1. What is the most ironic thing that has ever happened to you?
Well, I’ve gotten a free ride on the streetcar when I had a pass that was good for that day. But it didn’t rain on my wedding day. (No, we didn’t have a “wedding day,” but that’s completely beside the point, now isn’t it? It didn’t rain that day!)
2. Who is or has been the most influential person in your life and why?
You know, I honestly don’t have an answer to that question at this point. My parents, my dad especially, shaped lots of things in my life. But I appreciate that I’ve been allowed to find my own way on many things….
Maybe I can write about certain individuals who helped me gather a few important things?
My high school football coaches, and my Army JROTC instructors helped me with punctuality. Being late as a broadcaster is a Bad Thing (TM). In all my years in radio, I think I was unexpectedly late for work maybe three times. Since then, I’m worse. I’ve been late for work a few times since I left radio.
Only once did I really feel like it was something for which there was no good excuse. I forgot to set my alarm, and just overslept.
Of course, there’s other things where I was influenced by things I’ve read. Not many of those are were case studies in how not to be “That Guy.” I am not “That Guy.”
At work, I don’t suffer fools with much grace these days. There is a problem with that, however: much of what I consider foolishness is also considered “tradition.” So, you’ve done this task this one way for fifteen years.
Give me a minute. I might find the fuck I’m not giving. Just because you’ve always done something one way doesn’t mean it’s eternally the right way
At the same time, I’m open to hearing a compelling argument. Even if I’m initially skeptical about something, you might be able to convince me.
Now I’m doing a really lousy job answering the prompts. Somehow, this feels familiar. Doing things strictly by the prompts normally doesn’t work out completely right for me.
If you’re not okay with me trying to find the best way to do something, don’t ask for my help….
But that’s about all I have for today. I’m spent. More tomorrow.