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8 Random Things About Me

June 26th, 2008 · 7 Comments · About me

PenguinNick has provided us with 8 Fabbertastic facts about himself and has passed the baton on to me.  It’s the blog version of a chain letter (which I hate, by the way, and often temp the fates by breaking the chain) but I didn’t want to drop the ball even though there was not the threat of an untimely demise or some sort of curse.  So here goes, 8 random things about me:

  1. The song, Top of the World by Karen Carpenter, is currently playing in the background of a commercial in here in Japan and it reminds me of a childhood play that I participated in.  I was a penguin and I had a whole series of gestures that matched the lyrics but I can’t remember anything else about the play.   Here’s the chorus and the corresponding movements that I remember  and  am tempted to perform each time I hear the song (No, Nick, I am not going to make a video):

    "I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation ,
    (start with your hands at your side and raise them in a circular manner until they are above your head)
    And the only explanation I can find
    (bring your arms down so that they are parallel with the ground)
    Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
    (hands brought over your heart)
    Your love’s put me at the top of the world
    (point out at the audience with one hand, keep the other over your heart)

  2. I love a good bargain!  The 100 Yen store is like Mecca for me, but don’t tell my friends as that’s where some of their gifts from Japan are coming from.  I’ll be sure to take off all of the ‘made in china’  labels before I give them out though 😉
  3. I was born in Canada and thought I had long since lost any colloquialisms but I’ve been known to get confused on the local pronunciation of words like process (Praw-cess or pro-cess – I can’t even remember which one is Canadian anymore) and my husband claims that the odd "eh" escapes when I’m tired.  You can take the girl out of Canada but not the Canada out of the girl.
  4. I knit or crochet when I watch TV and my frugal side escapes me when I am in the vicinity of a craft store.  You should see my yarn stash! Anybody need a scarf?
  5. I love sudoku puzzles and am working my way through a book of 200 right now.  I’m pretty confident at the medium level but sometimes I mess up on the harder ones.
  6. I like watching commercials and try to figure out the psychology behind the sales pitches.  It’s truly amazing the array of products that will make you attractive to the opposite sex.
  7. I don’t like movies very much because it is way to easy to predict what’s going to happen next, most of the time.  Did I tell you I am over-analytical sometimes?
  8. I can be quite sarcastic at times and have a warped sense of humor that I think I inherited from my Mom.  

Now, I want to know 8 random facts about Thomas, Neil and  Jason.

Here are the rules:

  1. People who are tagged need to write a post containing 8 random facts about themselves.
  2. At the end of the post you should name several other bloggers to be tagged.
  3. Leave a comment for the bloggers and link to your own post.

Photo Credit:  Flickr, All tuxed up for a portrait

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jason // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    An interesting list you have here, and thank you for letting me know who sang that “Top of the World” song. It’s been driving me nuts because I’m usually pretty good with such things 😛

    I’ve already written 8 facts about myself, and was also responsible for tagging Nick! Feel free to stop by and read about why I’m not a millionaire, hehehe.

  • 2 Shane // Jun 27, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Hey Jason! Thanks for the comment and sorry for the double tag but you tagged a different Nick than the one that tagged me. Japansoc Nick got me.

    You are one ingenious guy and you need to start taking out patents on your work so that you can make that million :)

  • 3 Neil Duckett // Jun 27, 2008 at 8:43 am

    I’ ve often been known to sing “On top of the World” at Karaoke as a duet ….. fun at the time.

  • 4 Jason // Jun 27, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Ack, my bad on the Nick confusion. That’s what I get for assuming after tagging two Nick’s myself 😕

  • 5 Nick Ramsay // Jun 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Come on Shane, this video idea has potential! We’ll get a bunch of Japan bloggers to each sing a bit of “On top of the World”, and paste them together like one of those celebrity Christmas songs!

    I bought a small Sudoku book for my last flight out of England, and couldn’t even finish the puzzle on page 1. I can’t remember which I ran out of first, patience or eraser!

    Thanks for carrying the “About Me” torch!

  • 6 Shane // Jun 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Nick, you coordinate the bloggers and I will and the touching gestures to the awesome singing – you really don’t want to hear me sing!

    I think Neil could be persuaded, he already has some practice under his belt 😉

  • 7 billywest // Jun 28, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Neil, say it ain’t so!