I have a blog that is totally ready to post, except that I was unable to figure out how to add audio (some friends have offered suggestions as to how to do that, and I will attempt that in the following day or two). Since that blog was not ready, I went to my Facebook friends and asked for questions they would like me to answer. I am pleased with their response, and with the questions they posed, and I have a feeling this is just the first of many blogs like this. Today’s blog contains the answers to those some of those questions.
Melody asked one of the easiest questions: “What do you miss most about high school?”
I would say without a doubt – Band class. It is no secret that I was what many refer to as a “band geek”. When I look back at the people I have stayed in touch with, most of them are from band class. Some of us spent hours after school practicing our instruments. I was one of the band librarians, so I had access to the library of songs. We would often go through the files and pull out music just to play it. We spent hours after school playing (gee, you would have thought that would have made us better players… )!
As I have said before, I learned more about life from band class than any other class (see blog about thanking teachers). Performing a piece of music with others brings an amazing sense of accomplishment. It also brings about the opportunity to learn about relationships. Sure, as with most big groups, there were little “cliques”, but when it was time to play together as one, we did. It truly was like a big family.
I remains one of those things I miss most.
Jeff asked a particularly difficult , yet easy question. “What sport do you absolutely love to watch, but you believe are terrible at participating?”
My first response was “define terrible” – LOL. Seriously, though, I am someone who wishes I had been more active in sports growing up. As much as we played baseball during our summer vacation, you would think I would have tried out for something like that. Growing up, I thought I might be a good pitcher. The fact that I always struggled with weight, and didn’t necessarily like the thought of rejection probably led me to not try out for things I may have been good at.
To answer the question, I would probably have to say football. I love watching football. Playing, however, I was never that good. To this day, if a football leaves my hand it wobbles through the air. I cannot through a spiral to save my life! Catching a football is always a joke for me too. I suppose I just never really learned how to reach up and pull it in.
Every Thanksgiving, we used to get family together and play a touch football game. There is a lot of running involved in football, so you can only imagine what I had to look like trying to run down the field. The following day, after using muscles that I hadn’t used in years, you know exactly how bad the pain felt – and this was when I was much younger than I am today!
James knows I currently work in the sleep field. I deal with people who have sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. His question is “Does MyPillow help with sleep problems?”
The question that comes to mind with your question, James: What are your sleep problems?
Let me tell you what I have heard from patients regarding this and then give a few quick thoughts. With the patients who I have seen who spent the money on this, the only real “review” they can give is that they are more comfortable. The claims that this pillow can help give you more REM sleep, is something that no one can really say, unless a sleep lab is using them with their patients.
We check for REM sleep with all of the electrodes on a patient’s head and face. Some of the home tests and sleep watches and such can ‘assume’ or “estimate” what REM sleep is based on heart rate, but without being able to see brainwaves, eye movements, and muscle tone, it is hard to determine.
REM sleep IS the important sleep – that is what the body needs to feel refreshed and what we need to function. A typical human gets about three “REM cycles” cycles a night and this is based on the circadian rhythm. Sleep apnea is always worse in REM sleep, and people who have apnea usually have this very important sleep stage cut short because of the apnea events. In all honesty, I personally believe that a person’s pillow has nothing to do with “helping” a person’s sleep – but only helps – possibly – with comfort.
My advice – take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (you can find it online). Answer it honestly and if your score is 9 or more, see a sleep specialist.
My wonderful Aunt Jodi’s question is “Do you use wooden spoons?” My aunt was often our babysitter. The threat was that if misbehaved, she would spank us with the wooden spoon. This is funny, because there are many T-shirts and posters out there about how Italian mothers used to use the wooden spoon to discipline their kids – Jodi isn’t Italian!
Yes. I use them. To stir things on the stove. LOL
Kristine and I were in anatomy class together in college. We dissected a sheep brain together. She’s a CNA now. Her question truly made me laugh. “Why did we never meet under the stairs?”
If memory serves me, I believe there was some couple who were kissing each other goodbye before class or something and we both kinda rolled our eyes at this. This led to us chatting about how in high school, couples always seemed to be making out under the stairs. At any rate, this became a running gag throughout school “Meet me under the stairs”.
The answer – there was always some other couple there! ROFL. Seriously, Kristine is a good friend and she has some pretty talented kids! I always enjoyed seeing how proud she was of her boys when she talked about their football games or wrestling matches.
Kathy’s question was short and to the point, “Do you still TP houses on the side?”
Back in high school, toilet papering houses was the thing to do for some reason. Our band class alone probably helped Charmin stock rise! I do not claim to be the one who started this trend, but I guess I was involved in more TP jobs than others. At one point we printed signs (on a dot matrix printer – WOW) that said, “You have been TP’d by The TP Bandits” and left it at houses we hit. Fair is fair – if we hit them, they could hit us back. That was how they knew who to come after. The real question was “who was with you?” I was usually driving, but the accomplices often changed. Sometimes, there would be 8-12 people out doing the jobs with me. My house was a favorite target.
To answer your question, Kathy, no. I have been retired from “the Bandits” for some time. 🙂
Dave writes “Why is Bernie Miller so awesome?”
Bernie and I also went to high school together. Dave, this questions answer will take me many, many paragraphs to write. I make you a promise now – Bernie Miller’s awesomeness warrants its own blog. Watch for it in the days or weeks ahead.
At that time, I will also attempt to answer Bernie’s question about swimming in dry ice. No promises on a correct answer on that.
Diana asks, “What is your biggest regret from high school; do you wish you had done anything differently?”
I think that as we get older, it becomes easier to look back on things from the past and find things we regret doing or not doing. I also think that it is easy to look back and see how you could have handled things differently. That being said, let me say this: I am who I am today because of the decisions and choices that I have made and the people who were a part of my life. There is nothing that I can do today, that can change that. With all that being said, I do have some regrets, and there are things I wish I had done differently.
I really regret not being a better student. I regret that I did not take school a bit more seriously. I can think of two HUGE assignments that I waited until the last minute to throw together, that had I just followed directions and spent the time I should have on them, I would have gotten better grades. I sucked at studying. If I had spent as much time studying as I did TPing, well, lets just say I would have been a whole lot better off come report card time.
It’s easy to sit back and look at my sons and think “You gotta spend more time on this” or “You didn’t study enough on this” because that was me in high school. It is different today because they spend their time on video games and electronics, where as I was out TPing and goofing around, but it really is the same thing. I wish for my sons that they would spend more time focusing on school. I don’t want them to wait until after 40 years old to go to college. I want them to experience success and financial stability sooner than I did.
Not sure that answers the question, and if not, there are plenty of other regrets I can dive into ….
Angie, Joe, Eric. and John
This “asking to answer your questions” blog has shown me that I have some really funny friends. Their questions are asked in jest – and I love it. Life needs more laughter, and here are three examples of friends I surround myself with because they are funny – or smart asses – one way or the other.
Angie asks, “Is that your real hair/hair color?” Yes, what little there is. Shaving it and polishing it up to a perfect shine is much easier than coloring the grey on the few hairs that are up there!
Joe asks, “When you throw your bowling ball do you inhale or exhale?” and Eric follows with “Do you cup your ball with delicate fingers or hold on tight before release?” My answer to both of you will be as silly as your questions – It depends on whether or not I am at Pastime Lanes!
John asks, “What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” Kudos for a Monty Python reference! I do believe the answer is 24 miles per hour or 11 meters a second. Now take your coconuts and beat it!
Jason is a fellow band geek who poses the question “Do and/or can you still play your trumpet?”
If Tom Shaner were still teaching band, and if we were currently challenging for chairs … I would be guaranteed last chair! The sounds that come out of it are no longer … quality sounds! LOL
Now that Dante’ is no longer playing in band, my trumpet is back with me. I still have a folder with copies of some of the music we played in band. I still have my big ole Arban’s book for trumpet, and yes, occasionally, I pull out the horn and attempt to play. I have been debating going back for lessons and perhaps joining a small group like the Salvation Army Band or something like that, just so I can still play. It really is one of those things I miss a lot.
Vince asks a political question: “How come Hilary Clinton blames everyone but herself and the Dems for losing the election?”
Well, Vince, I think that (The following has been deleted by the US Government because it goes against policies or procedures that even we don’t understand.) …and that would be my best guess.
Chris wants to know “What was the best vacation you took with your parents and Christopher?”
I have blogged in the past about Caseville. We went there often on weekends in the summer, but I don’t think that I would put those visits in the category of a vacation. The only one that really stands out for me is a summer trip to Mackinaw. I was probably about Dimitri’s age when we went, and I have some great photos to remind me of that trip.
I remember staying at this hotel in a second floor room, and there was a white, metal guard rail along the edge. There wasn’t a whole lot of room to walk and there were chairs outside the rooms. I have a picture of my mom and dad sitting outside the room that is one of my favorites.
I remember going to the Grand Hotel, and were were only allowed to stay for a minute or two because we were all dressed in shorts and T-shirts, and maybe there was a dress code or something, I don’t know. I remember taking the boat to the Island and visiting the Fort. That was one of my favorite things about the trip! I remember the cannons and I remember mom taking a picture next to us in the stocks.
We went there when the Dukes of Hazzard was a huge TV hit. How do I remember this? Well, we used to ride bikes around the neighborhood and I would always pretend to be Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. I had a blue cowboy had that I loved and while at a gift shop I found a sheriff’s badge. That was one of the only things I remember bringing home from that trip.
I am in the process of scanning some pictures – I am sure some Mackinaw pictures will end up here or on Facebook.
My cousin, Deb, asks a simple, yet difficult question. “What is your dream job?”
You know, I think I have been lucky enough to have done a couple of them, but at the same time, there are others that are appealing as well. I love my current job as a sleep tech. I get to help people. That’s a very satisfying thing. In some cases, what I do leads to life saving treatments for people who are on the verge of a heart attack or stroke.
Radio was a dream I had in high school I was lucky enough to do almost immediately after graduation. I had never done it before and I got to learn the ropes from some of the best! I admit my first 5 years in radio were less than stellar, in that I was so new to the business that I really hadn’t learned how to use my creativity.
Radio is addictive. The more I listened and learned, the better I got. I got to meet so many great people, celebrities, and non-celebrities. I got to shake hands with legendary radio people and producers. I got to be creative and do things that I envisioned and put those things on the air. I got to raise money for children with cancer, raise money for local neighbors who lost homes to fires, raise awareness for autism, breast cancer, heart disease and more. Radio was a dream job come true! (more on this in a future blog).
I think if there were a dream job that I have yet to do – there would be two of them: teaching and acting. In a couple previous blogs, I mentioned the want to teach. I wish I had gone to school for that. There are so many things about teaching that would validate this as a dream job.
Acting. I don’t know that anyone would ever want to see my ugly mug on a screen, but I would love to do it. I worked with a guy, Jeff Kelly, who does it. I’ve seen trailers for his films and am always amazed at his abilities. He’s such a jovial and nice guy, yet I saw him in a trailer where he was a mean killer – he was totally convincing! I think I could do it, but who knows. I think it would be fun. I already do some “acting” in regards to voice work, and I would love to try it once, just to say I did it. I always laughed when people told me I remind them of Dom Deluise…I always liked him as an actor. I think it would be pretty damn cool to act in a film or on TV.
Phyllis and Shelley
As I read the questions from these two friends, I felt that the answers to their questions would be enough to write separate blogs responses. Phyllis wanted to know about famous people I have met and more specifically my “OMG moment”. There are a few of them – and I will tell you all about them.
Shelley wanted to know about radio listeners who have become friends and how that evolves. I have been lucky enough to have made life long friends through the radio. Some of them have been friends with me since my first radio job 30 years ago. Great stories to share…and I will.
Thanks for your questions! We’ll do this again soon!