Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about The Atavist
  1. I'm not sure that I can count to thirteen.
  2. I hate lists, except for to-do lists, shopping lists, playlists for musical gigs I play, lists of places I have been, lists of places I still want to visit, lists of books I have read, lists of books I have yet to read, lists of. . . hey, wait a minute. . . do I really hate lists?
  3. I am not superstitious, even about the number thirteen.
  4. I am impatient about small things, like waiting at a stoplight, waiting for water to boil or waiting for a file to download over the internet.
  5. I am patient about big things, like waiting for the world to achieve its perfect state. After all, if it happened overnight, what would I have to write about on this blog and elsewhere?
  6. I don't like being told what to do.
  7. I don't like telling others what to do.
  8. I try to approach everything (and everyone) with an open mind. That opens the possibility of being pleasantly surprised.
  9. I hate chicanery, dishonesty, pettiness, foolishness, laziness and insects. Does this line count as one of the thirteen things about myself, or should it count as six things, thereby throwing the list out of whack and proving that I really can't count?
  10. I write a lot of words, but don't often say much in conversation.
  11. I can be a bit shy one-on-one, but have no problem with public speaking before large audiences.
  12. I love to travel and to wake up someplace new every morning.
  13. One of my favourite foods is 'Fusche,' a thick paste made of mashed potatoes, milk and rye flour, topped by crispy bacon bits. Sounds disgusting, doesn't it?
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Dolce Bellezza
2. Lesley's Book Nook
3. C O A H T R
4. Amy's Random Thoughts
5. The Story of Me

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


  1. Thirteen things I like about you:

    1. You crack me up. I was laughing so hard reading all about cheese yesterday, and then I get
    I'm still thinking of a response.

    2. You say what's on your mind. Boldly, and unapologetically, like I want to do.

    3. You understand books.

    4. You understand, and expand, on philosophy.

    5. You understand business.

    6. You open my mind to new ideas.

    7. You're the first blog I ever saw that I liked, the first one I commented on, and the first blogger I received a comment from. (I know, don't end a sentence with a preposition.)

    8. You are willing to try new things (like TT, which I'm not even sure I completely adhere to myself.)

    9. You've been to many exciting places.

    10. You eat exotic food.

    11. It's great to talk books with you. (Wait, is that a repeat of 3?)

    12. You were a teacher, I think, and you know that whole fun world.

    13. You know what it's like to be an introvert.

  2. You two crack me up! ;) Seriously, it was Bellezza who got me started on this whole Thursday Thirteen thing (how's that for alliteration?). I don't link to other TT folk, but I had to jump in here and let you know (Atavist) that you can read mine every Thursday, same time, same place, at my book blog. Some are more interesting than others, but they're all book-related. I try to keep that blog on topic (I have a total of 4, yes, four blogs - one of which has been inactive and will probably remain inactive until some time next year when we go to trial). So... feel free to peruse said TTs. One final comment. I've never seen these commercials you've referred to, and started to make a snide comment about Candian tv, but then chose to keep my trap shut since I am half Canadian. Enough rambling. I've been for my 4-mile walk, had a glass of wine and it's all gone to my head.

  3. I can be quiet mono et mono, aussi.

    I like to listen and make sure that what I say I mean, or know or asks a question that helps me understand. Small talk is not my forte.

    I am going to have to try that dish you mentioned at the end. I like grease fried bread, so I imagine I'll like Fusche. :)

  4. well i dont know any of you, but that was a great post and very entertaining

  5. Bellezza: I am thinking of printing out your thirteen things you like about me and putting them up, as a reminder of what a delightful fellow I am, on our refrigerator at home for my wife's and son's benefit. Do you think that would help cemt my position as superhusband and superdad?

    Seriously, you are far too kind to me, but I will take whatever morsels of kindness are cast my way.

    I never have been a teacher, actually, although I have a bunch of teacher friends and my wife is a teacher. I have done some guest lectures at college and university, primarily about politics and political philosophy. I have a great deal of admiration (and sympathy) for teachers because it is a job that I, crusty old curmudgeon that I am, don't think I could do.

    Les: I drop in at the Book Nook often and am interested in the books you discuss. I will add that blog to my blogroll so that others can benefit as well. Sadly, I don't read as much as I once did. I have trouble concentrating and end up re-reading passages too many times and it gets frustrating. I guess I'm going to have to do some house-cleaning in the dusty chmabers of my mind, and get rid of all the clutter and cobwebs up there that are interfering with my joy of reading.

    Penny: Some of my favourite foods were invented by my mother and others like her during the periods during and between World Wars I and II, when everything was scarce in Europe and people had to cook with what was available. It made for some pretty bizarre meals. I would ask my mom to cook the things she told us about and grew to love some of them, but not all. I drew the line at a soup made of pig intestines.

    Amy: Welcome! I will add your blog to the blogroll and to the TT list. And thanks for the compliment!

  6. That's 'cement' -- not 'cemt!' What's up with Tim Hortons coffee these days -- aren't they putting enough caffeine to keep me alert in the stuff?

  7. I am impatient about the little things too! :)

    Great list!

  8. pig intestines?


    g r o s s



    My Dad (child of WWII) makes some awful things too. Pasta with a sardine/cranberry ketchup sauce. I didn't think it could get much grosser.. until now.