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25 Things about Mark
Once you've been tagged, you're supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, you're supposed to choose 25 people to tagged, including the person who tagged you. I don't tend to do that, but you're welcome to post one of these, and tag people or not.

1. I stayed in Ithaca after graduating from Cornell, despite making the conscious decision to leave and even securing a suitable job elsewhere. I've now lived here longer than I'd lived anywhere else, and while I'm willing to live elsewhere, I have no particular plans to.

2. The short list of major cities I think I'd enjoy living and working in is: San Francisco, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Glasgow, and Paris.

3. I used to speak French and Italian more or less fluently. I can still get by in either, and don't do too badly in Spanish, either. Nearly all of the Japanese I know, I learned from "Shogun."

4. Yes, I could eat the 49-ounce steak or the four cheeseburgers or the entire pizza or the six hot dogs. I choose not to. I do like to eat a lot, though, and there are very few foods I dislike. I'll try anything that's considered food in the western hemisphere, and probably anywhere else.

5. I wrote for and then published a camp newsletter as a camper and then counselor, and wrote for middle school and high school newspapers, finishing up as editor of my high school paper. I almost joined the Cornell Daily Sun staff but balked at "late-night" hours that now seem tame. I did computer support for the Sun for several years, and got a few crisis calls at crazy hours.

6. I've written for several national publications and been quoted in several others, mostly on technology or entertainment topics.

7. I have owned seven TiVo DVRs. Two TiVo HDs are in active use in my house, and I'm pretty sure all five earlier models are still being used by the people I sold or gave them to, or subsequent owners.

8. I pause the TiVo at the end of the show to see what Chuck Lorre has to say. Always.

9. I own and proudly wear an authentic kilt, made in Scotland specifically for me, in the Harris MacLeod tartan. I have the sporran and sgian dubh to go with it, too, but I really need to get a proper Prince Charlie jacket of my own so I can stop borrowing them from friends.

10. I can recite Robert Burns's poem "To a Haggis" in the original Broad Scots dialect. I'm not as good at it as Grey Barr is, but I'd do in a pinch. The Old English and Chaucer classes in college no doubt helped. Also, I really like haggis.

11. I pretty much ignore all of the Kosher dietary restrictions set forth in Leviticus 11, but I'm much stricter about observing the Passover dietary traditions.

12. I take a lot of food photos, and love showing and talking about great food. Good food and drink are best enjoyed when shared with others, and I practice that when cooking and eating with friends, or when writing restaurant reviews or food features for print, web, or radio.

13. I bought my first Macintosh computer on a Friday the 13th, which is one of many reasons I've always considered the number 13 and Friday the 13th lucky for me.

14. I have five different recordings of "Les Miserables:" French concept album, London cast, Broadway cast, Symphonic recording, and Japanese cast.

15. Personally, I've only ever owned Motorola cell phones, all of the flip variety, six or seven different models. The insurance company tried to give me an LG to replace a dying Motorola a few months ago, but it was missing a key enough capability for what I needed that I convinced them to send me a new Motorola after two days. (I also carry an iPhone, but it's CIT's, not mine.)

16. My grandmother died more than 15 years ago, but I still remember her phone number and her address. Every once in a while I consider calling to see who answers. I took a few minutes to drive past her apartment a couple of years ago. The street hasn't changed.

17. I never much cared for "Seinfeld," though I love Jerry's schtick and loved his stand-up clips at the beginning and end of the show.

18. I know how to drink in many languages. (L'Chaim, Slainte, Na Zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Skaal, Prost, Cheers, etc.)

19. I'm a sometimes-volunteer, sometimes-paid staff member at WVBR, active now and then in every department, on-air and off. I love DJing, but don't get to do it often enough. Newscasting and sportscasting are also great. My voice is one or more ads pretty much every week. I actually started out there as a sportscaster.

20. I help to run and promote a weekly live folk music concert radio show on Sunday nights that's been on the air since 1967.

21. There are only a tiny handful of alcoholic beverages I've tried that I actively dislike. Paulaner Hefeweizen and Campari top the list; I consider these two among the most noxious substances known to man.

22. That said, I won't generally choose to drink blended Scotch whisky, Tennessee whiskey, or crappy bourbon, except in an emergency or to avoid being rude.

23. My personal stock of liquor includes about three dozen different single malt Scotch whiskies, more bottles than all my vodkas, gins, tequilas, rums, bourbons, and assorted other liquors combined. (A little Scotch goes a long way, so this would be a lifetime supply if I weren't so big on sharing.)

24. I don't get hangovers; I've deserved a few.

25. Most of my best friendships have come from camp, local radio, fraternity, science fiction fandom, and hockey fandom, but I've made friends in all sorts of other fun ways, too.
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kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: February 4th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
>The short list of major cities I think I'd enjoy living and working in is: [...] Boston

You're welcome anytime!

>Nearly all of the Japanese I know, I learned from "Shogun."

Thank Gods I'm not the only one. :-)

(Actually I know a bit more Japanese from my study of Go and Shogi)
splagxna From: splagxna Date: February 4th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm with you on campari. have you ever tried jepson's malort?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 4th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Never heard of it, but I'd give it a try!
mistressarafina From: mistressarafina Date: February 4th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's foul, Mark. Don't do it. It tastes like ass with a hint of gasoline and dish detergent thrown in. And, it sticks to whatever surface of your person that it touches for a long time.

splagxna From: splagxna Date: February 7th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
...yeah, what she said.

although, harlie, did we tell you? we think the bottle dawn had at pennsic had been ruined by the heat. we bought a new bottle and it wasn't nearly as vile.
ruhe From: ruhe Date: February 4th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re #21: What about Boone Farm and all the other $3 bottles of nasty cheap wine people drink in college?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 4th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great marinade!
mgcmarco From: mgcmarco Date: February 4th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't you lift this from facebook, or is the viral meme making its way thru LJ?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 4th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's everywhere!
aedifica From: aedifica Date: February 4th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
...but I've made friends in all sorts of other fun ways, too.

Like having them ask to sleep on your floor!

There is one liqueur in particular that I've tried and strongly disliked, but it seems I've forgotten what it was. That's unfortunate, because it means I might get it again sometime without realizing!
f4f3 From: f4f3 Date: February 4th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
We share a couple of favourite cities - and if you're ever passing through :-)
mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: February 4th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend not to tag people, either and I can get cranky if I get tagged a lot. I can't tell you how many times I've been tagged on Facebook with this survey and another, both of which I filled out. You'd think once would be enough.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 4th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

I figure the people tagging me can't see that I've already been tagged, and I might as well be flattered that they're thinking of me. :-)
mistressarafina From: mistressarafina Date: February 4th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish you were closer because I think you and my husband would be drinking buddies. He currently has about 10 single malts in the liquor cabinet. :D
mrliburyin From: mrliburyin Date: February 5th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I have seen numerous people do a 25 things about me post. Tagging 25 people is rather a lot. It wouldn't take long for everyone in the world to be tagged, and from what I can see, almost everyone has.

I also don't follow the generic kashrut laws, but I do keep passover in my own way. I will avoid food with leavened bread, but I might still get a salad that had chicken and cheese in it. No croutons, though. I often laugh at myself for this apparent hypocrisy.
gettingshitdone From: gettingshitdone Date: February 7th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I always worry I'm more of a snob than you about booze, but I love my Campari and the occasional Paulaner HW.

Now LaBatt Blue, Stella Artois, Jack Daniels, and pretty much any vodka mixed drink is another story. Agree with you on the whiskey thing (though I guess the whole "Tennesee Whiskey" angle was covered above by my dislike of the JD).

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