Ed Darrell at Millard Filmore’s Bathtub has tagged me with a meme in which, for some reason, he would like to know 8 things about me. Many have lived to regret similar requests!
As I am excessively wordy, this will be a 4 part installment meme. Perhaps that will be a new trend: the multi-part meme. Just remember Ed, you asked for it!
Here is Part One: Whimsy:
1 ) My favorite food is still candy. In fact, I have designated Halloween to Easter as the Candy Season. When I saw this Seinfeld bit live (I was an usher at the time), I recognized myself in his description. The only differences are that I was Batman and then Princess Leia, and that my pursuit of candy has lasted from birth to age 40 (or thirty-ten, as I am choosing to call it, since my parents are age 40).
2) I once went skydiving, on a dare. This was in about 1993. I was lamenting the lack of adventure and interesting events in my life to a sorta-friend (this would be what Carrie Bradshaw would later call a “frenemy”), who asked what I would like to do that I hadn't yet done. I was really so devoid of imagination that I couldn’t answer him intially. The first thing that finally popped into my mind was “go skydiving.” He said, “well, why don’t you just go do it.”
What kind of a question was that? I thought. “Where would a person go to go skydiving?” I asked.
“There are places everywhere that give lessons,” he said.
“Well,” I said. “I don’t have the money.”
“Look,” he said, “you find the place, and you go do it, and I’ll pay for it.”
“Oh, I couldn’t” I said, while actually thinking, what the hell?
“I dare you,” he said. “I don’t think that you have the guts.” That asshole always knew right where to hit me.
That night, I looked in the phone book and found a tiny airport south of town that gave a day-long lesson, then let you jump. I called them, then went out that weekend. I admit that I was too scared to do the whole free-fall thing, so I did the static line jump. “It’s what the military does,” I would always add, just so it wouldn’t seem to wussy to people who were less impressed. I fucked up my knee on my landing, which I think is the reason that I know have problems with that knee when I jog these days.
Hurt knee or not, HOLY SHIT! that was the greatest high EVER!
Afterward, I limped over to my friend’s house and told him that he owed me. As he slapped down the dollar bills, he said, “I honestly didn’t think you had it in you.” Yeah, people make that mistake all of the time.