7 facts about me

I’d been reading about “7 things” and “7 memes” on Twitter but hadn’t followed any of the links. Now that I’ve been tagged, too, by Cristina Costa, I’ve followed back some of the links to find out what this was all about. It’s a kind of “getting to know people in my network better game” or “give people a chance to talk about themselves” 🙂 Here are the rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

So, here I go:

  1. Besides for one year as a photography apprentice in 1987, I’ve never had a boss. I’ve been self-employed since I was 22. My first business was a digital imaging business that I co-founded, with a photo studio and lots of the latest digital technology like Barco monitors, High-End scanners, graphic tablets and several Macs. I was very good with Photoshop. Unfortunately, I don’t have Photoshop anymore and would have to learn how to use the latest version all over again.
  2. I love outdoor photography. So, when I was travelling or on weekends, you could see me with a huge photo backpack with my Pentax 645, several lenses and tripod often crawling on the ground trying to “shoot” some butterflies, spiders or other bugs 🙂 I’ve given away my Pentax as it was quite an expensive hobby having the role films developed, etc. I am planning to buy a new equipment but this time something smaller and more practical and of course digital.
  3. In 2002, I read an ad in an online newspaper that an organisation was looking for volunteer teachers to teach Afghan refugee women in a border city in Pakistan. I’m a bit adventurous and really did want to talk with refugees from Afghanistan to learn first hand about what had been really going on in Afghanistan (I’m extremely sceptical of the media and official government news). So, I immediately replied and was accepted as English teacher. To my dismay, I got terribly ill in the first week I was there and I had to return home. The good thing was I could fly back first class and had a one-day stopover in Dubai. 
  4. Three years ago, I went to Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah. I made the decision to reduce communication with the “outside” world to a minimum because for once I wanted to concentrate on one thing and wanted a real break from “normal life”. I used my mobile phone only to let my people know I was safe. I didn’t watch TV and I didn’t search for an Internet café. I didn’t take a single camera with me as I wanted to experience everything first hand and not through a lens. It was the most amazing three weeks of my life and I haven’t been quite the same person after that. I could have stayed there for the rest of my life 🙂 Well, a couple of weeks longer 😉 And they did have Pizza Hut right across the street…
  5. A short one: I dislike shopping for clothes or food but I could camp all night in an Apple Store 🙂
  6. My first experience with a computer was with an Amiga. It had to be booted from a floppy disc. Right! But it did already have a desktop with icons for folders, trash can, etc. so I didn’t have to learn any command lines. This was in 1992 when some of you probably were already computer and Internet veterans. I remember I would accidentally hit the return key when practising writing in a word processor and wouldn’t know how to go back. But I’ve learned it, didn’t I? 😉
  7. I once gave part of a Sunday sermon in a Protestant church in Germany. This was quite daring for both sides and, as you can imagine, not everybody approved of it but the congregation liked it.

So, who am I going to tag now? Minhaaj, Frank, Carol Rainbow, Seth Dickens, Margarita Perez, Andreas Auwärter, Nelba Quintana.

All the best for 2009.

13 thoughts on “7 facts about me

  1. Thanks for tagging me Nergizk. Its an honor and i am amazed at what you have been doing. You are a wonderful muslim woman to emulate 🙂 God Bless you.

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  4. RE: Seven Things About Me

    Nergiz … we have a connection it seems. I love photography, too …. I used to have my own darkroom in my house were I processed my black & white a color (with Jobo) photos. I used to shoot with a Mamiya RZ67 medium format and a Pentax 35mm cameras. Nowadays, it is strictly digital and not so serious. I too used to leave without the camera sometime to make sure that I experienced the day through my body and mind rather than the camera.

    Thanks for sharing your 7 facts and tagging me … it was an interesting read and write task that got me very reflective at the start of the new year. See you inworld soon. –Frank (Salty)

    • When I got tagged, first I thought “Oh, no,…” but it was quite interesting for me, too, to reflect on my 7 things and read about others’.

      I liked working in the darkroom, too, but only when it was black & white and when it I could be creative. When I was an apprentice, one of my jobs was to develop films and pictures of the traffic police who used them to write speeding tickets.

      Mamia RZ67 was the first medium format camera I worked with. My first 35mm camera was a completely mechanical Nikon but I could depend on it. I hope 2009 will be the year when I resume my hobby. I already have a project in mind… 🙂

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  6. How very cool to read this about you – I read previous ‘7 entries’ but didn’t follow up sidewards/backwards through the branches of the tree (many on my list decided not to do theirs, or not yet).

    Anyway, only known you from through LI, postings in communities here and there so it was a real treat to read this.

    BTW I was really fascinated by your Hajj, I did the Camino de Santiago in Spain and won’t ever be the same either!

    Take care, see you out and about on the ‘net.

    Karenne

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