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by your webmaster-- John Baker

Well, thanks to Daryl Mendelson and Debi Thomas for asking me to write 10 random things about myself, I am nearly halfway done with this project...
Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.
(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
Here you go...
1) My dog is named SHANDI -- named for Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, the first Miss USA I ever saw crowned in person...
2) I attended figure skating events around the world for 25 years. I am so excited to reconnect with many of my skating  buddies on facebook--it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. I'm grateful for it all...
3) I've loved pageants since age 4...
4) Went to Miss America's 75th in '95
5) Been attending Miss Universe system pageants since 2003- appeared in photo in Miss USA 2008 and 2012 and 2012  program book & 2012  "1st 48 Hours" video with eventual Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo...and judge at Miss Nevada-Teen USA 2013!
6) So grateful to everyone at MUO-- for their support and encouragement
7)  served as a mock interview judge for a local MAO pageant and helped prepare Miss California 2008, Jackie Geist for Miss America.
8) I love soap operas
9) current fave-- GENERAL HOSPITAL
10) all time fave-- SANTA BARBARA
11) met George Clooney -- TWICE!
12) lucky in the kodak theatre -- saw Shandi win there in 2004....and was in the audience when Rachel Smith won Miss USA & Rick Hearst ( Herbst) won his Emmy in 2007...
13) I love Switzerland & Hungary --want to go back someday...
14)I want to meet actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Wright
15) I think Kurt Browning is amazing figure skater,  great guy, and he has been a major influence on my life! 
16) There are 3 types of Cerebral Palsy-- I have #4-- really!
17) I have a BA in PR from Cal State Fullerton
18) MA from Chapman U. in English/ Media Writing-- wrote a play for my thesis!
19) Graduated from Smithtown HS West on Long Island
20) wrote for skating magazing
21) wrote a foreword for an accounting textbook
22)former CP "POSTER CHILD")
23)met Rosalynn Carter in the White House
25) have a great family...and great friends..

  • Just received a beautiful belated birthday message from my dear friend & former Summer Camp Counselor, Rich Goldsobel, that I wanted to share with all of you:


    I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to wish you a very happy 50th birthday! It is certainly a milestone. Be mindful that it is not a reason for a mid-life crisis, but hopefully a reason for both looking back with fondness at the years past and looking forward to positively reinvent yourself (yet again) in the years to come. I wish you all the best in your future.

    Fondest regards,
    Richard Goldsobel

Via David Baden: Dream more, Learn more, Care more and Be more. Good words!