I got tagged by Bobs at Reformat This yesterday and thought it would not only be an opportunity to get some link juice going around, but also to give any new(er) readers of this blog a little insight into the person behind the keyboard, so to speak. On with the rules.

This is How It Works:

  • Each player must post these rules first.
  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Michael

  1. I’ve been to Las Vegas a half dozen times, but I was only of legal age for one of those trips.
  2. My first real job was as an accounts payable clerk for A&B Sound. It was monotonous and repetitive, but as a high school kid, it beat flipping burgers.
  3. As a young child, I aspired to be an architect. How I became a freelance writer is anyone’s guess.
  4. My immediate family seems to focused on the number 2. My paternal grandparents were born in ’22 and ’24. My parents were born in ’55 (two 5’s) and ’42. I was born in ’82 and my brother (two children) was born in ’77 (two 7’s).
  5. My brother is 5.5 years older than me and he still lives at home. I have a feeling that I am going to get married and move out before he does.
  6. I started “working” at the age of 8 when I helped out at my parents’ restaurant. I obviously couldn’t do much, but I’d help my grandma with the dishes, bring water to the customers, and other simple things. My high school teacher said that it was this kind of experience that instilled a strong work ethic in me.
  7. My first website was setup in the mid-90s (I forget the exact date). It was hosted for free on Geocities and it was essentially a professional wrestling fan site. I then expanded into an online newsletter/commentary site — Now That’s Entertainment, also hosted for free on Geocities. That eventually led to Beyond the Rhetoric.
  8. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and I don’t think that I will ever move to another city in my lifetime. I will travel, surely, but I’m unlikely to take up a permanent residence elsewhere.

Following in this whole listing format thing that I have going on, here are the 8 blogs/bloggers that I am tagging to keep this knowledge training chugging along.. Let’s learn a little more about…

And yet another link train has passed through the Beyond the Rhetoric station. Choo-choo!