I’ve been tagged with the latest memetag to take over the blogosphere. Pedro Canut from Blogospierre has tagged me, prompting me to list five things that you don’t know about me. I don’t like talking about personal things (other than travel), but here is a list with mildly amusing factoids about me:
- I used to DJ professionally in Belfast (yes, I actually got paid to do it). One night I met and played for Antonio Fargas, the original Huggy Bear from Starsky & Hutch.
- I am ophidiophobic.
- I was once held hostage at gunpoint during an assault in my family home in Costa Rica. My brother shot one of the gunmen and we escaped unharmed.
- I’m writing a novel called “El Ataque de las Chicas Kamikaze”.
- I once tried online dating, but found the episode frustrating, infuriating and downright scary.
Because I cannot just leave this meme alone, I’ve done some research to find out where it started. At first I thought that it would be difficult (if not impossible) to backtrack it, but after spending one hour following old posts, I managed to find the original (by the way, the blogosphere is a very large place, filled with rather weird people). Perhaps I should add to my list that I get very proud when I do geeky stuff, but everybody knows that.
Anyway, the original post comes from a blog called “Dipping Into The Water Butt” by a woman in the UK. It got picked up by her friends, and the rest is history. I did find a paragraph that was supposed to be kept, but it has been lost somewhere along the way:
PLEASE LEAVE THE FOLLOWING IN ALL POSTS
‘Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it.’
This would make for some excellent research on the scale-free nature of the blogosphere.