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August 22, 2007

Tagging and Rambling

OK - I’ve been tagged by Paul with this list that’s going around, and it’s hard to say no to someone who just announced he’s going to be a daddy. I figure the poor guy is facing at least two decades of sleepless nights, immense frustration, and relentless anxiety – not to mention slower race times - so the least I could do is throw him a bone and play along with the tag.

However, once I started, the questions started to sound very similar to a tag that bounced around last year. I checked my Blogger archives from last summer, and sure enough, most of this current post had already been written for me – all I had to do was cut and paste. So if you were reading last summer, don’t be shocked if portions of this survey sound very familiar.

But enough of the intro. As usual, I’ve managed to turn a 5-minute post into a 900-word ramble, so let’s just get on with it:

Previous jobs I've held:

1. Poop-scooper crew assistant for the Pioneer Days parade, Butternut WI. Sure, it wasn't glamorous, but it was an easy way for a 9-year-old kid to pick up 20 bucks in the summertime. That buys a lot of Tangy Taffy.

2. In high school, I was on a work crew that cleaned up the assembly room of our neighborhood Catholic church after wedding receptions on weekend nights. We started work at midnight, and spent the next four hours cleaning up beer, urine, vomit and other assorted slop in the dancing area, dining area, and bathrooms. I know that Catholics are all about clean living … but they sure do make a holy mess at their parties.

3. In grad school I was a per-diem meat and cheese slicer in the deli at our local gourmet store. I got pretty good at it, too – I could slice the Black Forest ham so thinly you could see shadows through it. When it came to slicing, I had crazy game.

4. Remember the Vlasic pickle stork? One day I was paid to dress in a costume of him – all the way down to a pair of yellow tights and oversized bird feet - and walk around the grocery store handing out pickle coupons. It was a fun gig, aside from the elderly ladies (yes, more than one) who took it upon themselves to pinch my thighs when I wasn’t looking. Who violates a 6-foot bird like that? Does this happen on Sesame Street?

Movies I watch over and over:

1. Shrek 1 and 2
2. Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)
3. Harry Potter Series
4. Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
(Have I mentioned before that I live with young children? Just checking.)

Guilty pleasures:

1. Hardcore rock and/or rap music. I’m the geek who doesn’t like talking to people at work, and would rather sit at his desk blasting Avenged Sevenfold through the headphones. I’m also the nerdy shirt-and-tie white guy in the Camry who has 50 Cent cranked up on the sound system. Administrative people in large companies shouldn’t do this, I know … but nevertheless, here I am.

2. I’m increasingly thinking of blogging as a guilty pleasure … but maybe I should save those thoughts for another post.

Places I have lived:

1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Westwood, CA (Go Bruins!)
3. Denver, CO
4. Chapel Hill, NC (Go Tar Heels!)

TV shows I watch (A very abbreviated list):

1. Pardon The Interruption
2. The Daily Show
3. MTV Video Wake-Up
4. Jeopardy

Plus just about any manner of sports you can imagine. I kept the Rock-Paper-Scissors World Championship green-dotted on my TiVo for two months. I'm not kidding.

Places I've been on vacation:

1. Disneyland
2. Lake Alpine, CA
3. Kauai, HI
4. Key West

Websites I visit everyday:

1. Bloglines (well, duh ...)
2. ESPN.com
3. The Big Lead
4. Lostpedia – on an increasingly frequent basis. It’s either that, or wait four months until Season 3 comes out on DVD. Not that I’m anxious or anything.

Favorite foods:

1. Pizza
2. Barbecued salmon
3. Fajitas
4. Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins – one of my wife’s specialties.

Injuries I’ve had:

1. Torn hamstring (when training for the mile)
2. Broken rib (after a fall during a home construction project)
3. Do migraines count? I sometimes get migraines. They're pretty darn painful, and they've made me skip workouts. I’m counting them.

Awards I’ve won:

1. Second grade fire prevention week poster contest winner
2. Sixth grade spelling bee champion
3. All-state (Colorado) high school soccer team
4. I’m hesitant to announce this yet … but apparently there’s this big sweepstakes going on, and I found out last week that I may have already won a huge amount of money. Needless to say, it’s a very exciting time for me right now. As soon as I confirm my winnings, I’ll let you know.

Nicknames I've Had:

You know what? I’ve never had a nickname that has really stuck. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I honestly don’t spend a lot of time wondering about it - because I’m almost certain that if I did have a nickname, I probably wouldn’t like it.

Anyway … that’s the list. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. As mentioned at the top, today’s post was sponsored by Paul. Feel free to stop by his blog to thank him, or better yet, to give him your best newbie parenting advice.

(And since he’s in my age group, and has finished ahead of me in two previous triathlons … could you tell him he’ll need to cut WAY back on his training to be a good dad? Thanks - that would help me a lot.)


Spokane Al 8/22/07, 8:50 PM  

It appears that you spent much of your formative years dealing in excretement from a variety of sources. I'm not sure how that affected your grit, humor and mental stability, but from reading your posts, all seems to have worked out just fine.

Bruce 8/23/07, 2:14 AM  

Great report about the Tri. Pretty good result really just imagine what you can do once you perfect those transitions. Cracked up about the bottles going flying each lap. How many other riders did that happen too I wonder?

momo 8/23/07, 8:36 AM  

hey, i got that same letter. you don't think there are two awards do you???

i'll definitely stop by paul's place and let him know what he's in for with parenting... ;-)

Paul 8/23/07, 8:45 AM  

Hey Donald,

You do have a way with words. Good stuff. I too have been known to blast 50 cent, or DMX in the car. I'm thinking I might have to give that one up when the kid get a little older...I'm also hoping I don't get too slow...

rick 8/23/07, 9:08 PM  

Wouldn't it be great if you showed up at a race wearing the Stork costume. You don't have to race in it of course but that would relieve a lot of tension, esp. in tri's.

Dori 8/23/07, 9:58 PM  

Hey--I may have already won a huge amount of money too! We may be rich together. :-)

I know one nickname you like: Ironman!

jen 8/24/07, 10:27 AM  

Great post! I think if you'd stuck with the Pickle Bird thing a little long you could have got some good nicknames.

I'm going to be thinking about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins all day now. Mmmm!

Taryn 8/24/07, 9:38 PM  

Love that you too are a closet rap fiend... (you sooo relate to Michael Bolton in Office Space don't you??). Yeah, I get endless teasing from my husband about what's on my iPod... Share playlist?

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