December 1, 2003

Questions: Round Two

Courtesy of Irma. If you're wondering what all this is about, go here.

How did you and the missus meet? And was it a love-at-first-site sort of thing, or something that came about later?

Okay. Everyone settle in and get comfortable. Got a drink? Good.
My wife and I met during our freshman year in college. We were both dating other people, both long-distance relationships. We had many mutual friends, all of whom ended up hanging out in the same dorm room. I think we really formed a family away from home. Thatís beside the point. Needless to say that the relationships werenít going very well. There were many problems with mine that I may choose at some later date to describe. And there were a few things wrong with hers (thatís her story Ė I wonít tell it here). Late one night/morning when we were all incredibly tired, but surprisingly sober, Beth and I found ourselves in the bathroom discussing the future WE might have together. The next day we both went home and broke up with our significant others. I moved off campus the next weekend, in order to recover from a bout with mono. Beth helped me move and she never really left. We made it official six months later by getting a larger apartment together. The rest, as they say, is history. That late night/early morning was almost 11 years ago.

If you could do anything, and get paid doing it, what would it be?

There are three answers to that one.

Answer One: Sex.

Answer Two: Teach. Iíve long thought that teachers earn neither the money nor respect they deserve. Iím not trying to be materialistic but I enjoy the money Iím making now and could never command such a salary as an educator. But when I get tired of the corporate world, Iíd like to teach. Iíd like to influence, as scary as that may be to some of you, kids. Iíd like to engage them, to share what I know and hopefully impart some wisdom. Idealistic? You bet.

Answer Three: Musician. Itís a dream and Iím very well aware of that. Iíd like nothing better than to be able to share my music and passion about music with others. Are there any Pink Floyd fans out there? OkÖstick with me here. Thereís this scene in a concert video from their last tour. Dave Gilmour (vocalist, guitarist) is standing on stage, the lights are almost non-existent except for the spotlight backlighting him. And he begins the second guitar solo for Comfortably Numb. You can see the veins in his arms popping, the strings bending and the muscles in his face reacting to every soaring note heís churning out. And he carries that audience away with him. I canít dream of a better job.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

See above. Without the sex thing, of course.

Admit it, you were a "bad boy" in your teens, weren't you? ;)

I hate to disappoint you. I really wasnít. Sure, I started smoking when I was 12 and I probably drank way too much growing up but really the worst think I was ever accused of as a teen was not applying myself. School always bored me.

What is your most shameful indulgence?

Normally, my amigos Ben and Jerry. I can take on a pint of One Sweet Whirled any day! Lately, however, Iíd have to say cigarettes. I know, I knowÖIím not happy with myself about it either. Iíd quit for 5+ years but I lost my willpower recently. My goal is to be done with them by the end of the holidays.

What is the absolute craziest, wildest, thing you've ever done?

IíveÖfloated down the Rio Grande for five days, been chased by cows in the Potomac River, ended up in the emergency room after a bizarre ice cream incident, rescued myself from a stuck elevator, peed off a 40 story building, tried out for a cheerleading team (dressed as a female cheerleader), climbed a mountain and stolen a car (my parentsí at age 15) but I donít consider any of those crazy or wild. Just normal, run-of-the-mill life experiences. I know, Iím boring.

Spill some secret for us. Something you've never told (almost) anyone!

Um...I'm not sure what you're looking for here. Lemme think about how I want to answer this one :-)

What language(s) would you love to learn?

I took lots of Spanish in high school but have managed to forget most of it. Iíd love to re-learn. And also French. Since Iíd like to live in Paris, Iíd have to know some French!

Where are the places you most want to visit?

I was born in Argentina and Iíd very much like to go back. I moved away when I was six months old so I donít exactly remember much. I also would very much like to travel through Asia. I have a degree in history, specifically the history of the Far East but Iíve never been.

What things are there that you specifically feel like you need to do or see before you die?

Teach, write the Great American Novel, see the Great Wall of China, travel the canals of Venice, find Jimmy Hoffa, have kids (preferably two), be a cool dad and make a difference in the worldÖsomehow.

Posted by Chris at December 1, 2003 11:48 AM

ok, I demand the story behind your trip to the ER involving ice cream. I simply must know.

This is fun, finding out all this stuff about you.

Posted by: Annessa at December 1, 2003 11:59 AM


You and I sound eerily similar.

I have a degree in history. A masters in American hostory.

I am in the business world. I know I don't belong, let's just leave it at that.

I teach part-time at a couple of local community colleges. This refreshes me more than any other thing in my life. I feel like I am doing something good. My full-time job is only a job. It allows me to teach. And for that I am grateful.

Yeah, being a musician would be great, although I never took that first step and learned anyhting about it. My ultimate image of musical coolness is the scene from "The Kids Are Alright" where the Who is performing an incredible version of "Won't get Fooled Again." During Roger's looooong scream, the lights go up and Pete runs across the stage and leaps. In slow-mo, he lands on the stage...on his knees...and slides.

Just thinking about it puts chills down my spine.

Paid for sex? Oh that's too easy...

Posted by: Rob at December 1, 2003 12:14 PM

yes, what's with the ER/Ice cream incident? lol.

very interesting answers. you are an interesting person! :)

Posted by: tiffanie at December 1, 2003 1:04 PM

ok.. hearing the "sex" answer for "what would you do if you could get paid for it" would seem so wrong coming from anyone else. somehow, coming from you, it doesn't.. :)

Posted by: Jessica at December 1, 2003 6:50 PM

I'm heartbroken that Ireland isn't in the places you most want to visit

*dramatic sob*

Ok, I'm over it =P

Posted by: Marie at December 1, 2003 8:59 PM

You do not want to learn French, trust me here. I know French, it's hard to learn and it SUCKS. I did all my schooling grades 1-10 in French.

Posted by: Jaded Angel at December 2, 2003 1:46 AM