I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

On Friday, Jenny’s and my friend Meghan paid me a most generous compliment on her blog, “Kitchen Notes,” where she recognized me with a Beautiful Blogger Award. This explains my cool new artwork over on the right (where I’ve also added some easier ways to keep track of what’s going on here).

Needless to say, Meghan’s kind words made my day, particularly since she chose to recognize me even though my most recent post was about going to the bathroom. And her gesture warrants not only immediate induction into the D.R.O.P. List but also a brief retelling of how she and I met.

Meghan is one of Jenny’s best friends, and after the two of us had been dating for a couple of months, they decided it was time for everyone to meet. So Meghan and her husband, Mike, made the trip to South Bend for the afternoon, and the four of us went out to lunch. I’m not sure exactly how much time had passed since we were officially introduced, but it couldn’t have been more than 45 minutes before Meghan turned to me and, in all earnestness, asked “So, what are your intentions?”

She’s one of the only people I know, perhaps along with my sister-in-law Susan, who could’ve pulled this off without it seeming weird or inappropriate that she was asking. She wasn’t trying to put me on the spot; she was just looking out for her friend. And that’s what Meghan (and Mike) do.

It’s not surprising, then, that they made the four-hour round trip to South Bend—again, just for the afternoon—the Sunday before our wedding to help us finish the cleaning out of Jenny’s apartment we had started the day before with Susan, Joey, Molly, Brian, and some awesomely cheap moving men. Really, though, I think they came just to make sure we were doing alright.

Hold on … I need a moment.

Thanks. I’m back.

As part of accepting my Beautiful Blogger Award, I am supposed to provide you, my loyal readers, with a list of 10 things you may not know about me. This could prove to be exceedingly difficult; between what’s in my book (which some of you have already read) and a blog where I write about going to the bathroom, there’s not much mystery left.

With that in mind, here it goes:

1) I sat next to one of the Baldwin brothers on a flight to Phoenix. To this day, I don’t know which one it was, only that it wasn’t Alec.
2) When I was 11, my dad taught me how to hotwire a car.
3) Although I grew up in Michigan, I was actually born in Cleveland.
4) I have reserved the handle “AuthorTedFox” on Twitter so if I ever do get famous, people won’t be able to send out false Tweets claiming to be me.
5) I am a card-carrying member of Mensa. Stop laughing.
6) During my senior year, I won my high school’s talent show by rapping Outkast’s “ATLiens.” I think it was my Isaiah Rider Timberwolves jersey that put me over the top.
7) I was an extra in 61, the movie about the Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record that was shot in part at the old Tiger Stadium.
8) In college, I dunked during an intramural basketball game. At least two-thirds of the opposing team was drunk, but still.
9) After our high school prom got canceled, I was in a meeting with our principal and indirectly accused him of being a dictator.
10) When I moved to Connecticut, we couldn’t fit my bed in the U-Haul, so I slept on a hammock the entire six months I lived there.

OK, so this was REALLY hard. As a result, almost this entire list is b) FALSE.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I blogged about going to the bathroom. Clearly, just about nothing in my personal life is off limits, including the stuff that definitely should be.

However, you’ll notice I said “almost” the entire list is made up. There are three items above that are, in fact, true.

Anyone who correctly guesses which three will get mad props in my next post and, if they’re not already, immediate citizenship in the united states of D.R.O.P. Of course, if no one guesses, I’ll give you the answers anyway because that’s just the kind of guy I am.

That post will also fulfill my last duty as a Beautiful Blogger: bestowing the title on a couple of blogs/sites run by people I know.

Until then: Thanks again, Meghan. It was a great surprise to end the week.

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13 comments

  1. Brian Fremeau

    I believe you have used Hotwire to rent a car, but I don't believe you know how to actually hotwire one.If the Cleveland thing were true, you'd quote The Drew Carey Show as much as you do Seinfeld.I bet you've thought about the Twitter thing, but doubt you went through with it. "TheTedFox" maybe.Mensa members don't carry cards, they have their membership lists memorized.I believe you participated in the talent show, but won?I really want the hammock thing to be true, but it can't be.That leaves 1, 7, 8 and 9. Forgive me if I'm wrong (perhaps you've even told me otherwise), but I'm guessing the dunk is a fib. 1-7-9.

  2. Ted

    Sorry, no trifectas yet.But Brian: I appreciate the explanation of your rationale. You're closing in on the D.R.O.P. list faster than Drew on "The Price is Right" gig.

  3. RRager

    OK, I'm going with 1-6-10Sitting next to someone famous andnot knowing who it is sounds appropriate.We know you like rap (don't understand why,but that'a another story). I'm guessing you werethe only white rapper in the zip code and yougot the novelty vote.As for sleeping in a hammock for six months,that explains why I haven't heard any complaintsabout the tiny beds in our guest bedrooms.(That's right girls, "guest bedrooms", their officiallyno longer your rooms).

  4. Ted

    The logic is entertaining (and how could I complain about Kate's old room with those glow-in-the-dark planets still on the ceiling?), but your lineup is unfortunately incorrect.Also, I have a pretty good idea who took option number three on the poll question. 🙂 But the fact that I don't know for sure should prove I can't tell who votes in it.

  5. Meghan Scarsella

    Ted-I'm honored! What a treat to be added to the DROP list with a minimum amount of campaigning on my part AND be mentioned in your latest blog post. I won't even hold it against you that it followed the potty post. :)I vote for 5, 8, and 9. 2 was a close runner up- you are from Detroit after all!

  6. Ted

    I wish I could say you nailed it since your list is by far the most complimentary. 🙂 However, the search for my true identity continues.

  7. Megan

    My guess is 1, 4, and 8. And I know for a FACT that one of those is true. Though I wouldn't put wearing an Isaiah Rider jersey past you.

  8. Ted

    I like the confidence with which both of you made your picks. Neither of you ran the table, though.It's an American Idol/Lost night tonight, so the big reveal will have to wait until tomorrow night.

  9. Anonymous

    I'm going with 2, 6 and 8. Not fair since I didn't read the blog until I'd already saw the Rider jersey pic, but still…I would go with 9, but if I remember correctly you outright called someone (either a principal or teacher) a dictator – nothing indirect about it….Anyways, I'm really just responding so I can respond to RRager…..guest room, shmest room. Room's mine, always will be. Sorry, unlike my bike, you cannot give away my room. Kate

  10. Evelyn

    I'm with Kate: 2, 6 and 8, although I would have gone 2, 6 and 9 until I saw Megan's post, and had to go with at least one of her guesses. But I really wanted to believe that 9 was right.

  11. Anonymous

    I guess it's not fair to weigh in since I've known you before you knew yourself. I will say you have always been somewhat of a rebel. And there was no "indirectly" about it!

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