October 13th, 2008

accordion santa

six random things meme

I got tagged by Katie and Sarah. The rules are:

* Link to the person who tagged you.
* Post the rules on your blog.
* Write six random things about yourself.
* Tag six people at the end of your post.
* Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
* Let the tagger know your entry is up.

1. My first instrument was the saxophone. When I was in elementary school I wanted to learn the french horn, but we couldn't afford one, and my parents had an alto saxophone that they had acquired when they lived in Chicago (someone had borrowed some money from them and left the saxophone as collateral, then never turned up again), so I ended up playing that instead. I played alto sax until junior high, then switched to tenor sax, but I pretty much stopped playing once I got to college, and I'm not even sure where the old tenor saxophone is these days. I picked up piano in high school, guitar in college, and accordion a couple of years ago.

2. I have to work today (bleah), but I'm taking half a vacation day to go to my nephew's birthday party. He's turning five. I'm still deciding what to give him. (I got him a few gifts but I may hold back some for Christmas.)

3. When I was a kid, I assumed that by the time I was an adult there wouldn't be any difference between girls' and boys' toys. The modern world seems very strange to me sometimes.

4. I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons as a kid. My main character was a human cleric named Delphi. I got out of the habit eventually, but I did play some sessions of Paranoia in college.

5. I ordered a 2.8 gHz iMac with 4 gig of RAM and a terrabyte of hard disk last week. This is the first desktop computer I've bought since the original iMac came out in 1998. I plan to use it for day to day stuff, and to keep the G4 Powerbook that I'm currently using in reserve for when I have to travel, but we will see how it all works out.

6. The first election I ever voted in was in 1990 in Massachusetts. The candidates for governor were Bill Weld and John Silber. I couldn't bring myself to vote for either of them and left that part of the ballot blank.