Jordan made me do it…

Note: For those here about the Armstrong opinion piece, it’s the post below this one. To everyone, thank you for taking the time to read yesterday in what was/is easily the biggest 24 hour period for this blog to date. USA Triathlon has agreed to answer some questions on the state of anti-doping in our sport for me, and that interview will run on Friday or Monday, depending on when they get it back to me.

With the rare exception (like yesterday), this blog is all about me (and my dog, and sometimes my wife, and often about food, or whining about how hard my workouts are, and occasionaly often Star Wars). I mean after all, someone needs to talk about the awesomeness I bring to the world just by waking up in the morning. So, though it is hard work, I do it. But in all the time I’ve been spouting my praises (someone has to) I’ve done my best to avoid Blog memes. Unfortunately, someone I respect and admire greatly (he is both a terrific person and a fast triathlete) gave into peer pressure from another one of our nice and fast friends and in responding to it, “tagged” me. Still, I would have avoided it if he didn’t ask such good questions. So, beware, below is my (hopefully) one and only ever trip into blog meme-ery.

  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

Random things about me:

  1. I only have 3 salivary glands.
  2. I am easily inspired by movies. (I took karate as a teen because of the Karate Kid, and I applied for a Naval ROTC scholarship because of Top Gun. )
  3. I almost never read anymore. As a child I was fascinated with books and read whenever I wasn’t watching baseball, Star Wars, or playing outside. Either my ADD has gotten worse as an adult, or the amount I read for work has overtaken my love of the printed word. If it’s not on the internet or a magazine, I probably won’t read it.
  4. I once wrote and illustrated a short story about aliens bringing jelly beans to President Ronald Reagan.
  5. To me hockey, triathlon are the only sports that really get me going, and will watch no matter who is playing. I love baseball and football but only when my teams are on the field
  6. I am a serious procrastinator.
  7. I was in band in high school, and loved jazz band in particular. So much so that I was even a member of a select youth jazz ensemble for a year.
  8. This will come as a shock to almost no one, but I am lazy. LAZY. I almost didn’t write this today.
  9. The view out my window each day is of my side yard and a small school bus for the daycare the folks next door runs. Stanley hates that school bus, and barks/growls at it often but only when it pulls away.
  10. I long dreamed of owning RC airplanes and now I own 2. The first one I crashed into a tree, and the second is waiting for me to put its replacement wing on. I have had 1 semi-successful flight and will pick it up again once spring gets here.
  11. I just found out one of my best friends in high school lives only 2 hours from here in Charlotte and am now planning a visit.

Jordan’s Questions:

  1. What book did you last read? As I mentioned above I don’t read books much anymore, but I did read a couple books my friend Bengi bought me for my birthday a couple years ago. Specifically a humorous one on how to be a superhero and the Dean Koontz novel Lightning.
  2. What’s your best birthday memory? On the weekend of my 9th birthday, Return of the Jedi came out. My parents let me have 9 of my friends stay over and took us all to see the movie the next morning. I got a boat load of Return of the Jedi action figures, and we all stood in a line that went all the way around the building to see the movie. The greatest day of my life to that point for sure.
  3. What’s your favorite race distance? Im split on this. The Half-Iron seems like just the right distance to test yourself in terms of endurance, and still have dinner at a reasonable time after, but sprints are just so much fun to go, race, really just go all out, saving nothing in the tank and being done, maybe having a beer after.
  4. What’s your favorite race? I named the blog after Timberman, and it’s still my favorite race. So hard, and so much fun, and the first time I ever saw Chrissie Wellington in person.
  5. What’s your worst injury ever? I hate to say this for fear of jinxing myself, but the worst thing I’ve ever done was taken a slow speed spill from my bike at the end of my parents driveway and got a 1/2 inch diameter rock stuck in my knee and some bloody palms. Had to interrupt the end of Rachelle’s wedding shower with my side of the family to have her look at it. Only other real injury from racing was a concussion I got crashing during Landmine Classic.
  6. What’s your dream job? To be retired. Seriously, I’ve been working at least part time since I was 15 years old other than 1 summer in college and 3 months following 9/11, I’m ready to be done already. If I have to stay employed, it’s the job I’m currently doing now, working from home, but with a management role over a team of business analysts.
  7. If you could change one event that happened in your life, what would it be? I attempted suicide in my senior year of high school, so the easy answer would be to say that. Not putting my parents through the stress and worry of it, something they truly didn’t deserve. But I learned so much from that, and many of my other mistakes (my first marriage, goofing off in college which led me to programming which started my career, etc.) that it’s hard to say I’d change much of what has happened in my life. I guess the one thing I can think of is I got a really big check one time and I mostly blew it on stuff, some of which I don’t even own anymore. If I could have that back, I would probably be significantly better off financially right now.
  8. Chipotle or something else? Is it wrong to actually like Taco Bell?
  9. Five Guys or In and Out Burger? I’ll say 5 Guys, but it really should be Jack n’ the box.
  10. What is your favorite color? Blue
  11. What teacher/class inspired you the most? I was lucky I had several (remember Im easily inspired) My 8th and 9th grade science teacher, my 7th and 9th grade english teachers, my 10th grade history teacher, my 6th grade band teacher and 7th grade geography teacher (who were the same guy), and my 10th-12th grade band teacher. All of them were wonderful, inspiring, kind and warm teachers who really made learning enjoyable and pushed me. At some point in both the 7th grade geography classes and 8th & 9th grade science classes, it was me against the rest of the class in either NewsQuiz, which was a weekly test on current events in the world or in science class, our reviews for tests. I was a natural test taker and enjoyed the positive reinforcement of knowing the right answer. I won often, even against the whole class, and was really disappointed when an entire classroom of kids would beat me by a point or two.

I’m breaking the rules though, and not sending this on any further.

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