Hi, my name is Treadmarkz and I will be taking you on this journey. Here is a little bit about me.
I wrote this blog because I felt I had some opinions and experiences that I could share that would be valuable to others. I tried to write a novel loosely based on my life but I couldn’t fit it into that format. I have to keep this crap coming on a day to day basis nonstop, unrelenting, flooding the internet with my gibberish!
But I digress.
I was born with spina bifida, spent most of my childhood in a cast, which after a while got really old and I learned how to take care of myself. Well, not completely. But I try.
Gender – I can’t decide if I’m a dude, a guy, a chap, a gent, or a bloke. Nevertheless, I am a male but I ain’t one a dem uber macho types. Never was, never will be, so I guess I’m a failure. Or maybe I’m just me.
I think, and this is one of those things you talk to a therapist about, but I think that I have always been…I don’t want to say intimidated by my male peers, but it’s close to that when you are always two feet shorter than your peers, being in a chair. But obviously I find ways to show myself as the next guy’s equal, the best I can.
Status – Married to a woman with whom I have experienced everything that is good about love.
Politics – Fairly liberal, I think. But I think it is important to listen to everyone’s side of the story, until they prove to you they are an idiot, then you move on.
Interests – Reading about every subject, writing, history, listening to music, especially the Beatles.
Movies – Field of Dreams, Monty Python, Yellow Submarine, The Goonies,
Music – The Beatles, Green Day, The Mooney Suzuki, The Hives, The Strokes.
Sports – Pro Wrestling (sport?) Baseball, and soccer.
Successes/highlights – Graduated from Winona State University in Winona MN, lived out my dream of becoming a sportswriter, married a woman who loves me more than I ever expected, published a novel, “The Fifth Magician”, have written a rough copy of a second novel, I have participated in adaptive skiing which was a huge thrill, and I recently kicked caffeine. One of the greatest days of my life, aside from my wedding was when I visited the Field of Dreams, the site of a movie which represents all that is good and can be good in the world if we only imagine. I took batting practice along with a group of other “fans” and when everyone in the field moved up when I came to the plate, I socked a series of smoking grounders right past them. Man that felt good.
Failures/lowlights – Took seven years to graduate from college, lost my job as a journalist, spent more money on my novel than I made, and I am still trying to learn how to play guitar after many many years of thinking about it yet continually setting it aside. I also started drinking caffeine again recently.
But the factor that tips the scale in one direction over the other? I am alive and well and it’s getting better all the time, baby!