Things I’ve learned to do which I do no longer

The illustrious Bronwyn Jones pulled me into her scheming, meming ways today, and I’m powerless to escape.

The rules of the game are as follows:

  • Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they‚Äôve been tagged.

Here I present seven skills that I have acquired and cast aside along the way in these past (almost) three decades. I will echo Bronwyn and Ethan’s themes of marching band and literature studies. (I knew there was a reason I liked you people.)

  • I’m a former literature student, primarily of the French sort. I turned my back on Proust when I heard the siren song of HTML back in 2000.
    Discarded skill: the French language
  • In high school I was in marching band for a year. I quit due to a loathing of early mornings, team spirit, funny hats, etc. I taught myself how to play viola so that I could join the high school orchestra and continue to avoid gym class.
    Discarded skill: taking 18.5 inch steps
  • I can fly a plane once it’s in the air but can neither take off nor land.
    Discarded skill: IFR basics
  • My worst summer of teenage employment involved hosing off sidewalks at a seminary in Atlanta by day and directing the efforts of a band of delinquent yogurt servers at Fr?´sh?´ns by night.
    Discarded skills: hose repair, reliably extruding exactly 4 ounces of yogurt product at a time
  • After many late nights in the Bryn Mawr Fossil Lab I could visually discern at least 15 brachiopod species.
    Discarded skill: paleobiology
  • I read the reproductive health service guidelines for every country in Sub-Saharan Africa to analyze adherence to WHO standards. Many thousands of pages later, we didn’t end up publising the paper.
    Discarded skill: public health policy research
  • I once organized a conference in the same county where Deliverance was filmed. It was tough to find a good caterer.
    Discarded skill: temping

And per the rules, I’m yelling “Tag, you’re it!” to these fine folks.

Carla Borsoi
April Buchert
Kevin Cheng
Coley Wopperer
Ann Larie Valentine
Tantek ?áelik
Corey Denis

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