Oh, King Alfred tagged me. Herewith, but keeping my answers as professional as I can:
Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.
- King Alfred
- sauvage noble
Next select five people to tag.
Hmm ... those who I think to be unopposed to memes on their blogs:
Should these decide to do this, I think they should give their own answers to the following questions/categories before reading mine.
What were you doing 10 years ago?
In February 1996, I had just started my second semester of senior year in college. I had five grad school applications out (Classical Linguistics at Cornell; Classics at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, and UCLA) and was awaiting responses. Huh, I just looked at my transcript. I was taking five classes: “History of Language” (more of an introduction to linguistics, esp. historical and Indo-European, taught by an alumnus of UCLA Indo-European); “Readings in Homeric Greek” (Il. 1 and 9); “Experience of Slavery” (team-taught by two Classicists, a Near Eastern scholar, and a historian, on slavery in the Mediterranean and the Near East); “Enjoyment of Music” (saved this requirement to the last minute, and the Music professor teased me, since I was active in the campus Classical music scene); “Cicero” (Pro Caelio).
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Five snacks you enjoy:
Admittedly, very difficult to answer from the professional point of view:
Five songs you know all the words to:
Including ancient “songs”, otherwise difficult as the foregoing:
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
Not that a million goes a long way anymore, but:
- Pay my debts.
- Buy a house.
- Help with family debts.
- Give to my almae matres.
- Buy scholarly books.
Five bad habits:
With respect to work:
- Look everything up.
- Look nothing up.
- Can be Procrustean.
- Can be ad hoc.
Five things you enjoy doing:
Aspects of the profession:
- Hearing a good talk.
- Giving a good talk.
- Gathering data.
- Finding ways to visually represent data.
Five things you would never wear again:
I’m a wannabe academic. I don’t have fashion sense, nor did I ever have it. I wouldn’t know where to begin, but I’m sure five is too low a number.
Five favorite toys:
Well, in the form of useful hard and software, mostly for work:
I would add, since there are more than five questions/categories anyway:
Five things you have in common with your tagger:
- King Alfred and I were in college 10 years ago.
- We both have ice cream as a favorite snack.
- We share four out of five of our millionarial acts in common.
- We enjoy teaching.
- We like digital cameras.
Actually, we have exactly five things in common. Since I answered professionally, I took our sixth commonality, joy of dead language, for granted.