25 Random Things About Me

I have noticed that a lot of the blogs I regularly read are filled with year-end retrospectives. I have been doing this for less than a month, so that is not going to happen here. I decided instead I would post an updated version of my 25 Random Things About You list from Facebook. I wrote this in January of this year so it seems fitting.

1.  I almost always root for the underdog, unless by doing so I’d be rooting against my team or better interests.*Will never, under any circumstance, root for team a from the University of Florida.

2.  I read the sports section of the newspaper first.*I also listen to ESPN in the car. Though the local alternative radio station is a frequent choice as well.

3.   My senior quote in my high school yearbook was from Big Country, “I am not expecting to grow flowers in the desert, but I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime.” Still applies, I tend to be a glass half full person.  *As the owner of a retail establishment and a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, I have been tested mightily this year!

4.  I love looking at the ocean, don’t enjoy being in it. *Should not have watched Jaws as a child.

5.  I don’t like the fact that I am not supposed to cheer loudly for my kids (or for the teams they play on) when they compete in sports. *I am sorry, not everything is equal, or fair. And guess what?  Sometimes there can only be one winner. Neither of my children takes competition seriously, but I like to (in an appropriate manner) chime in from the sidelines and don’t like being censored by the “root for everyone” police.

6.  I am addicted to playing tennis.*And yes, when I play, I am yelling and screaming for me to do well! That’s probably why I don’t. Note to self: you’ve got to focus when you play tennis.

7.  If I could do things over again, I’d be a sportscaster, a documentary filmmaker or a photo journalist.

8.  I would not change the decision I made to be at home with my kids, so I am not sure how #7 would have happened.

9.  I am a very private person. *Yeah, right.  It’s true, I am.

10.  I sing in my car with greater abandon now that I know everyone in California has to use a hands-free device while driving.*Motorhead’s Ace of Spades is a good choice if you want to freak other drivers out.

11.  After living with an English bulldog, I could never go back to owning a dog that did not make me laugh—just by looking at them.

12.  I sometimes laugh hysterically when bad things happen.* I already owned up to this in the post “A Dog Walks Into a Bar.”

13. I never wanted to be a musician but would really love to learn how to play the xylophone part from the Violent Femmes song, Gone Daddy Gone.

14.  Out of all the shows I saw while living in Athens, I enjoyed Jason and the Scorchers the most. Mercyland was a close second. *I’d have a difficult time picking an all-time favorite concert, but the Police, the Cars, Los Lobos, the Psychedelic Furs and the Ramones make my top five.

15.  I enjoy reading memoirs and biographies.*Favorite book of the year, Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers.”

16.  I love everything Italian—the food, the wine, the design, the people! *Travelled there in 2007 and came back with an even greater appreciation.

17.  The trip I took to Cuba, was, as corny as it sounds-life changing. *We went legally!

18. The smell of Fritos make me gag.

19.  I suffer from terrible separation anxiety—always have.

20.  I am left-handed, but play tennis, throw a ball and use scissors with my right hand. I identify myself as being left-handed though.

21.  I watch some really bad reality television. I also watch a lot of good documentaries, so it balances out. *Yep, I already owned up to this one too. Favorite documentary of the year (though it was released in 2008): Man on Wire.

22.  My feet grew half an inch after the birth of my son and never went back.*My kids refer to me as Sasquatch, nice, huh?

23.  My first car was a 1977 Datsun B210 red w/black racing stripes. I paid for half of it, my parents the other half.  It was used and I think cost around $2,600. *The muffler on this car fell off in a small town in Georgia around 5:00 in the morning, I was on my way back to Athens from Richmond and had driven all night, but I did stop to pick it up.

24.  I consider Georgia home even though I grew up in Virginia and now live in California.

25. Hearing the Doobie Brothers always make me think of Richmond. *So does seeing trucks with the tires jacked-up, but that’s another story.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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