500 posts? Really? Damn, that's a lot of BS!
So then - in honor of this most historic occasion, here are the answers to the personal questions you were so kind to ask. I'll try my hardest to be serious with these - but don't expect miracles.
April - 1. What made you start blogging?
It all started when I stumbled upon this post by accident while doing a Google search for something at Home Depot. I immediately wondered, who are these common folk that write so humorously on the internets? And after reading through all her archives I came to the conclusion that I should attempt something like that. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. It seems your family all supports the blogging; are there some people IRL who don't know about it?
MOST of the people I associate with in real life don't know about my blog. When I was interviewed by our local newspaper I told all my employees about it and only asked that they not read it at work. Well, not only did they not read it at the office, but apparently they didn't bother to look it up at home either - which is fine with me.
3. We all know you're a great dad, and love being a dad, but what has been the hardest part of parenting for you? How do you overcome it?
The hardest part is definitely the balance of being a parent vs being a friend. Nothing breaks my heart more than having to stick to my guns and enforce a tough decision. It would be SO much easier and way more fun to simply let the kids do whatever they want whenever they want to, but in the end it's the structure and consistency that makes for well adjusted and happy children.
JD - How long did it take you to learn how to play the harmonica? (Please include any pertinent details: did you teach yourself? Do you think I could learn? and so on)
About one afternoon. The first time I decided to try it was in 1986 when I wanted to sing The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk3. The song has a cheezy harp solo in it and I really wanted it to sound authentic as opposed to just mimicking it on the keyboard. It only took me a few minutes to cop the solo by ear. After that I was hooked and started playing harmonica on everything. And yes, I think you could play it too. But I wouldn't recommend buying those instruction books that come with a CD. Just buy one, listen to a harmonica part you like and try to recreate it. It's that easy!
Elizabeth - Do you speak any foreign language? Is there any language that you don't speak now that you really would like to learn?
You mean besides Geek? No, but I would actually like to be able to understand Spanish, since it's such a prominent language in our society today.
Kathy - 1. What sports, clubs or activities were you involved with in high school?
Just choir. And I was part of a 50's band that played sock hops and dances too.
2. Did you ever break a bone?
Never. Not once. In fact, nobody in my family has ever broken a bone that I know of. We drank a lot of milk.
3. Besides Canada, have you ever traveled out of the U.S.? If so, where?
Yes. I spent about 3 months in Asia and the South Pacific in 1981 on a USO tour with this band. We were lucky enough to be on the same tour as Lou Rawls and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!
4. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee, with a little chocolate drizzled on top. YUM!
5. What's the best Christmas gift you ever got as a child?
Easy. Read this!
6. And here's a dare: What was your SAT score?
As I replied when you wrote the question... I don't actually know what my SAT score was! How would I find that out after all this time? Maybe they're etched into some stone tablets somewhere. I'll have to check.
Heather - How much furniture did Charli have when you met her? Did that seal the deal?
Hmmm, I don't remember. But I do know she had a really nice bed.
Michelle - I believe I remember you saying that you grew up in MN. Did you ever think about leaving? Did you ever leave for awhile (other than touring, obviously)? What keeps you there? Would you leave if given the opportunity?
Besides being on the road, I grew up in Duluth and have always lived in MN. After we got married I took a job here in St. Cloud and have basically had the same job ever since (17 years). Once Roseanna is 18 however (in only 6 more years but who's counting), Charli and I are thinking about exploring other states and opportunities.
Babs - Do you play any other instruments, besides the harmonica?
Yes, I am first and foremost a keyboard player. I'm also a singer and recently took guitar lessons for a few years. But I never really got the hang of that so I don't play it much these days.
Bill - What was in the river? The Army Corps of Engineers from Mpls is checking it out, if it is still there.
You're referring to this thing. We contacted the DNR and the City of Sartell, but no one has come to look at it that we know of. But now that the water has dropped even further, we think it is a boat lift attached to a dock that got snagged by the ice last winter and has worked it's way downstream to settle on the bottom outside our office.
Well, there you have it... everything you wanted to know about me and weren't afraid to ask. Thanks for the great questions everyone!
It seems like just yesterday I was debating whether or not to start this blog. Now, 500 posts later, I'm happy to say I made the right decision - thanks to all of you!
So stick around folks... I think I've still got another 500 left in me :-)