Way back when in the blogosphere it was common for one blogger to “tag” another with a question.  The tagged blogger would then answer the question and tag more bloggers.  I was just thinking the other day how it was a cool way to connect bloggers.   Well I was just tagged by Lisa Parisi to do an 11 question post. I have traced the tagging back to Kristy Vincent, but the tagging started even before her.
1/4/14 edit…I was just also tagged by Barry Saide and added his questions below.

Ok…here is how it works…

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger 
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

So in order…thank you Lisa.  And before I was able to hit publish, I checked twitter, and Josh Stumpenhorst also tagged me, and then Ross Lebrun did!  I will also answer their questions at the end.
Now for eleven random facts:
  1. I love heavy metal music!
  2. I have a small farm and raise hogs and sheep and chickens
  3. I have a titanium plate in my neck.if you want to see the incision and cool x-ray
  4. I could survive on Gummy Bears…dipped in chocolate…frozen
  5. I love being outside
  6. If I won the lottery I quit teaching, and apply to be a sub for my class (all of the joy, none of the paperwork)
  7. I prefer to explore alone (unless my wife or kids come along 🙂
  8. My short term memory is nearly non-existent
  9. I really want to get a great camera and explore making more videos
  10. I have no ability to stay organized and neat
  11. I love presenting at conferences…but the thought of walking up to one person and talking scares me

Alright…I should not psychoanalyze my own list, but find it interesting that it is less of a list of facts about me and more like a list of things I want to do more of or improve in…

Now for Lisa’s questions..
1. Where have you been outside of your country? been to England
2. What is your favorite quote? My current favorite is “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
3. Have you ever been to a live concert? If so, whose? Too many to list…Iron Maiden, Kiss, Brand New Sin, Powerman 5000, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Type O Negative, Yngwie Malmsteen, Anthrax, Static X, Ratt, Megadeth, Volbeat, Motorhead, and many more…
4. What was your favorite book when you were a child? Mack Bolan Series
5. What movie do you think everyone should see and why? Matrix…makes you question what kind of life you are living
6. What do you do when no one else is around? Write blog posts
7. What are you better at than almost everyone you know? Using a chainsaw
8. If you had one hour to live and money was no object, what would you do? I think I am ready to skydive
9. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I tried to cross the top of a really tall mountain the middle of a lightening storm
10. What do you love about where you live? the view
11. What is your secret indulgence? Ridiculously loud music
And now for Josh’s questions:
1.     What was your favorite children’s book as a child or favorite to read as a parent?  My favorite to read as a parent was Barnyard Dance
2.     If you had won that insane lottery jackpot, what is the first thing you would buy? An envelope for my resignation.
3.     Can you touch your tongue to your nose? Hold on…no.
4.     If I were to meet you up at a bar, what drink would I buy for you?  I am allergic to alcohol!  But I LOVE cider and can almost always get away with drinking one.
5.     When was the last time you laughed so hard it hurt, and what was it that made that happen? In class during homeroom with some kids, I honestly cannot even remember what it was about, but we still laugh about the time we laughed.
6.     What is that one movie that shows up on TV that even though you have seen it a hundred times you still leave it on and watch? Believe it or not, I haven’t had tv channels in like 20 years.  But I could always watch the Matrix.
7.     If you could sit down and interview one person, living or dead, who would it be? Clifford Stoll
8.     Paper or plastic? Neither.  I usually stack things up like a pyramid and walk out.   Cashiers don’t like it.  
9.     What is something you have always wanted to do but continue to procrastinate and make excuses as to why you have not done it yet? I want a tattoo 🙂 
10. Have you been able to unlock the code and figure out what a fox says? I live in the woods…we know what the fox says.  
11. If you could pack it all up today and move, where would you land? Right here
I was also tagged by Ross Lebrun..his questions:
1. What would you do with a lottery win of $50,000? Sad to say…but probably pay off bills or stuff it away for kid college money.
2. What was the first thing you read that you remember loving? Mack Bolan Series of books
3. Diving – Sky or Scuba? Sky
4. What is your favorite season? Whatever season we have the longest vacation during….and I wish vacation fell during the fall or winter.
5. Would you move for a job? Ummm..I’ll get back to you I have to ask my family…
6. Have you monetized your blog? Do you plan to? You can monetize a blog!  Pretty sure the amount of time it would take to set it up would never be covered by the money that I would make.
7. Are you a cat or a dog person? There can be only one!   Dog person all the way. Might be the easiest question I have ever answered.
8. Pick one musical instrument to learn now that you’re an adult. Why that one? Banjo…why…Deliverance.
9. To where did you fly on your first flight? Does anything about the experience stand out as significant? Florida, 8th grade, alone.
10. Do you play video games? If not, WHY? If yes, which system/games? No…no moral reason, they really just don’t capture my attention for an extended period, and there are simply other things I would prefer to do.  
11. What was the first CD you ever bought? Do you still have it? Pretty sure it was Black Sabbath.  I was the first person I knew to own a CD player.  Bought mine when they were like $600 each.  Stood in line at 5am to run into a store and grab one of the four in stock priced down to $100.


And here are the questions from Barry Saide:
1. Last time you used a swear word emphatically? I have a small farm.  I don’t know why, but almost ever person I have ever known could say they have never heard me swear…but not the animals.  Last night the sheep went the opposite way that I needed them to go and I emphatically let them know it.  It is a little know fcat that you can use swear words as verbs and nouns to make complete sentences.  Just ask my hogs.
2. Food good to eat anytime that is not Chinese food or pizza? Gummy bears, there really isn’t a single meal or snack that is not better without them.
3. One inspirational quote that is not religious in nature? “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. One thing your parents made sure you learned to do that was not academic? Be on time…no…be early.
5. When I say Halloween, you think of a time when? I always feel guilty for sneaking the Kit Kats out of my daughters’ bags…
6. What motivates you? I like to do things no else does.  If you recommend a book to me to read, I won’t read it.  If you give me a lesson plan and tell me it’s awesome, I won’t do it.  While the entire world is busy adding two plus two to make four, I am trying to figure out how two plus three can equal seven.  I once drove my bike to work when it was 2 degrees below zero because no one does that!  Tell me about your cat, I’ll tell you about my hogs.  This also drive my teaching. I get kids to do things they did not know they were capable of doing.  They experience a class that is like no other (I try at least!).  This is a super question…it stopped me in my writing, and honestly if I answered it five minutes from now my answer would probably change.
7. What is one thing that you find “shady”? common core state standards (no, I will not capitalize the words)
8. One thing you said to someone that you wish you could take back? Uggg…check back in a couple days…I am actually writing a post about it.
9. When I am driving next to 18 wheeler trucks, I…(finish sentence)  I wish I could jump in and drive to Alaska eating at truck stops and hanging out with truckers the whole way.  I would also have a really cool handle and a surround sound CB. 
10. Funniest thing you ever heard a kid say? I have no idea, I just know that the whole class was crying.  It was about four years ago.  When kids come back to visit from that class they always bring up that time, but no one remembers what was said.  It was just a time in which everyone was in sync, got hysterical, and just could not stop.  This was not spoken, but I love this sign put up by a kid.
11. One moment you would freeze in time? Any moment on my honeymoon.


Now to to tag people.  What I noticed looking back at the list that others tagged is that many of the names are of somewhat famous edstars or people who are already connected.  So I am going to attempt to tag a list of people who hopefully have no connection 🙂 The following people can consider themselves tagged:
First some students:
Joan Le  @BeenSchooled
Kimberly Mach  @mrskmach
Lorri Carrol   @lcarroll94
Sharon Lapage Plante  @lplante
Barbara Madden   @barbarawmadde
Emma Bogush @emmabogush
Pat Hensley  @loonyhiker
If you believe that a post of this type does not fit into your blog or if you simply just don’t have time…no hard feelings! Here are your questions:
  1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  2. Describe your favorite shirt?
  3. What band do you wish you could join as the lead singer?
  4. What should the title of your autobiography be?
  5. Who is one person that has had made you view the world differently?
  6. What have you done that you thought was impossible?
  7. What do you think most about?
  8. Where are you most relaxed?
  9. What is one thing you hate to admit?
  10. If you could remove one obstacle in living up to your potential, what would it be?
  11. If you could wear a t-shirt with one question that everyone you met asked you, what would it be??

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