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    Filed at 7:56 pm under by dcobranchi

    By way of Joanne Jacobs, Seven Random Things About Me.

    1) I had three serious girlfriends in my life (including Lydia). Two of them (including Lydia) had the same birthday, May 20th.

    2) I was the worst tennis player on the worst high school team in our conference. Still lettered, though.

    3) I think it’d be very cool (pun intended) to live in a cave. Or in an old rehabbed schoolhouse.

    4) If I could change careers I’d love to be a photographer. Unfortunately, I don’t have any talent in that area.

    5) I’ve umpired baseball up through American Legion ball. My partner, who had been a AAA umpire, and I once tossed both coaches in a championship game.

    6) Like Joanne, I sang in an a cappella group (2nd bass). Unlike Joanne, I had to sing in tights, as it was an early music group.

    7) When I was in high school I scored in the 95+ percentile in every category on the ASVAB except one. The one category I bombed in was “Attention to Detail.” So the Army recommended I become a file clerk. Second choice was a truck mechanic.

    Now I’m supposed to tag seven others. But since I never follow the rules (and probably don’t know seven bloggers to tag) the following will have to suffice:

    1. COD
    2. Yule
    3. Sam who, contrary to rumor, is a he
    4. Ron and/or Andrea
    5. Carlotta
    6. Don

    19 Responses to “I DON’T DO MEMES”


    Comment by
    Bonnie
    December 23rd, 2007
    at 8:26 pm

    OK…#4 is not true! Your pictures are good! Esp. the ones of your kids. It’s almost as if your love for them radiates from the pictures. That isn’t meant to be sappy…but it’s the truth.


    Comment by
    Speedwell
    December 23rd, 2007
    at 11:16 pm

    I’m beginning to see a pattern here. I maxed out all the percentages on the ASVAB except Auto and Shop. So what did the Navy tell me I needed to go do? Something with “nuclear” in the title… something they told me meant I was going to be called upon to be in charge of the nuclear engines and power plants. Naturally. Eeesh.

    I did not serve, by the way. They just made us take the test.


    Comment by
    Lillian
    December 23rd, 2007
    at 11:26 pm

    I find it bizarre that both of you took the ASVAB with no intention of going into the military. How common was that, and when are we talking about? If they had tried to make me take it, in the early 1980s, my mother would have thrown a fit.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 24th, 2007
    at 5:54 am

    1979. In SC every 11th-grader took it. But that was before the testing mania we find ourselves in today. I’d be shocked if they still required it.


    Comment by
    Andrea
    December 24th, 2007
    at 9:28 am

    Dammit Daryl, it’s Christmas. WHy do you hate us? 😀


    Comment by
    COD
    December 24th, 2007
    at 11:33 am

    I was in DoD schools for high school and they didn’t make us take it. Odd that a general public school would require it and the schools controlled by the military didn’t.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 24th, 2007
    at 3:47 pm

    That’s ’cause the Army doesn’t support the military. Why does the Army hate America???


    Comment by
    don
    December 24th, 2007
    at 5:11 pm

    RE: number 3 – There is an unused school building for sale about 20 minutes north of us. 16,000 square feet on 6 acres for under $200K. It’s still in school building condition, complete with drinking fountains. It would take some work to make it livable. I’ve thought about buying it, but it would make my commute 45 minutes and I don’t think we could afford to heat it.


    Comment by
    sam
    December 24th, 2007
    at 11:21 pm

    We have an old school building in our town that is being rehabbed as condos. We also have school students taking classes in trailers. We are also looking to build another multi thousand student school. And we are selling school buildings as condos.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 25th, 2007
    at 8:12 am

    There’s an old elementary school a couple miles from our house. The property was purchased by a church years ago, but they’ve never done anything with it. I occasionally toy with the idea of making an offer.


    Comment by
    speedwell
    December 25th, 2007
    at 9:34 am

    Lillian: 1982, in Georgia.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 25th, 2007
    at 10:16 am

    Sam,

    Many times it is cheaper to build a new school than to repair/renovate an existing one. OTOH, building condos out of an old school has a certain cachet on which the builder can capitalize (pun intended).


    Comment by
    Laura Derrick
    December 25th, 2007
    at 10:57 pm

    Almost makes me wish I were still blogging so I could do this one, but despite the best of intentions, I don’t seem to be able to keep it up. So here’s ONE random thing about me:

    I once played catch with a bunch of pro baseball players, in a packed major league stadium, while wearing an official NY Yankees uniform.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 26th, 2007
    at 6:19 am

    Laura,

    As a big Yankees fan I’m going to need a few more details on this one. Give us the 5Ws and an H. Please?


    Comment by
    Laura Derrick
    December 26th, 2007
    at 4:14 pm

    I was in Miller Stadium (Milwaukee) working on a movie – Major League. I think it was 1988. We were shooting a playoff sequence, Indians vs. Yankees, and they had filled the stadium with extras. (People were not paid, they just got free hot dogs and a chance to win a car, and were entertained all night by some now-famous Second City comics.)

    Anyway, they dressed me and a couple of other crew folks up as Yankees that night, having decided at the last minute they needed a few more team members in one shot. (I just happened to be standing around and was the right size for one of the smallish uniforms they had left.)

    There were a bunch of pro ballplayers they had hired to do the long throws and hits, and help make all the baseball look realistic. The athletic supervisor sent everyone in uniform out to warm up, and the big guys very kindly tossed some balls easy so I could actually catch them without killing myself. Somewhere in my stash of keepsakes I have a couple of pictures, and a few seconds of film of me on the jumbotron.


    Comment by
    JP
    December 27th, 2007
    at 5:42 pm

    Okay – you bombed in “Attention to Detail” and they recommended that you be a file clerk? Wouldn’t a high level of attention to detail be a requirement for a file clerk?


    Comment by
    speedwell
    December 30th, 2007
    at 1:00 am

    Wouldn’t a high level of attention to detail be a requirement for a file clerk?

    Just so. And someone with no discernable experience or aptitude with vehicles wouldn’t exactly be anyone’s first choice to work on nuclear submarines, either. Anyone’s except the Navy’s, that is.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 30th, 2007
    at 5:11 pm

    Okay – you bombed in “Attention to Detail” and they recommended that you be a file clerk? Wouldn’t a high level of attention to detail be a requirement for a file clerk?

    Yeah– that was the beauty of it all. The one area where I showed absolutely no aptitude was where they thought I ought to be. I think it was right around then that I tore up my application to West Point.

    Seriously.


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