Saturday, June 14, 2008

7 Things

My home boy in jersey tagged me for the 7 things meme. "The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

10 years ago I was in 9th grade. I played the mellophone in marching band and got excused from gym everyday because of my chronic nosebleeds. I grew 12 inches and lost twenty pounds in about thirteen months and went from Jabba the Hut to spindley and awkward. I spent all of my free time in my room reading books on witchcraft and body piercing, listening to The Fugees, Bush and Eve 6, and talking on the phone for hours about boys.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
a. go to the grocery
b. read
c. knit the toe on my sock (it could happen)
d. go to a birthday party
e. draft proposal for exhibition

3) Snacks I enjoy:
- twizzlers
- cold chinese food
- pears

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I would open hospitals and a school in Haiti, fund my nephew's college career etc. After that I would buy the house on Sedwick that used to be a rectory, then open a botanica in one of the victorian gingerbread storefronts on Armitage where I could sell my work, santos, cloth and fresh herbs.

5) Places I have lived:
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Richmond, Virginia
- Dallas, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Athens, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois

6) Jobs I have had:
- Regal Pets, an neighborhood pet shop that was open for 28 years before it sadly closed
- Apprentice then finally piercer at cool tattoo shop
- Piercer in a not so cool tattoo shop
- Assistant manager of now defunct bakery
- Piercer and manager of awesome tattoo/hair studio
- Line cook
- Collections assistant of a Video Art distributor

7) Friends I want to know more about (if you've done the meme, please disregard)

Hey there's more! So I've come across a minature internet phenomenon, Iyawo Blogs. Iyawos are newly initiated priests of Lukumi, Candomble and other Orisha traditions. The first year after their consecration they have to be dressed completely in white, observe dietary and social taboos such as no shaking of hands, they can't take or recieve anything from non-intiate's hands( i.e. money, purchases, flyers) no dirty jokes etc. They also have to observe a curfew of sundown for an entire year. Several iyawos have turned to blogging for their year in white in order to pass the time normally used for a social life, as well as to document their day to day experiences of navigating the modern world dressed entirely in white and observing West African spiritual traditions.

Here are some I've been reading. I'm spending all of my time trying to find more.
Candomble in the USA

Alafia, y'all


The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Those blogs look utterly fascinating! Can't wait to check them out...and is there anything more thrilling than a container of cold Chinese food? No.
I'm going away for a few days, but I will post my meme when I get back, thanks for the lil nudge!

kim said...

I did it! Then I spent a few hours thinking about being a billionaire and who I would slap. Thanks for the fun meme!

Wendy said...

Thanks James for the mention. I posted my MEME.

KnitXcorE said...

i just got back from the grocery store, i just about passed out on the way home(I decided it could be a good idea to walk). lol.