I’ve been tagged by Kristabel to write seven things about myself, presumably things people may not know about me. So here they are in no particular order:
1. I buy most of my shirts at thrift stores. Most of them cost 50 cents to $1. In the event that I get them covered in paint or bicycle grease, I can just toss them out and I don’t have to feel bad about doing so. I also score other items of clothing at thrift stores. I think I look pretty good in my thrift store clothes, even when I don’t.
2. I grew up in San Mateo, a suburb located south of San Francisco International Airport. I attended Aragon High School, where I ran on the cross country team.
Here’s my senior prom photo. That lovely girl is Margaret Abe. After the prom we drove up to Twin Peaks and smooched. I graduated in 1987.
3. In high school I worked at The Ice Capades Chalet, an ice rink located inside a shopping mall. Here’s a photo of me with some of my co-workers. I was a skate guard and a janitor. Part of my job involved dressing up in a Yogi Bear or Jabberjaws suit and skating around the rink for the kids. I also led the Hokey Pokey.
4. Last July I saw six gray whales spouting simultaneously near Trinidad and I had an epiphany which led to major changes in my life.
5. Not only did I enjoy Michael Mann’s 2006 “Miami Vice” movie, but I consider it a masterpiece. It’s pure emotion with dazzling visuals. But people I know – including people I respect – tell me that the movie was a giant pile of crap. I've yet to find a single person who even remotely agrees with me on this movie. This leaves me scratching my head. On a related note, some of my favorite movies include “Casablanca,” “High Noon,” “Goodfellas,” “Apocalypse Now” and the “Godfather” series.
6. Between my junior and senior years in high school I went to Paraguay for a couple months. When I got back, I was into wearing sandals and smoking a corn cob pipe. I also drank gallons of yerba mate. Almost everyone who tried it at the time said it tasted awful. Now, two decades later, it's served in regular coffee shops. I would not have guessed this would happen in a million years.
7. I own six bicycles and one unicycle. This is down from a high of more than 15 bikes last year. Ideally, a person should have about 10 bikes of different kinds.
I now hereby tag everyone who has a link on the left side of this blog. You know who you are. BAM!