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By Tony Hicks
Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 5:40 pm in Uncategorized.

My Facebook-mandated 25 things you probably didn’t know about me (or whatever it’s called). I have to do it, as it’s sweeping the nation.

1. I was at Ed Halicki’s no-hitter in Aug. ’75.

2. I’ve had a strange obsession with alligators since I was little. 

3. I met my dad and two sisters when I was 18.  If I had my dad’s last name, I would be Anthony David McPhee.

4. Buffalo Bill was my great-grandmother’s great uncle. She told me stories of meeting him when she was little.

5. My first street was named after my aunt (Julianne Court); the subdivision after my mom (Lynne Estates). My grandpa built six (I think) of the eight houses on the street, including the one I grew up in. I lived with my grandparents until I was 12.

6. I went to elementary school with the son of Sara Jane Moore, who tried to assassinate Gerald Ford. I remember when the men in suits came and got him at lunch time.

7. My first record was “The Jackson 5’s Greatest Hits.” I used to air-band in front of a mirror, using a tennis racket, to Boston and ELO records.

8. The first time I met my oldest step-daughter, she dressed me up as a girl.

9. I once got my head stuck in bars at Sunvalley Mall when I was four or five. Security had to grease my ears to get me out. It’s safe to say my grandmother wasn’t pleased.

10. Most of my family, as well as my high school girlfriend, were at Sunvalley Mall in December ’85 when the plane crashed into it.

11. I was in L.A. during the riots, had a looter point a gun at me, and was arrested at a protest.

12. I didn’t cry much until my first daughter was born. Now I can spontaneously weep at commercials. The only non-family member who’s death caused me to cry was Hunter S. Thompson, because his books meant so much to me when I was younger.

13. I have a serious reading addiction, especially to spy thrillers the past few years. Seriously — I’ve tried to stop the spy stuff and I just can’t. I’ve been known to go home during my lunch break to read. I’ve been late to work because of reading. Of course, I’ve also been late to work because I’m irresponsible.

14. I play drums. My band in L.A., called Nag Nag Nag, had a tentative record deal on the same label as Tool (at the time). We also shared rehearsal space with Tool and Green Jello, whose guitarist was our singer.

15. I’ve known most my friends since high school or earlier.

16. I have six tattoos.

17. I’ve seen Van Halen 15 times.

18. I’ve been to Disneyland 18 times.

19. When I was 10, I tried to break the world record for catching quarters off one’s forearm, which was 39 at the time. I made it to 30. Unfortunately you’ll have to take my word for it, as my only witness is dead.

20. When I was a kid, I chewed the same piece of gum for a month. I was a strange kid.

21. At 13, my friend and I found an earthmover with the keys left inside. We drove it up and down some hills until it stalled, and we jumped out. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

22. I’m a hypocrite when it comes to eating animals. I’m uncomfortable with the concept, but can’t stop because they’re so damned tasty. Though I did stop for two months once.

23. I was so obsessed with baseball as a kid, I built a pitcher’s mound in my backyard. I also used to pretend I won the World Series, then dump bottles of water over my head, pretending it was champagne.

24. I’ve followed Oakland teams since I was a kid. Gene Tenace was my favorite baseball player. I met him when I was 9 and, to this day, have never met a more gracious guy.

25. I’ve had a lot of jobs, including dishwasher, waiter, cook, dough roller, pizza cook, construction worker, grocery bagger (I once loaded a case of Miller Lite into Billy Martin’s car), jewelry maker, warehouse worker, and assistant to a mortgage broker. I also occasionally worked in the A’s out of town scoreboard in the 90s, flipping numbers. I’d say the only two things I ever wanted to be was a rock star and a newspaper reporter.

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