I found the photos from when I played (3rd and 5th grade). There’s a photo from 4th grade too, but I quit before the season started (because I wanted to play with my buddy after school instead of going to football practice and because the coaches were stressing me out by threatening to make us run extra laps around the field if we ran the first one too slowly). The first year I was 3rd string offensive line. I remember one game they put me in on defensive line, and I was shooting the gap into the backfield and tackling the quarterback almost every play…but unfortunately it was a fraction of a second after he would hand the ball off. By the second year I played, I was one of the bigger players on the team. Because I had an August birthday (shortly after the cut-off), most of the kids on the team were at least a grade below me. That year the coaches wanted to play me at tight end (hence my # 40 jersey), but after the first few practices moved me to offensive tackle to replace someone who wasn’t getting the job done. I also played defensive end and had a couple tackles for safeties that were the highlight of my year. I didn’t play organized football again after that, sticking with basketball instead. Here are my photos:
The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 albums you've heard that will always stick with you. Tag some friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. To do this, go to your Profile page, then to your Notes tab and paste these rules in a new note, list your 15 picks below, and tag people in the note).
- Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Nirvana - Nevermind
- The Palace Brothers - Days in the Wake
- U2 - The Joshua Tree
- Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
- The Connells - Fun & Games
- The Cavedogs - Joyrides for Shut-Ins
- Toad the Wet Sprocket - Pale
- Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
- Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
- The Spinanes - Manos
- R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
- The Pixies - Doolittle
- Songs:Ohia - The Lioness
- The Lemonheads - Lovey
Last Sunday I ran a half marathon in Detroit for the second time. I hadn’t trained as much this year and had put on a few extra pounds, so I wasn’t expecting to improve on last year’s snail’s pace. I was slower and ended up in the bottom 5 % of my age group. At least improving next year shouldn’t be too hard.
Here’s a collection of video clips (the shaking sound while I’m running is the bag of M&Ms in my pocket that I eventually lost at some point):
And here are some photos:
- Remember E.T. cereal? I saved the box tops and sent them in for a free copy of the E.T. record and storybook with Michael Jackson reading. Don't know for sure, but I've heard it's worth some significant cheddar these days (or at least it was).
- I used to get my dad to read to me the football scores out of the paper before I could read, and I could spell Pittsburgh in the second grade. I quizzed Elliot today, and I can confirm that the legacy lives on.
- I buy just about all of my clothes at thrift stores.
- I've been to Europe 7 times including a couple months during the summer of 1998
- In middle school, if you asked me what I was going to do when I grew up, I would say play basketball in Europe. At least I was realistic enough to know the NBA was out of the question. As late as freshman year in high school I would have said a missionary.
- I was valedictorian of both my high school and college classes. That just proves I knew how to study for tests.
- My cholesterol is steadily rising. One of these days I'll get serious about exercising regularly and watching what I eat.
- I used to collect Disney records at thrift stores. I've still got them.
- In 7th grade our language arts class had some strange unused cabinets on one wall of the classroom. I organized a campaign where every once in a while during quiet study time someone would get up and nonchalantly walk across the room and hide one of our text books (which were stored in the classroom) in one of the cabinets.
- A high school health teacher used to excessively use the word "essentially". I started keeping a tally during every class period. As far as I remember, it was something like ~ 20 per class.
- Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie
- In the mid to late 90's I was into filming indie rock concerts and trading bootleg recordings. I've got hundreds of audio and video tapes in my basement.
- As a kid I was very self-conscious about the size of my ears. At some point I tried to tape them back during the night hoping it would "train" them not to stick out so much.
- I've always been a big fan of music...first kids music on vinyl, then tape recordings of America's Top 40 with Casey Kasem (recorded using a tape recorder placed next to the radio speaker). My first album was Thriller, purchased for me by my mom at the grocery store.
- One of my best friends growing up was shot and killed in New Orleans while there as part of President Clinton's security.
- My grandmother's grandfather's cousin was William McKinley, 25th president of the United States. He was assassinated, and some family members subsequently changed their name to Canley.
- My college jobs including library attendant (periodicals), dorm R.A., daycare employee, park maintenance/janitorial, and research in electro-optics and lasers
- In high school I was quoted in USA Today regarding the 2 Live Crew controversy. The reporter called our school seeking a few students to interview, and the principal picked me. I said that I had heard about the controversy in a news report on MTV and that I thought the publicity created by trying to ban/censor it would used just sell more of the records.
- Once in high school I was called up on stage to receive one of the top awards for a multi-school math competition I competed in. I was quite surprised because I didn't think I had done too well on the test. Turns out, there was another Jonathan Moore there, and he was the one who scored well.
- As a freshman at Lipscomb, late one Saturday night, some buddies and I rearranged the letters on a sign for an apartment complex so that on Sunday morning it read "See a queer inside eat 1200 ft feces" on one side and on the other side "DLU rules"
- Once while at Lipscomb Lisa and I were driving home from Central c of C and saw Evan Dando walking across the street and into a hotel. I stopped the car, and Lisa got out and followed him into the hotel lobby and asked him if he wanted to come watch a movie with us in the Sewell dorm lobby (I think it was Taxi Driver). He declined (with a blond hanging on his arm) but said it was a good movie.
- Sometimes I feel strange working for Dow Chemical since most of life I have considered myself an environmentalist.
- If you see me around town with a Bluetooth piece in my ear, it's not because I'm expecting to make or receive a phone call. It's because I'm listening to the One Year Bible or a podcast like You Look Nice Today, This American Life, The Ricky Gervais Show, Slate's Political Gabfest, Left Right and Center, This Week in Tech, On Point, Provoke Radio, various NPR podcasts, etc.
- I read all of the Hardy Boys books when I was a kid
- As a little kid, my favorite song to hear on the car radio on a long trip was Barry Manilow's Copacabana (they fell in love!)
P.S. I once attended night court in Nashville dressed as a woman.
Update 7 Feb 08:
P.P.S. The text book from one of my literature classes at Lipscomb referred to the book "Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society" by Paul Goodman. It sounded intriguing. As summarized by Wikipedia "This book analyses the causes and effects of: "the disgrace of the Organised System, of semimonopolies, government, advertisers, etc., and the disaffection of the growing generation." While in grad school, I happened to find a copy at a thrift store and read it. It wasn't as interesting as I expected. When the unabomber Ted Kaczynski was arrested I happened to hear it singled out as a book that was in his possession.
P.P.P.S. In 1997 I attended the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Los Angeles. I went with a friend to watch a taping of The Drew Carey Show (my friend was a fan). While we stood in line to get in to the set, Julianna Margulies of ER fame walked by. Also, I was sporting a big beard at the time. Someone walking past pointed to me standing in line and said "Look, it's Ted Kaczynski!"
The Sunday-before-last my sister-in-law and I ran half of the Detroit marathon. Kevin got up early and drove us downtown. It was cold and in the 30s. Kevin let me borrow a jacket which kept me plenty warm after we started running. It was kind of strange at the start with thousands of people packed together like sardines waiting for the run to start. Several miles into the run, it hadn't really thinned out too much. As we crossed the bridge into Canada, we actually had to walk briefly because there were so many people trying to run through one or two traffic lanes. I passed Allison during a moment of high congestion and then didn't see her again as I dropped back to look for her. That was just as well since it freed me to take it at my own pace instead of hers (faster). Since it was my first long run, I didn't realize how much clothing would be left lying in the road as people discarded it. I didn't walk any except briefly at the water stops to guzzle the liquid refreshment. I slowed down quite a bit towards the end (a "competitive walker" even passed me at one point) and didn't really push it hard. I finished about as fast as I expected (2:14). By the way, the winner of the full marathon finished in front of me. :-)
Here are some photos: