Facebook: 25 Random Things About Me

Facebook friends share ’25 Things’ with the world
Mike Snider, USA Today, February 5, 2009

Facebook is great for sharing and keeping in touch with friends and family. As I’ve said in another post, I enjoy it very much. Some of the “chain-lists”, though, are yawn-inducing time-wasting drivel. I usually abstain. But when I was “tagged” by no less than six-people on “25 Random Things About Me” notes, I thought perhaps I should make an exception to my rule. It’s fun to learn things about people you think you know or whom you would like to know better.

Coming up with 25 things was not easy and required a long trip down Memory Lane. However, now that I’ve posted my own note I wish I could amend other random bits to my list.

I was hanging out with Kirsten this morning reading newspapers and came across an article in USA Today by Mike Snider. He gives an overview of the “25 Things” phenomenon and offers some good advice…

Should you choose to join in the 25 Random Things craze, media consultant Shelly Palmer recommends that “you shouldn’t put anything online that you would not want to see on the front of the newspaper or that you would not want a potential client or your boss to see,” says Palmer, whose book Get Digital: Reinventing Yourself and Your Career for the 21st Century Economy is due this spring.

That’s probably a good idea.

And here are “25 Random Things About Me”:

1. When I was a kid my dad built us a house in Anchorage, Alaska that featured a fire pole that went from the kids’ floor to the first floor where there was a wall-to-wall trampoline.

2. I am a private (airplane) pilot.

3. I’ve lived in 13 states.

4. I was in the US Air Force for eleven years.

5. I was at Kennedy Space Center during the Challenger disaster January 28, 1986.

6. I love lighthouses because they are beautiful, majestic, historic, purposeful and just plain awesome!

7. I was a Mormon for thirty years and served a full-time proselyting mission for two of those years.

8. I want to start a scenic postcard business.

9. I like specialty cheeses and Guinness beer.

10. I read the newspaper every day.

11. I broke my leg in a skiing accident when I was a kid.

12. I spent childhood summers at my grandparents’ house in Olympia, Washington. I miss them (childhood summers and grandparents).

13. I think Michael Jackson is a brilliant artist.

14. I drove a Volkswagon Beetle when I was a teenager…and loved it!

15. I love to drive but would like to live in an urban apartment and not own a car.

16. I’ve received aerobatic instruction in a Stearman biplane.

17. I have degrees in both avionics systems and computer science.

18. I lived on a horse ranch in Palmer, Alaska and a cattle ranch in St. Cloud, Florida.

19. My favorite sport to watch on television is tennis.

20. I watch television less than one hour each week.

21. I used to live in a tiny apartment in Boston’s financial district. They didn’t deliver mail on Saturdays.

22. I have visited 43 US states and love Maine best! I have never been to Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan or New Jersey.

23. When I was twelve I traveled in a car from Alaska to Florida with my dad and older brother. We lived in a hotel near Walt Disney World for a month.

24. I’ve never flown in a helicopter. I’d really like to do that.

25. I jumped out of an airplane for fun.

6 Comment

  1. I am like you too when it comes to these “chain email” deals. I thought it was kind of a fun one and made the exception as well. I have enjoyed reading random facts about friends and family that I didn’t know, and probably wouldn’t come up in day to day conversation. When I initially filled out my 25 things I struggled….but overall it was a fun excercise to come up with the random factoids about my life.

  2. It’s fun, but I’m still not making an exception.

    Same goes for my “door to door sales people” policy :-)

  3. @Steve – Aw, shucks! I would like to read your 25 things. I do–believe me I DO–understand why someone wouldn’t want to participate. Like, aren’t there better ways to spend ten minutes of time?

  4. Jason Gendron says: Reply

    I won’t be doing it either. :)

  5. After a certain age you can’t remember 2o things… …or was it 25 things?

  6. I enjoyed reading your 25 things.
    Today when I went to Michael Jackson’s This Is It. I thought a lot about you and how much you enjoyed him.

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