Travis Stratford. A Birthday Quiz.
No one loves a birthday more than Travis. Not because of the presents... oh no. Although we did manage to surprise him this year with a few things. New towels and about 5 umbrellas (he's a big umbrella loser), and my mom got him a keypad for our garage door opener which will be very helpful since he refuses to carry a house key. No, Travis isn't in it for the gifts. He loves the attention. His grandma always had everyone go around and say something they like about the birthday boy or girl, and this is a tradition Travis has kept going strong on Dec. 27th, each and every year. Our friends now know what is expected of them, and they come over prepared to heap praise on Travis and try not to repeat anything that was said in years' past.
This year, the ante was upped by none other than Erin Wright, who delivered not one but THREE Travis haiku poems. I wish I had her reading them on camera... it was hilarious. First she gave us a bit of information about haiku poems. Of course we all know they should contain 17 syllables, but she also told us that they should mention the weather and have an abrupt ending. So she would read one, wait for the laughter to die down, and then pause and say, "I'll read it again." They all really did need a few readings so you could get the full meaning. Here is my favorite:
A Ride to the Train
I'm late, driving
Max singing hard behind me
look! there's Travis
Oh yes, it was awesome. I think next year we can expect our friends to walk in with powerpoint presentations and all kinds of stuff to proclaim their love for Travis. And he deserves it all!
In honor of his special day, I thought I'd do a Travis quiz. This way, you can test your knowledge of the man we sometimes call Trav-Ass. When we think we're being funny.
1. Trav's hair color is:
answer-b. Regardless of the color it may appear in these photos, everyone knows that deep down, where it counts, Travis is a blonde.
2. Trav's favorite movie is:
a. First Knight
c. Star Wars
answer-c. Please. Of course it's Star Wars. We have a Religious Only movie policy on Sundays, and this includes Star Wars. One afternoon Travis spent about an hour explaining the parallels between Star Wars and the gospel.
3. Travis's favorite food is:
b. chocolate cupcakes
c. mac n cheese
answer-a. Candy, candy, and more candy.
4. Travis is addicted to:
c. Chinese massages
answer-c. He can't resist getting at least 1 Chinese massage per week.
5. Travis loves New York City, but if he could live anywhere else (and be an undercover agent for the CIA), he would live in:
a. Boulder, CO
b. anywhere in Sweden
c. Lake Arrowhead, CA
answer-b. You've never met anyone as devoted to Sweden. Except maybe Pippi Longstocking.
6. Travis has which of the following on his bedside table:
a. the Book of Mormon
b. biography of Ingemar Bergman
c. a box of kleenex
d. some chapstick
answer-none! Trick question. If you know anything at all about Travis, he's a minimalist to the core. He doesn't have ANYTHING on his bedside table... in fact, he doesn't even have one. But this doesn't stop him from asking me to fish out my chapstick from my bedside table so he can use it.
7. Travis just discovered he has a hidden talent for:
b. playing the guitar in Rock Band 2
c. ballroom dance
answer-b. He rocks! We've been having so much fun with Rock Band, we're considering becoming the next Osmonds. Wish us luck.
8. Travis spent his birthday this year:
a. eating pomegranate with Scout
b. installing dimmers on our light switches
c. playing the Wii
d. taking down the Christmas tree, and painstakingly removing each and every pine needle from the living room
e. diagnosing himself with a sinus infection
answer-all of the above. He was a busy guy yesterday! Although he was able to successfully install the dimmer in Scout's room, we now don't have any light in the dining room and our bedroom. Luckily we have an electrician coming next week.
9. Travis is an excellent athlete. The one sport he's not good at is:
d. mountain bike riding
h. long distance running
answer-h. Although really, he could be a great runner if he'd train. Really, there's no sport he can't do.
10. Travis is a closet:
a. grammar nazi
answer-a. Thank goodness!
Hope you did well on your quiz, and maybe you learned something new about him. Like, maybe if you've met him in the last 12 years you didn't know he was blonde! If you were unable to tell Travis something you like about him, leave a comment here. He'll love it!