Tuesday, May 13, 2008
A Little More Personal or Narcissism Unleashed!
I have been mainly blogging about fitness, weight, and related issues. I have not blogged much about me, what I do, who I am, etc... I have wanted to, but time has been an issue. Also, I have to figure out just what I should reveal and what I should hold back.
There are a few reasons why I believe I should hold back some information. 1) I hold back because I want to be more open. Doesn't that sound insane? No one I know personally, not even my wife knows about this blog. I don't want people that I know reading this blog in case I write something that would piss them off. If I want to blow off a little steam, I want to be able to do it here without repercussions.
2) I have heard about people getting in trouble with their employers because of their blogs. Well, I don't think I would get fired over this blog, but it could cause a lot of discomfort. I have said some things that even as vague as they were would have caused me problems if people where I work knew I was writing this blog.
3) As lame as this might sound, people treat me different when they know what my profession is. It's a little different and most people don't know how to handle it. No I am not a member of the mafia, or a gerbil psychologist, or anything off the wall. In fact, I have had a lot of education to prepare my profession including post-graduate work. I know it's lame to say that much but not give you any clues. All I can say is tough. Deal with it.
Now for some more personal things. Some of this you may already know from previous blogs. I married my high school sweetheart at age 20. We lost our first child to an early miscarriage. Since then, we have had 5 beautiful children. The oldest is 8 and the youngest in 9 months. My wife and I are both 39 years old.
Though we were high school sweethearts, we didn't go the same high school. I met my wife at a summer band camp. She plays bassoon. I play trombone. She plays in a community band. I play in a big band. If you don't know what that is, it's basically a jazz band that play a wide variety of styles. We have 18 musicians playing and 3 singers. Music is an important in our family.
Also, I am an avid reader. I love reading all kinds of books. I'll read classics like Les Miserable or the Iliad. I'll read Tom Clancy novels. I'll read books on religion, philosophy, and science. I read health and nutrition books. I love to read. Unfortunately, I often buy books when I know I won't get to them for a long time. I probably have a good year's worth of books waiting to be read.
Two of my guilty pleasures are cigars and Everquest. I like a good cigar now and then, but I am certainly no afficianado. Everquest is an online computer game considered "Old School" by today's standards, but I like my friends there and I don't want to have to learn a whole new game. I am such a GEEK!!!!
We live in a little resort/retirement community in Michigan. It's a beautiful, wonderful place. I used to love it here, but now I find that I am missing the suburban life. I don't want the traffic, but I wish I had all the conveniences and opportunities that come along with living in a metropolitan area.
My 2 favorite cities are St. Louis and Toronto. I like St. Louis because it has almost everything a bigger city like Chicago has to offer but is much smaller and easier to navigate. I like Toronto because it is so clean and it is very cosmopolitan. I love the cultural mix. There is no cultural mix where I live. Our greatest cultural mix is when a Republican and a Democrat sit down together.
None the less, I have mixed feelings about where I live. There is lots of places to run, bike, and x-country ski. We live less than a mile from Lake Huron. There are lots of rivers and hiking trails. I would hate to give that all up too. Right now, there is no opportunity to change where I live, so I figure I better enjoy the heck out of the area while I can.
Just one more thing about me for now. I use to work as a part-time professional magician. I did kid's shows, churches, community groups, and the like. I am a self-taught magician, but it's been a long time since I have down any shows.
I think I am going to try to post about my life, at least that part which does not directly tie into health and fitness, about once a week. I know this was more about me, but I plan to post about things happening in my life as well. Sheez, is this narcissistic or what?
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