Friday, October 28, 2011

The Versatile Blogger

Big thanks to Terzah for tagging me with the Versatile Blogger award. These "tag" posts are fun because you can learn a lot about your fellow bloggers. There are a few basic rules with this award:
a) You have to thank the giver and provide a link to that person's post. Thanks Terzah, I like your blog and your posts. I hope one day you can also run in Italy;
b) Share 7 random facts about yourself;
c) Award 15 other newly discovered blogs the same award.
Here are the 7 random facts about me:
1) The Black Knight is a Gigi Proietti's joke that finishes with a very rude but nice sentence in roman slang ("don't piss off the Black Knight" has the same meaning of this sentence but is kinder). We founded the Black Knight Army during a summer workout because we were angry against a stupid driver. Please listen to the final, even if it is in italian I am sure you will have fun:
2) In 1977 I joined the Coast Guard where I served for 20 years. Now I work in a Port Authority. I will never forget those 20 years in uniform spent with wonderful collegues: we were and are friends; we were and are again a family;
3) In 1979 I got married with Daniela, now we have one son (32 y.o.), one daughter (26 y.o.) and one grandson (3 y.o.) Both the children work in the port and live by their own. I am happy that they work near my office and live near my house;
4) I am a cancer survivor. I had a melanoma in 1991;
5) The story began with one cat, a devon rex. Later a lady cat without husband arrived and gave us 2 kittens. So we left the mom in the garden and offered hospitality at home to the 2 "babies". The mom didn't like to have lunch alone so, day after day, other 5 welcome guests (4 gentlemen and 1 lady) joined the group. Now we have 8 "owners" who claim the usucapion of the flat and the garden;
6) I love the rock concerts. In the last period I saw: Deep Purple, Marc Knopfler, Bryan Adams, Within Temptation, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Ferry, Queen, Le Orme, Chicago, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode, The Pretenders ... to be continued;
7) So far I have run 197 races (since 1986). Not many because only this year I have learned that I can enter a race only to enjoy the event, taking it easy and without pushing over my limits. In the past I didn't enter if I was not sure to be in perfect shape and well trained. The best memories: my PB on the marathon (1991 - 3h34'09"), the qualification in the National Navy Team (1996 - 8th overall and the Team had to be composed by 8 runners) and my first real half marathon after the surgeries (2011 - 1.46.12 far from my PB of 1h31'58" but I cried for the happiness).
Now I would have to tag 15 bloggers but I prefer not to choose. You are free to get the Versatile Blogger Award, to write 7 facts about yourselves and to award other blogs.

If you have followed the news, you know that in Italy we have had rainy storms. Here is a picture few hours before the local one.


  1. I knew you liked concerts but I did not know about all the cats. I am a huge cat fan. How nice that your children live near you!

  2. Wow, you have been to many great concerts this year, that is awesome! I did not know you were a cancer survivor - again, awesome! And I love that you now race for the pure joy of it and not for any personal record each time!!!

  3. So have you run more races or attended more rock concerts? :-)
    I have only two cats but they make sure to let me know they own the house, especially my bed.
    Have a great weekend. Hope the rains will stop.

  4. Wow, that's a lot of cats. :)

    Very cool that your kids live and work so close to you.

    I love the backstory on your blog name.

  5. It's so great your kids are so near! I'd love that.
    Way to beat melanoma!

  6. Great to read new things about you. We have the same love for concerts although now I'm getting older and I've seen almost everything I wanted to see I don't feel the need to go that much anymore. If you ever think about seeing Bob Dylan: don't bother. Worst concert I've ever seen, what a disaster.

  7. Wow--so glad you beat the melanoma! And I love devon rex cats. I think they are so pretty. The concerts are all awesome too--I love live music.

  8. 8 cats? you win!

  9. I love learning new things about you. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. troppo complicato per i miei gusti, stavolta m'accontento di guardare.... e sì che un diploma mi servirebbe! :(

  11. I didn't understand the Italian but it is always nice to hear it! So...lots of cats, lots of races, lots of concerts - nice to learn more about you and your life! And congratulations on beating melanoma, that is wonderful to hear.

  12. So you run a home for unwed cats of dubious morals? That's a really nice thing to do.

    I promise I'll never piss you off. I want to stay on the Black Knight's good side.

  13. I love the read the story behind the black knight

    you saw Springsteen!!! that's my dream concert
    I love him.

    Leonard Cohen is one of my favorite, he is Canadian like me and from the same Provinve as me!

    I saw Bryan Adams many times, I also love him!last time was in LA and it was just him, no band. Really good!

  14. Some interesting background there - thanks for sharing. On TV this afternoon they showed Leonard Cohen (very young) at the Isle of Wight Festival.

    Not many races! I think I've run at least 20-30 a year since the mid 80s.

  15. We are thankful that you survived melanoma. The running blogger world would not be the same without you.

    I love the fact that you have so many cats. I am a cat person, but cannot have any because my husband is allergic to them.

    It must be so nice to have your children close by.

  16. Oh my, I had no idea you were a cancer survivor. I'm so glad you beat it!

  17. Wow, lots of cats!

    .... and lots of races! It's always nice to hear new facts about a fellow blogger.

  18. 20 years in the coast guard - here that would earn you a retirement.
    Very glad you have beaten the cancer. That reminds me that I need to make an appointment to get my skin checked!

  19. I love your 7 facts, Stefano! Especially the cats....and the origins of the Black Knight Army. And I TOTALLY want to run in Italy.

  20. I too learned something new about you - that you battled melanoma. Glad you won!

    (And I haven't the foggiest idea what the man in the video is saying, but the audience certainly seemed to enjoy it.)

  21. Great to learn some new things about you! 20 years in the Coast Guard must have left you with a lot of stories to tell. I like your approach to some races, just sign up on the day and enjoy. I should do that more. I make too big of deal about planning and signing up way ahead of time. Sometimes it's better to just wait to see what the weather is and what else is going on and then just show up. Great post!