May 24, 2007

Eight Things About Me

I guess everyone in the blogosphere knows how terrible I am about participating in memes. Not one single person tagged me for the Eight Things About Me meme, so I've tagged myself. Actually, I needed some blog material as I've been in a bit of a reading slump and haven't written very many reviews this month.

Here are the details:

1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4: Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

Here we go:

1. I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and have dual-citizenship (Canadian father, American mother). Not sure exactly what all that means other than if the House of Bush decides to draft 40-plus-year-old women, I can flee to Canada - legally.

2. I'm a PK. Any guesses?

3. Kris Kristofferson is my first cousin, once-removed. Explanation: His mother and my grandmother were sisters. He and my mom are first cousins.

4. I have a couple of special autographs:

The first is a baseball signed by Sandy Koufax (left-handed pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers 1955-1966). I didn't actually meet him in person; a friend gave me the ball. I believe he got it at a golf benefit.

The second is from Charles Lindbergh. My grandfather used to fly for Pan American Airlines and he invited Lindbergh to a family Christmas party. My mom (who was 14 at the time) got his autograph in 1947 and passed it on to me a few years ago.

5. My first husband's last name is the same as my maiden name. Was it an omen? ;)

6. I was kicked out of kindergarten after just one day. Well, not exactly kicked out. But my teacher told my mom that I was so painfully shy that perhaps it would be better to wait another year before starting school.

7. Speaking of school, we moved around quite a bit when I was a child. I went to 10 schools in 12 years.

8. I've run one marathon. Took me ten years! Ran the first "Half" in 1985 (La Jolla, CA) and the second in 1995 (Lincoln, NE).

9. Well, I've never been to Spain, but I've been to Oklahoma...

Guess that was more than eight. Oh, well. Not only am I a meme wimp, I don't play by the rules! And I won't tag eight people since I'm probably the very last person to participate. If you haven't and want to, consider yourself tagged.


  1. Les, I'm so glad you decided to post your answers. :-) I enjoyed getting to know you better.

    So you are related to Kris Kristofferson? He's a great song writer. I admit I remember him most from the movie Convoy, which I watched after reading the book based on the movie. It was one of my favorites the year I watched it. LOL

    Congratulations on completing the marathon! I like how you divided it up. :-)

  2. Is #2 a sorority thing? Great list!

    I noticed that you're reading The Granny. I've read the first two, The Mammy and The Chisellers, and thought Brendan O'Carroll (?) was quite funny. Not as great as The Barrytown Trilogy, but amusing. Speaking of these 2 authors, O'Carroll as actor makes an appearance in the movie version of The Van. He sells the title object to the hapless Bimbo and Jimmy.

  3. Anonymous12:45 AM

    Boy, are you a slow runner! :)


  4. Sorry to hear about your reading slump. But glad you decided to tag yourself. :)
    I've actually never been to Ottawa. Have you ever been back?

  5. I am so tagging you for the very next meme. I loved reading about you in this one. I only know PK to mean one thing: Pastor's Kid. Hence the moves? My Canadian mother is a pastor's kid, and it caused a lot of emotional turmoil in her life (not the Lord, the moving, the expectations, the strife the family had to suffer in living in a glass house). I'd love to hear more about PK's meaning from you, especially as I'm not even sure you are a pastor's kid. And, if Bush drafts 40 year olds, or 16 year old sons? I'm going with you to Canada, please. If we can stop by Italy. XOXO

  6. I've just tagged you for a quick, easy book meme if you're in the mood. :P

  7. Shucks Lesley, I was thinking who I could tag for this meme when I was struck with it, if I'd known you were available I'd have tagged you!
    Number 5 on your list reminds me of an old English rhyme about marriage:
    "Change the name but not the letter, change for worse and not for better." so maybe that marriage was doomed from the start;-)

  8. Very cool list!! I love this meme. It's so nice to get to know everyone a bit better!!

    Kris Krisofferson, huh? I don't know much about him except I'm a big Blade fan!! Sorry to see him killed off!

  9. Ha! (as our pal Kay says) I was tagged and as nicely as I could, said no thank you. In fact, I was thinking of doing a blog on how impossible it is for me to do lists like that. I was going to say that in real life I am a get-to-know-me gradually kind of person, and I'm the same on my blog. I guess I figure my blog entries are explanation enough. Is PK that phenylkaton-something which some people are born with? I knew 1, 3, 4, and 5. Not many after ten years, is it? :<)

  10. Hi, Les!

    So glad you did the meme, I have enjoyed learning more about you, you are one wonderful lady!!! I didn't tag anyone to play because I thought most everyone in our book community had done this tag already!

    I love dual-citizenships...makes the world seem smaller for some reason...I am a citizen of three countries! lol

    Wow@ having such a famous family member...I can't think of any in ours :(

    My goodness, imagine having a Charles Lindberg autograph, I know you must simply treasure that, Les!

    10 schools in 12 years? You must have learned very quickly how to make new friends...a very useful skill.

    I want to be able to run a marathon, too, Les...but I'm not sure I could do it.

    Oh please tell me, what is PK? I have no clue, but it does sound like Bellezza might be on to something!

  11. Great post! I loved reading your answers. Cool to have a celebrity in the family and very cool about the autographs you have and how you came to have the Lindbergh one.

  12. Have you ever had your autographs appraised (not that you would ever sell them)? I'd be curious how much they are worth to someone who collects them.

  13. Anonymous7:31 PM

    I don't like tagging specific people since I don't want anyone feeling obligated to do the meme.

    PK, huh? Psychokinetic?

    That's really cool about having Lindbergh's autograph. One of my favorite people is Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

    Oh, and my kindergarten teacher wanted to hold me back another year. She said I did all my work fine but I didn't socialize with the other students. Ha!

  14. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Oh, and sorry you're in a reading slump. I hope you're back in the groove soon.

  15. Anonymous8:01 PM

    Ah you rebel you getting kicked out of kindergarten :)
    I always forget who's been tagged or hasn't so glad you tagged yourself as this was fun to read!

  16. Literary Feline - Yep, you can read a bit more about Kris here and even see a picture of me with him (I was 11 or so).

    Hey, 13 miles x 2 = 26, right? ;)

    Bybee - Nope. I'll share my answer in an upcoming post. As far as The Granny - I've given up. Just couldn't get interested and didn't find the humor nearly as entertaining as I did with The Mammy.

    Janet - Hahaha. ;)

    Nat - No, I've never been back, but I'd love to go some day. I've only visited the western part of Canada. I'd love to go back up into Alberta, as well.

    Bellezza - I'm going to disclose my answer to #2 in a new post so everyone can see. Yes, let's go to Canada AND Italy! :)

    Herschelian - No worries. There are so many memes out there, it's hard to keep up with who's been tagged for what!

    The marriage may have been doomed from the get-go, but at least I got a lovely daughter out of it!

    Stephanie - See the link above for more about Kris.

    Nan - Stay tuned for an explanation about #2 (PK). I think you know a lot about me after all these years! More than a lot of people.

    Lotus - I'm not sure if I learned how to make friends quickly or not. I hated being the "new kid" in school, especially when I was in elementary school. Thankfully, I've outgrown my shyness.

    I know I couldn't run a full marathon, and I don't think I could run a half at this point. My knees are pretty beat up after 30+ years of running. I think it'd be fun to try to walk a marathon though.

    Stay tuned for the PK answer. :)

  17. Camille - Yah, I especially love that Lindbergh autograph. I have it framed with a picture of him standing next to the Spirit of St. Louis.

    Kookiejar - No, I haven't had them appraised. The Lindbergh one was mounted in my mom's scrapbook, which I've been told may have reduced the value. And it just has his name and date. No note of any sort.

    Lesley - I like Anne Morrow Lindbergh, too. I recently re-read her Gift From the Sea and loved it. (hmmm, need to write up that review...).

    Funny that we both (two Lesleys) were shy as youngsters. I quickly learned how to socialize by the time I was in third grade. And my best friend's name was Leslie!

    Iliana - Yep, that's me. Just a wild and crazy rebel. ;) Glad you enjoyed the meme.


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