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.


  1. Met you at Podcamp Pitt. 3, always fun to read your blog. We chatted about Athens and O.U. If you’d ever like to come back and visit, you’ve got a place to stay nearby… cheers!


  2. Okay… I think I’m going to cave in and do this… I’ve been tagged on FB and I’ve been avoiding it, but why not?

    You always inspire me UC. :)

    Also, 500 bonus points for #25. That made my heart swell…


  3. Um, is this how I comment? Check, check. Is this on? For some reason I always like to react to these. 1&2 – I love that these are 1&2. 3 – I dunno, early Phish’s lyrics were…I dunno. Used to live on the property behind Trey’s hs. (as anyone who lived in VT will tell you, Everyone in VT has at one point lived walking distance away from someone in that band). 5- You were. I’m telling you now. Does that help at all? 7. What class/teacher? 14. I got paid to do it for 3 seasons. Now I don’t go much at all. I loved every minute of ski-patrolling, though. I feel lucky. 17. We just bought – it’s my first, Thor’s 4th or something. It’s like waking up and every day is Christmas, isn’t it? Congratulations. 19. Nurses don’t get to wish that. 22. Is it worth, or with? 23. Please come to the house and blast music with Thor when I am not home and let him swim and fly in the jelly of truth that is jazz. It is not always for me. He needs that once in a while, I am sure. 25. Soooooo happy for you. s


  4. Dawn: Thank you for the bonus points. At some point before you leave, you’re going to have to give me my grand total. And also: Do I get to redeem them for anything? Beer sure would be nice…

    Sheila: Great to see you here! A couple responses to your responses:

    1/2: They are where they are for a reason.

    3: Yeah, they can be bit obtuse. Love ’em though, and I will see this summer’s Pittsburgh show, one way or another.

    5. This one I’ve long since figured out, to the degree that I’ve been writing a craft beer column for about three years now.

    7. Randy Pfeiffer’s composition class.

    17. It could be just about the coolest thing ever. Congratulations to you as well!

    22. “Worth.” Corrected. Thank you.


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