OK, I have been tagged for this game several times now. However, since Sheila at the Information Literacy Weblog has tagged me I have no choice but to play now. This is an activity going round where bloggers give 5 things that people are not likely to know about them.
Here it goes:
1. I have a large collection of Dungeon & Dragons books in my home. At last count, it is over 300 with books from editions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 as well as related publications from other publishers. I do not play. I just collect. It is a prominent feature of my personal library and it generates a lot of conversation when Julie and I host parties.
2. My 4 year old loves the game Candy Land. It has become a prominent fixture in family game night. I have learned that strategy does not exist in this game. Despite this, I always draw the plum late in the game to the delight of my boys. Watching either of them do a victory lap in the living room is worth the tedium of this game. I hope to focus this interest into Chess soon...
3. To my knowledge, I am the only librarian in the world who lettered in high school in football. More must exist but I have yet to meet one of them. I still watch a lot of games and I told my wife before she married me that it meant she would have to accept having the TV on football games a lot. Eleven years later, I am still married and watching football as often as possible. (To my international readers, this is American football and not soccer although I like to watch that as well sometimes.)
4. My first presidential ballot in 1988 went to Ron Paul of the Libertarian Party. My 1992 and 1996 ballots went to Ross Perot. I got over my idealism and have voted solidly Republican since then despite the disapproval of my librarian colleagues. However, I could go third party again in a future election. Gosh, every person I have voted for president is from Texas!
5. I am probably going to China this summer! I am attempting to replicate an information literacy study I did a few years back in Michigan with Chinese students in Beijing. It may not happen but the funding is lining up and I think it is going to go. As I am starting work on my doctoral dissertation on another topic, I will probably sit on the data until spring 2008 hoping for a 2009 or 2010 publication date. (Those peer reviewers sure do slow down the publication process.)
I am supposed to tag five other bloggers to keep this fun viral activity alive. As such, I am going to call out:
1 and 2. My colleagues at the American Presidents Blog. Go Jennie W. at Jennie's Rambles and elementaryhistoryteacher at History is Elementary.
3. Keith Tipton at ISTP Dad. I know you may not go for this but your blog is worthy so I am going to tag you anyway.
4 and 5. David Noon at Axis of Evel Knievel and William J. Turkel at Digital History Hacks.