Seven strange things…

September 14, 2007 at 2:45 pm (Uncategorized)

I wasn’t sure I was going to do this, but then I got tagged by both Ian Rogers and Mike Stone to share seven weird things about myself. I told Ian I wasn’t sure I’d be able to come up with seven, but here it goes:

  1. I chew on plastic. Most people who know me “IRL” know this already, but I’ve usually got a pen or something in my mouth. Sometimes I’ll break pieces off to limit it to something besides a full sized pen. I haven’t a clue where this particular quirk came from.
  2. I hate bugs. This might not seem all that weird by itself, but it goes beyond mere dislike or even loathing. I’m actually scared of nearly anything with more than four legs. I’m not just talking about things like bees and wasps, although if it buzzes and/or has a stinger, I freeze. Moths, grasshoppers, you name it — if it lands on me, I swipe at it hard enough to bruise myself just to make sure it’s gone. Of course, my wife thinks this is funny and likes to throw grasshoppers at me.
  3. I really dislike swimming in anything that isn’t a pool — not so much because I’m scared of snakes, snapping turtles or sharks (in the ocean), but because I can’t stand the feel of aquatic plants on my legs and feet. They’re slimy and nasty.
  4. Even though I took classes like creative writing, archery and fencing in college, my favorite course was History of the English Language.
  5. I also enjoyed Advanced Grammer.
  6. I’m still kind of scared of the dark. Not in the screaming-if-my-nightlight-isn’t-on manner of my daughter, but I do tend to hurry across darkened rooms and make sure everything is covered by at least a sheet when I go to bed. (If you’ve read Jennings Grove, a lot of that stems from impression I got of the dark while sleeping at my grandmother’s house when I was a kid.)
  7. Despite my handle, I’ve never actually seen or held a hamster. I’ve been around mice, guinea pigs, flying squirrels, chinchillas and gerbils, but never a hamster.

Sadly, I know very few people online yet, so if you’re one of the few reading this thing, consider yourself dinged. What’s weird about you?



  1. Jordan Lapp said,

    Well, you know me. I don’t know if you read my blog at, but I read yours!

  2. camille said,

    How do you expect people to comment if you never respond? What’s the point? Is this a conversation or a solitary indulgence?

    Maybe thinking someone would respond to comments on their own blog is weird about me.

  3. hamstersbane said,

    Not sure what you’re getting at, but hi!

    And I do respond on occasion…guess I should do it more often.

    Mr. Lapp: I haven’t read the blog before, but I’ve started checking it out recently. Got to say I love the title. 🙂

  4. camille said,


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