Monday, January 23, 2012

11 Random Things

Recently, I was tagged by The Readhead to post 11 random things about myself and then answer 11 questions.  I hesitated to answer these because I was ALSO recently tagged by Jamoosh to post 7 random things about consulting (because I'm a consultant).  Turns out, coming up with things about consulting is HARD - and I'm only half way there.  So, you get 11 - which is more.  Win!

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Rando Things:
1. I am a germophobe possibly boardering on OCD levels - seriously.  I mean, I'm not one of those "it puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again" kind of guys, but you can bet your hand sanitizer that I'm washing my hands after I touch a few too many doornobs.

2. I used to travel for work (full time, 4 days a week, for 7 years) and therefore am REALLY good at killing time on an airplane - not including reading books.  I used to fly back and forth to Atlanta from Phoenix and would read blogs offline, do work, read the skymall magazine, obsess over training plans - you name it.  This "skill" has came to bite me in the ass a bit when traveling with my wife and son.  I'm totally fine doing whatever but my wife gets bored out of her mind.

3. No matter what your thoughts about running coaches, becoming one is one of the most fun things I've done in my spare time (other than being naked running) for quite some time.  It is rewarding, challenging, and inspiring all at the same time.

4. I moved to Phoenix (from Kansas City) 2.5 years ago and have completely become a cold-weather wuss.  In fact, this weekend it was "only" 64 degrees out and I wore a long sleeve sweater.

5. I've become entirely too used to running 60+ miles per week.  Actually, that is wrong. I've become entirely used to eating the 3,000 calories a day that running 60+ miles a week requires.  I'm up a pretty solid 4 pounds in the last week and a half. (Which, if a pound is 3,500 extra calories, seems about right)

6. I'm a pretty emotional guy.  I wouldn't be lying when I say that I shed a tear for Dathan coming in 4th during the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Fortunately, he's already been to the Olympics twice in the 10k and is the favorite to appear a 3rd time - so, he'll be fine.

7. Very frequently I wish that I had a more "amazing" job.  My brother in law is a pilot, my dad is a farmer, and I'm an IT consultant specializing in program management with an emphasis in internal operations.  My client isn't even all that "sexy" - a biz to biz distributor. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

8. Ummm (stretching for more facts)... I've been shoulder deep inside of a cow before.

9. Uhhhhhhh (more stretching)... I very often have huge blogger guilt about not posting more frequently than I do.

10. It never ceases to amaze me how before I had kids I never understood when people said "I'd die for them" but the second after my son was born it clicked and I thought to myself "Yup, in a heartbeat".

11. I rarely tag people at the end of things like this because I am always SOOO late on them (see also the 7 consulting things that I'm still working on).  I doubt this will be an exception to that precedent.

Ok, second part - here are the questions that Morgan asked of me!

1. What is the last thing you took a picture of?
I used $100 of my birthday money (which was in July - yeah, I'm a hoarder) and spent it all on booze this weekend.  I bought the hat trick - including beer, wine, and whiskey.  One thing I've always wanted to try was one of these "fancy" boxed wines.  I took a picture to tweet that had the caption "Yeah, that just happened - boxed wine. I'll let you know how it is"

The result? Not too bad.  Not great, but certainly better than two buck chuck or some other <$5 bottle.  The downside?  With FOUR full bottles (3L) in the box, it is REALLY hard to judge how much I'd drank.  Normally once I get through the bottle through half the bottle I know it is time to quit.  Not so much with Mr Black Box.

2. What finally made you decide to write your blog?
Finally!?  I've been doing it for like 4 years!? :)  A buddy of mine started one and I 100% copied him.

3. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My music tastes are a lot like my personality and blog style. Gangsta rap with beats on the 5s and 9s.  Nothing too serious with a side of humor.  So, my song would be BareNaked Ladies: Some Fantastic. Give a listen, you won't be disappointed.

Sweet unplugged version:

Studio version:

4. What's one item on your 'bucket list'?
Boston.Marathon.  In all seriousness, this thing has become my unicorn.  Which, based on the race logo - very appropriate.

5. If you could be on any TV show, which would it be?
When I was younger, I always wanted to be on Nickelodeon's Double Dare.  That show just SEEMED fun. It was like a human version of mouse trap.

The real answer, of course, would be the TLC reality show "How [Winning] the Lottery Changed My Life". (Is that answer like asking a wishing genie for 3 more wishes?)

6. If you could start your own race, what distance would it be?
Umm, I already have - TWICE!  5K. You should go sign up.... NOW.

7. What would you name said race?
Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K.  Or, if that was somehow taken, Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K.

8. If you were forced to eat like something other than how you eat now, which would you choose? (Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, Pescetarian, Kosher, Cannibal, etc...)
Cannibal!? Jeeze, this meme sure did take a turn for the bizarre.  I'd like to eat like those bastards that are always 100 pounds and shoving their face full of pizza all the time - all the while saying "I just can't seem to gain any weight!!  I must have a high metabolism"

9. If you could rid the world of one social application, which would it be?
I saw that someone had answered Farmville.  Agreed!!  That game is almost like boxed wine.  People always make fun of it and say "omg, WHO would drink [play] that!?!?"  But, last time I checked there were literally more Farmville players than ACTUAL farmers.  So, I guess someone must like it!

10. If you could choose just one person to train with for a training cycle who would it be?
This honestly was the hardest question in the whole list.  My gut says Ryan Hall.  He is the fastest active American marathoner in history.  But, I question how much of his training would translate to what I'm doing?  Who knows - probably not much, but I'd be willing to give it the 110 mile a week try!

11. If you were a guest at our wedding what would you bring as a gift based on what you know about Spike and I?
Okay. We all know weddings are 90% about girls.  Sure, girls humor guys asking them what they want, giving them input here and there, but the reality is that girls think about their wedding day from the time that they are 6.  Any guys that think about their wedding day from the age of 6 unfortunately can't get legally married in 47 states.  Because of that, whenever I'm invited to a wedding where the people are my friends and not my wife's, I always try to get something for the husband.  As a result, Spike would be getting a signed copy of one of the Harry Potter books.  Huzzah!!!

So, in true 11th fact fashion..... No taggie for me.  BUT, if you haven't done this - do it and comment here.  I'll totally do a post and link back!


Lisa said...


Christina said...

#8 - eww!
#11 - If I ever do get married, I don't want any wedding gift. And there will be NO gift registries. :)

Losing Lindy said...

hahaha I have done the arm into the cow thing..obv I am a farmgirl ;)

Kate said...

I have no idea what your #1 means.

Interesting facts and answers. I've been double tagged on this, maybe oughta get on it.

Chris K said...

At least you don't sell paper for a living.

Alma said...

#10 - it's amazing, isn't it?! i never knew how much i could love before the little guy came along. does it make you think about how much your parents love you?

Laura said...

How come no one else has commented on the fact that you TOTALLY FAILED by not actually tagging people?

Morgan said...

I honestly made the last question up just to see what you'd say and Spike is excited but here's what I want to know, does this mean you feel more like Spike's friend than mine?!??!?!?

Nobel4Lit said...

Great answers! #8 is a toughie, but vegetarian seems easiest. I got tagged from someplace else and needed some ideas before I decide whether I want to follow!

Katie said...

a little creepy. you and i have the EXACT SAME JOB. no i'm not kidding. also i'm about to post one of these but it's incredibly crabby.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i love that we both moved from KC and are now complete whimps.

double dare was one of the best shows!

Charles Baisden said...

Random fact about me - I grew up in Orlando, FL... the home of the Nickelodeon Studios. I actually got to see Double Dare live in the studio as a kid! :)