Leonardo da Vinci once said learning never exhausts the mind. We’ll see about that.
For the A to Z Challenge today, L is for Learning. My friend Kelly at Just Typikel blog challenged me with the Mustache You Some Questions blogging game.
It came in handy as the letter L made its pass through in the A to Z Challenge orbit.
You’re about to learn more about me than recommended by the Surgeon General. Thank Kelly!
FOUR NAMES PEOPLE CALL ME OTHER THAN MY REAL NAME:
Juan Pablo Montoya, Daddy, Coach and !@#$%!. I even wrote a post about it.
FOUR JOBS I’VE HAD:
I’ve mongered fish and written obituaries. I’ve been a grocery stocker and low-man on a two-man totem pole at an afternoon newspaper. Guess what?
I blogged about these jobs, too, on Tamara (Like) Camera.
FOUR MOVIES I WOULD/HAVE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE:
THE SANDLOT | Ever want to know what it’s like to be a boy? This movie is it.
WALL-E | The greatest love story of them all.
FIELD OF DREAMS | Way cool to see all those players on the field at once, especially Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, a North Carolina native.
Playing catch with your dad, though?
Can’t beat that.
STAR WARS | The original. Not the one with extra scenes, not any of the new movies, and definitely not anything Disney has its paws on. I used to recite Greedo’s speech in the cantina, in impeccable Quechua.
FOUR BOOKS I WOULD RECOMMEND:
I wrote about three for Diary of a Word Nerd. I’ll add a fourth.
SUN ALSO RISES, ERNEST HEMINGWAY | This book comes with me on every trip I take. Every time I read it, it tells me something new.
THEY CALL ME COACH, JOHN WOODEN | His influence on me as a coach and as a man will stay with me so long as I call myself coach – and dad.
CALL OF THE WILD, JACK LONDON | Harsh reality, love and loyalty – I learned these lessons in the first big-kid book I ever read (no pictures, no choose-your-own-adventure ending).
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, KEN KESSEY | The chief’s strong silence left an impression. I loved it more than the movie. And the movie was good.
FOUR PLACES I HAVE LIVED:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. | Elise’s birthplace. It’s an eccentric, colorful city, where hippies and old-guard rich white folk live in harmony. I miss the sound and sights of thunderstorms approaching from a valley away at night.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. | I felt more at home in the Florida Panhandle than anywhere on earth. A quick trip from Alligator Point, and home to incredible Cubano sandwiches.
GREENSBORO, N.C. | Marie’s birthplace. I moved here to be closer to dad as he battled leukemia at Duke Hospital. The crew at the News & Record showed me love I’ve not known in another workplace.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Grace’s birthplace. I worked hard to return to Charlotte after college, although the newspaper gig didn’t work out. This place has barbecue, disc golf, and my heart belongs here.
FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN:
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | My favorite work trip destination. I felt a world away. Constellations were in different places in the sky. Then there was the UFO sighting.
RED FEATHER, COLO. | Dad took my sister and me there to cut firewood. It felt like it was on top of the world. No radio signal. No grocery stores. Stellar jays ate bread right off our palms.
GETTYSBURG, PENN. | Dripping with unsettled spirits – over even Savannah and Charleston, which have known their share of misery. We stayed in a hotel next to a battlefield and didn’t feel alone!
MYSELF | I want to spend more time there. You’d think such a central location would be easy to reach. It is not. I’m determined to find my way back.
FOUR THINGS I DON’T EAT:
GRITS | My heart might reside in the south, but I’m a Colorado boy.
VEAL | I’m all carnivore, but this just seems like a lousy idea.
MENUDO | It’s the stew of my people, but we’ve moved past that, haven’t we?
TOFU | Just, no. There’s no circumstance in which this would be a great idea.
FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
PIZZA | So much discourse on the Lord’s Friday Meal of Choice. All hail.
CHEESEBURGERS | A burger with no cheese is like a 70s party without Earth, Wind and Fire.
ENCHILADAS | Cheese, please. I’ll even order them in Spanish – tres enchiladas de queso. Arriba!
SANDWICH COOKIES | Doesn’t even have to be Oreo.
I love the ones half white, half dark.
Like my kids.
FOUR TELEVISION SHOWS THAT I WATCH:
MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE | Would life with three boys look like this?
M*A*S*H* | When we were kids, the M*A*S*H* theme signaled we’d pulled the wool over the parents’ eyes and stayed up until 11. That was even after the news! I still love the show, and Radar O’Reilly is one of my favorite philosophers.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER | What? Beaver Cleaver is another of my favorite philosophers.
GHOST ADVENTURERS | It takes cojones to sit in a ghost-riddled building in the pitch dark with digital recorders and shit-talk the spirits into speaking up.
FOUR THINGS THAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR:
Watching a few more weeks of my girls’ games
Playing hooky from work to watch some day baseball, with a hot dog and a scorecard
Developing stories with Grace for our book
Very wow hopes and dreams
FOUR THINGS I’M ALWAYS SAYING:
WHERE’S SHE GOING WITH IT? | Mostly on the soccer field, when the other team has a goal kick, but it comes in handy in everyday life too.
GREAT GAME, LOVEY. GREAT GAME | After every outing. Complete with a kiss on their salty foreheads.
IT’S GETTING LATE AWFULLY EARLY! | I said this often on deadline in the sports department, but it also applies to late-game situations when the other side has more points than us.
WHAT? | I sometimes have a hard time hearing what you’ve said. And sometimes, I just want to hear it again, that’s all.