- I was the racquetball Southwest Junior Regional ( Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico )Champion 5 times..including singles and doubles. Went to the Nationals twice, losing in the quarter-finals the second time in the 14 and under category.
- I once shared a jucuzzi with 3 Phoenix Suns players as a youngster (don't get any ideas).
- I was featured in a milk commercial when I was about 12 years old.
- My mom and step dad are more than just acquaintances with Alice Cooper and his wife. Sheryl Cooper has commissioned 2 paintings over the past few years from my step dad as gifts to her husband. The four of them have gone out to lunch together here in Phoenix.
Oh well if we're going to talk about ancestry, I have some fun ones.
On my one side, I am related to Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the City of Troy as essentially an amateur archaeologist. He was not trained but was the only guy who took The Iliad as a literal description of the location.
He lost a lot of the treasures from the site when his ship sank.
I am related to Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake. Hawkins was Comptroller of the Royal Navy and was responsible for upgrading the British Fleet just prior to the battle with the Spanish Armada. He was also a privateer and unfortunately helped to kick start the slave trade in the British colonies. Drake was Hawkins' cousin and his exploits are more well known. Also a privateer, circumnavigated the globe, etc.
I also have a distant ancestor who was a royal, and through that person am indirectly related to the current British royal family. And interestingly enough also with a lot of American presidents and such. I guess if you trace yourself far enough back you will be related to everybody.
My stupid human trick - I can whistle from my tear ducts.
Best award - um, not much. Some minor band awards in middle school for the trumpet at the state competition. my undergrad intramural soccer team once won the league championship.
One of my parlor trips is an ability to name ever US President in chronological order.....but it takes me more than 23 seconds.
Wow, that's a really tough one. I think I had to memorize the exact same thing in like 8th grade (thru Reagan) but forgot most of the list immediately after the test. Hats off to you - that's impressive.
Originally Posted by deke505
awesome. Bet you can't name Canada's states in under 30 sec
I'd place money on that bet. Now, if we can just find someone who thinks I can do it, we can split that fool's money.
Originally Posted by Mazukea
When I was in the 5th grade I learned a song that named all 50 states in alphabetical order. When you were reciting the states, the song was playing in my head.Is that where you learned it too?
I learned the song 50 Nifty United States - or at least I think that's what it was called. I can't recite the whole list in one breath so I breathe at the points where the song transitions. You might have recognized that. Because I learned that song in 4th grade, I memorized IL, CO, and PA with incorrect pronunciations ... which remain to this day when I recite quickly. The trenches are dug too deep into my memory to correct them.