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!