Friday, December 14, 2007

tag, I am IT

Five things about GR!
Lucky readers. Tracy Helgeson tapped me and I am it. You could say this is silly and boring, but I’m in the mood. I scribbled down some notes during the BLIZZARD and soon I need to go get a surge protector.
1) ME AND W: My sister has discovered that 14 generations back, me and George W. had the same grandfather, which makes him my cousin. I can’t say I am proud of this. Audrey Hepburn is back in there too, and I am very pleased to be her cousin.
2) ARTIST: I always had crayons and paints as a kid, always, and it is all I wanted to do, and that is still true. Looking back at the family tree again, you see quite a few painters and actors (ignore the politicians and drunken fools). No surprise I do what I do.
3) MY HEAD: I build projects in my head. Do other people do this? I know clay and processes well enough that I can construct new ideas start to finish in my head (some people would call it staring into space) and try to work out the problems and imagine if it is a good idea.
4) HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT: I haven't finished high school yet. I enrolled in classical Greek at the local college when I started my junior year of high school. It wasn’t exactly easy, but I could handle it, and by October of that fall I knew I wasn’t going back for a senior year. I happened to read the Harvard catalog, which said that well-prepared high school juniors could apply, and if accepted, enroll as students without finishing high school. I looked at other catalogs, and most private colleges said the same. I figured if I could handle college Greek as a junior, I was ready. I was accepted at 2 of my 5 colleges, and the one I wanted to attend gave me a whopping good scholarship. Typically, though, I started slacking the second half of my junior year, and stopped going to high school classes once I was accepted in April. So, I never actually finished my junior year of high school. (I figured I was dropping out anyway, why wait till June?) After college, I later got a masters in special education and another as a reading specialist, and taught high school myself for awhile. I was always hoping the school would give me an honorary diploma, but.....
5) HEAD TO TOE: I have a big purple birthmark under my hair. It matches my purple house. I am not tall, just five foot eight, so OK, I am a compact person. People say Tom Hanks looks like me, except I look more handsome and I am more charming. Har!
Greg, you’re IT! Five things about you, Grego.

15 comments:

Kate & Jim said...

I thought it was more like Michael Keaton, that you look like, Gary.

Gordo The Geek said...

Interesting, Gary. Sometimes, these things bring out interesting tidbit about folks.

Greg's whining about being tagged, by the way. :-)

he-who-hates-talking-about-himself said...

you...evil...pottery...man....

Anonymous said...

And you expect me to make it interesting!?? BWAHAHAHAHAA

denis said...

gary, we go waaaaay back but there's so many things i still keep discovering about you. you're like an onion...so many layers.

deborah said...

as for #3, isn't that what Tessler machines are all about?
designing and testing and working out all the bugs non-physically before.

at any rate, sounds like you are a master of your craft.

and way cool about Audry Hepburn

ML said...

King of Cool! That's Gary. So laid back, I'll live the rest of my days, I'm pretty sure, trying to figure out how he does so much while seeming to just goof around and enjoy things as they come. Maybe that's the secret?

gr said...

I do so may things? If you say so!
Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, they all look like me.
I don't look like an onion though, D, what an insult!
Why is blooger doing that to my header?

deborah said...

wohw.
you've changed?

where is the beautiful elephant teapot?!!!!

penny is wonderful too.

gr said...

blooger has been making changes, and reduced my teapot to a thin strip, so I tried to do something else

ML said...

El shocko! Checked back in to see how things were going and thought I'd barged in somewhere else, somewhere I'd never even been before! Not bad looking, though; more clean space, but somehow I miss the old cluttery look. More artistic without being artsy fartsy.

gr said...

well, we'll see what happens....

Susan as herself said...

I liked art the best as a kid too. A pencil and a piece of paper were my favorite toys, other than books.

And you have some cool distant relatives!!

Kate & Jim said...

Woah - what's goin' on Potterman...??? This is different. Although, I missed the teapot - On second inspection - I kinda like it. I think. ;)

*off to see what Greg has to say*...IF I can get on his blog! ha!

Greg said...

heya! I'ma workin on it.. have top revamp a ton of pics to make them smaller and faster and to find out why the database keeps stopping. But I am determined to slog through having my own blooger server :D.. but come on... ain't it worth the wait? LOL