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11 Random Things About Ed Schober

I’ve been tagged!!!!

Tagged by my good Twitter/Dailymile friend Marathon Brian.

Brian is an athlete.  Pure and simple.  I first met Brian back in Boston in 2010.  I was out there with my wife and three girls for the Boston Marathon.  My wife was running her 5th Boston and we went to a Dailymile tweet up.

Since then he has gotten thinner and much much faster at everything.

Anyway here are the rules of the game:

1)  Post these rules.
2)  You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3)  Answer the questions set for you in their post.
4)  Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5)  Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
6)  No stuff in the tagging section about “you are tagged if you are reading this.” You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

So here goes…

11 Random Things About Ed Schober

1)  I grew up on the South side of Chicago but my Father was a die-hard Cubs fan.  All my friends were White Sox fans.  I love both teams.  For Chicagoans this is cause for a beating.  But it’s true.  I just tell all my friends that I watch twice as much baseball as they do…and at least I’ve seen one of my teams win a World Series.

2)  I’ve never lived outside the borders of Chicago.

3)  I used to the play 5 string tenor banjo but now I play guitar (I own a Martin Mahogany Dreadnought) and blues harmonica (Special 20s only).

4)  I have worked in only two buildings (the John Hancock Building and 900 North Michigan Avenue) the past 25 years.  For non-Chicagoans these two buildings are across the street from each other.

5)  I detached the retina in my left eye over 20 years ago and I’ve had 7 laser surgeries in my right eye in the same time frame.  My right eye is a POS.

6)  There’s a dish named after me at El Jardin Cafe here in Chicago.  It’s called Eduardo’s Potosinas.  It’s a seafood potosinas I helped create with the owner one day.  Go check it out.  It’s spicy and awesome. (Clark/Roscoe)

7)  I know how many teams are in the Final Four.  When I was a bachelor I would occasionally ask someone (think Wrigleyville in the mid-90s) “How many teams are in the Final Four?”  You’d be surprised by the answers I’d get.

8)  Next to the day I got married and watching the birth of my three kids crossing the finish line of the 2009 Chicago Marathon was the proudest day of my life.

9)  I’ve never been overseas.  I’ve been to Mexico and Canada.  They don’t count.  This is being corrected when I run the 2012 Berlin Marathon in September with my speedy wife.

10)  I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter.

11)  I feel that I’ve won the lottery of life.

Marathon Brian’s Questions To Me:

1)  Favorite Event:  I’m guessing he means a racing event so I’ll say the Chicago Marathon.  It’s the reason I met my wife. I’m a cyclist first and I used to cross-train a bunch of running friends who ran Chicago every year.  One of these cross-training bike rides is where I met my wife.  She was the only one who could keep up with me.  I knew 30 minutes into that ride that I would marry her.  No kidding.

2)  What’s Your Favorite Ryan Gosling Movie?:  Ha!  No shit.  I have no idea who he is.  He could walk up to my front door and I wouldn’t have a clue.  I’m married with three kids under the age of 10.  We don’t go to movies.

3)  What’s Your Favorite Post-Race Celebration Food?:  That’s easy.  Bacon cheddar cheeseburger.  Speaking of that I recently had a conversation with another running friend of mine who likes bacon cheddar cheeseburgers with peanut butter and chocolate on it!  Is that the grossest thing you’ve heard of or what??

4)  Who Manufactures Your Favorite Race Day Shirt or Singlet?:  First of all I hate singlets.  Secondly I’m a charity runner for the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team and all my race shirts are made by Brooks.

5)  What’s Your Second Favorite Ryan Gosling Movie?:  See question 2.

6)  Gatorade or Powerade?:  Gatorade but I’ve been drinking a lot of FRS lately.  It was on sale at the Jewel.

7)  Favorite Newspaper?:  I read the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and CNN on the IPad.  No more real newspapers in the house.  Save the trees.

8)  You’ve Just Won a Race/Event, What’s Your Initial Action or Reaction?:  Well I would just thank my parents for having unprotected sex in a hotel room in Miami in early 1963.

9)  Would You Rather Be Taller or Smarter?:  I’m already 6″1′ so you tell me.

10)  Which Historical Figure Would You Like to Have a 2-Hour Dinner With?:  Great question.  I always wanted to create a show called “5 Beers” where you would have someone really cool, stupid or important sit down and be interviewed for an hour while they drank at least 5 beers with the host (me).  Think about it.  Wouldn’t it be cool to interview the Pope, Bill Murray, Bono, the San Diego Chicken, Carl Rove, R2D2 or whomever while they were having a few pops?  I think it would be a total hit.  Anyway I think I’d like to sit down and have dinner with God.  First of all does He eat?  Is He a vegetarian?  I would think so right?  I’d have a few questions for him.  Like when did he know the knee joint was a complete fail?

11)  Favorite Holiday?:  No question…Thanksgiving.  Every Thaksgiving we run a local 5K as a family then we go to my brother’s house for dinner and football.  Awesomesauce.

Ed Schober’s Questions to the Tagged

1)  What’s Your Fondest Childhood Memory?

2)  What Do You Think the Next Big Thing Will Be In Racing?

3)  How Many Teams Are In the Final Four?

4)  What Band Would You Love to Play With and Why (assuming you could play an instrument)?

5)  What’s the First Thing You’d Do If You Won the Lottery?

6)  If You Had the Chance Would You Ever Climb Mt. Everest?

7)  Which Living Person Would You Like to Have Dinner With (excluding me)?

8)  What’s Your Favorite Cus Word and Why?

9)  Do You Think You Have an Idea For A Great Invention?  If So What Is It?

10)  Do You Know Who Ryan Gosling Is…and Why?

11)  Would You Like to Have Monday Off?

Ed Schober’s Tagged People:

Dave P.       Twitter

Michael G.      Twitter

Sue G.     Twitter

Luau     Twitter

Doug W.     Twitter

Dan M.     Twitter

Cate C.     Twitter

Jose     Twitter

Brady G.     Twitter

Nancy C.     Twitter

Tony L.     Twitter

Ready…GO!

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4 responses to “11 Random Things About Ed Schober

  1. Chanthana (@chanthana) February 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Ha! Love the idea of “5 Beers” especially with R2D2. Reminds me of Dinner for 5 that was on the Independent Film Channel.

  2. David Pittman (@DP_Turtle) February 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I enjoyed learning more about you, Ed. Here’s one thing about me: I don’t complete these things. Too much like work.

  3. Brian Adkins February 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Get yourself a sponsor and a casting agent; let’s get “5 Beers” on the air; I smell a hit. :o)

    In seriousness, thanks for thoughtfully responding to my “tag” and I’m glad that we teamed up in Boston in 2010; its been a blast my friend, lookin’ forward to more great stuff ahead.

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