Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by Bob earlier today to list eight random things about myself. Before I actually complete my list, I'm required to list the following rules:
  • I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I like the categories of random things that Bob picked for his list (which for me doesn't make them random, does it??), so I think I'll stick with those broad categories.

Food: If I could have just Taco Bell for every meal, I would -- but in the interim, I'll take a good steak, good pasta, good hamburger, or a great pizza with extra tomato sauce. A large stockpile of chips and salsa is also a requirement.

Family: Married for over ten years with two wonderful daughters.

Exercise: Hmm? What's that? Occasionally do walks around the neighborhood, and I was faithful about walking on the treadmill every day -- but that ended in May of last year.

Profession: Spent the last 10 years working for the U.S. House of Representatives before falling victim to voter dissatisfaction in the November elections. During my life, I've also worked as a bartender (not a very good one), a museum archivist (a fun job), a research assistant for George Plimpton (an amazing opportunity), a library page (my first job), a J. Crew telemarketer (my least favorite job, and thankfully a short tenure), and two jobs working in retail (yawn). Quite an eclectic and jammed life!

Obsession: Perhaps my wife should answer this one. Keeping a clean house all the time would be great, but with two young ones and a lot of activity, who can? I guess my biggest is taking care of my collection of books -- my second tier of children.

Faith: For regular readers of this blog, there's really no mystery here. I am a cradle Episcopalian who loves my denomination and the way it has grown and evolved over the course of my life. Many years ago, I developed a frustration with my own journey in the Episcopal Church and considered moving to either the Methodist or Catholic Churches, but stayed right where I was -- and I'm very glad I did.

Ailments: My knees are starting to go, and I suffer from bouts of insomnia. Otherwise, I feel okay.

Games: I love golf, but don't get to play that often. In the 19 years I've been at it, my career best score is 101. I love to tell folks that my golf and bowling scores are comparable, and let them figure out which is better.

Okay, let's see -- who should I tag? I'll go with Lone Grasshopper, Patchouli, Dave, Kelly, Margaret, Paula, Carrie, and RDL.


Kansas Bob said...

Ann and I love Taco Bell ... she likes their tostada and I their chalupa. Enjoyed learning a bit more about you Matt and am wondering which representative you worked for.

NoVA Dad said...

Reps. Callahan (1996-2002) and Bonner (2003-2005), both of Alabama. From late-2005 until January of this year, the House Budget Committee.

trace said...

we have 3 things in common on your list:

a good steak
library page as first job
bad knees

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NoVADad's Dad said...

Well, since I don't have a blog, chances are that I won't be tagged, but I want you to know that I enjoyed reading your "categories." Why, I can remember the time when you... Ok, never mind! I have been so proud of you in ALL that you have done - AND I'm certainly no less proud of you now!

carrie said...

Hi there! I'm trying to figure out how this works and will try to repond and then tag a few people in return. do I know eight more bloggers?? ;-)

Enjoyed your list! Carrie

rdl said...

I'm gonna try & do this (someday).

rdl said...

I finally did my homework!