Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Meme of Seven

Though I am rarely one for this sort of thing, I was tagged by Jeremy Young of Progressive Historians, one of the best of the blogosphere.... I don't know anything about the picture I have chosen except that it shows a purported rout of British forces in Inda.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Present an image of martial discord from whatever period or situation you’d like.

My 7 facts:

1. When I spoke to my draft board against the war in Vietnam, my father supported me by saying that he was a WWII veteran, that both of my grandfathers fought in France in WWI, that great-grandfathers and great-great-grandfathers had fought on both sides of the civil war, and that the ancestor I am named for had been a colonel in the Revolution... and that all would be proud that I was standing for what I believed, as they had done. That was humbling, but unforgettable.

2. When I got my ankles run over by a jeep at age eleven, I bounced up running, shouting, "I'm dead, I'm dead." I didn't walk again for some time--and suspect I didn't die.

3. Though I graduated from Beloit College, I started my college career at Utica College of Syracuse University. Not much of a school, but a good place for one like me, whose spirit had rarely entered his high school. I learned at Utica College that education does indeed require a little work.

4. On arrival in Burkina Faso in 1985, someone told me that, there, diarrhea is a way of life. Four years later, when I finally left Africa (except for the occasional visit), after nine bouts of amoebic dysentery, various experiences with shigella, and a too-great familiarity with giardia, I knew exactly what she meant.

5. A monk at a little temple on the other side of the ridge from the beach at Bang Sen, Thailand told me (I was a child) that I would be back there before I die. We were looking out over a crematorium. I haven't been back.

6. Kim Stanley Robinson beat me by completing the first dissertation on Philip K. Dick because I couldn't get my act together and hid out in Ouagadougou instead of writing. So I had to settle for second.

7. My store, Shakespeare's Sister, enjoyed a 14-year run. I closed it in May, 2008 and miss it already.

These are the people I'll tag:

Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Chris Clarke (at Dusty D. Dogg's insistence)
David Cohn
Steven Gimbel
Dr. Virago
Jerry Williamson


DigiDave said...

AHHHH. I've been tagged!

I'll try to get to this soon.

Bug me if I don't.

Jeremy Young said...

Such compliments from someone I admire so much are a treat indeed. Thanks.

And your answers are really fascinating. Glad I asked.

Dr. Virago said...

Hey Aaron, good to see you around my blog space! I actually did this meme a little while back, so I'm giving you the link to that here.