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January 09, 2006

The Last Amazon asks "How weird are you?"

Kate tagged me with this meme, after being tagged herself by Canadianna.

Five weird things about me? Hmmmm. Only five?

1. I once earned a living as a swordfighting instructor.

2. I had the shortest possible career as a tarot card reader.

3. I worked in a carny for a similarly short period of time (and got ripped off on my pay for the short time I worked, to boot).

4. Nope, that's too weird for public consumption.

5. I won every fencing tournament I entered last year, suffering no hits and killing or disabling all my opponents.

Explanations, as such, below the fold.

1. In 1981, I was hired to go to Nova Scotia and teach SCA swordfighting to a new group of SCA folk. It was a nice summer job (the pay was basically airfare, room, and board). I stayed in contact with several of the folks I met down there until quite recently.

2. I was working at an occult shop when the owner — who was also the card reader — was too sick to come in. I sat in for her and did the couple of readings that were scheduled (and who didn't have the common sense to reschedule). Not a job I'd ever want to take again.

3. I was hired as casual labour to disassemble the rides after the carny closed. I worked for five hours, was only paid for four, and discovered that I had absolutely no interest in working that kind of job ever again.

4. There is no entry four.

5. I only entered one tourney last year. And it was a very small group of fencers.

I guess I need to tag a few others with this meme. Chris Taylor, Shane Edwards, Robot Guy, Alan McLeod, and Greg Staples.

Posted by Nicholas at January 9, 2006 04:02 PM
Comments
I've already done the 5 wierd things. Sorry. Nice try! ;) Posted by: Shane at January 9, 2006 04:42 PM
Sorry. I thought I'd chosen my victims more carefully than that! ;-) Posted by: Nicholas at January 10, 2006 12:32 AM
In the dying words of Horatio, Lord Nelson: Thank God I have done my Duty. Posted by: Chris Taylor at January 10, 2006 10:38 PM


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