Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
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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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