Revisiting 48 Questions

I need something to take my mind off of my responsibilities today, so I thought it might be fun to revisit this blog post from January 2013, titled 48 Things that make me… Me.

This had originally appeared in my Facebook feed from Cherise Shockley, a lot of others picked it up, and I thought it would be fun to do too. I can’t believe it was over six years ago.

This time, I’m going to include the original answers from 2013, and my new answers (if there are any) in blue. Feel free to play along on your own social media channel. Here we go!
 
 
Here are 48 things you may not know about me:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was not.
Still true.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
When was the last time I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
Probably the last time I saw my prescription co-pay for insulin.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I have great penmanship… don’t try to decipher my note-taking, however.
I still have great penmanship, but my chances to use it are fewer and fewer every day.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Is pit beef a lunch meat? Then YES. That’s my favorite.
I’ve become quite fond of black forest ham lately.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
No kids. Always wanted kids.
Still no kids. Will never have kids. Wish I had kids.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes, of course! ‘Cause I need all the friends I can get.
I’d like to think I’m a better friend than I was six years ago. I certainly hope so.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Oh, you want to talk politics now?
Do I use sarcasm a lot? Is the president hopelessly devoted to his wife?

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
No! Tonsils removed when I was four years old… in 1966. In those days, they had you stay in the hospital for like five days after the operation. I still remember it. Creepy.
Despite the fact that tonsils can grow back, mine haven’t, so… No.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
I am sooo afraid of heights. But I would bungee jump. I like to confront my fears. And scream my head off through the whole process. The screaming releases the fear.
This is a big change for me. I don’t really want to have anything to do with bungee jumping anymore. Ziplining, however…

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Raisin bran. Plain enough for you?
Really, I never eat cereal. During the winter, I eat a lot of grits for breakfast. Sometimes, with black forest ham in there.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Almost always.
Same as (almost) always.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
This requires a “body of evidence” answer. If you asked me if I feel strong right now, I would say no. If you asked me if I’ve been strong over the last 22 years with diabetes, the answer is definitely YES.
Physically, I’ve been through a lot in the last few years. The fact that I’ve survived it does not indicate that I’m weak.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
From the store: Edy’s rainbow sherbet (monster high carb effect, by the way). And Trader Joe’s pumpkin. So pumpkin-ey.
Specialty brand: Black Cherry from Graeter’s in Cincinnati.
I also recently fell in love with Graeter’s seasonal Cinnamon ice cream.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Whether they’re open or closed. Will you talk and be nice even if we seem to be different on the surface? I can usually tell within ten seconds.
It’s amazing how some things don’t really change that much.

15. RED OR PINK?
Red, Red, Red.
Other than an occasional button-down oxford dress shirt, I never much liked pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
That I’m getting older. Can’t do anything about it, so I don’t think about it much.
These days, I don’t like what I see when I look in the mirror. I’m wondering if I can ever get that old (short) swimmer’s body back.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
All of my nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Kids are still our future and worth every effort we can make for them. Even if some of them aren’t kids anymore.
Add in all Diabetes UnConference alumni.

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Remembering. Everything. Everything.
Gee, I haven’t missed a meeting in years. These days, I think I need to work harder at saying No to some things.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Simple black dress shoes. Honed to a bright sheen.
Sturdy brown waterproof work shoes. Pretty casual compared to 2013.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Grits and turkey sausage for breakfast this morning.
Oui by Yoplait black cherry yogurt. Surprised?

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Buckwheat Zydeco Radio on Pandora. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
My listening is all over the map these days. Sinatra, Motown, jazz, opera, and yes, zydeco. I’m a musical melting pot.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Burnt Orange. Or Indigo.
I’m leaning toward the indigo at this point.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Bacon, bacon, bacon!
Today, when I’m driving and I catch the scent of a good barbecue joint, I will almost always stop.

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
Important enough that I care deeply, not important enough to hurt someone over… figuratively or literally.
This is a loaded question in 2019, isn’t it? I think the old rules still apply though.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Both please.
It’s been a hard winter. Send me to the beach.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Baseball on a summer day or night. Horse racing on a spring day or night. Both offer long periods of inaction punctuated by amazing moments of thrillage. I read something like that somewhere.
Still a baseball fan.

27. HAIR COLOR?
Brown.
With increasing amounts of gray.

28. EYE COLOR?
Blue.
Plus, a skin condition has made it so my eyes are almost permanently bloodshot.
I hate it.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope. Glasses. When I can find them.
I’ve never worn contacts. Inserting pump infusion sets and CGM sensors are enough for me.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Steak please.
I’ve had a real fondness lately for flatbread pizza too.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.
Every.Single.Time.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Men in Black 3. First straight-to-video movie I’ve ever watched. Same story… different characters.
Casablanca. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”. Though he’s so cruel and bitter in that scene, in my opinion, it’s Humphrey Bogart’s best work.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Your average plain white dress shirt. With a sensible green tie. Sounds worse than it is.
Blue, to support everyone living with and affected by diabetes.
Happy #BlueFridays!

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Unquestionably summer.
I’ve been so cold this winter.

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Key Lime Pie. Or Cherry Pie. Or just Pie. Or Baklava.
Basically: If it’s made with dough, yes. If it’s made with cake, no.

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Cardio, with just enough strength training now and then to keep me honest.
In a nutshell, that’s me at the gym.

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Slowly but surely moving from the television side over to computer.
I am this close to cutting the cable.

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard. I need a “no-thinking” book now and then.
I haven’t read a full book in a while. Too busy reading the news every day.

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
That question is so 90’s. I don’t need no stinkin’ mouse pad.
Can we retire this question already?

40. FAVORITE SOUND?
Anything involving a baseball.
Add in the sound of laughter, which has been sorely lacking in America since the 2016 election.

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
I love all music. When it’s played by actual instruments. And not lip-synched.
I’m coming around to some alt-rock. Don’t have much use for “today’s country”. And if you need twenty dancers on stage with you while you sing your song, you’re an entertainer, not necessarily a singer.

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Kilkenny, Ireland, 2004. Such wonderful, friendly people.
I visited Brussels, Belgium for three fabulous days almost four years ago. The same statement applies… wonderful, friendly people, living in a beautiful city.

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Ahem… Yes. Yes I do.
You can’t erase talent, can you?

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Cincinnati, Ohio USA on April 9, 1962. Reds Opening Day, and my father had to give up his ticket. They lost anyway, Dad.
Someone, somewhere, made a lot of money saying you can’t change where you were born.

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Baltimore, Maryland USA since September, 1994.
Still living in Baltimore(ish).

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Just your average brick Cape Cod.
Lived in the same home for almost 22 years. I don’t know if we’d have ever made it here, if not for the property tax and mortgage interest tax deductions that homeowners don’t get any longer.

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
I have a bright red truck.
I miss my truck every single day. But now I have a nice green-ish Ford with a sleek interior, a sunroof, and a peppy turbo engine.

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
These 48 questions are fun. I’m not sure I’d like 48 questions about my job.
A lot has changed in six years. And I’m okay with most of it.
 
 
Thanks again Cherise. Just like last time, this has been a good exercise to help clear my mind.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled program…

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Comments

  • Rick Phillips  On February 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Well darn I only got to number 41 before I got tired. Maybe next time.

    Liked by 1 person

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