Blog Tag: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

I’ve been tagged by Michael Casey to write about “Five Things You Don’t Know About Librarygrrrl (aka Megan Adams Brooks.)”

I’ll quote Michael (and the Michael who tagged him) here and say, If you’re not interested in me (and no reason why you should be) move on now!

With that in mind, here goes:

1. When I was younger, I played three instruments: guitar (for one short-lived summer’s worth of lessons and blistered fingers), piano (until I changed teachers and started reading his extensive collection of Agatha Christie books and kind of forgot about practicing scales and such… I tell my parents it was one of the best investments in my future they ever made, but I’m not sure they’re buying that), and trombone.  Yes, yours truly was a trombone player. And when I think about it, it makes sense.  Trombonists provide the structure for the music, the latticework upon which the melody rests.  I liken this to the role of reference librarians (connecting people with information), bass players in rock bands (my alter ego, dontcha know?), and defenders in hockey (if you’ve got no defense, you can’t have an offense).

2. My favorite artist is Mark Rothko. In high school I took a course called “The Humanities”, which now makes sense to me, but at the time was just this weird mish-mash of literature, music, art history, and history.  By the time we hit senior year, we were at the 20th century.  For one art paper, I researched Rothko’s technique, from how he prepared his canvasses to how he actually painted his works.  A couple of years ago, my mom got me a beautiful print of one of his pieces and it was the first piece of art I hung up in this new house.

3. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a bride.  FWIW, my brother wanted to be a paperboy.  Fortunately, we both ended up with satisfying careers, AND I recently got to fulfill that years-old wish of mine.  Who says kids are silly?  Not me!

4. I am scared of the ocean.  I like water that lives in lakes, is relatively stable in nature, and ices over in the winter so that I can drive a vehicle on it should I choose.  Tides, salt, and currents freak me out.  That notwithstanding, I really enjoy snorkeling in the ocean, but ONLY with a buddy close by.

5. I very rarely take the day off work on my birthday.  Weird, huh?  Most people I know take the day off, but up until a couple of years ago, I usually worked.  But then I met Amy, and she enjoys taking me on adventures on my birthday, so no more working on my birthday for me!  Last year we took a food tour in the East Village of NYC, and this year we went to Salem and toured around all sorts of witchy places.  Fun!

Now I’m going to tag five folks to do this too: Jessica, Daddy Democrat, Dichroic, Simphonatic, and Purlewe.

Merry Christmas, y’all who celebrate!

2 thoughts to “Blog Tag: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Me”

  1. yay trombone! i also play(ed) three instruments: clarinet, oboe, and trombone. trombone was the most fun in a marching/pep band setting. =)

    i like your metaphor about trombone and bass providing the structure that everything else rests upon. i think that works in other parts of my life as well — i prefer tasks where i provide necessary support in the background rather than starring front and center (like running sound crew, or turning pages for an accompanist, or repairing a library’s books.)

    which is not to say i don’t enjoy the occasional trombone solo. 😉

  2. so, you are afraid of oceans…I, my friend, am afraid of lakes…they don’t taste right and don’t move enough. nuf said. peace out! love the blog:)

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