Today, I Am 100  

rm_smosmof2 67M
963 posts
8/20/2006 1:02 am

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Today, I Am 100

This would probably go faster if I weren't so longwinded about everything, but I am, so we all have to live with it.... I'm not sure who I have greater sympathy for .... me, for having to write it all, or you, for having to read it... happy dreams (for those of you who fall asleep trying to get through it all)....

1. I was born in San Fernando, California in 1949

2. Outside of not quite two years going to college in San Diego in the late sixties, I've lived all of my life in the greater Los Angeles area. Most of it in the San Fernando valley. I've been in Anaheim almost six years now.

3. I was a math major in college until my second quarter into an advanced math program when I ran into a concept called "Taylor Polynomials"

4. After my career as a mathematician came to an abrupt end, I had no plan B, and never finished college.

5. I happened into a data processing job as a remote job entry clerk in 1975, and found a comfortable niche in which to prosper and thrive for almost 30 years.

6. I'm not much of a tourist. When I was growing up in the fifties, our family vacations alternated each year between visiting my mother's parents in Oregon, or my father's parents and brothers in Louisiana (I credit my genes to being 1/8 Cherokee on my mothers side, and 1/2 southern on my father's)

7. After my mother's parents moved to Southern California, our alternate year's vacations were spent camping at Lake Tahoe.

8. When I was 13 years old, I went over the edge of a sixty foot high waterfall at Lake Tahoe. Was the first to survive the experience. Didn't break any bones.

9. I've never had a broken bone.

10. I've been active in the local science fiction club in Los Angeles since 1968.

11. I've participated in and run many, many science fiction conventions regularly during that time...

12. My peak achievement was running the Events Division at the Worldcon in 1996.

13. In support of local conventions, I have traveled quite a bit... a list of the cities I've been to includes: San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Orlando, Louisville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Fort Lauderdale, Austin, New Orleans, Winnipeg, and Brighton

14. My ex-wife and I used to do spectacular stage presentation costumes.... I still think she holds some kind of longevity record for continuous participation in the field.

15. Starting in 1994, I became totally engrossed in a card game called "Magic: The Gathering". Gave it up when I got laid off two years ago and could no longer afford to keep buying cards.

16. My best friend and I played a lot of tournament duplicate bridge back in the early seventies.... accumulated about 125 master points...

17. We played a variation we referred to as "sub-standard American".

18. I have collected comic books since the mid-fifties. I have a complete collection of Marvel superhero stuff from the first issues in the early sixties through 1986 and a handful of issues from the "Golden Age" (the forties)

19. My favorite writer of all time is John D. MacDonald.

20. I actually got to meet him in 1983.

21. I have been fortunate to have been able to meet most of the my other favorite writers during my life. This includes Asimov, George R. R. Martin, and just about all of my favorite comics writers... I have connections in that field....

22. The favorite writers that I have never met are Alan Moore and John Broome.

23. I have a brother who is two years younger than I. While I was collecting comic books, he collected monster magazines and baseball cards.

24. Both of my parents are still alive. My father turned 82 in June, and my mother will be 80 in October.

25. My favorite pastime (when I'm not on the computer) is card games. I'm particularly fond of poker and Oh Hell. The problem with card games is that you need other people available to play with/against.

26. I currently live with two cats. One of them was left behind with me when xgf moved out. The other was "loaned" back to me in May when xgf was going to be out of town for a few days. The cat seems to be happier living with me and the other cat, so she stayed.

27. During my adult life, I have "owned" five cats. Their ages at the time of death were: 16, 18, 20, 14, and 20. They seem to like living with me (which is more than I can say about people.)

28. I take 2 prescription medications: wellbutrin, for depression, and Loped, for my "good" cholesterol.

29. I drink almost nothing but Dr. Pepper (or, in Coke dominated facilities, Mr. Pibb).

30. The only form of alcohol I drink is frozen margaritas (with extra salt). I only do that, oh, maybe once every 3 to 5 months.....

31. I smoke, but not tobacco.

32. I was named for my father's youngest brother, who died of asthma at age 10, in 1945.

33. My favorite movie of the last ten years is Sixth Sense, because of the wonderful storytelling skill exhibited.

34. My favorite non-fantasy/sf film of the last 10 years is American Beauty.

35. The Lord of the Rings series also deserves special note, because in many ways, I think he accomplished the impossible..... there are so many scenes that just leave me gasping at the scope of what he accomplished.

36. My favorite new song of the last 10 years is "In the End" by Linkin Park.

37. My favorite "new" artist of the last 10 years is Leonard Cohen. (I know he's not a "new" artist, but I just discovered the range and breadth of his work about five years ago.)

38. At a coffee shop type environment, I'll either get a cheeseburger with fries, or a club sandwich with no lettuce.

39. I hate lettuce on sandwiches.

40. If we're eating Chinese, my preferences run towards BBQ ribs, fried shrimp, sweet&sour anything, or orange chicken.

41. My preference in pizza is pepperoni and anchovies.

42. Given the opportunity, I'll put 1000 island dressing on almost anything....

43. My favorite new actor of the last ten years is Hugh Jackman.

44. As a teenager, I had a crush on Emma Peel.

45. My favorite comic book all time is Watchmen.

46. My favorite comic book currently being published is Planetary.

47. My current favorite comic book artist is John Casaday.

48. My favorite all time comic book artist is Wally Wood.

49. Larry Niven owns a Wally Wood painting that vaguely resembles the picture you've probably seen of dogs playing poker. The one Larry owns is of aliens playing some form of cards. I've lusted after that painting for decades.

50. When I'm not blogging, what I tend to do on the computer is to play a game called Zuma. I'm currently trying to get through the 12th level.

51. I have worked for a total of three companies since 1975. The first job lasted nine years, the second job lasted nineteen years. I've been a security guard now since mid-December.

52. In general, I tend to prefer brunettes to blondes.

53. I have a real weakness for dark hair with light streaks running through it.

54. I am proud of my command of the English language, and I get very upset with myself when I find out that I have not communicated clearly.

55. I have "been with" only two women (not counting the ex-wife) since 1990.

56. I lost my virginity at age 20 to a woman who was 27 at the time.

57. I have never "been with" a woman anywhere near the age I now am. xgf was 15 years younger than I, and the last time I had sex with the ex-wife, she hadn't turned 50 yet.....

58. My brain is stuck, and this has gone on long enough... I still owe you 40 more things about me.....

99. In 1999, one of my best friends talked incessantly about his retirement plans (he will actually retire at the end of this year, and already has job offers that he has no plans of accepting). At one point, I got tired of hearing about his retirement, and said so. He asked me if I wasn't looking forward to retirement. I told him that by the time I was old enough to retire, I hoped to be long dead, and that the wife was enjoying spending my money.

100. I certainly never expected to live this long.

LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
8/20/2006 9:27 am

Congratulations on 100 post smos...maybe if we ever meet we can play Kaiser, or you can teach me Bridge......and I didn't get along so well with advanced Math either...I can learn anything now but at the time I was too distracted to bother...

rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/20/2006 10:13 am:
Thank you sir.

My problem was distraction, it was (and is) an inability to properly cope with massive amounts of theory being thrown at me.... I learn best by doing hands on....

elusive_angel 54F

8/20/2006 9:54 am

HAPPY HAPPY one of my favorite guys !!!
Kisses and Hugs,

Elusive Angel


rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/20/2006 10:11 am:
Thank you! Those are wonderful words to hear, coming from one of my favorite women....

Hydragenias 56F

8/20/2006 9:56 am

I was just over at MzHuny's and saw that you were celebrating your 100th post! Just wanted to say:

!!! CONGRATS !!!

rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/20/2006 10:10 am:
There's nothing like leaving a comment on MzHuny's to get it out to the maximum number of people in the minimum amount of time....

rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
8/20/2006 12:17 pm

Congratulations on 100 posts!
Amazing how fast time goes by here in Blogland!
Hope to read you writing another 100 !

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...

rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/20/2006 1:23 pm:
Thanks for being along for the ride!

curiousinlorain7 59F

8/20/2006 5:23 pm

Congrats on your 100th post!!! I don't know about this 'tradition' of posting 100 facts about yourself for post 100... You did way better then I would... i'd peter out of facts about number 25 but would have lost my 'audience' at about 4.... You did a great job.
A note about your bridge playing skills .. kudos to you.. my brother tried ( really folks stress on TRIED) to teach me bridge back in the 70's... all i can say's a good thing he has lots of hair cause he pulled out a bunch trying to teach me the 'logic' of the game.. hugs to you and congrats again J

rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/21/2006 10:50 am:
Bridge is not an easy game to learn to play well, and even if you play well, learning how to bid properly is a bitch... it was kind of amusing to us to watch couples who otherwise always got along fine getting into major arguments about bidding or play.

If a marriage can survive being a bridge partnership, it may be able to outlast anything.....

frangipanigal 45F
10406 posts
8/22/2006 4:20 am

You thought we wouldnt notice the skip from 58 to 100??

Happy 100th!!


rm_smosmof2 replies on 8/22/2006 5:26 am:
The last two definitely belonged as #s 99 and 100. I promise to come back later and fill in the missing 40. Once I've had some sleep.....

NSAAddict 42F

8/22/2006 12:26 pm

Congrats on 100 Smos!! I too am going to be waiting for the other 40, these are always my favorite posts in the blogs because people fascinate me and I love to hear things I wouldn't otherwise know about them. Wishing you 100 more NSA

So tell us about the fall over the edge... how, why, what was that like??

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/50F
9753 posts
8/22/2006 6:03 pm

Happy 100!!

Purry {=}


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