Thursday, November 24, 2016

Writer’s Workshop: Lists of Five

Today’s prompt is

Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

Five Things About Me You Might Or Might Not Know

  1. I am the holder of the 1978 Production Management Key from Loyola University Chicago. I have no idea where it is, and Loyola no longer has a Production Management major. But trust me, I earned it.
  2. I’m really good at remembering numbers. I remember almost every phone number we had, my employee number from almost every job I had, both Mary’s and my Social Security numbers (she asks me when she needs it), multiplication tables up through twenty, various constants, such as pi to ten decimal digits (3.1415926535), Avogadro’s number (6.02 * 1023, the number of molecules in a mole), the square root of 2 to seven digits (1.4142135), various sines and cosines, the Golden Ratio (1.618), and 377426415375, which next year represents the first Tuesdays of each month. I learned that from my grandfather.
  3. I was born on Palm Sunday 1956. When it doesn’t fall on a Sunday in Lent, it’s the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.
  4. I broke my right arm twice when I was a kid. The first time was when I was three and got pushed off a cabinet by a kid from down the street (I think I said I was Superman, and he wanted to see if I could fly). I was seven the other time; my brothers and I were horsing around and running around the house, and I slipped on a throw rug.
  5. My commencement ceremonies from grammar school and high school were both on June 6, four years apart.

Five Things I’m Knowledgeable About

  1. Math. It runs in the family.
  2. 20th Century Music. Well, maybe not rap or hip-hop, but most kinds.
  3. Baseball. It’s the only professional sport I follow. My favorite teams are the Chicago White Sox and the Atlanta Braves.
  4. Computers. I’ve worked with computers most of my adult life, and now I play with them.
  5. Business Travel. Mostly through experience, not all of it good.

Five Things I Know Nothing About

  1. Most Olympic sports. I’m really not interested in them. I do like figure skating, but that’s just to watch.
  2. Mountain climbing. Never done, have no desire to start now.
  3. Automobiles. I know how they’re supposed to work, but nothing about how to fix them when they don’t work like they’re supposed to. I was looking at cars once, and the salesman raised the hood and went into great detail about what was under it, and only stopped when I said, “That’s the engine, right?” I know enough to call AAA.
  4. Dancing. I’m like a crippled elephant. Mary and I once took a class at church, and after the second lesson the instructor, who’s a friend of ours, gave our money back.
  5. Basic Home Repair. When we bought the house, Mary made two rules: no paint, and no power tools. I inherited my father’s ineptitude at home repair. Although I can surprise myself sometimes, the fact is, I have neither the inclination nor the patience for it. I call the pros and pay them whatever they ask for to have things done. Remember “insure domestic tranquility” from the preamble to the US Constitution? Letting the pros do it is how I do my part.

Five Things I Believe

  1. Everything happens for a reason.
  2. Better over the hill than under it.
  3. God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.
  4. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed are kings.
  5. We all have a story inside of us, and if people knew what it was, they’d be horrified.

Here’s Billy Currington with “People Are Crazy.” It’s where #3 comes from.

I’d be interested to hear how you’d fill in these blanks. Leave me a comment or link back from your blog.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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