Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Never (okay, almost never) Do These Things.

I came across this after (maybe just before) I woke up this afternoon.

1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Over the years, I've done a lot of things I'm proud of doing. You probably don't want to hear about any of that. Let me dig and see if I can come up with anything salacious and tabloid worthy.

(I'm telling you now, the biggest secrets of my life are going to be buried with me. It's not that I've done anything terribly illegal or immoral, I've just gotten to an age where I'm pretty good at letting go of a lot emotional baggage picked up from mistakes and poor judgment.)

Here's a random rundown of Se7en Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me.

7. There used to be a drive-in theater at the corner of Redondo Beach Boulevard at Figueroa and that's where-- whoa, wait a minute, I can't tell that one.

There is a church on Hollywood Boulevard that used to be a Pussycat Theatre. The marquee is still there, but none of the original signage. If you had never been there back in the day and didn't know the history of the place, you probably wouldn't know what it had been in the past.

Before porn was readily available on the internet, when I was about 19 years old, I went there with the girl I was dating and we saw the "Deep Throat" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" double feature.

It seemed like a rite of passage at the time. Looking back, I'm pretty sure I contributed to the degradation of society's moral fiber and family values, but I have fond memories of that night at the movies.

6. In my junior and senior year of high school, I worked at a small Inglewood grocery store/butcher shop/liqour store called F&M Market. I was no more than 17 years old at the time, but I was able to sell beer, wine and liquor to adults. As much as I enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage now, even though it was readily available back then, I didn't drink. One of my best friends from high school also worked there and we were "the good kids" at the store. Not anywhere near perfect, but comparatively good.

I'm not sorry I didn't try more of what was available at the time, but I am amazed that we didn't let ourselves take more advantage of the innappropriate opportunities available.

5. I'm an asthmatic and I've always been an asthmatic. I can remember some pretty bad attacks as a child, but it was never so bad that I needed to be hospitalized or even rushed to the emergency room. I've known other asthmatics who have had a much worse time with the condition. My parents had to be very careful wth me and would sometimes limit my participation in sports. They didn't want to worry about me having an attack when I was away from home, so I couldn't join the city park or school teams.

I played basketball, football and baseball with my brothers, friends and other kids from neighborhood, but I never played on a team. I never had the whole "coach" experience.

4. As long as I'm talking about sports, I'll go with a group to a game or hang out with friends watching sports on TV, but I have never once in my life sat by myself and watched any team sports on TV. The closest I've come to watching sports has been watching parts of the Olympic Games, watching my kids play and watching the Roller Derby and Wrestling from the Olympic Auditorium (back in the 60's and early 70's).

Somebody asked me recently how I react when the conversation is about sports. I tend to nod and grin a lot.

By the way, the Olympic Auditorium is now a church.

3. Our older two kids are my wife's (Dellis) from her first marriage. Two years after we got married, it became clear that the kids' biological father wasn't going to play a large role in their lives.

What would happen if anything had happened to Dellis? Legally, biological dad could come back and claim the kids at any point. It didn't seem right at the time. We decided to petition for step-parent adoption and he agreed to allow it.

Over the years, once or twice I've wondered if we did the right thing. I love my family and I don't second guess the decision we made. It's long since ceased to be any sort of an issue.

I'm just thankful the worst case never happened.

2. I bought a copy of Giant Sized X-Men #1 brand new off the rack at a local 7-11. I also owned issue #180 of The Hulk. I don't know what happened to the Hulk issue, but the X-Men comic was handed down to my adult son.

1. On my 21st birthday, my older brother (Marcel) bought me my first "legal" beer at a Hawthorne strip club on 135th and Crenshaw called King Henry VIII.

Okay, comic books, alcohol, pornography and a lack of interest in watching sports. These are some of the things that have helped shape me into the person I am today. Woo.

I have some regrets in life, but I believe we are the sum total of all the things we experience. I may cringe, but I don't regret where I've been. I'm happy and eager to face where I'm going.

I was tagged by Will Campbell.

I'm tagging: William R. Snyder, Fluteprayer, Jill Marie Elliot, Angie Moriconi, Afton Almaraz, Chris Weaver, and Tara Lynn Johnson

Consider yourselves tagged. Sorry.


MarlinNut said...

Wow ... I thought I was the only person who publicly admitted having been at KH8 ... actually, never admitted it publicly until now ... :-)

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