Tony Noland: limited biography

I was recently awarded the Liebster Blog Award by both John Wiswell and the enigmatic Mr. Sayer. Thank you, gentlemen!

The rules here are:

1. You post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions your presenter gave you.
3. You pass the award on to 11 other bloggers.
4. Compose 11 new questions for your recipients.

Since I was awarded this twice, doing all of it in one blog post would make for a very long entry, well into TLDR territory. Today, I will give you the 11 random facts about myself. Tomorrow, I'll answer John's questions and Sayer's questions in separate blog posts.

11 Random Facts About Tony Noland:

1. I have holes in the back of my jaw, left over from when I had my badly impacted wisdom teeth removed ~25 years ago in a heroic session of oral surgery.

2. When I sold newspapers on the street corner as a child, I used to cut off the fingertips of gloves so that I could still make change in the wintertime without having my hands freeze completely. (This was back when there were such things as newsboys... and newspapers.)

3. I not only know the difference between a basting stitch and a blanket stitch, I know when to use each.

4. There is a five year old child who fears me as a result of a peek-a-boo game gone horribly wrong when she was two years old. To this day, she will not look me in the eye or come anywhere near me.

5. I learned to drive in cars with automatic transmission. I began to drive a stick shift in the early 1990's and now prefer them.

6. Although I like to play video games, I don't get to spend much time on them these days.

7. I was once shot in the chest with a fireball from a Roman candle firework. It hurt.

8. No one would be more surprised than my 18-year-old self to learn that not only am I now a regular churchgoer, I'm also a cheerful giver and one of the leaders of the congregation. The theology I was raised in put too much church between me and God.

9. When someone tells me that they met someone who reminded them of me, my first reaction is to worry about what the guy did.

10. I eat more than I should.

11. When I was touring in the Forbidden City in Beijing a few years ago, a Chinese tourist thought I was somebody famous and asked if he could have his picture taken with me. I said yes and we posed for a few snaps, arm in arm. It's pretty rare that you see a grown man so happy and excited.

Remember: check back tomorrow for the answers to these questions: 

John's questions:

1. If you were given sheltered time tonight to watch any one movie, during which no one would walk in, call, or text to bother you, what would you pick?

2. What’s the last book that left you envying the writer?

3. What did you envy about that book?

4. What’s your favorite phone call that you’ve ever received?

5. What is the most recent food you couldn’t resist?

6. What is the sickest burn anyone has ever laid on you?

7. What is the sickest burn you’ve ever laid on someone else?

8. Has there ever been an instance where it felt like any media had made you more violent? Can you recall an instance?

9. Has there ever been an instance where it felt like any media had made you kinder? Can you recall an instance?

10. You’ve got a friend named ‘John’ who tends to listen to musicians one song at a time, and dislikes albums. You’ve got a band you want him to try. What song do you recommend first?

11. The ghost of a loved one is going to try to communicate with you through a car stereo. It’s all that was available at the time, don’t judge. You don’t have to tell us who it is or what they wanted to say, but you do have to tell us what the song would be.

Sayer's questions:

1. What is your favorite color? /obligatory Monty Python

2. What is the worst movie you've ever seen? Was it so bad it was good, or was it just regular old terrible?

3. What was the best movie you've ever seen?

4. What inspired you to create? (start writing etc)

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? (Vanilla absolutely counts)

6. Who is your favorite writer?

7. What is the last book you read?

8. Have you read any of my stuff? (yes, I know, I know)

9. How do you feel about books being turned into movies? Always a bad idea? Sometimes?

10. Is there any "everyone who has taste likes this" stuff that you just can't seem to get into? (It's LOTR for me)

11. If I have 10 ice cubes and you have 11 apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof?

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