Friday, July 24, 2009

25 Little Known Facts About Me

One of my famous writer friends recently asked me to write a list of 25 Little Known Facts About Me, which I decided to turn into a blog post today. So here goes:
1. My grandmother has had the biggest influence on my life, she has been the one person who knows just about everything about me.
2. I have long considered myself an Anglophile, to the point that I suspect I may have been a Brit in a prior life.
3. My favorite food groups are pasta, pizza and chocolate- in that order.
4. Life is made better with a good bottle of wine, cheese and a loaf of fresh crusty bread.
5. The greatest peace and tranquility I feel is when I am home in Palm Springs admiring our mountains.
6. My natural father’s death at an early age influenced me to live life to the fullest, and cherish everyday
7. I am a huge fan of the writer Paul Theroux.
8. I hate scary movies, mean-spirited people, snakes and beets.
9. Most people have no idea I had a brief career in politics.
10. I am highly suspicious of anyone who doesn’t like dogs.
11. It is true that I am somewhat of an elitist-- at my very core I believe that every person is better than the next. The trouble is other people don’t share the same confidence in themselves.
12. Call me weird but I admire Abraham Lincoln, St Francis of Assisi, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Thatcher, Thomas Jefferson…and Captain Jean Luc Picard.
13. I consider myself an enlightened Christian, but I have always been fascinated by the occult.
14. I deeply believe in karma- that every action we take causes a reaction that will affect us at least two fold. Selfishly that’s why I try to do good deeds and be nice to people.
15. I’ve met countless psychics, numerologists, spiritual advisers and astrologers who have all revealed the same trait about me that I only ever revealed to one person.
16. In addition to my public namesake blog, I also write another blog under a fictitious name. It’s my outlet for thought-provoking commentary. It is read by a surprisingly large number of people everyday.
17. I have a rare collection of decorative plates from British monarchs.
18. I am a huge fan of Steve Nicks. I’ve seen her solo concerts 16 times and another 5 times with Fleetwood Mac. I find some of her songs have a transcendental effect and I‘ve never questioned it.
19. I have started writing a book about nothing. It is in my destiny to do so, even if no one ever reads it.
20. Fresh flowers are the one personal luxury I wish I had more of in my life.
21. Cruises are my favorite form of vacation, yet I fear the ocean itself. I wonder if that’s why I like living in the desert so much.
22. So far, I’ve had two defining moments in my life that literally affected the course of my entire life even today- both favorably.
23. If I could have a different profession, it would have been a pastry chef.
24. My top 5 favorite movie series are a) James Bond, b) Star Trek: Next Generation, c) Harry Potter, d) Lord of the Rings and e) The Godfather.
25. I believe our Creator will judge us by the number of people whose lives we positively influenced and enriched while here on Earth.

Do you have anything interesting to reveal?
-Rick Rockhill


Rhodester said...

#18 is especially cool -

Julie said...

You come across as a sweet, interestingly quirky guy. We share a lot in common including our love of pasta, James Bond and Stevie Nicks.

Anonymous said...

Rick, I *love* this post...I share your opinion on #25... I may have to borrow this idea (with proper credit, of course).

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well rick i like beets. ha ha ha

wish i could read your other blog!

smiles, bee

Palm Springs Savant said...

Lois- Sure, feel free to borrow. It's a fun concept, isn't it?

Rhodester- Saw your photo in that link. Now you HAVE impressed me.

Jeni said...

Well, as you know from some posts I did last week, I sure do agree with you about the dislike of snakes! But beets? And like you, anyone who doesn't like dogs is a questionable person in my book. How can one NOT like dogs? (Or cats too, for that matter, but I lean more to the dogs as does my older daughter but my son and younger daughter are more cat oriented although they both love dogs too. I also agree with Bee about wanting to read your other blog.

Kathy said...

Hi Rick! Home again... :( We share MANY similar traits -- many of which we did not discuss (I'm sure we would have gotten to that if we had had more time!)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, I would love to know where I could read your other I'm guessing you woun't reveal that...!
I need a GOOD Psychic, Rick....Any suggestions?
This was a very interesting list, though much of it is mysterious in a way....Now, I have about 25 questions about these very inyeresting 25 things about you...!
Do you practice your love of Pastries?
GREAT LIST, my dear!

© Karelian Blonde said...

Biggest De Ja Vu I have ever experienced was when I first landed to Corfu back in 1993. Driving from the airport to the centre of Corfu I seemed to know what was around the corner and loved the place straight away.

Strangely enough I found out few years ago that an early ancestor was a Greek fellow who settled in Finland via Germany in the late 1500. Genetic memory perhaps?

Vilija said...

Hi! I just started a blog about Palm Springs and was inspired by yours. Where is that old Palm Springs sign from? It is gorgeous.

Oh, here is a link to my blog if anyone wants to check it out:

Best, Vilija

Desert Songbird said...

I share some of those traits with you. Now, if you've been reading my blog long enough and carefully, you might be able to discern which ones!

lime said...

i really enjoyed that very much. pasta, pizza, and chocolate...oh i am so with you on that list!

thanks so much for sharing this list. it was so interesting.

kenju said...

#9 - DO TELL!!

#10 - I feel the same, especially about cats.

#13 ME too and also #14

#17, I had one too (it was my mom's) and I gave it to a guy friend who also collected all things royal.

Jennifer said...

This was a great post, Rick. Not fair to tease us with the talk of your other blog - then not reveal a link or anything.

Anonymous said...

Nothing on this list surprises me. You are truly a fascinating person. I appreciate your honesty.

grace said...

I am strongly agree with your 10 & 14.!

W.O.T.E. said...

This is a bit of a teaser! You did not do a full reveal, international man of mystery!

roccie said...

#8...absolutely! as for is something one of the volunteers at Guide Dogs of the Desert said at her father's funeral, and I used at my daughter's wedding....

A Life That Matters....At the end of the day it will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, and to-do lists will expire. Wins and losses that seemed so important will fade away.
It will not matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on. Nor whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance; what you learned as well as what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that empowered or encouraged others. What will matter is not your skill or knowledge, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many felt good when they were around you and how you served them. What will matter will not be your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters does not happen by accident. It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Roccie- Wow that was great! Thanks for taking the time to type all that in. Truly inspiring.

W.O.T.E.- Ah but hen there would be no mysteries to reveal next time...

Anonymous said...

So cool. I'm proud to call you my dear friend.


Tea N. Crumpet said...

I will read your book about nothing, Rick!

Revealing thing about me: I was a mime in high school and it shaped me in ways that would take years for me to realize. It's never left me.

WAT said...

Great list Rick. #10 stands out for me. An ANGLOPHILE huh?! Yes, I love British/American rock/pop too! LOL!


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