This kept them away until they introduced the "Tag, No Tag Backs" rule, in which whoever was "It" was immune to becoming "It" from the person they had just passed the germ to. Either my memory has faded or the rules were unclear to begin with, but I remember it always led to controversy.
How long was the person immune? Three seconds? A minute? The entire recess?
I also remember there being some stipulation wherein whoever was "It" actually had to say the entire phrase "Tag No Tag Backs" before the other person tagged him, as if it were some incantation that was powerless unless recited to completion. This led to an inevitable battle in which one kid would hit the other and then reel back, attempting to avoid the counterattack, usually failing. They would stand there, taking turns tagging each other and attempting to get out the words "Tagnotagbacks" for minutes until one would finally run away, claiming victory. The other would yell at him as he ran away, screaming "I got you! I got you!" and then he would cry.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that Brett over at The Transformed Non-Conformist tagged me with a quiz for my readers to get to know me better.
He didn't say "No Tag Backs" when he tagged me, but I chose to not tag him back because, well, that would be a pretty boring second post for him.
Here are my answers to the questions.
Recess is almost over, so I am not going to tag anyone else.
But if you want to answer these questions on your blog, feel free to do so. Just shoot me an e-mail or comment and let me know that you want me to "tag" you, and I'll come over to your blog and make it official.
Or you can just pick up my hand and put it on you.
1) Book or movie and why?
Movie, because it takes two hours. And it takes me forever to read books. Sometimes a couple years. No joke.
In my defense, I am usually in the middle of 5-7 books at any given time, but I probably only read 100 pages of printed text every month.
If there is a movie coming out that was based off of the popularity of a book (Think: Hunger Games, Girl with the Boring Tattoo, Harry Potter, etc) then I will definitely read the book before I see the movie. It is the reason why I haven't seen the last four Harry Potters.
2) Real book or e-book?
Real book. I buy tons of real books from Amazon and then never read them. I think it is my subconscious's way of forcing me to do some exercise every two or three years when I move from one location to another.
3) Funniest thing you've done in the last 5 years?
After I graduated from college four years ago, I said "Here I come, world!"
4) Do you put yourself into the books you read/write or the movies you watch?
Only the erotic ones.
As far as the stuff that I write, I'd have to say that yes, I suppose a piece of me is in any fictional character that I make up. Most of my writing for this blog, however, is completely true stories about my life*.
*Question 11 in this blog post is a rare exception in which I say something completely fictional. And it is important that you believe me.
5) How would your best friend describe you?
Someone who is down to earth. Someone who can be counted on.
6) Favorite kind of car and why?
I am definitely not a guy who knows or cares much about cars. If it gets from A to B in a relatively safe fashion, then it is good for me.
A nice-sounding turn signal never hurt anyone, though.
7) Would your choice of party be a catered meal or barbeque out back?
Barbecue. Because beer is always plentiful at barbecues. Plus, I've never heard of an impromptu Wiffle Ball game break out at a catered meal.
8) What's your favorite season and why?
Summer and Spring, for the obvious awesome-weather reasons. There is nothing better than when the weather gets warm and all of the sudden girls are wearing skirts and sundresses. I'm not trying to be a creeper. I'm just saying that you are all so damn beautiful.
Winter is alright too, I guess. Especially during the first snowfall. But it gets old pretty quick.
9) What specific lesson have you learned - Spiritual, educational, occupational?
Spiritual - That I don't know shit.
Educational - For the past year or two, I have been craving school. It is a really weird thing, but when I think back to classes in college, the memories are fond ones (not for all of my classes, obviously). I have been looking forward to finally settling down in one location so that I can start taking some classes at a local college. Not towards any degree, but simply for the sake of learning and fun. It is definitely a major change in my psyche from when I was in school. I am going to start out with some writing classes (more for the chance to share my writing and get feedback) as well as a photography class (because I never got into it and would love to be able to have some original photography for this blog).
Occupational- This is a new one for me, as I recently started an actual normal-person job. But the one thing I learned is that there is something sacred about having steady money coming in at a predictable rate. For people who have been working for years, it is easy to fall into the habit of complaining about their jobs, even when the money they receive in relation to the amount of work they actually do equates to a ludicrous overpayment. So many people would kill to have their job or their opportunities, and I will do my best to never complain about my job because it could be much worse.
10) Besides writing, what's your favorite thing to do when you get some extra time?
Recently, there hasn't been much extra time. My time used to be spent watching movies and TV shows, and I still do partake in that. But recently my Netflix discs remain in my house for 3-4 weeks before I get a chance to watch them and send them back.
While playing poker, much of my "free time" was spent studying the game, taking notes on my opponents, and analyzing my own play. Spending the time to do these things were what separated me from the other 90% of poker players who are losers and feed the winners.
I suppose that blogging has filled the gap that poker left behind. I have found so many amazing blogs out there, that it takes a great deal of time to read them all. There are so many prolific writers that it makes me feel inadequate that I am only able to put out three posts a week.
I don't just read blogs like A Beer for the Shower or Mother of Brothers to support them, though. And I don't read them just because they are hilarious or compelling, either.
I read them to learn.
Not to rediscover the heartbreak of loss and the triumph of victory as a child. And not to learn how to approach a sexually confused hawk.
But to learn how to be a better writer.
When I studied my opponents in poker, I could get inside their heads and begin to understand the way they thought about particular hands and the way they thought about the game in general. Likewise, when I read the writing of Bryan, Brandon, and MOV, I can understand the literary devices that they use which are brilliant to me, but are most likely second nature to them.
The great difference between studying these blogs and studying my opponents in poker is the fact that at the end of the day, the bloggers end up being your friend. And you are not trying to take them for every penny they have*.
And that is a pretty nice feeling.
*Speaking of which, you should give Brandon and Bryan ninety-nine pennies. In exchange, they will give you their brilliantly hilarious e-book "The Missing Link."
11) What's one place you can be found at least one time every week?
At the local school yard, refereeing games of tag amongst the young children.
The police take me away sometimes, which is weird. I don't really understand, because I am really just doing it as community service and a public good. I even bring my video camera so as to have instant replay to determine whether or not "Tag No Tag Backs" was said before "It" was tagged back.
I mean, how else will the children know who is "It," you know?
|This is NOT me. I would totally have matching armbands.|