March 16, 2007

5 things

The talented, well-traveled, and widely read Christine from My Plate or Yours tagged me for the 5 things meme that’s been making the rounds lately, and it’s taken me more than a few days to come up with anything even remotely interesting to write about myself. Interesting is relative, so my mother may very well be the only one that reads to the the bottom of this.

  1. I moved to Alaska from North Carolina in 1994, and I remember telling my folks that I’d be back in a year or two. I arrived late in December, during one of the snowiest winters on record in Anchorage. I came with a dog, a backpack, and a box of blankets. For years, friends and family asked when I would be coming home. Over a decade later, those questions are less frequent, but no less difficult to answer.
  2. I am a fly fishing fanatic. Growing up on the East Coast, an hour or so from the Appalachians made it easy. My dad and his best friend both had two boys, and they liked to take us backpacking. We would hike in a few miles, and set up camp along likely streams and prospect for trout. They spent a lot of time dragging us down mountain trails on weekend backpacking trips. Not only did those two dads carry 70-pound packs up and down steep mountain trails herding a bunch of 12 year-olds, they would cook us feasts. Blueberry cobbler, big breakfasts (ever tried cooking eggs & pancakes for six over a backpacking stove?) Now I live in Alaska, where we have trout the size of Shetland ponies, and so many salmon that they sometimes actually get in the way. Once things thaw and start flowing again, you can usually find me knee deep in cold water waving a stick around at the fish.
  3. I have an a degree in English literature with a concentration in writing, and make my living as a systems administrator. Go figure.
  4. If I could be anywhere in the world, I’d chose to swing my feet from a stool at my Grandmom’s kitchen counter, eating chicken dumplings, fresh biscuits, and cole slaw.
  5. At one time or another, I’ve taught water skiing, scuba, swimming, sailing, and large-boat handling. I grew up in, on, and around the water. I went to college near the beach, and spent summers running boats at a summer camp. It’s kind of strange to live in Alaska, a land defined by water in almost every way and almost never get to swim.
  6. Bonus thing: I read ravenously. Cereal boxes, magazines, books, whatever. Must read. Currently I have 3 books on the nightstand and two on the coffee table. I’m reading them all.

It would seem that I was one of the last players selected for this team, so I’ll let this one die a quiet death. Amazing though, how far this spread on the interweb. A google search for “five things about me” gets 128 million hits.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 christine (myplateoryours) March 16, 2007 at

Aha! English lit with a concentration in writing — that explains a lot. Enjoyed this as I knew I would.

2 The County Clerk March 16, 2007 at

Very nice. A little “context.”

jared says: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…”

3 Mother of the Partner March 23, 2007 at

OH…I would love to swing my legs on a stool at your Grandmom’s kitchen counter and have what your having.

4 Cathy March 27, 2007 at

The teacher in me edits my comment to: Oh….I would love to swing my legs on a stool at your Grandmom’s kitchen counter and have what you’re having

5 backpack fisherman April 1, 2007 at

Can’t carry 70 pound packs anymore, so have a place of my own right on the stream. I loan it to special friends once in a while too! Still eat pretty well though – so am always looking for new recipes. Every day on the stream is a good day, but a day on the stream followed by a great meal with a best friend is one of life’s sweet pleasures.

jared says: you carried more than your share, already. how does it go? “‘…the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, with the shimmer of sun on blue water.”

6 The Guilty Carnivore April 23, 2007 at

I liked the way you killed the meme. I considered tagging you but saw that you were already infected.

Jared says: thanks for thinking of me. sometimes there’s no graceful way to let those things go.

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