How About Sharing More About Yourself?

anonymous_2We have noticed lately that there are many new people who have been visiting our site and who have been making comments and sharing their experiences.

Since our reader base does tend to change frequently, we thought now would be a good time to repeat a fun exercise that was last done back in January of 2014.

Basically, we’d like to know more about you guys.   And we’re pretty sure that you all kind of enjoy getting to  know one another a little better as well.

Here we have this blog that approximately 1000 people visit each day (depending on what day of the week it is), yet everyone is anonymous.  We all choose monikers or fake names to help secure our privacy – us included.  Nobody really knows who anyone else really is. Readers can only be familiar with fake names and the situations that apply to that persona.

It just goes with the territory. 

So let’s try to have a little fun and get to know each other more – without jeopardizing our anonymity of course!

Things to consider…

  • Where are you from?
  • How many kids do you have?
  • What’s your occupation?
  • What is your favorite sports team?
  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • What is your favorite city to visit?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Where do you dream of traveling to?
  • What is your favorite beer and how many can you drink before you get drunk?
  • What’s your favorite food?
  • If someone gave you a 10 million dollars what would you do with it?
  • What is the craziest thing you want to do before you die?
  • Whatever you would like to say.  Let your imagination be your guide!

It goes without saying that we expect all of you who comment regularly to participate and hopefully many of you who like to stay behind the scenes will join in as well. If you’ve shared the last time we did this, that’s ok.  You can always update things or just share new stuff about yourself.                                                                                                                      

I’ll get things rolling… 

(Now, I’m repeating much of what I shared the last time, so sorry if you’ve read this before.)

Both Linda and I are 53 years young.  We have three great kids – a son who just finished his first year as a special education teacher and two girls who are now juniors in college.  Linda is an elementary school teacher and I’m chief cook and bottle washer of a couple of very small businesses.

I was born in Chicago which is one of our all-time favorite cities to visit.  I think my favorite city to visit though is San Francisco and my favorite city to party in is Nashville.

I am a die-hard Ohio State Buckeye fan and vow that when I die, my ashes will be spread over their football stadium.  (Not sure Linda will honor that request).  By the way, in my second life I’m either going to be a star professional baseball player or a lead guitarist for a blues band.  I haven’t made up my mind just yet.

When we’re not working we like to get outdoors.  We walk, hike, bike and kayak as much as possible and are in pretty good shape physically.  We also occasionally get the opportunity to rock climb, go backpacking and/or car camping.  On July 6th we will be embarking on a family vacation  to the New England area, with most of our time being spent in a tent in Acadia National Park.

Listening to live music is another one of our favorite things to do, with blues and classic rock being our favorites.  I don’t think that I have an all-time favorite band but have always enjoyed bands such as Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Eagles, Bad Company, Van Halen, etc.

I do about 99% of the cooking in our house while Linda does all the baking.  Her chocolate cake from scratch is the best.  I don’t have a favorite food per se, though I love Mexican cuisine and anything that is hot and spicy.  I put hot sauce or jalapenos on just about everything.

Linda in currently on a nutrition kick where it seems as though she puts spinach in just about everything she eats or drinks and is detoxing one thing or another regularly.  I follow her lead to a point but I’m a sucker for good beer and hot wings which aren’t exactly good detox foods!

Oh, and I don’t have a favorite beer either.  I drink any craft beer that is on sale! 

That’s all I can think of for now.  Maybe I’ll add some more in the comment section later.

Try to have some fun with this!

We look forward to reading the comments.

Linda & Doug


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29 Responses to How About Sharing More About Yourself?

  1. Scott June 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Where are you from?
    The midwest

    How many kids do you have?
    2 kids, son still in high school, daughter finishing her degree this year.

    What’s your occupation?
    IT…mostly software

    What is your favorite sports team?
    The Packers, it’s a working man’s team, owned by the fans.

    What is your favorite city to visit?
    Boston – great history, great institutions

    What do you like to do in your spare time?
    Play the guitar, golf, a little fishing, not much though, maybe once a year.

    Where do you dream of traveling to?

    What is your favorite beer and how many can you drink before you get drunk?
    Big fan of DogFishHead 60 or 90 minute IPA. I really dig Raging Bitch by Flying Dog. And I love Steadman’s artwork on FD, have since the Hunter Thompson days. I like Deschutes in Wisconsin, Fat Tire, Diesel Punk is a good cheaper IPA. I will also go to the local microbreweries and have one or two. I limit myself anymore. At my age (48), I spend way too much time recovering if I have too many!!!

    What’s your favorite food?
    Unfortunately everything. Gotta hit the gym after vacation.

    If someone gave you a 10 million dollars what would you do with it?
    Travel for a while, fix up my house and sell it, golf a lot, make sure my kids had trusts and help out my extended family where I could.

    What is the craziest thing you want to do before you die?
    I’ve done my fair share of crazy, so at this point it’s probably pretty lame, but golfing St. Andrews is up there, getting a guitar lesson from a legend like clapton or alex lifeson or EVH, would be about as wild as I’d get. I would like to be in Dublin when the townspeople read Ulysses by James Joyce.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing some great landmarks, but anything like jumping out of a plane or bungee jumping would make me barf more than anything else.

    • Strengthrequired June 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

      I would like to visit Ireland too, some ancestry from there. Just need to build up the courage to get on a plane, hate planes.
      bungy jumping of jumping out of a plane doesn’t sit well for me either. I’m chicken…. Lol

  2. tryingtorecover June 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    I was surprised to see this post though excited t respond!!! Thanks Linda and Doug- this site has helped me navigate and cope with this trauma in my life!

    Where are you from? Brooklyn , NY., though I have lived in Vermont for the past 19 years.
    How many kids do you have? I have 3 biological, 12 yr. old daughter, 15 yr. old son., 19 yr. old son and a foster son whose mother passed away 2 years ago – he is 20 yrs. old
    What’s your occupation? Mental health counselor
    What is your favorite sports team? Boston Red Sox… I know… atrocity being fro Brooklyn, sorry!!!
    What’s your favorite TV show? Walking Dead
    What is your favorite city to visit? New Orleans
    What do you like to do in your spare time? Hiking, Reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family!
    Where do you dream of traveling to? Italy and Norway
    What is your favorite beer and how many can you drink before you get drunk? I don’t drink beer- My heritage is Italian and Ukrainian. I like Vodka and Tequila…Two shots for a buzz and borderline drunk.
    What’s your favorite food? Anise cooked or and Italian meal
    If someone gave you a 10 million dollars what would you do with it? Restorative programs for people in correctional system.
    What is the craziest thing you want to do before you die? Quit my well respected job and live on the beach for a year without any means…
    Whatever you would like to say. Let your imagination be your guide! I want to believe in true love and feel it…even after forty….maybe it will happen???

  3. Heartbroken June 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    We are both from Ohio. We currently live in North Carolina. We have been married for 27 years and are in our late 40’s. I am a caregiver on a military base and get to play with infants all day. He is a retired marine and work on military aircraft as a civilian. We have 4 children, one in college, one in the military, one does tile work and the last one is in high school. We are huge Steeler fans and enjoy drinking coors light while we watch football. I can drink about 6 beers and still function quite well. Lol We enjoy cooking together every night and listening to music. We also enjoy swimming in the pool in our back yard. I would love to visit Las Vegas one day and our favorite place to visit is a small town in Ohio where we were raised. My youngest is a huge Ohio State fan and hopes to attend after HS. I visit your site daily and it has helped me cope with my husbands emotional affair, although we have a long way to go.

    • Doug July 1, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      I didn’t think people from Ohio were allowed to be Steeler fans! Go Bengals! 😉

  4. Tabs June 30, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    I was born, raised, and now live in Hawaii (Honolulu). I have two kids, a daughter (24) and son (21). My daughter, fortunately (or unfortunately, however you look at it) is my in-house therapist. As a USC grad, you’d think I’d like football. But I love pro basketball. Currently, I don’t really have a favorite team, but will cheer for any one playing against Lebron James. Sorry Cav fans. If I had $10M, I’d buy myself a stable full of horses and ride all day. I’d also take a week or two off for an equestrian vacation through Ireland and Scotland. I don’t think I have a favorite food or beverage. And, I’m a light weight when it comes to drinking. I usually get sick before getting drunk. The only upside is that I’ve never had a hangover.

    Strengthrequired, what about you?

  5. Strengthrequired June 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Ok tabs…
    Where are you from? I’m from the land down under
    How many kids do you have? 6 children, two adult boys and 4 girls 4,6,11 and 12
    What’s your occupation? Housewife, bookkeeper etc for our business, student
    What is your favorite sports team? Don’t have a favourite
    What’s your favorite TV show? Criminal minds
    What is your favorite city to visit? I don’t have a favourite place, but I love the country,
    What do you like to do in your spare time? i like spending time with my family, whether going out or watching movies. I enjoy seeing my kids laughing and playing with their dad. ( gives me a break at the same time)
    Where do you dream of traveling to? I one day would like to visit Ireland and Germany probably even Wales , all part of my ancestry, the U.S., Hawaii, France, there’s a problem though I don’t like flying.
    What is your favorite beer and how many can you drink before you get drunk? I don’t drink beer, I’ve never been drunk, and rarely drink.
    What’s your favorite food? Chicken wings, marinated lol.
    If someone gave you a 10 million dollars what would you do with it? I would pay off our mortgage, maybe get my husband to sell the business, go on a long holiday, buy homes for all my children as an investment for their future, help some family, donate some money, buy a new home. ( maybe even buy a one way ticket for the ow and her family to her homeland back to her family, far away from me)
    What is the craziest thing you want to do before you die? Get drunk… And lose the plot, yet I’m the responsible one, lol.

  6. TryingHard July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Where are you from?–Live in the mid-west. “From” all over. Military Brat.

    How many children–Two grown sons, two grandchildren

    Occupation–Accounting and business owner. Would rather be doing something more creative. Would love to go back to school and major in psychology.

    Favorite Sports Team–not really a sports fan, watch it, get it, don’t care who wins. I do like watching golf tournaments. Tiger Woods, NOT my favorite player. Jordan Spieth and Rory McElroy my currents faves.

    Favorite TV show–currently The Brink on HBO or Showtime, not sure which. Don’t watch too much TV. Love to read and listen to music. I love Pandora and current listen to Madeliene Peyroux.

    Favorite City to visit–Easy, Paris. Favorite American city, Chicago

    What I do in my spare time?–My husband and I go out a lot. We like movies, hiking, fishing, short trips, shopping, concerts, talks(professional speakers, not us, God no, no more “talking” aaaacccckkk). I like to garden in my very small garden, I like to cook, and I read a lot. Spend time with my grandchildren. Go to T Ball games. Just regular stuff.

    Where do I dream of traveling to?–Europe. Mostly different countries in Europe. No desire to go to the middle east or China. I would like to go to Japan. Would love to go to Cuba. Also travel the USA, so much to see right here. National Parks out west is in the plans for next summer/early fall. Camping maybe,??? yikes, I’m scared.

    Favorite Beer–no beer for me. Wish I could, but can’t drink it. I’m a wine girl. Two or three is my normal limit. I do not like to get drunk and avoid it at all costs but sometimes it happens.

    Favorite Food–No favorites really. I enjoy fresh, local ingredients, healthy and stick to chicken or fish. Thinking about only eating fish no land animals.

    10Mil–I would set up trust funds for my grandchildren and children. I would buy a small apartments in Paris and Chicago and Phoenix (for the winter). I would donate to causes I care about and invest heavily.

    Craziest Thing I Want to Do Before I Die– I think I would like to bungee jump or jump out of a plane or take flying lessons. Ten years ago I would have said, No Way. Now, not so much. I’ve changed my mind. What the hell, why not, YOLO right?

  7. Patsy50 July 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    I’m a Jersey Girl. Both my husband and I are born, raised and grew up in New Jersey. I am 64 years young.
    I have two married daughters. One is 39 years old and the other is 35 years old.
    I am retired but a Nanny to my three grandsons age 6 and a set of twin boys age 2 years old and one more on the way, Whew!

    Don’t like sports of any kind. But I think that will have to change with three grandsons.
    My favorite TV show is Dancing with the Stars and Black is the New Orange.
    I like to visit New York City. My husband and I love the jersey shore, dinners out, vacations,walking and antiquing. And I love, love music.
    I would like to visit Ireland,Poland and Italy one day. Don’t like to fly, but they do have drugs to take to make it easier to get on a plane.
    Probably my limit is three Coors light beer but also enjoy a glass or two of wine.
    My favorite food has changed, my husband I really enjoy eating Indian food. He has become a Vegan because of heart attacks and we enjoy the hot and spicy flavor.
    Well 10 million dollars is a lot of money. I would give to my family first, then fund my grandchildrens college and then give to our many charities.
    I would like to be around for awhile so nothing crazy at my age

    • Doug July 2, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      So what do you think of the new Orange is the New Black season? We watched the first two episodes and were a little disappointed. If you’ve watched more than two episodes, let me know if it’s worth watching more!

      • Patsy50 July 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm #


        I like the show. I am on season 3 episode 5. Interesting to see how the inmates got themselves in a situation that landed them in prison. It doesn’t compair to Breaking Bad which I loved and looking forward to the next season of the Affair. Will let you know how that goes.

  8. Antiskank July 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Interesting bunch, no slouches here! This betrayal thing can happen to anyone!!!

    I am from western Canada and work as a hospital pharmacy supervisor. I have been with my H since I was 16! This year would be our 41st anniversary if I were still counting. We live on a large acreage in a rural area with wild animals strolling thru most days.

    We have a daughter about to turn 40 and a son,37. Two grand kids that I love beyond measure:)

    In the little bit of spare time I have, when not with family, I like to hike, rock climb, ride motorbikes, target shoot, read, and cook. I am an excellent baker and love it!

    I love to visit Cuba, but my dream vacation would be an African Safari.

    I can’t even tolerate the smell of beer (or coffee) and am not really fond of most alcohol. I drink the occasional glass of wine or cocktail but would always get sick before getting drunk. Cheap drunk!

    I don’t have a favourite single food, I like them all! ….well except mushrooms, shellfish and tofu.

    10 million dollars sounds like a lot of money!! After sharing with my family, I would build a place on my property for a live in vet for my menagerie of animals; I Love animals! With the remainder, I would contribute to charities.

    I’ve done a few crazy thing in my time. The only crazy thing left that I would like to do before I die is fall totally in love and be loved completely in return!

    Happy Canada Day, all!

    • Doug July 2, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      It sounds like you live in my dream location. Are you in the mountains – or at least close by?

      • antiskank July 2, 2015 at 10:40 am #

        Yes, in fact I live on one of the smaller local mountains with many hiking trails. The surrounding mountains are absolutely beautiful. People come from all over the world for our great fishing, hiking, climbing, biking trails, and water sports among other things.I know many other places have these things too but I guess I’m a little biased!!

        • Doug July 2, 2015 at 11:49 am #

          Sounds like a dream location! I’m very jealous.

  9. Rachel July 2, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    Hey Doug,
    Is there anyway you could set up a live chat room on this site?

    • Doug July 2, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      Hey Rachel, I’ve actually looked into it in the past but there weren’t really any very good options as they used too much resource and could possibly cause the site to go down. That was some time ago so I will look into it again and hope that there are some new options out there. I do think it’s a good idea but it may be a few weeks before I can get to it.

  10. TryingHard July 2, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Hey Doug
    Maybe Scott can help you with the chat part of the website 🙂 Scott you listening ? I think it would be fun. I know it’s weird but I’ve grown attached to some folks on this site. I’ve noticed Gizfield is scarce and I miss her and her no bullshit attitude. I hope she’s ok. Eyes Opened hasn’t been around lately either. Ugh my empathic side is showing, oops. A chat site here might be fun.

    We watch Orange is the new Black and have gotten to about the 5th episode. It’s really disturbing and pretty distasteful. I’m not judging I know it’s supposed to be real but it’s a little too graphic and real at times. OO House of Cards, graphic and disturbing if you’re interested in psycho/sociopaths. I’m starting to think I need to watch only kitty cat videos on YouTube 🙂 very calming.

    • Doug July 2, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      Yes, I’ve thought a chat would be good for some time now. I promise I’ll look into it when we get back from vacation.
      I hear you about Orange is the New Black. Season 2 had some pretty graphic scenes in it, that’s for sure. You can watch your kitty-cat videos and I’ll stick to my Nat Geo shows.

    • gizfield July 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

      Hi, Trying! I’m fine, just been busy. It was exciting to read your comment and see my name. Glad everyone is ok! And thank you for the nice compliment about my attitude, lol.

      • Strengthrequired July 4, 2015 at 3:59 am #

        Giz, hope all is well. You do have a great attitude, have to say..
        Take care, come back soon and let us know how your going.

    • Scott July 15, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Doug pointed out the reality which is a lot of chat tools use a lot of resources, can be expensive and are often operated at the expense of the site. He’d need some web design help to integrate it but punch out to a unique site/server. My bet is there’s probably some tools that would fit, but it would also require a lot of integration and design.

      Sorry the reply took so long. Been out on my own vacation. Got some nibbles on the old lure. My son caught a nice bass. Which made me happy!

      • TryingHard July 15, 2015 at 11:14 am #


        How cool is it that you went on vacation with your step children. And how wonderful that you developed a relationship with them separate from your relationship with their biological mother. It must be a very gratifying feeling to have that kind of attachment. I’m happy for you. You are proof that family is more than just blood relations. And bass are awfully fun to catch!

  11. Heartbroken July 3, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Lol Doug! You’re allowed to be Steeler fans living in Ohio if Pittsburgh is an hour away and Cincinnati is 6. Plus Bengals suck!

    • Doug July 3, 2015 at 11:46 am #

      Ha! A true Steeler fan! Lol. We had season tickets to the Bengals for years (unfortunately it was mostly during the ‘lost decade’ when they were terrible) but there was nothing better than beating the Steelers and watching their towel carrying obnoxious fans all walk out of the stadium together. Too bad those wins didn’t happen more often! HaHa. The only team we hate more are the Brownies!

      • gizfield July 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

        Incredibly, my roommate in college (in Tennessee) was from Pittsburgh and she had one of those nasty little terrible towels. She tacked it on her bulletin board and I hated it. This was the early 80s and they had won like a gagillion super bowl bowls. Hated that too, lol.

  12. msd2013 July 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Where are you from? Louisiana
    How many kids do you have? We have 1 2 year old daughter
    What’s your occupation? Interior Design Consultant
    What is your favorite sports team? UL Ragin Cajuns
    What’s your favorite TV show? The Profit
    What is your favorite city to visit? Orange Beach Alabama
    What do you like to do in your spare time? Exercise
    Where do you dream of traveling to? California
    What is your favorite beer and how many can you drink before you get drunk? I don’t drink, but I used to like dark beer 🙂
    What’s your favorite food? I love sushi
    If someone gave you a 10 million dollars what would you do with it? Quit working and play and travel full time with my Husband and Daughter
    What is the craziest thing you want to do before you die? Be brave enough to go on a long vacation with just my Husband
    Whatever you would like to say. Let your imagination be your guide!

  13. betrayedchump July 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Why do I feel like this is a job interview or a speed date????
    Where born you were?
    Buzzard’s Breath, Wyoming, Yes Doug another Steelers fan, from the Steel Curtain Days however I don’t wave a Terrible Towel. I was born, raised and currently live in the REAL Midwest but going to pull up stakes and move to the East Coast Area in the near future!
    How many minions?
    I never had any biological kids but I raised my x wife’s son from birth, HE IS MY SON!!!! Now I have three beautiful granddaughters to spoil rotten, hence the move to the East Coast Area.
    Wondering what I will be when I grow up? Ending my 26 years in the automotive retail business, next up “And now for something completely different”!!!!
    Favorite sports?
    College football, root for anyone playing against Bama, Texas, the Hunchbacks of Notre Dame, Miami, any Urban Meyer coached team (that would be the Buckeyes now, sorry Doug). Pro football, M.M.A., Grand Prix (NOT Left turn only) racing,
    Well I don’t pay for it so it is like being a kid again, only 6 stations to watch, when I have good reception. Guess I am an OLD fart now, lots of PBS-Austin City Limits Rocks every Saturday night-Frontline-Nature. Hey there is always MeTV to get my fix of Family Guy-American Dad-Futurama-Beverly Hillbillies,I haven’t decided yet if I want to be a Soda Jerk, a Brain Surgeon or a Double-Naught Spy????
    What city have I had THE most fun in?
    #1-Hands down NEW ORLEANS, #2-Chicago
    What cities/countries are on my want to visit before I die bucket list after I win this weeks PowerBall Jackpot?
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Mardi Gras-New York City to tour their museums-Washington D.C to tour their museums and all of the War memorials.-The Grand Canyon-Perth & Melbourne, Australia-Fiji-Tahiti and Cozumel (been there want to go again)!!!!
    What do I like to do in my spare time?
    What is this spare time thing, don’t have any to give away after all I am on the backside of 50!!!!
    My favorite beer and how many can I indulge before I feel like a 90 year old man?
    Ice cold Bud light longneck bottle for me please, love real Bud but age dictates going for the “light” since I have become a lightweight? 4 beers=”Feeling Good”, 5 beers=I can do this!!!!, 6 beers=Here are my keys, where is the spare bedroom?, 7 beers=Is it time for a snack yet?, 8 beers=I mean it, this is my last one!, 9 beers=Nothing is getting done for the next two days!!!!, 10 beers=Never count how many in between only the first and last one!!!!
    Favorite food?
    I am an Omnivore, I will eat anything on my plate that is NOT moving or crawled on it’s belly!!!!
    BLUES, BLUES and more BLUES for me please but I like just about any music EXCEPT for RAP or HIp-Hop (Do they even count as music?). Grace Potter and The Nocturnals (going to see her live 07/25/15 CAN’T WAIT!!!!)-J.J. Grey and Mofro-Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. (Willie Nelson’s kid)-KWS-SRV “The King of Texas Blues”-Jonny Lang-Amos Lee-Arc Angels (Doyle Bramhall II can play it)-Jimi “The King of Guitar” Hendrix, Beth Hart- Joe Bonamassa- WOW I must stop, my list is endless but “Well I’ve never been to Spain But I kinda like the music”-NUFF SAID!!!!!
    Crazy things to get done on my bucket list?
    Jump out of a plane, yes with a parachute, sorry to disappoint my x again, still. Go Parasailing and Paragliding , hike some of the Appalachian Trail with my Son & Granddaughters, Bunge jump when everything in your body, mind and soul tells you NOT to!!!! Go on a religious pilgrimage to The Ganges River or to the Egyptian Pyramids (I am related to the Aliens that built them, according to my x?).
    “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
    ― John Lennon
    Peace to All

  14. Strengthrequired July 4, 2015 at 4:08 am #

    Betrayed, what a hoot you are, you gave me a laugh. Silly woman your ex. Good luck with the powerball. You deserve those millions….

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