Thursday, July 31, 2008

Vehige: Six Quirks

Since we've been tagged twice over (by Maclin Horton and Steven McEvoy), I should probably play along. I'll refer you to Woodward's post for the rules and regulations. Here it goes:

1. I hate McDonald's. I rather go hungry than eat anything from McDonald's. Yes, that includes their shakes. Especially their shakes.

2. I’m obsessive about fonts. I’ll spend fifteen minutes deciding on a font before actually writing anything. And I’ve been known (only to myself, that is -- until now) to stop writing in order to screw around with the document’s font. It’s for these reasons that I have to make an act of self-denial whenever I’m in Office Max and not buy the 1000 Font CD.

3. I own so many books I haven't read that sometimes I'll spend days trying to decide what to read next.

4. Though I have absolutely no attachment to television, I can waste hours on You Tube.

5. Oreo's are off-limits in our house. I can eat a bag of Oreo's in one sitting. Without giving it a second thought.

6. If it wasn't for my wife and kids, I'd smoke. Two packs a day, baby.

As far as tagging someone, I'll pick Keith Strohm, Keith Rickert, Jr., Alicia, Snuffles the Dragon, Sara, and Peter.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Six Quirks

Vehige and I have been away for awhile, without explaining ourselves. The explanations are various -- some quite consequential (e.g., new baby for Vehige), some run-of-the-mill (e.g., family vacation for me). We intended to get back to blogging next month with a series of posts on papal encyclicals, beginning with Benedict XVI's Deus Caritas Est. In other words, we thought it was going to be the Pope who got Thursday Night Gumbo going again.

But as it turns out, it's Maclin Horton instead. Kind enough to note that we have been away from blogging for a bit, he has tagged us for one of those "I'll Bet You Didn't Know This About Me" exercises that bloggers think are so interesting and (I suspect) nobody else does. Here are the protocols.

  1. Link the person(s) who tagged you.
  2. Mention the rules on your blog.
  3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
  4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them.
  5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.
So here goes.

1. I hate saltine crackers with the brown edge. If given a choice (which doesn't always happen), I will purposely choose crackers from the "interior" of a baked sheet, with perforated edges all around, and no "crust."

2. I believe that one of the most contemptible acts within the moral prerogative of human beings is to leave a baseball game before it's over. In roughly 40 years of attending baseball games, I have had to ask time and time again whether my prospective companions intend to stay until the end of the game (no matter the score), and have been forced to eschew the company of people who could not answer that question in the affirmative.

3. I am consumed -- perhaps not to Phileas-Foggian lengths -- with the accuracy of clocks. Online access to an array of atomic clocks has immensely eased my mind with respect to the question, "What time is it?" Last night, as I watched the All-Star Game, when the Yankee Stadium scoreboard clock changed to midnight just as my mantel clock (Central Standard Time, you know) chimed eleven, I was filled with a sense of cosmic well-being that it would be difficult, and probably embarrassing, to describe.

4. I do not like birthday cakes. There is the matter of the candle wax dripping on them (depending on how long it takes the guest of honor to blow them out); and then the matter of the blowing-out itself. The whole custom strikes me as messy and almost certainly unhygienic.

5. I believe that the current "royal family" of Great Britain are usurpers, and that the real King of England is Franz, Duke of Bavaria. I have embarrassed more than one of my children by explaining (in what they consider excessive detail) the issues surrounding the Stuart succession at dinner parties where, it has been suggested, I have had more to drink than is absolutely necessary.

6. I love cemeteries. I am an inveterate grave-decorator and visitor. I think that the nineteenth century, when trips to cemeteries were a regular part of most people's lives, expressed a healthier attitude towards mortality than does the modern obsession with either cosmetizing or ignoring the physical fact of death.

Looking back now at this list, it occurs to me that not all of my "quirks" are aberrations at all, but rather expressions of a coherent worldview. Which is what quirks should be anyway.

In compliance with the rules, I tag Keith, otherwise known as Just Some Guy Thinking About Stuff; Julie, the Happy Catholic; anyone or everyone at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex; Fr. Daren Zehnle at Servant and Steward; Ana Braga-Henebry; and (although he doesn't know me from Adam) Chris at LatinLanguage because I enjoy his blog so much and am curious about just how quirky he is.