Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Blog Tag

Tag! I'm it. Blog Tagging has hit the search engine / online retailer crowd with a vengeance. It started with an October 18th blog post by Sharon Jacobsen in which she describes collecting interesting, but little-known, facts about people she knows. The idea took off and people started a sort of blogging "chain letter" / tag-game wherein each blogger wrote 5 little known things about themselves and passing that on to five more bloggers they know. So, I got tagged by both Brian Mark (the all-knowing, all-seeing master of power tools) and Alan Rimm-Kaufman (search engine marketing guru).

So, here are the five things you most-likely did not know about me:

1) I competed five times in the One Lap of America (the direct-descendent of the original Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash - a.k.a "Cannonball Run"). The race is a 7-day marathon that runs about 6,000 miles all over the USA. I raced a brand-new (at that time) Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 and actually took home a trophy (3rd in class) on my final run in 1996.

2) I am an Outward Bound Alpine Mountaineering School graduate. 30 days in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado. I completed about 180 miles of hiking and bagged 14 peaks – many above 14,000 feet.

3) I have flown “left seat” in the last fully-restored WWII-era B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber. My family has supported the Collings Foundation from the start and I have flown over 15 times in the B-24, B-17 and once in their B-25. The highlight, however, was getting a chance to actually fly the B-24 for 20 minutes (many, many years ago). The pilot and co-pilot were right there to make certain I did not run amok. It was a blast. Rally gave me an appreciation of just how difficult those aircraft are to fly.

4)When I was a student in college, I had dinner with Supreme Court Justice Lewis Franklin Powell.

5) My favorite band is The Rolling Stones. They are, IMHO, the greatest Rock and Roll band that ever existed. Few bands ever put out records that can touch the Let it Bleed, Exile on Main Street and Some Girls albums much less do it over and over again for 40 years. Talent and longevity. ‘nuff said.

Now it is time to pass the love along. I am going to tag Lee Oden (another of the online marketing maestros), Mindy Law (a home improvement blogger), Danny Moon (one of our interns), Jeff Molander (master of the affiliate marketing world), and Bill Tanzer(Chief Strategist for Hitwise competitive research).