June 24th, 2007

A Meme

I have been tagged by chasman to participate in this meme. (Thanks for the acknowledgment in #6 in your list, Charles. )

Each participant lists 8 facts or habits about themselves—the meme first, followed by the responses, ending with 8 tag names.
My Responses
  1. I squeegee my shower stall after each use, and I consider the activity "stretching exercises."

  2. I had a vasectomy when I was 29 years old.

  3. I am an avid line-dancer and two-stepper. I know close to 50 line dances now, and about 12 partner dances. In two-stepping, I can lead or follow, but I'm a better follow than lead. I document the number of dances I know as I learn them.

  4. I played clarinet in the band in high school, and I was the Drum Major my senior year. Here's a picture of me conducting the marching band from the stands.

  5. I'm in the 4th year of a two-year Master's program, and like chasman, I have two courses left to take in my degree program. In December I'll graduate from NCSU with my Master of Science in Technical Communication.

  6. I received my undergraduate degree 27 years ago from ECU with a double major of Math & Computer Science.

  7. I am going to turn fifty fucking years old this October, and will do so traipsing about Australia, spending my actual birthday day in Sydney.

  8. I absolutely love my life.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Consider Yourselves Tagged
  1. marctic

  2. fattastic [Oh, I see you've already been tagged with this meme. These answers fulfil your obligtation. :-)]

  3. furrycatherder [Done.]

  4. iwc41

  5. ravenndark [Done.]

  6. swindunbar

  7. zinnian

  8. zy1125

Mergers & Acquisitions, Australia plans, and a little scareyoke...

Investments Tips: Watch for these Acquisitions and Mergers in 2007

Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace Co. will merge and become:  Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and ZestaCrackers join forces and become:  Poly, Warner, Cracker.
3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.
Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.
FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.

Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.
Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!
Victoria's Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name: TittyTittyBangBang.

I cooked French Toast for us for breakfast this morning, and as become our ritual, Robert cleaned up. I so appreciate that.

I spent a couple of hours reading the morning news online, devising Saturday's blog entry, and responding to a meme.

I made some tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, before Robert headed back to Durham.

I spent almost the entire afternoon making reservations for my birthday trip to Australia in October.

I made significant progress, and received a positive response to an inquiry about the availability of a particularly desirable resort I want to stay at in the middle of the trip. Booked it, Danno.

I have a few more reservations to make—a car for a few days, and "the night before" for stays before heading out to resorts the following day—to tidy it all up, and hope to complete everything tomorrow.

At around 7:30 my doctor called, and at first I didn't recognize him. I thought he said, "This is Adam from the Apparel Center..." at which point the rolling of my eyes short-circuited my brain. As it turned out, he said, "This is Adam from Imperial Center Family Medicine..."

He wanted to know how I was doing, and he told me that my blood test results showed that I did indeed have an (off strain) of Strep, and he was glad to hear that the switch to the stronger antibiotic (Augmentin XR) seemed to have helped.

I checked out Scareyoke tonight. Gerald was out. Ernie was out, as was Ben and Adrian. Tequila Rose was the hostess, and she actually kept her trap shut most of the evening so wasn't too grating on the nerves.

I considered going over to Legends for the 12:30 show, but ended up bagging that idea, heading home right at about midnight.