The blogosphere has been engaging in a little fun activity called "meme-ing". Succinctly put, you post 5 things that most people wouldn't know about you, then "tag" three other bloggers out there.
Five Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1- I was an oarsman in high school. I rowed for the largest high school crew team in the country, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. I rowed in an eight and then switched to sculling. I rowed in a quad with NFL great, Rich Gannon in the stroke seat, and I sat in the bow seat. I was pursued by Villanova Crew my freshman year but they wouldn't change the 5AM practice time to accomodate my social life.
2- I rode a real live bull, not the mechanical kind, shortly after my 30th birthday. I rode at Mr. Lucky's, a now closed country bar in West Phoenix. "Stormy" did not live up to his name and dispensed of me in three seconds. The best thing about that experience was that I earned a free beer and the respect of (and for) real bullriders.
3- I used to volunteer at the Phoenix Memorial Hospital "Dream Game" which was an "old-timer" fundraising baseball game to benefit the hospital. I was a hospitality captain which required me to ferry around the ballplayers in my van and run the hospitality suite. The "Dream Game" has been extinct for ten years but I have Sparky Lyle, Jim Essian, Dick Allen, and Johnny Podres on my Christmas Card list. Other baseball greats I've shared an adult beverage or dinner with include: Lou Brock, Lew Burdette, Randy Jones, Dave Stewart, Vida Blue, and George Foster. I mistakenly left Hall of Famer, Bob Feller, behind at a baseball card show and caught holy hell from him for doing that.
4- I have ridden a horse in the largest horse-drawn parade in the world; The Scottsdale Jayceees Parada del Sol. I rode four years in a row.
5- I sang onstage with Nat King Cole's brother, the late Ike Cole. I was on a date and coerced Nat to let me belt one out with him at J.Chew in Scottsdale, AZ . I guess my rendition of Summer Wind was acceptable; Ike had me stay onstage for the rest of the set (another 10-12 songs) and we had a blast figuring out what I could sing and he could play. I must admit that my volume and brazen courage far exceeds my ability.