Friday, June 1, 2007

8 Things About Me Meme

I was tagged by Elaine at Wild Rose Reader

Here are the rules
: Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

. I have really bad luck. My family calls it the "Wilson Curse". But it's true. Things that don't just happen to anybody, seem to hang over us like a ominous black cloud. Okay, I'm not talking normal bad luck here, I'm talking about things like a plane crashing in our back yard! Yup. It really happened. But as horrific as it was, no one got hurt. Not even the pilot.

2. I tend to win things. Sweepstakes, door prizes, ironing boards, you name it! Although I'm still waiting for that big lottery win. So far to date, the biggest prize was from a Home and Garden Show. It was like Christmas at our house when the prizes were delivered. Only these were really big packages. They wouldn't even all fit in the living room! Twenty-six best of the best, home products. Ranging from a computer to a big screen TV to a washer and dryer. And lots of little things in between. I guess this makes up for the bad luck!

3. I'm very superstitious. I put a lot of credence in things like fortune cookies and horoscopes. In fact I still carry a "fortune" in my jacket pocket from the SCBWI LA conference last summer. It reminds me of why i went and how important it was. I have a brand new fortune I got after this Editor's Day that is now on the corner of my computer screen to keep me motivated.

4. I was at a Jackson Browne concert once where a sniper was in the crowd.
(I guess this goes back to the bad luck thing.) It was during the Running on Empty tour at outdoor venue at a place called Arcosanti . It was kind of a hippie, commune, village-type place. The guy was hiding in the big boulders that surrounded the natural amphitheater. They told everyone to get down on the ground. One of the back-up performers went to the mike and talked the guy down. Jackson Browne still came on and ended the set with “Stay.”

5. I hate cold weather. I live in Phoenix. Enough said.

6. I can’t stand to go more than one day without seeing the sun. I get very blue on gray days. It’s nice to have clouds or rain for a change, but after one day of it, I’m ready for sunshine. How do you guys in the Pacific Northwest do it?!

7. I was not “given” a middle name. Neither were my sisters. None of us. Now the government doesn’t like this oddity. (Of course my Mom did!) So once you start filing your income tax, they fill in the blank for you. Until I got married, my middle name became “None.”

8. I met my husband in a bar. He was taking country swing dance lessons. When he saw me he told his friends, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” He told me the same thing a week later. I said, “Yeah, right.” Two years later we got married.

I am tagging:

Sherry Rogers
Roz Fulcher
Grace Lin
Scott Franson
Karen Lee
Cheryl Klein
Bill Cochran

I know this has been going around, and I'm a little late getting to mine, so I hope none of you mind if I tag you. Join in if you want to, if you don't want to sorry for the tag!


Elaine Magliaro said...


I'm glad I tagged you. I love your 8 things. They're very interesting ...and some are quite funny!

Anonymous said...

I win things too! (So far without the bad luck to go with it ;) )
Biggest thing so far is a jukebox.

Goomie said...

Wow Gail! Didn't know you live right by where that crash happened. Glad you're okay. I like the sniper story. See you at the next meeting!

gail said...

I'm glad you tagged me too Elaine. It's stuff I don't think I would have thought about writing about otherwise.

Anonymous, a jukebox sure sounds like an awfully fun prize! I have to admit some of the prizes I won were so big I didn't have room for them. So I returned some and did my Christmas shopping at those stores that year.

goomie, yeah the plane crash happened in 1996. We had a lot of damage to the back yard and fence, but luckily not the house. The sniper story is fun to!
Hope to see you soon.


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LindaBudz said...

You survived brushes with a plane crash and a sniper, and you win lots of stuff? I would say you are a very lucky person indeed.

But then, I'm a glass-half-full person in even the worst of circumstances!

LindaBudz said...

Hi, Gail, and thanks for stopping by my site! FYI, I found you through Cheryl's site. I've added you to my blogroll!

gail said...

Small world eh? Your blog is great! Love the retreat notes. I'll add you too.

I'm an optimist all the way. Remember no one was hurt in the crash and our house was ok. At the concert, the music went on. :) Oh, and I got some great stories out of it!


Anonymous said...

Gail I am so sorry I didn't play the game. I just got back in town after almost a two week stay at my parents home helping them remodel so they could move.

I loved reading you 8 things. I am a blue sky person too! I lived in Oregon for 30 years and it was awful. . .beautiful. . . but depressing. Someday I hope to meet you. . .you sound like a fun person!

Rampian said...

Hi, Gail

I just posted my eight things! Thanks for tagging me. I need to see a little bit of sun every day, too, and when chosing a place to live, light is the first thing i look for.
Enjoyed getting to know a little more about you. Winning that 'Home & Garden' thing sounded like a dream. The plane, not so much.