I’ve been tagged by Sally to produce a blog highlighting 6 areas where I may be considered weird.
RULES: People who get tagged need to write a blog post of 6 weird things about them as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names:
1. I don’t drink tea or coffee with milk. About ten years ago I stopped drinking tea and coffee completely, not for any great spiritual or health reason – I just stopped. Then, in 2000 whilst on holiday with friends in France, I tried tea with lemon. Since then I’ve only drunk tea with lemon (or black if there’s no lemon around), and I drink coffee without milk too.
2. I don’t have any fillings in my teeth. Yep, I’ve got to my 40’s without a filling. Yay!! (Is this weird or just rare?) However, one of my front teeth is officially ‘dead’ – the result of falling off my bike at speed many years ago.
3. I’m a bit of an Open Source Software advocate for two reasons. One is economic – open source software is free so why pay more if it does all you need? The other is a revulsion of any monopoly or near monopoly. In this context this obviously relates to operating systems or applications, which inevitably leads to a concern about the stronghold that Microsoft has in these areas. In Open Source there is no monopoly, just a community of developers all round the world contributing code and ideas to make software – better. CYO uses the OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla Thunderbird for email, and Firefox (or Opera, which is not open sources but is free to download and use) for web browsing. But we also buy software, for example CorelDraw and Serif PagePlus. And I use a Mac and NeoOffice (plus a load of other stuff).
4. I quite like shopping, in contrast to my wife. Somewhere in the great biological scheme of things we seem to have the wrong shopping genes. However, I have to be really certain about a purchase before committing to spending money. I think this is a throwback to a very poor upbringing between the ages of 12 and 18.
5. I play a Wal Custom fretless bass which has been downtuned from EADG to DGCF. This is not something to attempt unless you know what you’re doing as it seriously changes the neck tension. Having tried it out (many years ago) I took my bass back to the Wal factory in High Wycombe and got them to adjust the neck specially, which they were only too happy to do. Why this strange tuning? ‘Cos I’m weird, and because Eb and D are really useful notes to have available. And it changes, subtly, the tone of the instrument, but I can’t begin to describe that here. Just to add to the weirdness, I still play my fretted Status bass (the company is based in my home town of Colchester) in standard EADG tuning.
6. I work in a ministry with six women (one part time) and one other bloke. This isn’t especially weird, but the working environment often is! For an example, watch out for Jonathan the jelly monster. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
I’m supposed to nominate six others, but I’d rather let you decide if you want to do this. Dare you bare your weirdness in the blogosphere? Go on… take up the challenge (even you Amy Watson!) and leave a comment if you do.