Who are you? Who am I?
In the A to Z Challenge today, I stands for Identity. It shifts from generation to race to our tribe to our interests. I am Generation X, Hispanic, dad blogger and soccer coach. I’m others, too, in the moment (Pizza Friday) and beneath the surface (Kesha Appreciator).
In April, I’m also Allergy Sufferer and Haircut Needer.
I’m Back Scratcher, Mess Maker, Soda Drinker and Rockies Fan. The final question in Go Ask Daddy gave me license to examine another side of me, the fantastical superhero side that just didn’t die in my childhood.
How do you identify yourself?
I’m also, once a week, Question Answerer, for the kids. Here’s the latest round.
1. What does DVD stand for?
Or, a Digital Versatile Disc. A DVD can hold movies, pictures, music, and even start your AOL account. The single-sided, single-layer disc holds 4.7GB of data. A double-sided, double-layer disc, 17.08GB. The first movie on DVD debuted on March 25, 1996 – Twister. That was way before Blue-ray discs.
DVD also stands for Dick Van Dyke, Dumb vs. Dumber and Dumb Video Ducks.
2. Is your bib number the same as the number of runners in a race?
Research for this answer proved one insight: A portion of the running world abhors the newbie.
Not all of it. I imagine friends such as Deb of Deb Runs treating the green runner with care. We tenderfeet commit atrocities such as wearing our race shirt – on race day. Or asking questions such as, how long is a marathon? In my world, the first person to sign up for a race gets bib No. 1.
Doesn’t that sound utopic?
The challenge: Finish the race higher than your bib number.
3. Dad, Kesha or Jennifer Lawrence?
It’s infinitely tougher than a mere Ginger/Mary Ann decision.
Kesha represents the edgy, academic brilliance interrupted by youthful indignation. Unabashed self-centeredness with a twinge of ‘knows better.’ Jennifer Lawrence is 100-proof nerddom wrapped in classic beauty. She’s elegantly awkward and exceedingly hilarious.
Must I pick just one?
Today, at this moment, after a long day in the sun, a walk through the ghetto and barely a fourth of the movie “Interstellar,” I’ll choose …
4. Why would Hillary Clinton need two phones?
So she could listen to Kesha on one and watch a Jennifer Lawrence movie on the other.
Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, said she used a personal email account while she served as secretary of state so she wouldn’t have to carry two phones.
Now there’s this awesome innovation that allows you to access two accounts on one phone.
Maybe Hill should have just used SnapChat.
5. Who is your favorite Marvel hero?
No Kesha/J-Law dispute here: My choice is 100% Spiderman.
I met Spidey at the Greeley Mall when I was in elementary school. His Spidey helicopter flew over our neighborhood and he waved to me as I played football in the backyard.
I associate so much with him, both as Spiderman and Peter Parker.
I’ve often expressed my blog life/real life duality as “Spiderman on the blog, every big Peter Parker in real life.” Fingertips on the home keys, I know only one question: What’s the limit?
I labor in awkwardness when my fingers are off the keyboard, though.
I’m lumbering and oafish, as far as you can be lumbering and oafish in a 5-foot-6 frame. In my element, occasionally on the sideline and more often as I write, I’m the amalgamation of super powers and the cylinder clicks of a freakish act of nature.
A kid might idolize Thor or Iron Man or the Hulk.
Att age 5 or 25 or 43, I felt every bit Spiderman. Even the part of him described as having a “terrible identity problem, a marked inferiority complex, and a fear of women. He is anti-social and accident-prone … [a] functioning neurotic.”*
That’s an answer I can give with confidence.