I have recently been “tagged”, as it were, by two upstanding gentlemen: Chris “Chip” Chapman and Steven Garrity forwarded their wish to hear a List of Things about Yourself. Their own lists were very entertaining, but as for me, what could I possibly put on here that you don’t already know? Or, for that matter, what could I say that you still give a shit about?
That I can write in both Gothic and traditional calligraphy? That I can decipher Morse Code up to 35 words a minute? That Vince Guaraldi used to sleep under our piano when I was a toddler? That I believe Jason Torchinsky to be correct: cheese is the best ingredient in any dish that contains cheese? That I hate Dook like God hated Gomorrah?
No, fair readers, I will attempt to start my own internet meme. A meme so oddly random and uncompelling that you will all rush out and do the same. Let’s call it “26/52”. I put it to you, Chip and Steve, and all the rest of you: who are the 26th and 52nd entries in your address book?
Yes, you heard right. Your computer’s address book, your Blackberry, your Palm, your Rolodex, or even your ratty, hand-scrawled Jonathan Taylor Thomas Tiger Beat datebook calendar. You want me to go first? Fine.
Number 26 in my Address Book: Ricky Bell. Ricky is one of my favorite people on God’s green earth; infinitely affable and always fun on any trip. If he’s quiet, yes, he’s judging you, but that’s because you’re doing something stupid. Loves the Heels, seems to love his adopted town of Chicago, and damned if it ain’t been too long since I’ve seen him.
with Ricky, flying a kite in Kitty Hawk, September ’89
lining up a pool shot in our barn, 2002
Number 52 in my Address Book: Anthony M. Calogero. Anthony was the best friend I had at That Internet Job back in the salad days of 2000-2001, when we were the last of the original boom companies still breathing oxygen. We gossiped, griped, laughed, sent each other those early internet forwards (Korean kickboxers breaking their shins, etc.) and if it weren’t for him, I would have self-destructed in that job way sooner than I actually did. Anthony, I hope your dream of the Perfect Stereo Sound System has come true, dude!
RIGHT. So what’s your 26/52?!?