December 2, 2006

Once Upon a Time: Five Things in a Story

published this at 8:39 am

Oh Okay
I’m not a big believer in memes or tagging games. Most folks have plenty to do. Plenty of them want to keep their blogs focused on their blogging goal.

However, this one is short, and seems to fit almost any blog scenario — it offers more details about the blog writer. Our friend, Phil Gerbyshak passed it me, Troy Worman, Jodee Bock, Ted Demopoulos, and Kammie Kobyleski. That hero man, Troy, already has his up. AND it’s not just some list; it’s packed with his personality.

So here I sit with the gauntlet on the flat screen before me. I feel the beads of sweat beginning to form on my forehead. Where will I find five things about me that the committee of me will agree are interesting enough folks will want to read them? Perhaps if I pick five things and put them in story form. That will make the difference.

Once Upon a Time: Five Things in a Story
Once upon a time a little girl was born, and though today many people know her, details from those days aren’t well known. That’s what this story will share.

The little girl’s surname at birth is Italian. It’s long and musical. It means “star of the mountain.”

It could be that the star name ties to the branch in her family tree where she shows up. She’s the second daughter in three generations on one side of the family. On the other side, she’s part of the third generation that is made of two boys and a girl. Figure that one out.

She was a long-awaited daughter of an Italian father. So when she finally came, her proud papa rented a 40-acre farm and hired an accordion band for a party.

She was painfully shy as child, totally not a risk taker — even grass was suspect in her book. People, however, could win her over. That’s how she ended up with two childhood nicknames — Bashful and Mushy. They came at almost the same moment in time.

Her mother sent the three year old off to traditional dance training because she said the child was clumsy. The little gifl must been very clumsy because she was still training 14 years later.

The rest of the story is not nearly so interesting. . . .

Ah, to have the best life details of your story show up before you are four. I guess worse things can happen. :)

Now I tag Mike Sansone, Drew McLellan, Delaney Kirk, TechZ, and Ann do the same. What are five things we don’t know about YOU?

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24 Comments to “Once Upon a Time: Five Things in a Story”

  1. December 2nd, 2006 at 10:09 am
    ann michael said

    Oh boy – a challenge!

  2. December 2nd, 2006 at 10:12 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Ann,
    I had a feeling that you might see it that way!

  3. December 2nd, 2006 at 1:06 pm
    Delaney Kirk said

    Thanks for the tag. I get to show my fun side!

  4. December 2nd, 2006 at 1:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Delaney!
    I’m delighted that you think this is a fun thing to do! :)

  5. December 2nd, 2006 at 4:22 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Great story Liz! Thanks for picking up the meme and passing it along. Happy weekend!

  6. December 2nd, 2006 at 4:53 pm
    Scorpia said

    Hmm. Star of the mountain. StelladiMontagna perhaps?

    So you want a story? Okay, here’s one:

    I didn’t count if it has five or less or more. And it doesn’t have anything to do with games 😉

  7. December 2nd, 2006 at 5:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Phil,
    You’re welcome! Can’t turn a guy like you down. You hardly ever ask for much. This was an easy one.

  8. December 2nd, 2006 at 5:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Scorpia,
    That’s a story. Thanks for the link! It was fun to read, easy to picture you with that carrot cake, wishing for chocolate mouse. :)

  9. December 2nd, 2006 at 5:23 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Thanks Liz. I try not to ask for too much. Friendship, and an occasional tidbit about you.

    Thanks for sharing yourself Scorpia. Interesting story. Come to Milwaukee, and I’ll get you some cake!

  10. December 2nd, 2006 at 5:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You are the most gracious friend and host. Scorpia, you should take him up on his offer. He’ll find you the best cake around there. :)

  11. December 2nd, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Scorpia said

    Hah. Yeah, it really was one of those days. But maybe I’ll get myself a piece for Xmas – as long as they don’t have any more plumbing problems 😉

    Phil, thanks for dropping by and commenting on the story.

    Liz, glad you enjoyed it. If I ever visit Milwaukee, I’ll be sure to take up Phil’s offer.

  12. December 2nd, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Scorpia,
    Good idea that– to avoid the plumbing problems. :)

  13. December 3rd, 2006 at 8:56 am
    ann michael said

    Well – I finally did it – not in as fine a prose as you did – but it will pass.

    This was fun!

  14. December 3rd, 2006 at 8:59 am
    ME Strauss said

    Okay, Ann, I can’t wait to read it! I’m on my way over there right now!

  15. December 3rd, 2006 at 2:15 pm
    Drew McLellan said


    Yikes, now we have to follow that??

    Okay…challenge accepted. I’ll take your tag..and pass it on after I’ve done my damage.

    I’ll let you know when I have something noteworthy posted!



  16. December 3rd, 2006 at 3:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh, Drew! I have no worry that you’ll have a great one and a great time doing it. :)

  17. December 4th, 2006 at 10:42 pm
    Drew McLellan said


    Okay…not in story form, but hopefully a smidge intriguing.



  18. December 4th, 2006 at 10:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Drew,
    No one said story form was a rule. I like it!
    Thanks for being a great sport!

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