Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

16 Random, or Not So Random, Facts About Me

Over the last couple days, I have struggled to come up with blog topics. Usually I have a few different ideas at a given time. Today, not so much. I decided to steal an idea from a friend's Facebook page. Here are 16 random, or not so random, facts about me.

1. I have attended Major League Baseball games at the following parks: Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park, Comiskey Park II/U.S. Cellular Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Tropicana Field, Rogers Centre at SkyDome, Jacobs Field, Comerica Park, Kaufmann Stadium, Angels Stadium, Oakland-Alameda County Stadium, The Ballpark at Arlington, Dolphins Stadium, Shea Stadium, RFK Stadium, Great American Ballpark, Minute Maid Field, Miller Park, Three Rivers Stadium, PNC Park, Busch Stadium, Dodger Stadium, PETCO Park, and AT&T Park.

2. I believe that each album Duran Duran has released is very good.

3. I saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 29 times at the theater during its initial release. That includes three times on it's first day, and 15 times by the end of its first weekend. Most of the other times were at dollar showings.

4. I've been going to the same dentist's office since I was a 5-year-old.

5. My best bowling score was 225 at the Brunswick Zone at North Avenue and Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights, Illinois. During that game, I bowled six consecutive strikes. Had I paid $5 that night, I would have won $1,000 for that feat.

6. My favorite line from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is spoken by Darth Vader. "This facility is crude but should be adequate to freeze Skywalker for his journey to the Emperor."

7. My paternal grandfather, who was born in Winnipeg, shortened his last name from Pewarchuk to Pearch when he moved to Chicago.

8. Here is the name of every organized baseball team I ever played for: Dark Blue, Astros, Dodgers, Pirates, Yankees, Bobcats, Cardinals, Unnamed, and Trojans. I played under some names for multiple seasons.

9. The baseball glove that I use today was purchased in 1987.

10. My childhood phone number was (312) 345-5438, but I can't remember my phone number when I rented a basement apartment in Elmhurst in 2002.

11. My friend and I went "trick-or-treating" on New Year's Day 1984. Surprisingly, one little old lady gave us fruit. My friend held a sign that read, "19." My sign read, "84."

12. That same friend and I caught his mother's microwave on fire when we decided to make cookies. We put a plate of Play-Doh in the microwave for 30 minutes.

13. I batted 5-for-5 during an evening Little League game in 1987 while my left eye was swollen and black. I was hit in the eye by a batted ball during a pick-up game that afternoon.

14. My favorite video game for Intellivision was Astrosmash. A close second was Donkey Kong.

15. I was born on September 20, 1973. That was the day of the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. That was also the day Jim Croce died. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Montreal Expos at Wrigley Field, 5-4. The paid attendance was only 1,957.

16. Including my residence hall from college, I have had 18 different addresses during my life. This does not include work addresses.


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8 Comments
I have you beat on number 16. I didn't live in a dorm for college and have still lived in 25 homes. I am one year older than you and was not in the military and my parents weren't in the military. Oh and neither was my husband. lol I HATE MOVING!
runt   Tuesday, January 13, 2009
lgrant
You have me beat on addresses--I can only come up with 13. :)
LGrant   Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I lived in ten different homes before I graduated high school. The rest have come as an "adult". lol
runt   Tuesday, January 13, 2009
RickMonday
U have me beat on the number of baseball fields....last time I counted I was around 21.
RickMonday   Tuesday, January 13, 2009
igna83
I was actually glad to read this blog, Bill - you are quite an interesting fellow and seem to have been an even more mischievous youth! Great blog!!
Angi   Tuesday, January 13, 2009
billpearch
Angi, after the microwave fire, my friend's parents decided to remodel their entire kitchen and dining room. His mother was a nurse and worked the midnight shift, so naturally she would always sleep during the day. I'll never forget the smoke alarm beeping and his mom waking up coughing. It's funny in retrospect, but at the moment, I thought we were dead.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Hey There! I think I have you beat on the baseball glove, mine, I believe was from 1984 and I found that with the flag. Also, I remember my original phone number as well, but alas, as you so clearly stated it, can't remember my last home phone, or cell, or whatever...My only last comment was that after my divorce, I went to a halloween party at the number "365" on posterboard that hung from the front and back. When asked what that meant, I responded that I was my ex-husband's credit score after our divorce...Yes, I know...but he deserved it. :) Thanks for sharing!
"Fellow Flag Absconder" Gutel   Thursday, January 22, 2009
billpearch
Hey "Fellow Flag Absconder" it's good to see you here rather than Facebook. One of these days I will have to share the flag story. I was waiting for Obama to take office. If Bush's henchmen would have read that blog, they might have me aligned with the Axis of Evil. I doubt they'd let me blog from Gitmo.

If you bought your glove in '84, that's more proof that my parents should have bought me a new one years earlier. Are you still playing softball?

Your Halloween costume might be the most creative concept ever.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, January 22, 2009
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