- I’m from New York but my driver’s license lists that my address is Ohio. My passport has a number of stamps in it. I’m the youngest of six, yet oldest son. I have a number after my initials, but not my name. I like music. I drink coffee at all times of the day. I am a follower of Jesus. I own my own business. I watch bonus features on DVD’s. For four months each year my wife and I are the same age. “I pledge allegiance to a country without borders, without politicians.” I am an ordained pastor. I’ve eaten raw horse meat. I’m fifteen inches taller than my wife, but I look up to her. I still prefer buying CDs to downloading music. I’m a night owl, who doesn’t mind getting up early. I like to shop, and my wife doesn’t. I like to play games. I moved to another country nine days after my wedding. I sometimes quote random lyrics. I believe in miracles. I prefer desktops to laptops. I like listening to audio books. I listen to hockey games on the internet. I have five sons. I'm living life mid sentence.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
What Have I Become?
The funniest thing happened to me the other day. I was sitting at work when I glance over to the TV I noticed an infomercial for a CD set of the greatest music from the 90’s. As the song titles scrolled up the screen I found myself saying aloud, “I remember when that song first came out” and “can you believe that was popular when I was a freshman in high school?” when all of a sudden it hit me. I’ve become one of them. You know who they are. They are the men walking through the grocery store proudly sporting their tattered KISS t-shirt and their motorcycle boots. They are the ones with the hair cuts that went out of style circa 1987 but don’t seem to care that they let their subscription to GQ expire. They still use the same pickup lines that they used twenty years ago and wonder why they don’t give them the desired results. I can only assume that they woke up one morning and stopped listening to any music that hit the airwaves after that moment. And now, I have joined their ranks I guess this means I know what I must do. I need to go out and buy six of every piece of clothing that currently hangs in my closet so that I will always be prepared. I need to cancel my membership to the music club and change my CD player from shuffle to repeat. While I’m at it I should probably go and buy a few extra CD players so when the “next big thing” hits the stores I won’t have to worry about not being able to listen to my good ol’ tunes. In ten years when you run into me at the store I’m sure you’ll still recognize me. No, I won’t be wearing a KISS t-shirt but rather the faded Gap polo. You’ll recognize my pickup lines because they’ll be the same ones that you heard when we first met. Instead of KISS you’ll hear Creed. And yes, the scent of Hugo Boss #6 that will still announce my presence.
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