Thursday, December 06, 2007

Seven Random or Weird Things
About The Great & Wondrous

Marianne, over at Busha Full of Grace tagged me for a meme which looks like fun.

1. When I lived in Fairbanks I made brandied fruit, which consisted of a bottle of the best brandy, and then add one pound of fruit and one pound of sugar as each fruit becomes ready during the summer. Come Christmas, it was potent and wonderful and I gave quarts of it as presents.
2. The other thing I did with fruit when I lived in Fairbanks was work a deal with the produce manager at Safeway to buy the fruit he was throwing away as overripe for $.25 (25 cents) a box. What he didn't realize, as an Alaskan, was that he was throwing the fruit away before it was actually ripe. I took it home and let it ripen and we ate it and I canned it. Best fruit in town, almost free. Some of it went into the brandied fruit.
3. When I was 11 I wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. I now know that the solitude would be too much -- but, oh, the view!
4. Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite comic strip of all time.
5. My favorite books when I was very little were The Mother West Wind books, by Thornton Burgess.
6. My first exposure to the idea of racial equality came when I was 12 and reading Andre Norton* books. It was just assumed in her books that people were equal and it made so much sense.
7. I really love the idea of horses, and that they have agreed to live with us and let us ride them and be tame. But, they are so big that I don't like getting too close to them and I can't figure out what to do on their backs. I do love them, though. Just not up close.

And I'm tagging:
1. Gawilli at Back in The Day
2. Chancy at Driftwood Inspiration
3. Kenju at Imagine What I'm Leaving Out
4. Joy at Joy of Six
5. Rain at Rainy Day Thoughts
6. Cherry at Cherry Extract
7. Tabor at One Day at a Time

The Rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

* Andre Norton is a woman science fiction writer, real name Alice Mary Norton, who started writing juvenile science fiction when mostly who read that was boys and they wouldn't read anything written by a woman.


kenju said...

Thanks (I think....LOL) for tagging me. I can say the same thing about Calvin and Hobbes, and I wish it was still in the comics everyday. #7: I feel the same way about horses! I can't believe the produce manager didn't realize the fruit was underripe!

It may take me a couple of days to do this, but I'll let you know.

J at said...

I remember the smell of that nasty brandied fruit. I'll bet I wouldn't find it so nasty now that I have acquired the taste for alcohol.

I love that most of the fruit was still totally edible. Poor Alaskans, at least back then. I do remember the produce guy being shocked that you would smell a piece of fruit to see if it were ripe. Because none of it smelled like ANYTHING there.

vesta44 said...

I love Andre Norton, she's one of my favorite science fiction authors (my son has all of my science fiction/fantasy collection now, so I don't get to reread her as often as I would like).

Val said...

Hallo there, Ive just been tagged by Tabor (in response to your tag) so dropped by to see who is responsible!

I have dropped by in the past before, but how delightful to find that you have read Andre Norton's books.

I devoured them too, but as an adult, and somehow always new she was a female. No other books quite matched up to them somehow. It was no surprise to me to find out that my daughter's horse communicated easily to me once!

Well I had better get back to my blog and start on my meme quest.

Bitty said...

I have tagged you on a completely different meme, precisely because you're so creative!

If you have time, I'd love to see what your clever brain does with it.