25 Random Things

Recently, a few friends on facebook have been making a list of 25 random things about themselves. After you create this list, you supposed to link it to 25 other people and it then becomes the modern day chain letter.

To just pick 25 people would be tough.

Now let’s be honest, this whole blog is full of random things about me. This will be the 95th post to this blog so I’m guessing there’s already a ton of random things you’ve learned about me and my family.

Without any more fanfare or explanation, here’s my list:

  1. My brother and I slept in bunk beds. I was on the bottom bunk.
  2. I got so mad at my parents one time that I put my heel through the wall (I was laying on my side). I kept it covered for three years with a wall calendar. It was one of those magic eye calendars and my parents and family just thought that I really liked that particular month’s picture.
  3. During nights I can’t go to sleep, I turn on AM talk radio. Usually the show on at the time is Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell or George Noory. They talk about all sorts of strange topics including ghosts, aliens. Problem is that sometimes the topics are so “out there” that they only keep me up longer.
  4. I’ve only called into one radio show. I had to be 12 or 13 and my parents had some friends over for the evening with talk radio on in background. The early evening guy on 810 WGY was named Don Weeks and the topic got onto the big snowstorm we were getting that night. My dad calls me into the room and says that I need to go outside and start shoveling. “Frustrated” at this because there was only 2 of 10 or 12 inches on the ground, I picked up the phone and called the show. I told the screener that I was “frustrated” that my dad was going to make me go out when the storm wasn’t even over yet. I think I ended up at the top of the list because I got right on the air. I tell him my story and, thinking he’s with me in my battle, he tells me to put my dad on the phone. Thanks to the delay, they hadn’t heard me on the radio until I hand my dad the phone and say with a big smile, “He wants to talk to you…” They start chatting and all of sudden, I hear my dad start talking as if Don Weeks is taking his side! Let’s just say I had my head down in disappointment and my butt out the door before the delay caught up.
  5. I’ve got a few nicknames, “Spainer“, “Dockmaster, “Holcomb”, and “Scooter”
  6. Not a fan of coffee.
  7. I miss NYC everyday.
  8. I’d like to visit every baseball ballpark before I get too old to travel
  9. The only bone I’ve ever broken is my nose. Actually done it twice thanks to an unfortunate biking accident and an unfortunate collision with another person’s face before a basketball game. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, an injury can occur before a basketball game when the teams are warming up. Thanks to two people from opposite teams not watching where they’re going, I got knocked out, a concussion, and a broken nose.
  10. My favorite holiday is Christmas.
  11. The distance in age between my brother, sister, and I is the same (down to the month) between my dad, his brother, and his sister.
  12. I’ve never been arrested, however a cop one time picked up my bike over his head and tossed it about 10 feet. I was 9 or 10.
  13. At a two week summer camp, I won a dancing contest and a gold medal in basketball.
  14. I’d like to have more time to get back into acting. I’ve played different characters ranging from King of a Kingdom to the wearer of the One Ring, from a bell boy to a husband, and from a guy who gives a speech to an apple to a James Bond wanna-be.
  15. Most of my fears boil down to the question, “What is going on behind the closed door?”
  16. I only know one magic trick. It’s a card trick that I have no problem passing on the secret tactic of how it’s done.
  17. There are times that I wish I told stories out loud as well as people tell me I write them.
  18. I teeter between wanting to have a family as big as a baseball team or as big as a curling team (shame on you if you don’t know what curling is…).
  19. Favorite food is a hot corned beef sandwich with american cheese on white bread. Now, this corned beef has to be fresh (the stuff at the Wegmans deli counter is NOT fresh nor is it really corned beef). But eating those will probably be few and far between in the future.
  20. I used to play A LOT of video games. So much so that I was a beta tester for two games. I’m also a recovering World of Warcraft player. If I could break free, so can you! Now interests have shifted more to music and writing.
  21. I am an awkward hugger in public but I’m a huge hugger at heart.
  22. I believe in a heaven and hell. I also believe that the people who’ve passed on still have a connection to the world we live in. The world works in mysterious ways and it has a funny way of showing it.
  23. Equality for all. It shouldn’t have taken this much time in our world to truly come to understand and apply that statement for all.
  24. I do everything right handed except swing a golf club and baseball bat. My dad is the exact opposite.
  25. I try very hard at everything I do. Sometimes though, it’s not good enough. It takes “two to tango” in a lot things in life. But I don’t mind the dance. I’m pretty good at it actually. Don’t usually step on toes and there’s a nice dip towards the end. But I’m not going to give away any more of my dance secrets…

Thanks for reading. More to come…

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