Monday, June 25, 2007

Fact-Finding Mission

Nizo is on a fact-finding mission, 10 facts at a time. And now I find myself tagged, for the second time in less than 6 months, with the 10 fact meme.

So here goes - 10 facts about me which you couldn't possibly have lived without:

1. I knew how to sing before I could talk. According to my parents, I would hum the tune of This Old Man to the highly improvised lyrics "dit dot dit".

2. I still sing songs before knowing, or even bothering to get to know, the words. Sometimes, I am very surprised (and often quite disappointed) when I find out what the real words are. My imaginary ones are usually much, much better :)

3. That is one of the reasons I never do karaoke. I've been known to stop singing in the middle, while staring at the words running along the bottom of the screen, and suddenly exclaim through the microphone "so that's what they're singing!??", to the general chagrin of the reluctant audience.

4. And yet despite all of that (or perhaps because of it), I prefer to work in silence. I almost never play music while I'm working. I find it distracting, because I like to sing along with it.

5. I didn't start painting until after the age of 30. In fact, it had never even occurred to me that I might be able to draw. I was never good at, or even inclined towards, art at school.

6. My least favorite (and least successful) subject at High School was English. I could not write an essay to save my life. My second least favorite subject was History. This is interesting, because I now make my living by translating into English, and history has become an absolute passion.

7. I like cleanliness, but I'm hopeless at actually cleaning. I'll start with one part of the apartment and get distracted and go and do another part somewhere else. The end result is that I would always have clean "bits", but never a clean apartment. For the past seven years, therefore, I have employed a cleaner. In fact, I've employed several cleaners, because the State keeps deporting my cleaners.

8. I would employ a cook too, except that for some reason, that seems utterly decadent.

9. I don't have a kitchen or dining table. I eat in front of the computer, in front of the television (rarely) or outside on the balcony, on my newly renovated furniture.

10. I am a technophobe. I'm quite good with mechanical things, but hopeless with electronics. My general solution for any computer failure, for instance, is the famous Microsoft workaround - shut the thing down and restart it. Failing that, I find that leaving the apartment, walking around the block and coming back has a similar effect.

So there you go, Nizo and others. 10 more little facts about me which you couldn't possibly have lived without.

For some inexplicable reason, I'm inclined to tag Nobody. I know this is not his blogging style, but I'm doing it anyway :) Feel free not to accept the meme, ya NB, but just know that I felt that if there was someone out there in the blogsphere about whom I wished to know 10 facts, it's apparently you.


NB has already answered this meme, so I guess I'll once again use the honor system. You wanna take up the challenge, go for it, and let me know :) (the problem is - I think everyone I read has done this meme already at least once, and I don't like to impose ... so if you haven't done it, and you want to do it, you know what to do)


Blogger Lirun said...

dude.. check this wave out
talking michael jackson..

when i was 5 i was sure it was:

bill a jean is on my never

la la ala la alala

the chair is on my side..

and my five year old mind decided that it meant that when bill had a fight the chair took his side..

happens to me all the time.. and then some israeli radio announcer says the name in izraenglish and i go OhMaG its that..

25 June, 2007 08:33  
Blogger nominally challenged said...


That's excellent!! And you were right, of course. The chair is definitely on bill's side.

Anyway, makes more sense than anyone thinking that Mikey boy had actually had a son with some woman called Billy-Jean. He's singing this big paternity protest song and we're all going - it's ok, Mikey, we believe you ... we really do!

I spent at least two years singing:

"Pass the tushie from the left hand side

We can't go wrong

Give me the tushie from the right hand side

We can't go wrong"

It still makes more sense to me than whatever the real words are ... :D :D :D

25 June, 2007 09:01  
Blogger Kiwi Boy said...

Funny stuff! This just makes my job of stalking you easier.

25 June, 2007 10:49  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Ha! Kiwi Boy - for that, I'm gonna TAG YOU!

Bwaaaaaaahahahahaha :)

25 June, 2007 10:54  
Anonymous John said...

Clean bits! (snicker!)

26 June, 2007 19:24  
Blogger Elbasztom said...

How rude! Deporting your house cleaners! Have you made a formal protest?

On the PC front (personal computer, that is), if I may offer a bit of unsolicited advice. Be sure to have updated antivirus and anticrapware software, as well as a firewall. This is basic, but not obvious to everyone.

I will be in TA from July 19th through August 1st or 2nd, if you need help. With your computer stuff, that is. Let me know.

27 June, 2007 07:51  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

John - you are a juvenile delinquent :) But I love you for it. Missing you stax!

Elbasztom (wow, did I spell that right?) - I wouldn't want to protest, just in case they decided to deport me also. These guys are very gung-ho about their job.

As for the comp - I have all that stuff and it works well. I'm not actually as bad at computers as I make out. And fortunately, my computer generally behaves itself. But when it doesn't, then there's nothing like a walk around the block to fix it. And if me walking round the block doesn't work, I threaten it that it will have to walk around the block. Terror tactics work with my computer. You should see it buzz back to life after a nice threat like that.

27 June, 2007 10:39  
Blogger bullfighter6.2 said...

Hey, I just realized I was tagged back in February from your first go.

I owe you ten little-known facts?
Is that how this gong-show works?

Check my blog soon.

27 June, 2007 18:28  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Hey Bullfighter - Yeah. Apparently it's about sharing 10 little-known facts. Go figure why :) But it's actually quite fun, so I'll keep my eye on your blog and see what you put up there.

28 June, 2007 00:10  
Blogger Tsedek said...

And then me: up until 2 years ago I thought that "no woman, no cry" meant that without women men didn't cry :D Poor Bobby - he meant it so good and the title is so misleading... still a wonder that the feminist movements didn't confront him for it :D

28 June, 2007 11:49  
Anonymous Yaeli said...

Soup Salon will take place tomorrow as is regularly scheduled. Menu is fruit soup. Sides of room-temp fare brought along are welcome. Small and adorable child will be on view.

Thank you, this was a public service announcement from a saloner aiding the Internetless Savta.

P.S. spread the word.

28 June, 2007 13:04  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

Nu, Yaeli, so where were you?

This is a public noodge from savtadotty, whose Internet is now Intermittentnet.

04 July, 2007 03:06  

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