, but for weeks when Truly Madly Deeply was out I was convinced that “I want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me” was really “I want to lay like this forever until this guy falls down on me”. I couldn’t understand what I was hearing wrong until someone printed out the lyrics. Major embarrassment.

I’m supposed to tag a few people here, but I’m going to bend the rules a little as most of the people I’d tag have already been tagged by sulz or Muse. So instead I’m going to open this up to anyone who wants to steal it (or has blogger’s block) – on one condition. Feel free to take it, but please include a link to FreeRice.Com on your blog, which is a great new site I found out about from ellaella and sulz. It’s a vocabulary quiz which is sponsored by some of the world’s biggest companies (Apple, American Express, Toshiba); for every question you get right, the companies provide funds to buy 10 grains of rice to feed the hungry. Definitely an initiative I can get behind; so far I’ve donated 2,000 grains of rice over the last two days. I’ve included a link to it in my sidebar and if you wanted to mention it in a post, or with the tag, that would be a wonderful way to show your support too.

And if you’re wondering how many of the words you’d know, it has 50 levels of difficulty; I’ve got up to about 48 so far. Brachypterous tripped me up today. 😳

10 thoughts on “We all need some randomness

  1. 1. wow, super weird… not! πŸ˜›

    2. pretty weird.

    3. not that weird, she’s hot! cocaine tendencies notwithstanding.

    4. weird but understandable. i used to have plenty of imaginary characters. not friends because i was playing makebelieve – i was the lead of course, lol.

    5. not weird, writers are very insatiable thinkers.

    6. okay that was kind of weird.

    7. haha, embarrassing but not weird! i often mishear lyrics myself.

    overall: you’re one not very weird guy. the disappointment!

    CJ: Sorry sulz, I tried! Guess I’m just not that weird… I might have to lock myself away for 5 years and become a hermit. That might do it! πŸ˜‰

    What I didn’t say about the computer is that I’ve been using Windows for the past 10 years, but I’m still a Mac guy at heart, even after so long… not weird, but you never forget your first OS! πŸ™‚

    And Martina Hingis was very hot, and a brilliant player… that’s why it hurts. It’s like all my childhood memories of watching her play are tarnished. Ah well, there’s always Justine Henin.

    Guess all the weird guys are off blogging somewhere else, eh? Where oh where have all the good weirdos gone… Blogger? πŸ˜†

  2. no4….i used to believe i had a ghost friend that would save me from homework and other hazards!

    no7…i used to be embarrassed about mishearing english lyrics. cos english is my second language and i developped listening skills on my own. so i used to feel i am not good enough. but now i know native speakers can be like that too! πŸ˜€

    freerice is a good find. thanks for bending the rules in favour of freerice!

    CJ: Ah, so I’m not the only one! That’s not so weird, though, we often imagine things to help us or make things a little bit easier. And if we believe the world is a spiritual place, maybe that comes into it as well.

    Yeah, don’t worry, I mix up lyrics and even things I’ve written all the time! I have a reasonably good memory for details, but I’m scatty about that kind of thing unless it’s a song I really love. There’s actually a website dedicated to it; Kiss This Guy. It’s a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

    I love the idea of FreeRice, so I’m really glad people are supporting it. Even just a few hundred grains is enough to feed somebody; five minutes work, and it can make such a difference.

  3. Thanks for the Free Rice link that is pretty interesting..I will include the logo in my sidebar…First time trying it I have donated 100 grains at vocab level 37..There is room for improvement but I will keep at it!!

    Colorfull of solidarity

    CJ: It’s a pretty exciting site, isn’t it? The chance to be able to help, and in such a simple way. And it’s addictive when you’ve played it for awhile. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your support, CV; all the support FreeRice is getting is wonderful. And the numbers are staggering: 122,377,240 grains of rice donated yesterday alone is amazing. It shows everyone can help, even if they are half a world away.

  4. Thanks for the mention and for having a great vocabulary!

    CJ: Thanks for posting it or I might never have seen it! πŸ™‚

    My vocabulary’s not bad, but I’m guessing a bit on the form of the words every now and then. It’s very addictive… πŸ˜‰

  5. meh i was just teasing you, don’t say sorry!

    i fancy daniela hantuchova myself. :mrgreen:

    those aren’t weirdos, those are sploggers!

    i played freerice the whole weekend, donated about 12000 grains. my vocab level’s lousy though, keeps fluctuating between 30 and 40. and i keep making the same mistakes, grr!

    CJ: I knew, but eh, I still thought I’d have something a bit weirder than that; I’m a guy after all. πŸ˜›

    Now Hantuchova and Sharapova in a doubles match – that’d be worth watching!

    Yeah, I’m addicted too; I got up to about 4,000 grains over the weekend and my vocab’s somewhere between 44 and 48… it’s so annoying when you trip up on the same word. It’s like sudoku, I never learn! πŸ™‚

  6. Ahhh … so you are addicted to jigsaw puzzling. I am too. πŸ˜‰ The most challenging way to do them is to dump all the pieces out and hide the box away so you do not really know in any detail what the picture is. Try it.

    CJ: Yes, I’m totally addicted; glad I’m not the only one! πŸ™‚ My main problem is that I like getting them finished, rather than leaving them up for a week or so; 500 pieces is good for that, not so much 1,000 or 5,000… I normally put the box away the second time I do one, but I’ll have to try that more. It’s definitely a challenge. πŸ˜‰

  7. Well, you are a little bit weird, cj. I woulda tagged you meself, but sulz got us both at once. I thought all your “facts” were worth reading, and gave us a little more insight into your character, but #s 4 & 7 had me laughing out loud! (I had to spell it out, LOL, just wouldn’t do here.)
    I had a somewhat imaginary bff who hung around my favorite blanket–but with that I at least could follow in the footsteps of the great Linus. I do not sit in pumpkin patches though. But “an imaginary duck. Quack friggin quack.” –hehehaha!

    And: “until this guy falls down on me”. Well, that may not be everyone’s fantasy. πŸ™‚ I’ve experienced similar misunderstandings, but that one’s a hoot!

    CJ: Maybe eccentric is a good word for me, eh, Muse? πŸ˜‰ I’m one of the people who likes memes; the good ones seem simple, but if you look at them closely you learn a lot about the author. That’s what I was trying to do with this; to show a bit of my personality, and that shone through with yours as well.

    Heh, I’m curious about the blanket now! Did it open a portal to another land like Narnia? πŸ™‚ I love that we never see The Great Pumpkin in Peanuts as well; I’d actually forgotten about that, so that brought back some memories! I suspect the reason I imagined Quing Quang had something to do with water; I didn’t learn to swim until I was older, so Quing Quang was probably comforting to a three year old near water.

    And yes, I’m still living that one down! I suppose sky and guy sound similar; Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze has the line “scuse me while I kiss the sky”, which a lot of people swear is really “scuse me while I kiss this guy”. So at least I’m not alone! πŸ˜›

  8. cj, I meant to get back to you about this because you were so VERY interested in my blanket! πŸ˜‰ No, it was not quite like in Narnia, however, at the time I had my blanket I was first exposed to The Tales of a Thousand Nights and One Night otherwise known as Arabian Nights. I was completely entranced by the stories, many of which featured flying carpets. I would sit on my blanket, and close my eyes, and imagine flying here and there. (Did I really “imagine” that?)

    Regarding the name of your wonderful invisible duck: I don’t know how he acquired his name, but it sounded Asian to me, perhaps Chinese, I thought. (I have, at times, been immersed in Asian culture). It turns out those words are Vietnamese. You may already have looked it up, but I found the most frequently referenced use of those names together in this:

    Fire Dragon Festival, North Vietnam, early February [celebrates the] victory by which King Quang Trung defeated the Quing invading army, in 1789.

    So it appears your duck has quite a noble lineage, strength, courage, and even a balance between two opposing sides.

    CJ: Well, you mentioned the blanket so mysteriously, Muse, I couldn’t just let it go. πŸ˜‰ That’s interesting, though, so the blanket was still an imaginative device, in that it took you away into this other world of the stories… and who’s to say what we imagine is any less real than what’s around us? I used to love One Thousand and One Nights too, the stories of Aladin, Ali Baba, Sinbad… I found it again later with my studies of mythology, and the themes are fascinating, particularly the similarities with other myths and tales.

    I think Quing Quang came from childish talk, but maybe I picked it up from a tv special or something like that… if not, it’s a funny coincidence! The opposing sides is interesting because I always thought it sounded like Yin and Yang, as a child might mispronounce them… interesting, I’ll have to give it some more thought. I know my favourite toy was a monkey called Dum Dum, which I think came from the Bridge of Khazad-dΓ»m. Maybe I have a history of doing it, eh? πŸ™‚

  9. You just can’t beat those old vintage jigsaw puzzles, thats a good one πŸ™‚

    CJ: Thanks, glad you liked it.

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