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February 14, 2003
Get to Know Me!

I've been informed by one of my readers that I am sometimes "prickly." Actually, she used a derivative of that word. It occurs to me that I haven't shared enough of the Inner Tony with my readers to help you see that despite my crusty, sanctimonious exterior, I am really a gentle caring nurturer.

Or some crap like that. In any event, I give you the wonder that is Tony:

Turn-Ons: Warm summer rain, a gentle touch, and wrestling with my wife for the remote control.

Turn-Offs: Bad breath, people in my way, and federal budget estimates that don't incorporate a dynamic scoring methodology.

Measurements: 65-34-41. No wait, that was my high school locker combination. Speaking of which, do you ever have that dream where you are in back in high school and you can't remember your locker combination? Or the one where you realize that you are enrolled in a class and you haven't been attending it? Freaky.

Nicknames: T, T-Man, T-Dawg, T-Bone, T-Money, T-Square, and Deke.

Hobbies: Hiking, reading to the visually impaired, and composing haiku that articulate the urgent need for world peace.

Interests: Russian literature, 17th century Impressionism, and the politico-theological implications of Bugs Bunny.

Accomplishments: National Honor Society, Ph.D., and once sat through an entire corporate training session while breathing through only one nostril. The instructor kept stopping to ask, "who's whistling back there?" It was pretty funny.

Favorite Books: I Had Trouble Getting To Solla Sollew, Job, and Our Bodies, Ourselves

Career Goals: I am double-majoring in English and Psychology at a large public university, posing nude in order to pay my bills. I plan to become an Internet entrepreneur environmental activist.

Social Causes: Hunger, poverty, and racial prejudice. I'm against them, I mean. Boo them.

Posted by Woodlief on February 14, 2003 at 01:11 PM


"...do you ever have that dream where you are in back in high school and you can't remember your locker combination?"

If you were in NHS, why did you need to know your locker combination? The last two years of my high school, I never went near the damn thing, because I never took any books home. Marks of honor among the students who regarded themselves as both cool and bright were that:

1) We never opened our lockers

2) We never ate at, or preferably even set foot in, the cafeteria.

In high school I used to have nightmares about flunking the SAT and then fast-forwarding through college and grad school, forgetting to read the assigned list every single semester.

Posted by: Joseph at February 14, 2003 1:31 PM

For those of you who don't know Tony, guess what? You still don't. Let's break it down, shall we?

Nicknames: T-Bone? T-Money? Isn't it cute when white people try to embrace black culture? (Please see www.blackpeopleloveus.com)

'Or the one where you realize that you are enrolled in a class and you haven't been attending it?' If I recall, you DID do this, Mr. Woodlief -- a debate class, wasn't it? Would you like to share with everyone your final grade for that class?

Accomplishments: National Honor Society...your candle never lit, so it doesn't count. Ph.D.? You went to Michigan, didn't you? Your collection of MU sweatshirts is astounding. Aren't you head of you Alumni Relations Board there as well?

Hey Tony, remember the time we were standing around in the snow and decided to make really big snowballs and throw them straight up in the air and see if anyone would get hit? Who did they hit, hmmm?

I just realized that I should probably stop there. For as potentially embarrassing as the rest may be, T-Bag or T-Cup or whatever his name is these days, could very well destroy me in this contest.

Just joking around, right buddy? Pal?


Posted by: Shawn Small at February 14, 2003 1:43 PM

Don't worry -- I won't tell anyone about your high school obsession with Ready for the World and Vanity 6.


Posted by: Tony at February 14, 2003 2:32 PM

Does is it count if you nickname yourself??


Posted by: Sheri at February 14, 2003 3:24 PM

Note to self: In order to get the attention of T-Bone in email, or mentioned in a Sand in the Gears blog entry, one must call Tony a prick.

Posted by: Palmer Haas at February 14, 2003 3:47 PM

"I plan to become an (Internet entrepreneur) environmental activist."

Ooh, that was sly, Tony. Sly like a fox.

And we don't mind if you ARE prickly. It's Valentine's Day, and we all love you, if only for the fact that you have a sphere of influence in the World Wide Web.

And I am intrigued by the 'politico-theological implications of Bugs Bunny' that you mentioned. Any websites on that that you know of? Or am I being gullible?

Posted by: Jessica at February 14, 2003 4:49 PM


Here you go:


Posted by: Davey at February 14, 2003 4:58 PM

Deke plays in the snow
digs Bugs, hates hunger, bares his...soul;
(what are his hourly rates?)

Posted by: susanna at February 14, 2003 7:16 PM

Pretty good. Reminds me of those Playboy centerfold descriptions. Or, so I'm told. I'd never ready anything like that.

Posted by: James Joyner at February 14, 2003 8:07 PM

I don't know what to say. I must ask, has your wife read this? Happy Valentine's Day.

Posted by: Llana at February 15, 2003 12:25 AM

Well, I wouldn't consider children accomplishments; I'd consider them blessings. :)

Posted by: irene at February 16, 2003 11:38 AM

Is the book Job the one by Heinlein? If so, good taste, that's a good book on so many levels.

Posted by: Veeshir at February 17, 2003 11:16 AM

Re: Dreams about school

Although mine are usually about college, not high school, I do dream about forgetting to attend a class for most of the semester. I have trouble finding my dorm room, as well.

Seems like the theme that pervades many of my dreams lately is travel. Not sure what to make of that.

Re: Job (the Heinlein one)

Robert Heinlein wrote some good books. Job was not one of them.

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at February 17, 2003 12:00 PM

Answer To Job, by Carl Jung, however, is worth reading, especially for those interested in the real Book of Job, not the Heinlein one.

Posted by: PDS at February 17, 2003 12:53 PM

I have had the dream about forgetting that I am enrolled in a class, and then remembering there is a test or some assignment due, and going into panic. Usually it is a math class.

Sadly, however, I have students who live this dream with reckless abandon every semester.

Posted by: PoliBlogger at February 18, 2003 12:03 PM

Ok comments about centerfolds and Tony being prickly and it's just enough to have me losing focus all day. Really people, I can't be the only one with the potty brain around here. Stop it. Stop it now.

Posted by: Cis - the one with the Beavis & Butthead laugh track stuck in her head at February 19, 2003 12:58 PM