Suze has graciously presented me with the Liebster Award. While I have received this one before, I am not too proud to accept it a second time. I know better than to hope for a Meryl Streep-esque triple triumph.
The award has evolved since the last time it came around, including a snazzy, updated graphic:
There's a lot more involved in accepting and passing on the award now, too. I am now charged to supply 11 fun facts about myself, answer the 11
questions Suze posed, award it to 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new
questions. They in turn can, if they wish, follow the same steps to keep
the award going. Check out her link so you can get to know her a little
better, too. Here we go...
1. The first piece of music I ever conducted was the first movement of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, also known as Vespers. I brought my hand down and people sang - one of the truly magical moments of my life.
2. I was only in one play in high school. I played Marcellus in The Music Man.
3. I love maps. I've been fascinated by them since I was about six years old, when National Geographic's Our World book came in the mail.
4. I had both a Best Man and a Maid of Honor at my wedding. Sadly, I haven't seen either of them in at least seven years.
5. I believe Cat Stevens is the world's most under-appreciated songwriter.
6. I'm afraid of heights.
7. I've lived in Vermont for almost eleven years and yet I've never been
downhill skiing. I have no intention to try it anytime soon, either. (see #6)
8. I recently turned 40.
9. I celebrated the big 4-0 with a healthy dose of regression. I got a LEGO set from my mother-in-law and bought myself my very first Transformer figure.
10. I believe smoking is a vile and disgusting habit. However, I love the smell (and taste) of clove cigarettes. I haven't had one in years and that's just fine. Be smart, don't start, kids!
11. I love Quebecois folk music.
Suze's eleven questions:
1. Why do you blog?
What started as a way to chronicle my various hobbies has become a hobby in itself. I can write about whatever I like and publish with a click of the mouse. Networking with interesting people helps to fuel the creative fire.
2. What is your goal for the next six months?
I've become far more involved with the drama department at my school over the past two years and I'd like to learn more about the sound and light boards. I've enlisted my teaching partner to teach me about both over the summer.
3. The next year?
To become a better poker player.
4. The next five years?
To learn French. This is really a ten-year goal but it's not the sort of thing one can leave to the last minute.
5. If you could have any meal for dinner tonight, anywhere in the world, what would you have?
There's a bar in Yokohama where my friends and I would gather when we were all young, carefree English teachers in Japan (1996-98). I would invite them all for one more raucous evening to celebrate the glorious time we shared. I love my high school and college friends well enough but it's the Japan gang I miss most of all. Food? Yeah, I suppose we should order some food, too.
6. Who are your influences?
Twain, Salinger, Steinbeck, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr, Palestrina, Henson, Douglas Adams and, especially recently, Shakespeare
7. Have you ever had a recurring (sleeping) dream? If so, care to share it?
I've written about this before but a lot of my anxiety dreams since Japan have involved trains - missing trains, missing stops, trying to figure out train maps, etc.
8. Without looking it up, do you know what your birth stone and zodiac sign are?
Yes - diamond and Aries.
9. What was the first name of the first person you kissed/who kissed you?
Do Truth or Dare games count? If so, Cicely.
10. What is your favorite pizza topping?
11. Most interesting teacher you ever had?
My Russian history teacher in high school. He didn't like me much because I'd flaked in his Russian language class. But to watch him in the history class was to see a true master at work.
It is my great honor to present the Liebster Award to:
2. Tony Laplume
3. Trisha F
4. Shawn Yankey
5. Michael Offutt
7. C.M. Brown
10. Matthew MacNish
11. Mark K
My eleven questions to pass on:
1. If you could live one year of your life again, which would you choose and why?
2. If you could be good or better at one thing without putting in the time and work, what would it be?
3. You've been invited to join a bowling league and you may choose any five people to be on your team. There's just one catch: you can only pick fictional characters. Whom would you choose?
4. How do you really feel about pears?
5. How do you feel about the metric system?
6. The Doctor knocks on your door. He'll take you to visit any place on Earth at any point in history (he always seems to make the choices with interstellar travel). Where and when do you choose?
7. If you could learn any new language, which would you choose?
8. You have one personal quality which eventually annoys everyone in your life including, on occasion, yourself. What is it and do you feel it's within your power to change it?
9. If you knew when you were younger what you'd be doing with your life now, how might you have planned things differently? Do you think your life would truly be better overall if you had?
10. If all went south and you had to turn to a life of crime (assuming you haven't already), what line of dirty work would you choose?
11. How do you get your geek on?