Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank you to Angeline Trevena for this fantastic award. It is great to be acknowledged. Here I need to answer the next 10 questions and then add 10 random things about myself. 

What is your favourite song?
This one os difficult since I have 1500 vinyl records, 500 cds, and five albums of my own recordings to choose from and that still leaves out so much I don't have. Let me just say depending on my mood I have a different song I wish to hear.

What is your favourite dessert?
I don't eat dessert. BUT... I eat a pint of ice cream every night. Over 20 years ago it replaced the fifth of hard liquor I was drinking every night. Peanut butter and chocolate flavors and any that have lotsa "stuff" in them are faves.

What ticks you off?
People's attitudes of entitlement.

When you're upset what do you do?
I tend to become very quiet. I look at myself and see how I might have contributed to whatever it is that has me pissed off.

Which is/was your favourite pet?
I had a 100 pound with no fat, tough as nails, Golden Retriever named Reebok Hitops who went through the darkest days of my addiction with me through my first years of recovery. He was my strength at times. He was special and I knew I could never get another Golden for fear I would compare and none could live up to him. When I lost him I went into an entirely different direction and got a Rottweiler named "Breaking the Silence". The house was so quiet without Reebok and "Break" had a huge responsibility to fill the hole in my heart. He has done just that. Now 12 years old, his days with me are winding down. I couldn't choose between those two and I'm glad I don't have to...

Which do you prefer black or white?
Black I guess.

What is your biggest fear?
I have none. Jesus Christ died for me and I am saved no matter what happens. I'm good.

What is your attitude mostly?
I'm very laid back, but still have an athlete's intensity inside.

What is perfection?
To do your personal best each day. Sometimes one day may be better than another but if you do your best, well it's still your best. Can't ask for more now can you?

What is your guilty pleasure?
Clothes, shoes, watches, guitars, too many!

 10 random things about myself:
1. I am 6'5" tall.
2. I was the shortest guy on the last basketball team I played on.
3. I have written and recorded five independent albums worth of songs and sold about 500 units of each.
4. I got my first tattoo at age 45.
5. I am in an inter-racial relationship with a wonderful woman.
6. Woman came with an awesome daughter.
7. Although I played college and semi-pro basketball, I don't watch it. Only NFL football.
8. I have done volunteer family counseling at a local church every week for 5 years.
9. I enjoy cooking and worked for a caterer for a number of years.
10. If I could live anywhere in the world I would choose Sydney, Australia.


  1. That's a lot of music, dude. :)

    Shortest at 6'5"? Wow. I'm 5'10" (or so) and am the shortest in my family. Basketball was obviously not my calling.

    1. Some of the music was melodic rock, some hard rock and some pop/r&b. It depended on who I was working with.

      Yup, I know what it's like to be "short".

  2. Thanks for participating - I know it was a bit of a mammoth response for an award! Reebok Hitops has got to be the callest name for a dog I have ever heard! So cool to learn random things about everyone!

    1. When I went to the breeder that I chose to pick up my puppy, I knew I wanted a large dog. I stood among 8 male goldens, all 7 weeks old and looked around. I spotted one that was pretty tall compared to the others and watched him go off in the corner and lie down. At the same time I felt a strong tug on my shoelace. Looking down, I saw that the biggest pup in the litter had hold of it and was pulling with all it's might. I immediately knew that he was mine. So Reebok actually chose me!

  3. Ah yes...entitlement. Glad I don't have to put up with that very much anymore. Five albums huh? How would one go about acquiring some of your music?

    1. Here is a website that I know you will find interesting:


      It is the last of a short lived collaboration I did a few years ago. It was a great idea but work demands took up too much time for both my partner and I, and it ended up being the last thing I officially put out to the public.

      Once you are on that site, scroll down and look to the left you will see a "friend" named "Alter Ego". Click on it and it will take you another site with samples from a band I had in graduate school.

      Email me if you want more.

  4. That was very interesting! Entitlement - yes.... a good one.

  5. I love the facts you shared about yourself. Congrats on winning the award. :-)