Saturday, January 26, 2013
Me from A to Z
Shades of JournalSpace! These sorts of personal expose's were common back "in the day", but I haven't seen one since JS permanently crashed. This exercise was at the suggestion of my friend Suldog, and at his request I'll play along. Here's me, from A to Z:
Age: 62 chronologically, much less emotionally. K sometimes says I'm a "stick in the mud", and I'm sure I am at times, but most of the time I'm having too much fun to act my age. That may be because I pretty much toed the line as a kid and now I'm making up for lost time.
Bed Size: Queen. To me a King is just too big. They're so big you can stretch out and never even know you're in bed with anyone else. I like to think snuggling in a Queen bed is the perfect way to promote world peace. *I can't imagine why that line hasn't worked better?*
Chore I Hate: Yard work, hands down. I hate mowing, edging, weed-eating, trimming shrubs, raking leaves, fertilizing, spraying for various bugs and lawn diseases....all of it. All so it can look good for maybe 3 days until it starts looking shaggy again? Talk about an exercise in futility!
Dogs? I love dogs, pretty much all dogs. But I only want a small to medium sized dog for myself. Big dogs have too much going in one end and coming out the other. My love of dogs is odd since my parents didn't have dogs and therefore I was never around one as a kid. Right now we have a Yorkshire Terrier (Luke), and before him we had a Miniature Schnauzer (Emma), a West Highland White Terrier (Tara), and many years ago (pre K) I had an American Eskimo (Tahsha). Dogs bring me much happiness. :)
Essential start to my day: A cold beverage. Right now I'm partial to Trader Joe's Latte's and Mocha Cappuccino's.
Favorite color: I'm easy. I like green, blue, red....there's no color in particular I plan my wardrobe or room furnishings around. If it looks good in context, I like it.
Gold or Silver? Silver. It's less flashy than gold. I'm not a flashy person.
House or Apartment? For 35+ years I owned my own home(s), but for the last 4 years I've had an apartment and I LOVE IT! In fairness, at certain times in my life, such as when I had small children and they needed a safe place to play, a house was perfect. But I'm long past that now. A house again someday? Never say never. *wink*
Instruments played: AM radio, FM radio, Quadraphonic stereo, 8-track, cassettes, CD's and iPods. I'm accomplished in them all. ;)
Job title: Until last fall, President of Park Place Custom Homes. That sounds impressive until you read my job description: "Responsible for every shitty detail if no one else can be found to dump it on." Now I'm semi-retarded.
Kids: Three daughters; Kristan, Andrea, and Erica. Today all are grown, well educated, and gainfully employed. *happy dance* They've also blessed me with four grandkids (Austin, Colby, Parker, and Blakely), with one more (Reese) on the way.
Live: If that's a long "i", yes I am. Otherwise, in Frisco, TX, a far-northern Dallas suburb.
Married: Happily, to the lovely and talented "K". Six years so far and counting. :)
Never Again....will I ever sign my name to a mega-million dollar bank note. Been there, done that, (successfully) escaped by the skin of my teeth. I don't trust #$%& bankers. "He who has the gold makes the rules", and the rules are 100% tilted in their favor. Always!
Other Fun Facts: I love history (college minor), and in particular aviation history. For a while I was a docent at a Smithsonian-affiliated aviation museum. I was also very active for nearly two decades with the Confederate Air Force, today known as the Commemorative Air Force. I traveled the country on their behalf and had a great time, but what I did was extremely dangerous and about 8 years ago I figured I'd pushed my luck long enough and hung up my chocks.
Pet Peeves: People who throw cigarette butts on the pavement, people who make messes and leave it for someone else to clean up, f__ked-up renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, people who pull in front of me on the road and then just poke along, cops who get all bent out of shape when I do 54 in a 40....
Quote: "Character means doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." (author unknown) Also: "Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." (Winston Churchill)
Righty or Lefty? Righty, although I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!
Siblings: One, Todd. Good guy, business partner, extremely competent, totally trustworthy. He's 11 years younger than me (can you say "Oops"), so we were never close as kids. Especially after the time I put him in the clothes dryer and gave him a couple of spins. (Oh stop it! You know you'd have loved to do the same thing to your kid bro/sis. You just didn't think of it.)
Time you wake up: Wake up around 5:30 (thanks to Luke the Wonder Dog), feet hit the floor about 6.
University attended: Texas Tech University, class of '72. Nine of the happiest years of my life! (Kidding....I made it in 4.)
Veggies I dislike: Pretty much all of them, especially those that have a color...yellow, green, red, orange...yuck! The blue ones aren't too bad. And I do like jalapenos. (When I was a kid to get my mother to quit bugging me I convinced her a jalapeno was a green vegetable.)
What makes you run late? Very few things. I'm extremely punctual.
X-rays? Sure. For dental work, of course. And on my head to see if I was "normal"....oh, and to check out my sinuses, and on my back, and on the typical assorted adolescent broken bones.
Yum foods? Steak! Mexican! Italian! Banana pudding! Pecan pie! Ice cream! (I'll stop there as this post is already waaaay too long.)
Zoo animal (favorite): I'm not really into zoo's all that much, but I'd have to say it would probably be one of the birds of prey. I find them fascinating.
OK, that's me. Now as Jim (Suldog) challenged me, I'm challenging you to do one of these on yourself. I think it's a pretty cool way to learn more about your blogging friends.
Hope you enjoyed. :)