Why the number 35?
Since I was a child, I always wanted to have a favorite number. I wanted a number that had a meaning or significance behind it. But I never really had any number to consider because I wanted to have a unique number. The number 3 would be an easy one because I'm a third child, or the number 6 because it's the day of my birthday. Too common of a thing..
It wasn't until, high school or college (can't remember exactly) when I gave in to a "common" reason for having a favorite number. I went with sports athletes.
So who may have worn the wonderful number of 35 you may ask?
Right around that time is when I starting playing ice hockey, and I realized that I loved to play the position of goalie. Yes, people say you have to be crazy to play goalie, so go ahead, call me crazy! I love it! Well, at that time, the San Jose Sharks goalie was Evgeni Nabokov, so naturally, he is who I love to watch, and his number was 35. Years, later, it got changed to number 20 when Vesa Toskala took 35. But it does seem to be a common hockey goalie number. With no further explanation, number 35 became the number of my choice, and that's what I went with from then on out. It also turned out that one of my favorite SF Giants players at the time was SS Rich Aurillia who also sported number 35. I think he was having his career year that season. That just made the number even better!
So there you have it- the number thirty five. Not your typical "3" or "7" but it works for me!