Someone half-tagged me while I was away on holiday (and goddammit I think he might have done it here too. The same person then twittered at me, about writing a post or two. Now there are a couple of posts in the offing about our holiday, but given that it rained all week I need a little time to make them interesting! So in the meantime, I will pander to the demands of my audience (does that work in the singular or should I have said fan or perhaps interested bystander? ) or at least because Will nudged me, respond to the tag.
The rules: You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name. After you've been tagged, you need to update your blog with your middle name and answers. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name.
My middle name = Richard
R is for Radio. I was once on the radio. A little local radio station it is true, but for about half-an-hour I was a special guest on the mid-morning show. At one point I was actually running the whole thing when the DJ answered a phone call as the last record ran out and the producer got me to improvise for what seemed like an hour-and-a-half but was probably about 90 seconds. Sadly the radio station went out of business but somewhere I have a cassette tape of my moment of fame!
I is for Inventive. At work I have a nickname; "The font of all knowledge". Not because I know very much but I am normally the go-to-guy when someone wants something done quickly and they have no idea where to start from. I seem to be able to be inventive at short notice and start things off. Like any thought process they evolve over time, but I have started so many work strands that sometimes it seems like I know alot.
C is for Creative. I wish I could blog more. More often that not it is a time thing, I simply run out of day, and sadly at the moment there are more important things to be done, and I have to prioritise. At the end of the day the ole' blog falls down the priority list considerably. If I could ever get my pda to work properly with gmail then I might be able to blog more often in the meantime I just have to make do with my pc at home and occasionally lunchtimes. However, I digress. Why I chose creative was that writing is something that l like to do. I like to write my blog, I'd some day like to write something more grand. I know many people who think they have a book in them, and I count myself amongst them, but with the realisation that at the moment it just ain't there. I need improve. In the meantime I write here.
H is for Hotels. I've stayed in a few. Mostly for business trips, and as a result they are often paid for by the person or organisation that I have travelled to see. It's interesting that when someone else is footing the bill they often put you up in style. Trying to impress, which I have to say is very nice. Fortunately I don't have to travel far too often, however when I do it's nice to be so well treated.
A is for Alan. Which is my first name but would have been my middle name if my parents hadn't realised that my initials would then have spelled RAW. So they swapped them around. I've never been able to decide whether or not that was a good thing, but I do like them the way they are.
R is for Reading. I read, alot. I never have a shortage of unread books, in fact this morning I added to that collection with a nifty 20% off voucher that I had for Waterstones. I always have at least one book on the go, more often than not more than one. If I haven't got a crime or thriller novel, then it'll be natural history or travel, and usually there will be a science fiction paperback lurking about too for good measure.
D is for Disaster Recovery. In a former work existence I was responsible to dealing with emergencies that result from spillages of oil. This meant quite an unpredictable existence for the time that I was doing it as you never quite knew what was going to happen when or where. That said it was quite a fulfilling job and never a dull moment.
As it's taken me so long to get around to writing this I'm not going to tag the seven people I am supposed to. That said, if you want to have a go please do, and post a link to your response in the comments here so I can stop by for a nosey.