May 02, 2023

Deep Thoughts With Jerry #14

Jerry is answering some more ice breaker questions...

What is your favorite app on your phone?

As a dad I'm inclined to say the Accuweather app. I'm always looking for weather updates and trying to stay on top of any coming storms. I actually think it really annoys Katie that I am always telling her about how much snow we are supposed to get coming up or these thunderstorms that are coming. As much as it sounds like a dad thing, though, Katie is always asking me how cold it is outside or how the weather is supposed to be for Eli's baseball games so she can layer up. "It's 45 out now with a real feel of 30. The wind gusts are up to 20. It's gonna be a cold one, Boo!"

In addition to this app, I am usually playing a mindless game just to pass the time. Currently that's WWE Supercard. It's a card collecting game based on wrestling and you just play some random people online in an overcomplicated game of "whose card is highest?".

What are your favorite social media accounts to follow?

I follow a lot of accounts that are light hearted and just good in nature. I belong to a couple of Ghostbusters fan groups on FB as well as some wrestling ones. I try to stay away from the toxic fandom groups. Star Wars groups were especially toxic after the latest movies came out. It's hard to not get sucked into an argument where you have to defend why you like what you like. Personally, if I'm going to have a debate with someone I would prefer to do it face to face and respectfully. Social media makes it too easy for users to tear each other down and make people feel small because they don't subscribe to the same hate that everyone else does. 

If you could effortlessly pick up one skill what would it be?

Learning new languages. It's intimidating learning new languages because it seems so far away from what you know. As a child you spend years learning new words and meanings, including slang. It's effortless because you're surrounded by it. Everyone around you is speaking the words you're trying to learn and you pick up on everything.

As a 42 year old American in Michigan I'm trying out Russian on Duolingo and while it seems like I'm doing good I still struggle with retaining what I've learned. Maybe I'll have to start watching movies in Russian. Just a thought that literally came to me just now. I know Friends and Ghostbusters inside and out--maybe I can watch those in Russian and go from there! 

Being able to communicate with everyone is important, at least that's how I feel. It's a start in relating to people. I'm not one of those people who feels that everyone should 'speak American'. In a lot of the world students are required to learn English in school as a second language. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think it might have something to do with business and travel. 

Katie took this picture of me doing Duolingo. She kept laughing at how excited I got when I got the questions right.

What is your morning routine like?

Well, working nights it's more of an afternoon routine. LOL

So, I wake up at 2:00pm everyday and start my coffee. During this time of year I'll turn on my MLB app on the Roku and watch condensed games from the previous night. If it's in the fall I'll put on ESPN and just follow the daily sports news.

Katie couldn't find a picture of me drinking coffee, so she made me pose for this one.

What is something you've been looking forward to doing but you haven't gotten around to it?

I have things planned out for the year that I look forward to. I have a trip up north planned with the family, a trip planned for Milwaukee to visit Rik, a trip with friends to do some disc golf on the other side of the state, and a friend's wedding in NYC. So, I have things to look forward to.

Something I haven't gotten to yet--that's a different story. Over the last year there has been some hype about this new Star Wars game, a sequel to a game I played a couple years back. I was super excited to play it recently because it just released on the 28th of April. Much to my surprise, I am unable to play it because my Xbox One is too old to play it. So, now I have to be patient and save the money to buy a whole new system. I was extremely disappointed and got stuck in my feelings for a minute. I knew this day would come because my console is almost 10 years old, I just didn't expect it now. So, I will just have to be patient, save the money, and then get it. I will have it one day, just not now. 

What is the craziest outfit you've ever worn?

I don't know why I did this but I thought it would be hilarious if I wore something outrageous for Katie's and my one year (dating) anniversary in 2000. I went to a costume shop and rented a pimp costume. Yes, you read that right. And not one of those flashy suits--it was a purple costume with a cape that was edged with white fur and black spots. Truly ridiculous and I can't believe she stayed with me after that. LOL

[Katie is trying very hard to find a picture of it.]

Is there anything you were working on that you would like to revisit?

 Yes. When I bought my Ghostbusters proton pack I found some groups on Facebook that were dedicated to modifying their pack and putting their own personal touches on it, whether it was painting it, getting the lights to work a certain way, or adding different things such as more lights and sound. In addition to this, I have the suit to go with it and I want to get back into getting that all together. Stuff like this isn't cheap, and some stuff is hard to find. But, again, as I said with the Xbox, I have to be patient and do a little at a time. It doesn't have to be all now or nothing at all. 

What was the last thing to pleasantly surprise you?

A couple weeks ago Katie bought me a surprise that she knew I would love. I enjoy all the pop culture stuff and I love that it's making somewhat of a comeback. All the stuff I had when I was a kid is now considered 'retro' or 'vintage', I don't think it's old enough to be a classic yet. Anyways, she bought me a coffee cup that I use every single day that is shaped like a green tube from Super Mario Bros. I love it!

Jerry said that he's running out of ice breaker questions, and he thought it would be fun to answer any readers' questions that you may have. So, if you're curious about him, he said don't hold back--ask anything. He doesn't get embarrassed or offended at all! (I know it's hard to comment on my blog--sometimes I can't even do it myself!--so you can always email me: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com.)

1 comment:

  1. In highschool we had French and Spanish to choose between for a foreign language. I chose French. And then ended up getting in the building industry where a good amount of people speak Spanish...I haven't met one who speaks French, lol. Just today I had a builder e-mail me sizes and all his notes were in Spanish and I had to Google what it said.
    Jerry, you will appreciate that my husband is currently restoring a wagon like the one from Ghostbusters to drag race. But he is doing everything he can to make it NOT look like the Ghostbusters car. It is currently painted white and everyone that sees it says, "Oh! The car from Ghostbusters!"
    And I am a weather junkie too. Just yesterday I posted on facebook that after Saturday we have a chance of rain EVERYDAY for 11 days.


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