It’s the thought that counts: 11+ things about me

Well hello and happy holidays!

I wanted to share some interesting and random facts about myself here. Yet, I am afraid I am not so interesting and not nearly as interesting as many in my PLN. What follows is (at least) 11 random things about me.

One thing that springs to mind in comparison (with full realization it is not a competition and that such comparisons are not needed or helpful) to my esteemed colleagues is how I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. (1) I definitely can’t sing or play any instrument. I am not totally sure what tonedeaf means but I might be that. I am not actually all that into music, even though I occasionally post what I am listening to on Facebook. That is more like a shout out to a time or person than anything else. I am ok with pretty much any type of music including classical. If I had to choose my favorite types it would be 90’s hip hop and 70’s rock. But, as I said, I am not really into music and I have never been all that into it. In fact, I have never purchased a CD for myself, which I think it is a startling fact considering the generation in which I grew up. (2) Two things I have always been into are reading and sports. I remember reading voraciously in high school but not really reading the assigned books for English class. Since the teachers were going to tell us the meanings anyway and then test us on these explanations I didn’t’ really see the point in this.  I read a lot on my own and enjoyed (and still do) all sorts of books. Among the most memorable reading experiences for me in high school was reading The Stand (unabridged, mind) in about 10 days. (3) On a related note, the most famous person I have ever met is probably Stephen King. (4) It was long enough ago that I thought it was brilliant and not at all trite to tell him that I was his “number one fan.” By reading my own choices in high school I missed out on some classics. I remember slightly kicking myself one summer during college when I finally got around to reading The Great Gatsby. While on the subject of classics, I feel I *should mention that it took me about ten years each to get through “A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, and Grapes of Wrath  (Much respect and mad props to the Secret DoS for getting through this one in a day. With a hangover.) (5) It wasn’t that I disliked these books. I liked them fine. It was just that I kept losing my copies of them and taking a while to get back on track. When I got through them I felt deserving of some sort of award. My fifth and almost final copy of Grapes of Wrath had a few pages ripped off at the back so I had to wait a few months before getting to the very final ending. Imagine my surprise when I finally got to the very end after all those years. The only two things I have ever really collected are old books and baseball cards. (6) When in the states I typically try to pick up a few books from 100 or so years ago. I have no idea how valuable these are (or more likely, aren’t) it has just been a bit of fun and I have never even thought of reading them. These days I am trying to curtail my book buying because this nasty habit takes up too much space. Aside from reading sports have always attracted my attention. The pinnacle of my fandom and random was undoubtedly when I followed the Yokahama F-Marinos,  a Japanese professional association football soccer team, around as part of the Marinos (un)Official International Supporters Team (aka MOIST). (7) Those were the days. The sport that I was most interested in as a kid was baseball. I loved it. The strategy, the stats, the pace, the lore. I loved it all. The 1986 Red Sox broke my heart but maybe taught me a bit about life. These days I don’t think I could sit through an entire baseball game without doing something else like drinking, talking, chatting or tweeting but I still consider myself a baseball fan as I like to keep up with the stats and stories. Statistics and numbers in any area always catch my attention. (8) I find it particularly pleasing to try to make up or think about numbers to quantify things we might expect are not easily quantifiable. Also, I like nice round numbers.  (9) I felt this push towards round numbers recently when Steve Brown posted his 50th blog post of the year and I felt somehow relieved.  I even like to leave the house at even times when possible. What else? I probably like movie quotes more or as much as the next guy. (10) Even though I might talk at length about The Wire or Breaking Bad I don’t really watch TV very much and could surely live without it (though if I didn’t have a TV I hope I wouldn’t get all hipsterish about it and constantly brag about not having a TV.) (11)

Some readers might be wondering why I shared the above.

It is (part of) my addition to the 11 things challenge/whatehaveyou that has been floating around the ELTblogosphere as of late. Here are the listed tasks:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
    Next post!
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
    Next post!
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated.
    Not doing this now. Since I am a rock’n’roll rebel and known party pooper I have decided not to do this or Step 4 at this point in time. Though, I did ask 10 questions to readers  recently which is not quite the same thing.
yuji bomber head

In the spirit of giving, I offer you this photo from the MOIST official archives.
The wigs are in honor of Yuji Nakazawa.


    • mikecorea

      Hello Zhenya,

      A very happy holidays to you as well. It makes me very happy to know that you read this (and that there were interesting things there). I hope you have a wonderful 2014. I am looking forward to catching up on your blog very very soon.
      [And you are reading this and are not Zhenya I highly recommend it!]

      Merry Christmas (which I think is not actually late in this case)!

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    • mikecorea

      Hello Rachael,
      Thanks for reading and commenting and thanks again for the nudge on the challenge. I enjoyed it and also enjoyed reading more about you and others. Books, very much attached. Though I am trying to wean myself off the paper a bit. Too space is currently allocated to dead tree books in my house and office (which makes any sort of moving even more daunting!!).
      Hope your year is off to a nice start (and also hope you enjoyed being unplugged.)


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