Sep 2, 2009

Honest Scrap

For maybe the first time in my life I've been given an award. And I didn't even have to do anything to get it. Actually, it's more of a homework assignment. But, whatever, I'll still accept the trophy and check or whatever it is that comes with it. It's called Honest Scrap, and it was bestowed upon me by our good friend Charity, the sorceress behind The Donovan Clan blog. The idea here is that I'm supposed to share on my blog 10 honest things about myself and then assign at least seven other bloggers the same task. I'm game, but we'll see if I can actually think of 10 honest things to say about myself. Usually, everything out of my mouth is an exaggeration, fantasy or boldface lie.

1. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Show the 7 winners’ names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they have won the Honest Scrap award.

In no particular order, here are the bloggers I'm picking to keep this Ponzi scheme alive. They are each far scrappier and honestier than myself.

Meagan @ Dreams of Bicycle Rides
Cake @ Now Voyager
Hools @ We Don't Choose
Ms. P @ The Projectivist
Jim @ A Very Short Story
Amanda @ Memeopolis
Jay @ Genius Pending

2. List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

1. 98% of the time I'm a laid back, nice guy. The other 2% of the time I'm an asshole. Or something like that. Maybe it's the other way around.

2. I have a weird desire for order. It's somewhat unpredictable and contrary to much of my artistic/creative mentality. I keep the refrigerator organized into product categories. I love for everything to have a "place." If it doesn't have a place, I cannot just put it somewhere temporarily. That leaves any given aspect of my life either completely organized or in complete disarray. My desk at home is a disaster. My desk at work was pristine. Once I get something organized, it's easy to keep it that way. My obsessive compulsive desire to straighten and align things is also somehow related. Julie is incompatible with my organization, though, and that incompatibility is probably the primary catalyst of my 2% asshole side.

3. My organizational tendencies are only limited to "things." I don't need my activities, plans, vacations or what not arranged in advance. For example, on a typical vacation I would have plane tickets, hotel reservations, maps, receipts and phone numbers neatly organized in folders. But I would never, ever have my vacation planned out with an itinerary or even a vague schedule. I go with the flow.

4. I took poor care of my teeth in college. Too many nights ended with tacos and Pepsi and me passing out on my bed. I was lucky to get my shoes off, let alone brush my teeth. This is not the best way to maintain a healthy mouth. I knew some people that could be on the verge of blacking out before bedtime and they'd still brush their teeth. It was like their body was on autopilot or something. I wish I was one of those people. So, now I have fillings and sensitivity. I take care of my teeth now, and they look fine, but they'll never be perfect like they were. Kids, take care of your adult teeth. They're the only ones you get.

5. My parents made me take clarinet lessons one time in elementary school. I hated it. A lot. I was too young to understand that even clarinet players probably pull lots of chicks.

6. In the "Diffusion of Innovations" theory, I enjoy being an innovator or early adopter when it comes to technology. If I miss the boat and the adoption of an innovation reaches critical mass, then I avoid the innovation at all costs, simply out of spite. I'm the same way about television shows. I'll never watch a single episode of Lost simply because it was too wildly popular before I got a chance to watch. Unfortunately, Mad Men looks to be headed that way, too. I will probably make for one crotchety old man.

7. I like taking marketing surveys. I want businesses to cater to my wants and needs as much as possible, so I never miss an opportunity to take a survey. Plus, I know how freakin' hard it is to get people to actually respond to survey requests, so I kinda do it out of sympathy, too.

8. I've had many, many jobs in my short lifetime. At last check, it was over twenty, not counting different jobs within the same company. I started as a paperboy when I was around twelve and worked some kind of job at least every summer after that. Quitting my job to be a stay-at-home-dad was a very strange experience. Jobs I've had (not necessarily in chronological order): paperboy, bagel shop, grocery store, catering, trash picker, trap shoot puller, phone operator, ticket sales, catering again, Chi-Chi's, Chili's (host, server, busser, cook, bartender, dishwasher, manager), marketing, more catering, call center tech support, Structure sales, Gap sales, paper shredder, school cleaning crew, baseball card sorter, concert t-shirt seller, insurance sales and more.

9. I'm a virgin.

10. I really like skull and skeleton themed artwork. It started as an interest in Dia de Los Muertes art, but now it's anything skeletal. I hope to build a collection of it. I'm very picky as to what I think is "good" though. I'm not sure from where this interest comes, but it's probably something like a subconscious way to deal with my own mortality by confronting death and making it into something pedestrian and unremarkable. But, hey, I'm no psychologist.

commissioned sketch by Tara Billinger


Trike said...

I have learned new things about you.

the projectivist said...

hmmm...we're v similar, James

apart from the skull - skeleton artwork (i don't like it)
do you like Guns n Roses too?

i tend to swing between obsessive compulsive about certain things and complete laidbackedness to the point of comatose for other things - organising my refrigerator for example. i just threw out some jam that had been there for 2 years.

thanks for the award!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award!!!

James said...

Doug, I'm surprised you don't have a blog... maybe I would learn some new things about you.

P, you mock GnR??? I'm not sure where I stand on their music, but no, not that kind of artwork. I'm thinking more on the scale somewhere between Tim Burton and Frida Kahlo.

Thanks, Jules.

Trike said...

I do have a blog! Somewhere. I misplaced it.