Share Your World — June 6, 2022

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June, isn’t it? Well, it is and it’s also the first Share Your World prompt of the month. Here are Melanie’s questions.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

I did. My mother refused to cut off the crust, claiming that the crust was the healthiest part of the bread. I still don’t know if that’s true.

Are you a fan of musicals? Why or why not?

Live, stage musicals are okay. Some I’ve really enjoyed. Others not so much. But I’m not a fan of movie musicals.

Is it difficult to do what you do (for a living, hobby etc.)? If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.

I’m retired, but when I was working I had a lot of roles, from managing a large call center to system design to tech sales support. And all modesty aside, I was damn good at my various jobs. Were they difficult to do? Well, if I could do them successfully, how hard could they have been?

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either).

I’ve been to so many live rock concerts that it’s hard to pick just one. That said, Jackson Browne recorded his live album, Running on Empty, at his concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977 and my wife and I were there. So that one definitely stands out. Billy Joel is great in person and I’ve been to no fewer than four Eagles live performances and they were all outstanding. Oh man, I could keep going, but suffice it to say that I probably suffer today from tinnitus for having gone to hundreds of rock concert over the years.

Looking back over your life, what is one thing you’re grateful for? One thing you really regret?

I’m grateful for having met and married my amazing wife. I regret that I was too self-absorbed when my parents were still alive to take the time to hear their life stories.

13 thoughts on “Share Your World — June 6, 2022

  1. Marleen June 6, 2022 / 5:50 pm

    1) Of course I ate the crusts on my sandwiches. I’m so surprised this was a discussed option when you were a kid, Fandango (and Melanie). I never heard of anyone being that spoiled until I was raising my kids and saw a set of parents who were at the mercy of their child, who insisted. I don’t “get” it. It hearkens to English “cucumber sandwiches” or something. I mean, what in the world? And, besides that, sometimes the crust is yummy. (Now, all that said, this is different from simply not finishing a sandwich. But this wasn’t usually an issue either.)

    3) It was difficult doing what I did. I was a full-time mom. And I had to move out (and get a divorce) to complete the job, because my husband couldn’t envision a home with children… just wasn’t cut out to be a dad on a daily basis or a provider in practical terms (although earning was fine). This can be difficult to explain because he wasn’t a womanizer (although there was an incident) or alcoholic (although there were a few incidents, yet, which ended due to his knowing “the look” was real). We are now living in the same home again, since the children are grown.

    5) I’m really grateful for my very good educational foundation (before college). I regret that I was so naive and so accepting of not saying anything bad about anyone that I “failed” (not the framing in which I saw it then) to tell my dad how rotten my mother was (one of those people who looks all fine on the outside, is employed, et cetera) and that it bothered me and was problematic. I was idealistic to a fault and thought their marriage should be repaired. Sometimes, this just doesn’t and can’t (actually) make sense. But my mom did get together with Dad again.

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  2. Melanie B Cee June 7, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    Thanks Fandango for Sharing Your World! I didn’t get a pingback, so will keep an eye peeled to make sure I get your post. You have been to some awesome concerts, what great memories to have! You seem like a handy fellow, and I’m sure you excelled at all your ‘hats’ jobs. Movie musicals might be an acquired taste – the live performances are always a lot more exciting certainly! Have a wonderful week!

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    • Fandango June 7, 2022 / 2:32 pm

      Not sure why the pingback didn’t work!


  3. Marilyn Armstrong June 7, 2022 / 5:33 pm

    I’m also sorry I waited too long to get stories from my elderly aunts and uncles. When I moved to Israel, I didn’t realize how much life would move on. When I came back, many people were gone or too old to remember much. Being out of the country a long time isn’t an experience everyone has and it changes you in ways you don’t expect. You miss a lot of the small things that make life “hang together.”

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  4. amoralegria June 8, 2022 / 3:13 pm

    I forgot all about the fact that I saw Billy Joel live, and it was a good concert too! My husband and I were dating at the time, not married yet, so every song seemed to have ‘meaning’ for us!

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  5. leigha66 June 8, 2022 / 4:24 pm

    Cut the crusts off… no way. I too was told it was full of nutrition.

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