Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stuff About Sal, Part 1

My wife and my sister, among others, have been posting lists of 100 random facts about themselves on their blogs. And since I haven't posted in a while, have very few good ideas, and think that likely no one but Matthew would care much for a multi-page rumination on how to deal with the 47 million Americans currently without health insurance, here's installment #1 on the Coach Sal trivia list:
  1. I have never weighed over 147 lbs, and that was after 40 days of not running and eating fast food every day. I was only 120 lbs when I graduated from high school (at 5'10").
  2. I took my wife to my senior prom.
  3. I took my school's homecoming queen to my junior prom.
  4. My favorite recording artist is Billy Joel.
  5. I never won a championship race in high school (two conference runner-up medals).
  6. Although I was a member of a state championship team (1985), I never personally qualified to run in the state finals (eliminated at Lower State, 1987).
  7. I set a school record in the 100 meter dash that stood for 13 years, but didn't win the race that day. I didn't even know I had set the record until I took my son to my old school to watch a basketball scrimmage and saw my name on the record board.
  8. My first name is David, the same as my father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, and my son. We're not very original.
  9. I take a nap every Sunday afternoon, religiously.
  10. Speaking of religiously, I have read the Bible cover-to-cover 6 times (currently working on #7).
  11. I find Bible reading/study easy, but prayer difficult.
  12. From the time I was 12, I was sure I was going to be a lawyer, and then a judge. Unless Matthew becomes president and appoints me, that one's likely not gonna happen.
  13. I'm a fan of politics and the NBA, but both have been less fun for me in the past few years.
  14. I love anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, including "Pumping Iron."
  15. I also love the Rocky movies. II is best, then I, III, VI (Balboa), IV, and finally V.
  16. I read a lot in the summers, but not nearly as much in the school year. My bedside table looks like the re-shelve rack at the library.
  17. I love biographies, the Harry Potter books, books on organization, and spy novels (esp. Tom Clancy).
  18. I raced through college in 3 years so I could marry my wife, but then spent the next four years pursuing a master's degree.
  19. My original master's program was in Medieval European History, but I never finished it--I transferred my credits to the Master's in Teaching program just in time to get a job when my oldest son was born.
  20. I got my first DayTimer planner when I was 19, and have had one ever since.
  21. I got my first glasses at age 14, and within a couple of months lost them by diving into a river to go water skiing without taking them off.
  22. I've worn a flattop haircut for almost 15 years, and in that time have only been to two barbershops (in two different cities--I would NEVER cheat on my barber).
  23. My teams are the Boston Celtics, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves, and Carolina Gamecocks.
  24. I gave up Cub Scouts because it interfered with me playing pee wee football. looking back, I would have been a better Eagle Scout than defensive end.
  25. I have taught about 1500 students.
  26. My oldest students are now in their 30's.
  27. When I first began teaching, some of my students had children older than mine. Now my children are older than my students.
  28. Until three years ago, I had never crossed the Mississippi River; until this past summer I had never left the country.
  29. My favorite foods in the world are my Grandmama's fried chicken and my mother-in-law's roast beef.
  30. I drove a 1978 Ford Mustang in high school and college.
  31. I once got a speeding ticket on my way to court-mandated defensive driving class.
  32. I also drove a school bus.
  33. I met my current brother-in-law when we worked together bagging groceries at a Winn-Dixie.

Well, that's 33, a good first installment. I can't think of that many interesting items. Maybe I'm boring. More to come when time permits.


Lori Fitzgerald said...

Um...CURRENT brother-in-law? Is he going somewhere????

Goode Design said...

147 lb? i don't way an ounce over 147 lb.*

*pete weighs less than 147 lb if cut in half... but we're working on that.

Goode Design said...

how does one become your "current" brother-in-law? How did you meet your previous brother-in-law?

nifty info... now i know more about david... larry... sally. did you mention that you have 3 first names?

Philip Murphy said...

How can you put Rocky II before Rocky I? Besides, everyone Knows Drago and Rocky IV is better than Rocky II.

At least your current brother in law is on notice.

bekster said...

I wouldn't have minded reading about health insurance, but this was interesting too. I have to agree about Billy Joel, the Sunday Nap, Bible study/reading being easier than prayer, Harry Potter, and mother-in-law's roast beef, but I just can't get into the whole day-timer thing. I just don't get it.

Lori Fitzgerald said...

You have to have the Salley gene to understand the daytimer fascination. The same gene produces the Goofy Salley Grin. We're a rare bunch.

Goode Design said...

i get the whole day-timer thing. my wife lives by hers... i do ok w/ mine. it's the planning thing. Have you ever read the book: Eat That Frog (has nothing to do with consuming frogs)?

bekster said...

"Eat That Frog"?

Goode Design said...

yup. eat that frog. it's a book about time management. My wife rocks at it... i'm ok. but my wife is pretty much a super star.

Anonymous said...

See you at the James Island Connector Run November 3? Nope, you'll probably be at the staff retreat....you need to stop by Gold's and come see me! It's on your way home!