Tuesday, June 13, 2006



there's this nice little chain going around tribe right now, and i enjoyed reading other people's posts and writing my own very much. reposting here. AND i'm going to tag a couple new people for their blogs (or email, i guess), which they will only know about if they actually read this, which is interesting mostly because i actually am not sure at all who looks at this page. i tag magellan, judit, joshua, melvin, vera, and cori jo.

RULES - Once you've been tagged, you have to write a blog with 8 facts/things/habits about yourself, saying who tagged you. In the end you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. No tag backs.

1. from the age of 6 until the age of 16 i was a member of the santa rosa children's chorus, a prestigious professional children's chorus, non-denominational, that takes itself very seriously and does lots of performances all over the place. with them i competed in a few festivals and competitions; i sang at disneyland; i sang in a ballet; i could've sung at a baseball game; and i performed in probably over 60 venues in northern california.

2. from the age of 6 until the age of 16 i also played piano. competitively, though i never won much. i took all the tests and passed through the highest testable level in california. i hated performing and i hated practicing, but i was determined to know how to create music. even though i had rigorous classical training, i sucked at accompanying and at jazz piano, so within a couple years after stopping my lessons i stopped playing pretty much entirely. i can still read music quite easily on sight, and i miss piano quite a bit sometimes, but i don't regret ending my studies--an hour per day is a long time to spend at a piano bench.

3. i'm about 75% deaf in my left ear. i've been that way since birth, as far as my parents know. they don't know why.

4. for two different years during my time in davis, i lived in an intentional community called the domes. the domes is an on-campus housing cooperative consisting of 14 domes arranged around a central greenspace, with chicken coops, large organic gardens, a strawbale greenhouse, a fire-heated hot tub, a bike maintenance area, and a consensus-based decision-making process about all of everything that happens in the community. each dome has a floorplan with a diameter of maybe 22 feet, is about 20 feet high in the center, and contains a bathroom, kitchen, and a lofted area.

5. up until my headaches made it too difficult for me to continue, my favorite thing to do in the whole world (with no exceptions) was playing soccer. indoor, outdoor, futsol...didn't matter. just as long as there was a soccer ball involved.

6. when my uncle switched to dVds, i was given his entire laserdisc collection. i now have at my house roughly 350 laserdiscs and 2 laserdisc players.

7. i have been on three week-long cruises with my extended family—one in the caribbean, one in alaska, one in the mediterranean.

8. the only two groups that i've seen play more than 3 or so times are the mother hips (26 times) and punch the clown (probably 7-8 times). (neil young totally doesn't count, because i would never have chosen to see him every fall—it just happened that way.)

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