OK, I promised Barbara I would do the meme she tagged me with called “Eight Random Facts/Habits”. Here are the rules, taken from Barbara’s blog:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Let’s get started:
1. I was born in Preston, Oriente, Cuba, in the same hospital where Raul Castro was born, and at about the same time. (Could the babies have been switched?)
2. The little toes on each of my feet “stick up”. These are called “hammer toes” and they kept me out of the U.S. Navy. “With toes like those, son, you wouldn’t be able to wear the Navy’s shoes.”
3. I quit smoking cigarettes on May 14, 1957, when I crumpled up my last pack of Winstons and threw it in a trash container at the M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory where I was working at the time. I had prepared myself months in advance through a kind of self-hypnosis. For “manipulative satisfaction” I switched to cigars but soon dropped them because of the coughing and sputtering they invoked in me.
4. At the age of four I bit my paternal grandfather on the arm. He was carrying me around and I didn’t like the smell of his upper arm, so I bit it. This annoyed him, and my mother screamed, “Why did you bite Grandpa?”
5. I’ve been wearing eyeglasses for as long as I can remember. I was often unaware of style changes. “Why is that man wearing 1950’s style glasses in 1980?” I didn’t know.
6. I use one of those Braun Oral-B ProfessionalCare Electric Toothbrushes once a day. I like the two minute timer, divided into the four 30 second increments. My hygienest says I’m doing a good job on my teeth but I don’t tell her I use the instrument only once a day. It probably doen’t matter.
7. The high point of my career was in 1970-72 when we had a “post” at PhilipsGloeilampenFabriken (if I’ve spelled that right), or Philips Lamp Research Lab, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. My 5-year old daughter Kate learned Dutch like a pro and once said to me, “Don’t try to speak Dutch to me, Dad!”
8. I’ve never seen a purple cow and I never hope to see one, but this I will say anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!
OK, now comes the problem. Who can I tag? I don’t know eight bloggers well enough, and the ones I do know have already been tagged for this meme by Barbara. So I’ll have to think about this one…….and come back later?