A Few Things About Me


wp-1485298089762.jpgSo I have been posting a lot of material on recovery.  Sometimes it can be a bit much.  Sometimes I wonder if I post too much of the stuff on some days.

But then, when I read some of your blogs, I realize how much I gain from your openness and honesty, so I keep writing and posting in the hopes that something I include will be helpful to you.

Well, dear readers, today I thought I would just have a little fun and share ten facts about me.  Just as a way of sharing a different side of things.  My entire life is not about recovery, nor does it have to be.  So here you go:

  1. I love Bass Fishing!  I used to have a boat, but I sold it because a poor impulsive decision.  Now I shore fish and think about what it was like to fish with a boat, lol.

2.  My favorite color is dark teal.  Yes, it has to be dark, that way it’s much less feminine.  If I could get away with wearing teal pants, I would.

3.  My favorite food is Italian.  Within the wonderful world of Italian food, my favorite is lasagna!  Give me some French bread and butter, and a pile of lasagna, and I am in heaven!

lasagna on justruminating men's blog

4.  I love to swim.  I grew up swimming as our only real family outing.  I can stay in the water and play and swim for hours.

5.  I love mythology.  One of the first books I ever read was Edith Hamilton’s Mythology:  Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.  I must have read that book 20 times.

6.  I was an English Major, so I read a lot of books and poetry.  A relatively unknown book is probably in my top 10:  One Hundred Years of Solitude.  It affected me deeply my Junior year of college.  Read it, it will affect you too.

7.  My very favorite book is Tom Sawyer.  Enough said.

8.  My favorite poet is John Keats.  So tragic his work was not recognized by his peers until after his untimely death at age 25.  25 folks!  Can you even imagine what he could have produced if he lived as long as, say, Robert Frost?  Oh, to think of it!

keats on justruminating men's blog

9.  I absolutely LOATHE liver!  If I ever walked into your house and I smelled liver, I would have to kill you.

10.  I love cookies.  I love mostly soft cookies, but as long as I have milk, a row of Oreo Doubletstuff is not safe.  I love any kind of cookie, except cookies that don’t taste like cookie like Biscotti–but they are technically biscuits, and biscuits are cool, but they are not cookies.

Well, there you have it, 10 irrelevant to your life facts about your humble writer.  Share a fact or two about you, that would make this post worthwhile to me!

DID YOU KNOW:  You can’t inhale through your nose and talk at the same time?

84 comments on “A Few Things About Me”

  1. Didn’t know about “nose” lol and don’t wanna try even 😂😂. About facts: very passionate …by the way, what can ppl cook from liver nowadays? Everybody’s into eating salads 😬😛 oh, can’t swim lol my outing was playing in the woods or reading :)) Tom S is the man 👍👍 and fishing…I think I like it, especially SOUP-time! Haha

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  2. Rob, I am so grateful for your visit to my little blog as it led me to yours! I will be following yours. I am currently re-reading One Hundred Years of Solitude-Love it. I’m also currently re-reading all of my favorite Dostoyevsky. I read too many books at the same time and get confused. I love Russian literature and 20th Century Russian Lit. as well as postmodernism anything, whatever postmodernism means these days.

    I suffer from many of the same things you have mentioned here, including maybe the same age! Do you know Anne Sexton’s or Sylvia Plath’s poetry? have you read David Foster Wallace? Mary Karr? Karr is the greatest recovery memoirist in the history of the planet. I wrote her a letter one time and told her that when I read her books, it’s as if she is sitting in the room, an old friend having deep conversations. Have you read Noonday Demons? Any Kathryn Jamison? Eckhardt Tolle??? Tolle is a spiritual master but has become too much of a “pop star.”

    Sometimes my blog is good therapy.I just got over a stupid-long bout of writer’s block. I’m using form poetry to get out of it and it seems to be a good method. I’m missing a whole bunch but I have to get back to work……Sorry for all the questions!

    Thanks again for your visit! Congratulations for all of your hard work!


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    1. Wow thanks for all your sharing it’s awesome. Age? Just turned 53 two weeks ago. How odd you are reading 100 years. Dostoyevsky is tough going for me. I don’t read as much as I used to. Ues, I have a Tolle quote section of my blog, but it got little action so I moved on to Spirituality For The Day. Thank you for the Karr notation. I think I will look her up. Glad your writer’s block is clearing up. I had a poetry block until last week

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  3. Thank you for sharing , this ignoramus doesn’t know what dark teal is, ah ! One right after my heart is lasagna, when I was growing up , I read a lot of books, Enid blyton’s , fairy tales , wild westerns by Louis l’ amour,thrillers , Oliver strange was another fav, the only time I got to read poetry was at grand dad’s , he had a huge library full of books, mostly poetry books. He had these huge shelves stacked with voluminous books. It’s still so much fun to read a paperback, I think.

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  4. 1.My dad had a boat when we were little but it was my mom who loved to fish, I like making my jewelry. 2. My favorite color is Garnet w/ Turquoise. If you golf you can wear teal pants. 3. My favorite food is CAKE. 4. I love to swim but prefer pools so I can do my other favorite thing, float! 5. I’m interested in the History of Russian Prison Tattoos and the History of Different Religious Beliefs. 6. I used to read a book a day the first book that inspired me to read was Lord of The Flies. 7. My favorite book is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn 8. I’m not a big poetry fan but love Edgar Allan Poe (of course) 9. My mom used to make my dad liver and onions once a week! Personally I will gag if I am given Goat Cheese. Had a very bad experience. 10. My nickname was “Cookie Monster” at a Salon I worked at because clients brought these towering cookie trays for Christmas time. I thought I was being clever by slicing an opening in the back so no one could tell I was eating them. Then one of the cookie pyramids collapsed. I ate a lot of peanut butter cookies w/ Hershey Kisses, pecan balls, Italian cookies I didn’t know the names of, I ate them all. lol

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    1. So lovely this share. I like garnet, it’s my birth stone. I do golf on occasion, good to know! I taught Lord of the Flies in hs. Hmm feel love huh? That’s a great nickname lol. My mom made those Hershey kiss cookies and co loved them! So nice to learn more about you like This!


      1. “Geek Love” , it isn’t for everyone but it does make you think about a lot of things. Family dynamics, how society views beauty and what’s considered an “oddity”, and how far some people will go to either fit in to these categories or escape them. “Lord of The Flies” I read at an extremely young age. My brother who is 7 years older than me was supposed to read it. It was sitting around the house so I read it. Of course when he found out I had to help him with his assignment! lol

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          1. Not! My brother was inspired by wrestling. I got to enjoy the figure four leg lock, the flying elbow, the choke hold, something called a “chicken wing” (I think he made that one up) he was 6’3″ and 250 pounds with socks that could clear out an entire town!

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                  1. He played all sports but was best at baseball. The problem was he could never stay out of trouble and was expelled from High School twice. Yup, they let him back after the first time and he screwed up royally again by growing pot in the Future Farmers of America greenhouse. For someone with a high IQ he’s an idiot.

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                    1. Haha, we all have our crosses to bear, right? I have been told I have a very high IQ, and here I am in a VA Treatment Facility, recovering from alcoholism and I am homeless. Go figure…

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                    2. The problem is when you’re intelligent (some people in different ways than others) you have a tendency to get bored because your brain isn’t being stimulated or challenged enough. This can cause some people to entertain themselves. My brother has all of the symptoms of being Bipolar and his daughter has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but he will NEVER admit he has any kind of problem. Even after he gambled their mini mansion on Pearl Lake in Wrentham away, gambled their boat away, stayed in the basement drinking rum and coke while gambling online for over 6 months and not working. They lost everything. It put a huge strain on my mom because she was secretly giving him money to pay bills without my dad finding out. Everything really went to sh*t from then on. But he constantly says the same thing “I don’t have an alcohol problem, I have an ex wife problem”. And he wonders why I’m the only one who still talks to him. Sorry, I’ve been alone in the house for too long! The dogs aren’t that great at talking just pooping on the floor because they refuse to go out in the snow and the Chihuahua is a sneaky S.O.B. lol

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                    3. You know I never mind you commenting things about your life to me, don’t you by now? YOu never have to apologize, and you still have my email and number, so please stop apologizing and vent! I know the feeling about the boring part. And you and I know well enough, he’s not going to stop or get help until he knows what the dilio (deal) is!

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                    4. I know. He’s 50 and has never come close to admitting he has a problem. This is someone who showed up late to my grandfather’s wake, drunk, started a fist fight with my dad and knocked the coffin over. That was when he was in his early twenties and nothing has changed. But I’ll be here for him regardless. I feel guilty, my parents kicked him out of the house at 17 but they never kicked me out for doing some of the same things.

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  5. Thanks for sharing!
    One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my all time favourite books too. It’s always so profound every single time, with so many layers upon layers of meaning. *_*
    I love Keats as well, but while I do sometimes wonder about what other wonders he would have given the world, most of the time, I am at peace that it was a good life lived, with lots to show for it.
    In other news, I am a night owl trying desperately in recent days to acknowledge the evil that is early morning, and I also despise the smell of curd.

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  6. lol at “If I ever walked into your house and I smelled liver, I would have to kill you.” thank you for a laugh.
    I love oreos but don’t like the “stuff” in the center so I scrap it all out and eat the chocolate cookie.
    I love the time of morning when its’ not still dark but not quite light, and all the birds and animals are waking and making the most wonderful sounds, bustling around, letting you see them.
    I love music, all music. It doesn’t matter what kind and love to sing along. Although I am not a singer, pity those who hear me.
    I love bread, any kind, never met any bread I didn’t like.
    I love to draw, use to be quit good at it. When I was in 3rd grade I won an art contest, that was for all grades. Got my picture and artwork published in the paper. But I stopped after my parents went to the school and said they didn’t send me to school to learn all that “artsy fartsy stuff but to read and write” LOL
    I love pilates. It’s the only exercise that strengthens me without me feeling like I’ve been beat with a bat 😉 and it’s very relaxing.

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    1. Beaten by a bat, lol. I love that time of morning as well, especially since I don’t drink or drug anymore. I love bread and butter, I have to have it for my meals, especially Italian food! Thank you for sharing and letting us know more about you. I’m dying to hear you sing now haha!

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  7. I have an unforgiving sweet tooth – cookies, brownies, etc. are not safe around me. Oddly enough, cake is not a big draw. Tiramisu is my favorite, and I can eat the whole thing myself.

    Music has always been my first poetry. I have read tons of poetry in my life. I lack focus/direction, so I tend to do everything at once and overload myself with no organization. Musically, I am as eclectic as they come, with the only exception really being country music. To describe my feelings on music, check out Cold – Bleed, it has always felt like my heart being sung.

    My two favorite singers are Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour). I’ve described myself before as the perfect union of the two – Corey’s anger, frustration, passion with Maynard’s analytical humor and manipulation. Sadly, I forget this often. If you want to talk to me, speak in music, it’s what I always listen to most – to benefit and detriment.

    Tom Sawyer is one of my most favorite books as well. Twain has always been one of my loves. His sharp wit and humor, I quote him constantly to myself.

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    1. Wow, that’s really nice of you to say! Sometimes I feel like I might post too much. But then I get these ideas and I just post away. Your comment means the world. You’re the first to say that since I started in oct

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