Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I've been tagged by Cecilia

Here's what I have to do:
*I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
*Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
*People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
*At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
*Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I hate telephones in general and cell phones in particular. I almost never answer my phone and often do not answer the doorbell. I would rather not talk to people at all, but I am o.k. on the computer. I tend to be rather agoraphobic.

2. I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan.

3. I love beer and I have my own mug at a local brewpub, which entitles me to one free beer every day. A friend of mine and I brewed many batches of beer in graduate school. (We named one of our batches of beer "Baskerville Bitter.")

4. I have no interest in fashion. I have not worn make-up or high heels in centuries and am seriously considering "plain" dress.

5. I have competed in a hundred-mile bicycle race. Thousands of people finished before me, but thousands also finished after me.

6. I tend to listen to the same music all the time except when I go to Mad Priest's place. My favorite singer is Van Morrison and my favorite album is Avalon Sunset. My favorite composer is Bach and I often play the Goldberg Variations when I am working.

7. If I had to be any other occupation than a professor, I would be a cabinetmaker, a nun, or a chef.

8. I have a tendency towards kleptomania.

I tagged David Charles Walker, who doesn't have a blog (although we're working on him) so he will have to post here, and a bunch of other people who as of yet didn't want to play. *sob*


Cecilia said...

Avie, you are more a mystery to me than ever.




Thanks for playing!

Pax, C.

Anonymous said...

My Good fortune in having no blog gives me certain prerogatives. I will excercise one of them, and that would be that I willingy respond to my being tagged, and will answer the questions, but... I choose to abstain from tagging eight others. If, at some point in the future, I do get a blog up and running, I might feel compelled to tag eight people.

Now the picky among our readers might well ask, "What possible logical connection is there between your not having a blog and your thinking you can get out of naming eight other people?"

My response would be, "Logic? Rationality? Fairness? Just cause?... harumph! I invoke the Curmedgeon's Provision, and you all know that cannot be denied. So there."

That being said...

1. Although my primary vocation is as a priest, I also compose. (Better than decomposing!) While in the past I have enjoyed writing music for the church, I always questioned the quality of my compositions. And the muse seems to have left for good now. Truth be told, I'm not really all that musically gifted. How do I explain that a few pieces seem to have caught on? Just goes to prove the operation of something far greater than my limited gifts behind the notes. It's a magnum mysterium.

2. I'm a techie geek. If it's electronic.... I want it! (must... have... i... phone...)

3. I love beautiful glass... whether Waterford crystal or camera lenses or telescope eye-pieces. Sure they all have a practical use, but I can spend hours just looking at fine glass.

4. Exquisite writing gets me every time. Whether or not a good tale is being spun isn't as important to me as words being used like musical notes or paints of many hues in the hands of a fine writer. You want to read a sentence over and over just because it's so wonderfully written. Delicious!

5. Although I'm by nature a slob, it's important to me to be surrounded by beauty. Therefore, I put a lot of effort into my home and garden. A little bit of heaven on earth. Since I'm not Russian Orthodox, the H&G will have to suffice.

6. I like fine food, great wine, and single-malt scotch (gifts of La Phroig gratefully accepted). Nevertheless, (no... make that because of that), I'm currently abstaining from all those goodies in order to recapture some semblance of an imagined svelt former self. For a few more months.

7. I had a Road to Damascus experience. Except it was Seattle.

8. Last is an experience I hope few others go through. After the attendant in a hospital morgue opened up the body bag, I gave Last Rites to my partner of ten years.

Aghaveagh said...


It could so easily have been pyromania...

Aghaveagh said...


I bow to your prerogative, and excuse you from the eight tags. Anyone who invokes the Curmudgeon's Provision must be obeyed. Your answers are very insightful, but the last is a swift blow to the solar plexus, as one might say. There must be few things on earth more difficult than that experience.

I can see overall a true appreciation of the finer things in life. And I think you should not give up the music. The Muses can be fickle, but perhaps a libation of a few drops of La Phroig spilled from a crystal goblet would do the trick...

Thanks for playing!

I would like to hear about your "Road to Seattle" experience sometime...but so would others, I am sure. All the more reason for your own blog!!

(sorry, I couldn't help it.)

Caminante said...

"I like fine food, great wine, and single-malt scotch (gifts of La Phroig gratefully accepted)."

Oh yes, La Phroig.

There's story behind your blessing your partner but just the few words you wrote make my heart constrict.

Ethan said...

Thanks for your valuable contribution!