I’ve been tagged for this over and over and over, so it’s a little hard to ignore. I am, however, ignoring most of the rules:
Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
Just about everyone I know has been tagged already, so I’m skipping that part. If you haven’t yet been tagged, consider this as your big chance.
1. I saw the Grateful Dead 39 times between 1984 and 1995. Eight different states. By far the most shows at the old Richfield Coliseum south of Cleveland.
2. The best show? Could be Atlanta or Hampton ’88, could be one of a couple shows at Deer Creek, could be night one of the run at Chapel Hill. The worst? A clunker at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1992. I should have known better than go to Detroit for spring break.
3. I wasted a lot of time mourning Garcia’s death in 1995 when I could have been seeing some kickass Phish shows.
4. My Pittsburgh friends assume I know much more about technology than I actually do.
5. I never had a craft beer epiphany — no one single moment when I realized I had been wasting my life drinking Budweiser and Old Milwaukee.
6. My favorite beer? Way too difficult. My favorite brewery? Also difficult; let’s go with East End for now.
7. I realized that writing might be the way to go for me when I researched and wrote my first-ever term paper — for a composition class during my junior year of high school — the night before it was due. I got an A minus, after being docked a few points for typos.
8. If I had to give up every single other sport I watch in favor of just one, the one I would pick would be college football. And it’s not even close.
9. I still think journalism is important. I’m not yet sure where I’ll be doing my thing in the near future, though.
10. I went through a vodka phase when I was younger. That’s over now, for the most part. I’ll have bourbon or Irish whiskey, please.
11. I am proud to carry on my father’s fondness for Manhattans.
12. I love cooking. I don’t do it enough.
13. I’m pretty good with Italian food, too, although I have absolutely no Italian in me whatsoever. I make better spaghetti and meatballs than you do.
14. Sometime during the mid-1990s, I stopped skiing. For no reason. There was still snow, and I still had skis; I just didn’t go. That changed a few years ago, when I did a story about the little tiny ski hill at Boyce Park, a county park east of Pittsburgh. I haven’t stopped since. I don’t think I could stop ever again.
15. I used to be a pretty good water skiier too, good enough that I made OU’s team the first time I tried out. I know why I stopped that, though — I got fat and it hurt my back.
16. I think Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both abysmal as solo artists. If there was ever a musical couple who needed each other, it’s those two.
17. I recently became a homeowner. After three months, I still wonder how that happened. And I’m still thrilled that it did.
18. I’m a cat person. Always have been.
19. I hope I always have some kind of homemade jewelry hanging on my wrists.
20. I hate spiders. And I’m afraid of heights.
21. I declared myself an NFL free agent fan in 1996, after the Browns left for Baltimore. It’s possible I could do that again, if I am forced to endure another few seasons like the one that just finished.
22. If Athens, Ohio, had a newspaper worth a shit, I might still be there. I loved that town that much.
23. I love jazz in all its flavors. if you ask me to choose a genre, I’m going to pick Dixieland. Every time.
24. I don’t think I’ll ever learn to dress like a grownup.
25. I’m lucky. I married the person I was supposed to spend my life with.