Factoids

I’m a pondering man

Some of these things are well-known if you’ve listened to my podcasts for any length of time.

Some other things are more…well, remote.

First, here are some URL’s that all point to this website:

RandyCantrell.com
RandyCan.com
InsideTheYellowStudio.com

My top 3 albums of all time (in no particular order)

• Jackson Browne – Late For The Sky
• Ry Cooder – Paradise & Lunch
• Counting Crows – August & Everything After

This is VERY hard because I listen to vast amounts of music. This list isn’t static. It’s subject to change.

I know more about the guitar than anybody who doesn’t play the guitar should. Yes, that includes model numbers and more.

Mark Knopfler is my all-time favorite guitarist.

I’ve probably listened to John Prine every week since I bought his first album in 1972. Not kidding.

I also listen to a lot of Randy Newman, Dawes, Mandolin Orange (now Watchhouse), Billy Strings, Counting Crows, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, REM, Counting Crows, Little Feat, and AC/DC…and much, much more.

According to Myers-Briggs, I’m an INFJ. That stands for Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), and Judgment (J). Here’s of summary of what that means, produced by the website Introvert, Dear on the strength of being an INFJ…

INFJ: Basically a psychic

Of all the Myers-Briggs personalities, the INFJ is the type most likely to be an empath, in the purely psychological sense of that word. (Of course, other types can be empaths too.) For INFJs, it’s about seeing into your soul, reading your thoughts and feelings as if you were an open book.

This isn’t actually a psychic ability, of course, as it has more to do with noticing subtle cues you didn’t even know you were giving off. The INFJ will pick up on your tone of voice, body language, and the words you’re not saying. They easily see behind the mask everyone wears in public. They know when someone’s hiding something, and when “everything’s fine” is anything but. It’s a powerful ability, and if you don’t believe us, here’s a test: try lying to an INFJ. We dare you.

Luckily for the world, INFJs are also deeply compassionate people, and they tend to use this power for good. Although they notice almost everything about you, they keep it to themselves. Basically, they’re a walking catalog on human psychology. No wonder they relate to others so well (when they choose to do so). No wonder they’re world-changers and game-shakers.

Just don’t mistreat them, or you’ll see what happens when someone who can see your soul takes the gloves off.**

** That last sentence strikes me funny. True, but funny. It’s not what you think though. I don’t know who researches this stuff to unearth it, but I find much of it remarkably accurate. That “gloves off” thing is known as The INFJ Door Slam. And yes, I have done it and do practice it. Sparingly, but regularly.

Forgiveness is my number one character strength according to the VIA Survey. You can take it here. It’s free!

I’m addicted to books and music. Not necessarily in that order. But sometimes.

I wear a beanie when it’s cold or cool – 24/7. Yes, even when I sleep.

I also sleep in socks. Almost 100% of the time, no matter the season.

For years I’ve carried a Taxi wallet. Fred Dobbs is responsible. He’s the founder/owner of Dobbs-Stanford, a rep firm for some of the best consumer electronics around. He gave me one over 25 years ago and got me hooked. I recently broke out a brand new red one. 

Dogs over cats. I especially love Westies and currently serve on the Board of Directors of The Westie Foundation Of America, Inc. (a non-profit that promotes the health of the breed)

Boxers over briefs. Except I mostly prefer Reebok Men’s Performance Briefs. (too much info?)

I wear undershirts under every shirt. Except for other t-shirts. And I only wear Gildan Men’s DryBlend T-Shirt, Style G8000.

I’ve been shaving my head for over 20 years. I use a Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor. Sometimes, I mix it up by using a Gillette Mach III (it’s actually a better choice I think for head shaving).

I’m a Christian, a member of The Church of Christ. I was baptized into Christ for the remission of sins when I was 11. Click on the tab, In Thy Paths, if you’re interested in hearing some of my sermons.

I attend worship 3 times weekly. Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and Wednesday evenings.

I got married to the girl of my dreams in 1978. Yes, we’re still married. Yes, she’s still the girl of my dreams.

I’m apolitical. I don’t vote or bother myself with politics. I prefer sporting events.

I purchased the first Mac in 1984, along with an Apple Imagewriter printer. Together it was over $3,000. The Mac was $2,500 and the Imagewriter was over $650. Oh, and the Mac had no hard drive. Here are the specs of that computer and printer. I have owned many versions of Mac through the years, including Macbooks and iMacs. My current computer is a 27″ iMac with an i7 processor (late 2014 model). Next up is likely going to be a Macbook Pro of some sort. 

I enjoy mysteries and thrillers. Books, movies, or TV shows.

So far, I’ve experienced just enough success to outweigh the failures. I’m always working to stay one step ahead of failure. 😉

I’m baffled at the over-cussing of society. It’s not merely religious convictions in play…it’s just off-putting to me. All the F-bombs wear me out.

I currently have 3,162 albums in my iTunes library. It’s held on an external hard drive. It’s 106 days worth of music consuming 238.03GB. It grows constantly. And I use iTunes Match to have access to every bit of it no matter where I go.

I do not watch the NBA or MLB until deep into the playoffs. 

I love the Dallas Stars, but don’t care that much about our other local pro teams. Yes, I do watch all the Dallas Cowboys games. I currently am not able to watch the Dallas Stars because of the moronic TV rights deal with Bally Sports. It has all but killed the Dallas Stars’ rabid fan base that once was! And I’m sad about it. 

I’ve always loved OU Sooners football. The hazards of being born in Oklahoma I suppose. I’m stoked about Coach Brent Venables, and I don’t care about the failures of this first season in 2022. I have faith he’ll get this thing going in the right direction.

Decades of retail experience have corrupted me to scrutinize the customer experience. I have a low tolerance for poor, negligent service. I still don’t understand companies that ignore their customers!

I enjoy reading and studying a variety of topics, but psychology, leadership, and business have long been my top 3. Biographies and history are common subject matter, too. These days, I’m not reading very many business books. 

When the VCR was invented I quickly recorded every single episode of The Andy Griffith Show thanks to WTBS. I own at least 2 books on that TV series. When I got the entire series on DVD I threw away all my old homemade videotapes. 

I fell in love with music and became a seasoned audiophile when I was in junior high. It continues today, but digital music has altered the audiophile part of my life drastically. The great stereo systems gave way to headphone life. For now. I miss having a great system and sitting around listening to records, but I’m not romantic about vinyl like some folks. Mostly, I’m puzzled by so many vinyl snobs who don’t have great turntables! Pointless. 

I have mostly owned manual transmission vehicles. I still prefer them, but since manufacturers are opting out of making them…I figure my current car will likely be the last standard transmission I ever own. We’ll see. It all depends on how long I live. 😉 

I wear an inexpensive Timex T44921 Men’s Expedition Field Easy Reader Indiglo Classic Analog Watch. I also wear a digital Timex Expedition every now and again, but I enjoy analog. It gives me a visual of the past, present, and future while digital is simply always now, now, now. 

I’ve only had one cell phone number. Ever! 

My first car was a truck, a 1954 GMC pickup truck. My grandfather bought it from a farmer, fixed it up so it’d run, and reupholstered the seat. I painted it hunter green and painted the four fenders orange. It was the most fun I’ve had with a vehicle. Somewhere online there’s a picture of me and the truck.

I’ve kept notebooks for as long as I can remember. Taking notes. Writing down ideas. Making journal entries. I love notebooks and pens. And the ideas I can capture using them.

Learning to type in the 7th grade may be the most practical skill I ever learned. I’m a very good typist.

Most of the space Inside The Yellow Studio (versions 1.0 and 2.0) was taken up with books, music, cartoons, and lots of cool things the grandkids love to fondle. During The Great Purge of 2022 I managed to jettison about 90% of my books, donating them to the local library. I also managed to get rid of about 90% of everything I owned, including clothing. It was exhilerating!

I burn Gonesh incense. My favorites are Spring Mist #8, Vanilla, Lavender, and Honeysuckle.

I’m subscribed to 354 YouTube channels. Many of them are music or guitar-related. I recently eliminated over 100 that I wasn’t interested in any longer. I need to thin the herd some more. Okay, I need to thin is a lot more than “some.”

I never remove my wedding band unless surgery or a medical procedure requires it.

I wanted to become a cartoonist. When I was in high school some thought I’d pursue a career in that arena. Or something related. I didn’t.

I gave up drawing when I began to write more. I enjoy using words more than pictures (because I’m better at them) but have a fondness for those able to use both. My dream job would have been to be a novelist.

Ballard Street is my all-time favorite cartoon. I also loved Herman (Jim Unger, the creator of Herman passed away in 2012). I’d give The Far Side a strong, honorable mention.

My 2 favorite pens are Pilot G2 gel in blue 0.7mm fine and Papermate InkJoy Gel .5 fine.

My favorite notebooks are Field Notes and Moleskine Squared Notebook (5 x 8-1/4)I’m also a fan of Reporter’s Notebooks by Portage.

I have a favorite bowl and a favorite fork. I also drink only from one “glass,” an Artlion 30 oz Tumbler Insulated Tumbler that glows in the dark. 

I drink way too much water. My doctor told me to stop drinking so much. True. No, I don’t have diabetes. 

I prefer New Balance athletic shoes. And wear them constantly, even with suits. Sometimes.

I wear Gold Toe dress socks.

In the winter I love flannel and fleece. 

hoodieMy favorite hoodie is a Gildan Adult Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt, Style G18500I don’t know why anybody would spend big money on a great hoodie. These are under $20.

My favorite hiking shoes are Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoes.

My favorite daily “wear-around-the-house or anywhere else” pants are TBMPOY Men’s Lightweight Hiking Pants Breathable Mountain Camping Fishing Running Active Jogger PantsThey rival the best of the big name “sports” pants for a fraction of the cost.

Around the house I regularly wear overalls. My favorites are Liberty Men’s Rigid Denim Bib Overalls. Men's overalls

My favorite everyday shirts are Duluth Trading Wrinklefighter Relaxed Fit button-down long-sleeved.

I love big, heavy quilts – comforters.

My hobby is podcasting. I use it for work, too. I currently have 3 podcasts that I produce – Grow Great, Leaning Toward Wisdom and Hot Springs Village Inside Out. You can go here to see the podcasting gear I now use.

I’ve spent untold hours in self-examination. Self-awareness is a very big deal and I don’t claim to have fully harnessed it, but I’m trying.

Even though I’m apolitical (which means I’m uninterested in politics). I’m intrigued by think tanks and the power brokering that happens in Washington.

I love business and have been “practicing” since I was a teen. However, I’m not a zero-to-60 guy. True entrepreneurship, in my mind, is when a person loves (and is pretty good at) the start-up game. I’m not. I’m terrific at going from 60 to 200…profitably, but I hate the start-up or the “getting going” phase.

Business models fascinate me.

I started employing intermittent fasting some months ago. I consume 100% of my daily calories between 6 am and noon, followed by fasting from noon until 6 am the following morning. I don’t pay much attention to what I eat, but I’m not foolish either.  

I love cherry, vanilla, milk Dr. Peppers (put a green olive in it and it’s awesome). I haven’t had one in years, but I’d love one right now. Packed with Sonic Drive In ice.

In the past year, I’ve listened to this band the most: Billy Strings.

I’ve never been better. I’ve never been this experienced, this comfortable with who I am, or this confident in what I do well. And I’ve still got tons of energy and ambition.

I eat oatmeal for breakfast. Almost every single day. When I don’t, I’ll eat a protein food bar.

I was once the South Central Zone Coordinator for USA Hockey Inline (an appointed volunteer position). And I served on the rules committee for a period of time, too. I was very involved in roller hockey here, operating one of the largest leagues in Texas. And did a fair amount of coaching, too (from 6-year-olds to college guys).

Since about 2008 I’ve had a document in DropBox (shared with my wife) entitled, “When I Die.” As you might imagine, it’s about what I want when I die. The first version was about 3 pages long. It’s currently a single page. The longer I live, the shorter it gets. My goal is for folks to learn about my death after I’m gone!

My inner circle is very small. I prefer fewer, but deeper relationships. I hate crowds. My wife and my son are my closest confidants. They’re without peer for me.

There are 9 people who are the most important to me. They’re members of my immediate family, including 5 grandchildren. 

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in recent years is “who you surround yourself with matters.” 

Too many people are pursuing a wasted life and have surrendered to self-centeredness and surrounded themselves with destructive “you go girl” kind of people. Yet, almost every person I know who is pursuing a valuable life has given themselves to serving others and surrounded themselves with people of that ilk. I’m growing increasingly more discriminating in whom I allow deeply into my life.

This little story best illustrates how I prefer to live. I love it and use it often when people ask me to describe my preference for helping others. I’m not ideally wired to fret about “scope and scale.” Life is more personal than that for me.

That’s it. For now…

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