Playing With My Food ~
A journal about food, thought, travel, and life; by Chef & Raconteur Chaz French.

8 Random Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by Merlene to write a post with 8 random things about myself, so here we go.

I’ve hung out with Bronski Beat (post Somerville) after a show at a Gay Pride festival. Went to see Berlin with a friend and ended up hanging out with Terri Nunn and with said friend acted as her security for the evening. Dated a former publicist for Dionne Warwick and got to hang out with her after a show in Vegas, I met her son, her mother, and a prince from Africa. Mostly we sat around the bar of her dressing suite and talked for several hours. When we went to escort her to her elevator we met Burt Bacharach, and I went speechless, babbled and managed a “Thank You.” He left and I turned to Dionne and said “How is it I can talk to you for hours on end, but Mr. Bacharach comes by and I become a babbling idiot?”

Was taught to read at age 3, but couldn’t tie my shoes until I was 7. Today I’m a voracious reader and I wear Merrell Jungle Mocs & Birkenstocks and thusly don’t need to tie my shoes.

I’ve lived in 19 different apartments moving an average of every 2.1 years, and I am not a military brat. 5 of those apartments were in 2 buildings on the same street. Call me fickle, or whatever, I like a change of layout and views. Though, I’d sell an organ or two if I could have back my sweet studio at 1261 N. Laurel in West Hollywood.

Once baked over 3,330 chocolate chip cookies for charity in a 48 hour period over 3 days. I was in a standard kitchen with one oven, and only 2 cookie sheets.

From June – October of 2002 I traveled over 16,000 miles on Greyhound buses traversing the United States several times, in addition to this there was an additional 4,000 miles in a car during this same time.

I first got on-line in April of 1992, the weekend of the Rodney King Riots. I was on several local BBS’s, Prodigy, used a Netcom shell account for IRC.

I worked in the Adult Entertainment Industry for two and half years in the early 90’s. I was not the talent I worked back-office handling wholesale sales, and tracking order stats.

I call myself an Atheist, but I have a Guru.

Now my turn to tag some others….

I call on LyleDAL gooster & saxdiva

  • Gooster

    8 Random Things About Me

    I’ve been tagged by Chazfrench to write a post with 8 random things about myself, so here we go.

    Drank with Debbie Harry from Blondie at a house party. She sat on the floor. She has thick ankles but is beautiful anyways!

    My mother was asked when I was 4 if I could come train at the Winter Olympic Training Center in Minnesota because I was such a good ice skater. (She said no.)

    I’ve had 7 vehicles. It happens when you buy crap!

    I had 23 large marshmallows in my mouth playing Chubby Bunny once.

    I never ate paste and found those that did disgusting.

    I have been online consistently since 1993.

    I use to drive a Zamboni.

    I have my relationship with God, but don’t trust organized religion.

    Now my turn to tag some others….

    I call on Voenix, Lee & EmCity

  • Leigh

    Really? You went all speechless over Burt Bacharach?


  • Charles

    Yes, really I did. Thought about it later and came to the conclusion that while Dionne sings a great song, Burt writes a great song, and as a writer, that’s what did it to me.

  • Merlene

    Great list, Charles!

    There are a few surprises here but I knew most of them ;)

  • Lionel L.

    8 Things About Me you Probably Didn’t Know!

    I have never been on a third date.

    Whenever I hold someone’s baby I begin to itch. I believe that I would break out in hives if forced to hold the child too long. I never plan to test this.

    In high school I drove a Datsun B210. My friends dubbed it the Smut-mobile and my locker at school was dubbed the Smut Hut. This was in spite of the fact that my addiction to porn would not manifest for at least another decade.

    I had a crush on the same person from 7th grade all the way through my senior year in high school. Nothing ever came of it.

    When watching TV or listening to the radio and something strikes me as funny I laugh, out loud. On the rare occasions when I have house guests, they always seem to find this fact odd.

    I have a half sister. We do not speak.

    I am sick and tired of living in Dallas. After 11+ years I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a nice place to visit but a pretty awful place in which to live. It is unlikely that I’ll be moving away any time soon.

    In my mother’s house there is stored a clarinet and a tenor saxophone. I played both back in junior high school. I haven’t picked either up since choosing the football team over the band when I was in 9th grade.

    And there you go.

  • Michelle

    Charles, I love how you write – I feel like I’m right there on a tall kitchen stool attentively taking notes on your fabulous recipes as work the kitchen. I’d like to know what else you put in your lamb burger. Thanks!