05.20.2009

Childhood Heroes?


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Growing up, I can distinctly remember a fascination bordering on obsession with two professional athletes.  The first is Darryl Strawberry, the second, Dennis Rodman. 

Darryl Strawberry recently released a book: “Straw: darrylFinding My Way” which I intend to read.  I’m not exactly sure why I was such a fan of Darryl’s– he was a Met and I was a budding Cubs fan; liking any Met was certainly not allowed.  But, he played right field, where I sit at Wrigley, so I was easily able to cheer him on when the Mets were in town.  Perhaps I just liked his last name because I’d never heard anything so silly before.  I was a few years shy of 10 years old, but I was determined that this was the greatest baseball player there was.  I had a Darryl Strawberry shirt and a plastic “Starting Line-up” figure of him– my two most prized possessions. 

In the mid to late 90’s, Darryl’s career started to fade as his cocaine use went up, and my interest in him waned.  Luckily for me, there was a new Chicago Bull in town, and his name was Dennis Rodman.  All I wanted for Christmas rodmanin 1997 was Rodman’s book: “Bad As I Wanna Be.”  Luckily, I received this book (along with a Rodman Bulls jersey– another prized possession!!) and read it cover to cover in a matter of days.  This was surely not what my other 14 year old girlfriends were reading, but I was entranced by this man and his I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude.  Accordingly, I was the only girl on my 8th grade basketball team to receive a technical foul, and probably the only one who could ever be proud of such a thing.  “Bad As I Wanna Be” remains one of the single most influential books of my life, right up there with The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  Quite the collection.  I fully expect that “Straw: Finding My Way” has a good chance to be added to this group.  I’ll keep you updated.

And, now you don’t have to wonder why I have a bit of an edge!

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who run to the gym and/or races (5k’s, 8k’s, etc.)

Quote of the Day:“Don’t let what other people think decide who you are.” –Dennis Rodman

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