Got tagged by Tish but I still respect her.
WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope, my parents wanted a name that was impossible to shorten, so they picked Barry. Which means "spear" I think.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Sometimes when I'm driving down the road and think about something my kids have done, or are doing, or haven't gotten to do, or might do in the future, I tear up. I'm just that way.
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? That depends if I'm writing cursive or printing. My cursive skills stopped at about eighth grade level but I have a nice printing style. My trouble is I'm too impatient to keep it neat all the time. Plus I tend to be a little dyslexic at times and rearrange letters in a word, so there are sometimes mistakes I've marked through.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Black Forest Ham
DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, and they are my raison d'etre
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so - I try to be accommodating to everyone I meet. My other person self would have to have some distinct common interests, like theatre, music, sci-fi, etc because my tastes are fairly narrow.
DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? To myself or when I'm one-on-one with someone but I try and avoid it when I'm around groups of people. Unlike SOME lowlife hoplophiles I can mention....
DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Nope. Tonsil-Free since '73! I just made that up.
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Nope, nor would I jump out of an airplane, but I would totally hang glide. I'd jump off the Grand Canyon to hang glide. I guess it's just the horizontality rather than the verticality that sounds safer.
I just made those words up, too.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Lucky Charms, although I used to love Crunch Berries when I was a kid. And Kaboom. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Rarely
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Sometimes I surprise myself. I guess it's more a fact of leverage being 6'2" and >200 pounds, rather than pure arm strength.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Black Cherry - especially from the old Kay's Ice Cream in Fountain City. I don't think I've ever found anything quite like it...
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Where their eyes are looking - if someone's looking me in the eyes, I generally know they're sincere. If they're eyes are wandering around, I have doubts.
RED OR PINK? Red
WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My inability to take a chance and do things that need to be done. There are times I'm terrified of upsetting a status quo, even an undesirable status quo, that I don't take a chance on improving a situation for fear of making it worse.
WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss Michael, who moved to Nashville several years ago. I also miss my colege roommate Gary in Denver who I recently reconnected with after many years. I miss my high school friend Beth who lives in Louisville, KY and raises horses because I'd like to show off my family to her. I miss my church choir director who chose to leave us last fall. I miss my grandmothers and my uncles. I miss my grandfathers, neither of which I ever met.
WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Light khaki pants and loafers. Typical work clothes.
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A bag of popcorn from Target.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The clattering of the people in my office typing on their computers.
IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Kelly Green
FAVORITE SMELLS? Good Smells: Fresh popped popcorn, baking bread, sizzling bacon, barbecue grilling outdoors. Odd Smells: Hot asphalt, because it makes me think of going to Six Flags over Georgia when I was a kid.
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? I guess my wife, who called my office to chat a few hours ago.
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I love watching a football game on TV, but I don't get to watch enough baseball. America's Game.
HAIR COLOR[S]? Light brown. And not enough of it, unfortunately.
EYE COLOR? Hazel-ish grey
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes
FAVORITE FOOD? Italian food (especially fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti) my dad's grilled hamburgers, my mom's and my MIL's chili, and pizza from Godfathers or Stefano's
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I don't care for scary movies at all. Just don't see the point in them (sorry, Beast). I'd rather have a movie with either a happy ending or an ambiguous ending.
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Olive green polo shirt. The collar is folded funky, though, and no amount of ironing has helped it.
SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer, by about 1000%
HUGS OR KISSES? Kisses. But, you know, both please. And hand-holding, and direct closeness at night.
FAVORITE DESSERT? Cheesecake
MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Michael
LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Nikki, because she typically doesn't do memes
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Re-reading an old Star Wars book, "Vector Prime" (see sidebar) I'm saving up new stuff like Stephen King for vacation in 2 weeks.
WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? At work it's a custom one we made to promote our company's websites (internal and external) from about 7 years ago. At home the new PC has a generic DELL mouse pad I just unpacked last night.
WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? A little bit of "Enterprise" I DVR'ed. Most of my free time last night was spent working on the new PC. Tonight I'll be watching a little Picket Fences.
FAVORITE SOUND[S]? Huey Lewis & the News, Phil Collins, kids laughing, a triumphant John Williams symphonic score, the ocean surf, jungle noises, amusement parks, cheering crowd at a UT Football game, tight harmonies.
ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES? The Beatles. What, are you kidding?!?!?
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Las Vegas, NV
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I have a talent at "reading" people's emotions. A special empathy, sort of. I've mentioned it here before in past stories.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Baptist Hospital - Knoxville, TN
WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? I guess I'll tag all the people I've linked to in the post, plus Becky and Lane. But please, anyone else post their own answers in the comments or their own post.