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patterns of ink

How fruitless to be ever thinking yet never embrace a thought... to have the power to believe and believe it's all for naught. I, too, have reckoned time and truth (content to wonder if not think) in metaphors and meaning and endless patterns of ink. Perhaps a few may find their way to the world where others live, sharing not just thoughts I've gathered but those I wish to give. Tom Kapanka

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Okay… I’m new to this “tagged” thing but I traced it back and it comes to me from TWM, who was tapped by Donnetta, who was tapped by James Goodman, who was tapped by Robin, who was tapped by Tish Cohen, and so on. I notice that all of these folks are writers and so I’m honored to add my 8 cents and pass it along.

First, the guidelines:1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. 3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. 4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. 5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are eight random facts about me that I don't think I've mentioned here before.

*I was the 4th child of four kids born in a 4-year period and was named Timothy for a day or two, but before my parents left the hospital, they decided to go with Thomas, and it's been a fitting name for me.

*In elementary school, I used to walk home everyday for a PBJ lunch and dreaded the days when I had to eat lunch at school. In junior high (when we couldn’t walk home for lunch), I continued having PBJ sandwiches every day. To this day, they’re my favorite. (Jif Crunchy with Smuckers Strawberry preserves. I especially like them toasted or even grilled).

*Among the summer jobs I had from my freshman year through grad school were: landscaper in Grosse Point, cemetery care taker in New Baltimore, Ford vinyl plant (4 years), Bobcat driver in a rock quarry (a la Fred Flintstone).

*I wrestled in the 98 LB weight class in 10th grade. (It was all those low-cal PBJ sandwiches.)

*I still own and enjoy riding the Schwinn Continental 10 speed I bought with paper-route money in 1971.

*I play harmonica and once won a talent contest before an audience of over 5,000. I still play but mostly in private.

*I have met Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and President George Bush, and still hold the President in high regard in spite of current public opinion.

*My wife is very organized, industrious, patient, loving, and unwavering. Two of our three daughters were born on the same date eight years apart… not sure what that means.

So I’m tagging some folks that I don't think have been tapped yet. They may be too busy at present to get to this right away, but maybe they’ll use it next time they have writers block. If you’ve already gotten this MEME, I think you’re allowed to “link” to that post and say, “No tags back,” but what do I know? I’m new to this game. I've checked and the following have not been tagged yet: Dr. John (retired pastor and active blogger in Michigan's U.P.), Nancy (source of southern blessings who is getting ready for her daughter's big wedding), JamesRT (who will be thrilled to stop fishing do this =), Suzie Q (gifted, diplomatic encourager) Jennifer (intelligent advocate of poetry, art, and our troops), Amy (the lawyer-turned-brand-new-high-school-English-teacher), Tracie (keeping it real in Colorado), Leslie (one of the many folks I've met through Josie, who was also tagged), and J.H.Wilson (another lawyer/blogger who has an interesting post up right now). This took longer than I thought it would, sorry if I've tagged you at a bad time.


Anonymous Rhea said...

Interesting stuff. A cemetery caretaker? That sounds like fun.

14/7/07 10:04 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

It was a peaceful and satisfying job. One can learn a lot from reading old stones while trimming the grass around them with hand sheers. (This was before weed-eaters were common.) I'll write about it some time.

14/7/07 11:43 AM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Hmmm. A cemetary caretaker. I must admit some of the best photos come from cemetaries. And to me there is actually something peaceful about them. Ok..I'm not a freak..I think it's very spiritual to sit among those that are no longer alive don't you think? And you CAN learn alot from old stones.

Anyway, thanks for tagging me! I would love to tag some more folks.

14/7/07 11:03 PM  
Blogger the walking man said...

Now I know why three of my fingers fell off, I tagged a republican. Great posts though, I used to t that age hate, I mean literally detest even the smell of peanut butter, I must have smoked long enough so that by the time I was 25 though the taste became palatable and by the time I was 40 I could eat it out of the jar.
Thanks for playing the game Tom



15/7/07 5:09 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I promise not to make a habit of it, but this one time I thought it might be fun. No harm done so far. =)

Yes, there are a few of us out here. =)
Believe it or not, on this side of the state, Republicans are in the majority. But as you know, I try not to dabble in the polarizing political topics these days. During times of war, I'm all for pulling together to support the troops regardless of my position on the conflict itself. Oops! I better stop now.

As for playing along... hey, it's summmertime and if TWM can play a game I'm going to play it, too.

15/7/07 8:50 AM  
Blogger SusieQ said...

Tom, I will get to that tag. Promise. I've been super busy the past few days with grandchildren staying with us. Also my husband and I have been helping a daughter, who is newly divorced, with some yard work.

Cemetery caretaker? I bet you know a few good cemetery jokes then.

On the subject of peanut butter, have you tried it on bananas or sliced apples? Delicious, and a great combination for children.

15/7/07 10:32 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

No hurry at all. Had I gotten "tagged" any other week prior to last week,I may not have been able to respond either. Those MEMEs can be interesting but each of them has to trickle to a halt somewhere in cyberspace so don't feel any pressure.

16/7/07 8:44 AM  
Blogger James Goodman said...

Very interesting list, Tom. Thanks for sharing. :D This is why I love these types of memes, you learn so much about people.

16/7/07 9:35 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Nice to meet you, James. I hope to become more familiar with your writing. Thanks for stopping by.

18/7/07 10:06 PM  

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