It’s happened. I’ve been tagged by Yuri so today you get to learn 5 things about me you may not have known before. Before getting on to me though let’s give thanks to Jeff Pulver for starting this game of blog tag. Also thanks to Solo SEO for maintaining The Blog Tag Tree, which I imagine is no easy task as this game of tag spreads.
1. Though I’m a big sports fan, the kind that can watch ESPN 24 hours a day, baseball is the sport that holds me more than any other. It always reminds me of simpler times being eleven years old and carefree, living life through collecting baseball cards and the stats on the back of each card. Baseball also ties my family together as my grandfather grew up watching Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio play. He passed his love .of the game and his team to his three daughters who grew up watching Mickey Mantle, White Ford, and Yogi Berra. During times when my mother and I seemed to argue about most everything we could still bond over a Yankee game and baseball history. While it’s a far cry from Yankee Stadium I play third base on a coed softball team that plays spring, summer, and fall and I’m proud to say we win a lot more often than we lose. Going against baseball nature one of my very good friends and clients is a Boston Red Sox fan. During my recent trip to New York for Thanksgiving we each drove about four hours to meet in Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2. I have two undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) system, neither of which I use. A bachelors of Science in History from Oneonta and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Buffalo. I almost went to law school after the history degree and did work as an engineer for a couple of years. At one point or another I’ve been enrolled in six (I think) different colleges or universities and during my mid 20′s you could have called me a professional student and most people probably assumed I would end up life as a university professor. I have no idea where either degree is at the moment. They’re both likely in a box somewhere and it’s been years since I’ve seen either one.
3. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and love Italian food. I could happily eat pizza every day assuming the pizza was made somewhere in New York. One year while living in the dorms I was voted most likely to order out because I was always ordering pizza, chicken parm, a calzone, or some kind of pasta from any of the local pizza parlors. If I could have any meal it would be Italian seafood over a bed of pasta. Pasta dishes are also about the only meals I can cook that anyone else would ever want to eat.
4. I sang in a band in college. Not a particularly good band, but we managed to entertain friends at parties and even won a contest in a bar band competition. Admittedly, another friend who worked at the bar was running the contest and informed us we had won about a week before we performed. My favorite songs in our rather limited set were the few Bob Dylan songs I was able to get everyone else to agree to and if you ask nicely I may be willing to give you a Bob Dylan impression today. At the risk of sounding immodest I think it’s a pretty good impression. I still like to sing, but generally only to myself and never in the shower.
5. Other than a single day and night when I was eight years old I’ve never been outside of the United States. Sad I know, but it’s true. The one day was on a family vacation in California, which took us south of the border and into Tijuana. The only thing I remember of the experience was dinner at a restaurant and having a catch with my brother in the parking lot of our motel. I have seen many places inside the United States, having driven across the country on more than one occasion. A lack of travel is in part responsible for why I live in Colorado now. One day after looking over a map I realized I had lived most of my life within a 100 mile radius of the hospital in Brooklyn where I was born. Not long after I loaded up my car with whatever would fit inside and drove to Boulder. I’m almost always up for a road trip and I do hope add more days to my one day outside of the U.S. There are many places I would like to visit.
Since Stoney was tagged by another and responded to that tag I’ll instead tag Chris Osborne.