Full disclosure: Life got away from me so T-man and I caught up while he was heading to bed. He would rather have been kicking back in Starbucks. Apparently I have committed the ultimate RFTM interview foul.
me: Favorite thing to do if you’re sick.
me: Do you have a favorite basketball team?
T-man: Um, definitely not Golden State Warriors because I’m not a bandwagon.
me: O-kay…but that doesn’t tell me if you have a favorite basketball team.
T-man: College is UVA, definitely. And I don’t really do NBA.
me: Neither does your dad. Do you have a favorite number?
T-man: Favorite number?
me: Yeah, some people have a lucky number.
me: If you could make a school rule what would it be?
T-man: That there were no rules.
me: Interesting. If you could teach any subject, what would it be?
T-man: Skateboarding. (laughs)
me: You could do that for P.E. credit…you were joking one time about designing a school. If you designed your own school what would it look like? What would it be like?
T-man: It would be a video game school, or…or OR a skateboarding school.
T-man: We’d have the normal classes like math, science…but it would be mostly skateboarding. Like for recess you’d just take your board out and you’d have a skate park instead of a playground. I would love that, oh my gosh! And at lunch they’d have skateboard tables and you’d sit on your board. We’d use skateboard trays…
me: What would the skate park out back look like?
T-man: It would be pretty big. It would have a fence around it so people wouldn’t try to get in. Like other skaters that don’t go to the school ’cause graffiti and all that. It would have at least a half pipe, a couple grind rails, a mini fun box, a kicker, a quarter pipe…like, one of those ramps where you go up and you have the little quarter pipe. Launch ramps. Maybe a mini mega.
me: Pretty big. Okay.
T-man: If you know what that is.
me: I was with you –
T-man: You’re so old! (laughs)
me: – right up to the mini mega, but I can google it. What is one thing a friend can do that would annoy you? Or make you angry?
T-man: I hate it when I tell a joke and they start telling it to other people and claim that it was theirs. That annoys the crap out of me.
me: Okay. Let’s bleep that one out…
T-man: Mom! You put cuss words in your writing, why do you have to bleep out crap?!
me: Sheesh. What’s the most fun memory you have with a friend?
T-man: I guess how me and B started hanging out again. I remember a really fun experience we got in trouble for – busting the cans in the driveway!
me: Yeah, you did get in trouble for that one. So you know that your travel is pretty unusual for a kid your age. What have you learned from the traveling you’ve done so far?
T-man: It’s nice to get to know new places. Like Hawaii – I know the resort pretty well, I know how to get to the coffee shop. I don’t remember exactly how to get to Queen’s Bath ’cause that was a long drive –
me: But you know it’s there.
me: So you’ve enjoyed getting to know new places…what else?
T-man: The Spain trip was pretty educational. Beautiful artwork and stuff, like the cathedral. That was pretty cool.
me: Yeah, it was. Do you have a trip that’s most memorable for any particular reason?
T-man: Mexico, last year, with K and all them.
me: You made a lot of great friends.
me: Okay! Flip the interview. You get one question.
T-man: I get to ask you a question?
me: Yep. One question. Any question.
T-man: All right, here’s my question. Can I ask you ten questions? (laughs)
me: Ha haha ha – No. You just get one question.
T-man: Okay. Hmm. What’s your worst experience? With anything.
me: Wow, that’s broad.
T-man: Yeah, it’s very broad, that’s why I did it.
me: My worst experience…truthfully, I have a couple of bad experiences, but I guess I’m gonna pick recovering from jaw surgery.
T-man: Ewwwww! I remember that!
me: Yeah, that was really bad.
T-man: You could barely talk!
me: I could barely talk, I couldn’t eat, I had to drink food for so long. I couldn’t chew for forever. I couldn’t eat pizza –
T-man: Oh! No pizza?!?!
me: Yeah, that was horrible. The crust is surprisingly chewy. You know, I went into it wanting to do it. It was something I chose to do. But had I known how badly it was gonna hurt ahead of time, and how long it was gonna hurt, I might not have done it. ‘Cause it was pretty bad. And I felt awful ’cause of you guys. I did not look good, and when you guys came over to visit and I was all puffy and swollen and bruised and couldn’t talk…that was not a good thing. So that’s one of my not so great memories.
me: Okay! Yeah. Good times.