Today is BigBob’s birthday! In honor of the occasion, I decided to participate in an exercise that originated at GoodFatherBlog.com.
1. He’s sitting in front of the TV. What is on the screen?
If he is by himself, he’s watching anything having to do with Nascar or The History Channel. If he’s watching television with the boys, they’re engrossed in a Comedy Central program or Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. They love “Family Guy.”
2. You’re eating in a restaurant. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
3. You’re in a restaurant and he orders a drink. What does he order?
Budweiser or brandy and water unless we’re in a Mexican restaurant, in which case it’s either a margarita or Corona.
4. Where did he go to high school?
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stockton, California, class of 1969.
5. What size shoe does he wear?
6. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
Anything and everything — literally — related to the Dales Earnhardt, i.e., Dale, Sr. and Dale, Jr. He even has a fishing lure with a “3” (Dale, Sr. drove the “3 car”) on it. No joke.
7. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
He’s not a fussy eater, so it could anything from tuna fish to ham, turkey, salami . . . even bologna.
8. What would this person eat every day if he could?
Dry roasted peanuts washed down with Budweiser.
9. What is his favorite cereal?
He doesn’t eat cereal. He always has toast and coffee.
10. What would he never wear?
An earring. It would look silly with his cowboy boots and Budweiser belt buckle, after all.
11. What is his favorite sports team?
He isn’t passionate about any sport except auto racing, but he does like to watch football when he has a chance and cheers for the San Francisco 49’ers.
12. Who did he vote for?
Obama, of course. And against Proposition 8. He’s come a long way, baby.
13. Who is his best friend?
Steve or Gary.
14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Prove him wrong. Actually, we’ve been married so long that many of the things that used to bug him are non-issues now. For instance, he used to argue vehemently with me when I would tell him that he was driving in the opposite direction of our destination. He has no sense of direction. After fighting with me and always losing, he finally learned to just listen to and trust me. One day, he went somewhere with #1Son. When they got home, they were still laughing. Apparently, neither one of them could remember where they parked the car. As they wandered around looking for it, #1Son said, “Damn you, Dad. I got your sense of direction. Thanks for that.”
15. What is his heritage?
On his father’s side, a combination of German, English, Irish, etc. His father had a ruddy complexion, reddish hair, and freckles. His mother was Spanish, so he is half Spanish and looks remarkably like his maternal grandfather.
16. You bake him a cake for his birthday:
And he knows he has stumbled into the wrong house. Has never happened. Will never happen.
17. Did he play sports in high school?
No. He always had part-time jobs and was into cars, smoking cigarettes, chasing girls, and cruising Pacific Avenue in Stockton in his Dodge Charger . . . while smoking cigarettes and looking for girls, of course. George Lucas is from Modesto, California, just a few miles south of Stockton and “American Graffitti” was inspired, in part, by the Pacific Avenue cruisers. Here in Lodi, we dragged School Street after high school football and basketball games. I once had seven of my friends crammed into my 1963 Chevrolet with me. Fortunately, my father did not find out.
18. What could he spend hours doing?
Messing around in the garage. Doing what, I don’t exactly know. Nor do I care. He has his Nascar stuff, including his car magazines, my father’s tools, a giant counter/workspace, and a refrigerator in which he thinks he’s hiding the beer (but I know it’s there) out there. The only thing that would make him happier would be a drain in the middle of the garage floor. Since the floor is tiled, the dream is all he has.
19. Does he like his job?
Despises it. Always has. He started college, but wasn’t serious about his studies, so his father decided to help him get a job with the same company by which he had been employed for about 30 years. His mother told his father not to do it because she was certain that once BigBob grew accustomed to the income, steady employment, and excellent benefits, he would never go back to school. Guess who was right? The job gave him the money he needed to put gas in the Dodge Charger, buy cigarettes, and rent an apartment . . . and the rest is history. He has always told both of our boys to go to college — and that he will tell the folks in personnel vile lies about them, thereby destroying any chance of them ever being hired, if they try to get a job with the same company.
20. What is one unique talent he has?
His sense of humor is completely off the wall. He comes up with some unbelievable one-liners right out of left field, catching me totally off-guard and I just fall down laughing.
He also nicknames everyone. And I do mean everyone and everything. For instance, he is the one who dubbed my father’s car “the Kennymobile.” His place of employment is snarkily referred to as “The Happy Place.” And my nickname is “Moi” which makes no sense, but he won’t have it any other way. When we were dating, he said something to which I responded a la Miss Piggy: “Moi?” He started calling me “Moi” and, even though I protested because it means “me” in French, he was relentless. I gave up trying to explain to the jeweler why BigBob insisted that he engrave “To my Little Moi” inside my wedding ring!
He didn’t become known as “BigBob” until I graduated from law school and went into private practice. A former partner began calling him that because he was only about 5′ 5″ tall and found himself looking up at my 6′ 2″ husband in order to carry on a conversation. The name stuck.
21. Did you buy him a birthday present? If so, what is it?
Are you kidding? I wouldn’t have a clue what to buy him because it has to be Earnhardt-related. So he will find something on Ebay or another website. I’ll know when he has selected his present because I’ll receive an email telling me how generous I was this year.