Daughter handles column during knee surgery

Published 7:29 am Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank you to Albert Lea Medical Center and Dr. Mark Ciota and his wonderful staff for taking great care of my knee last week during surgery. From the minute I arrived at six in the morning until I left the hospital, everyone was so professional and nice. My knee is coming along nicely and it is all because of the people who took care of me last Tuesday.

While recovering last week, I had a special nurse named Tayler. This little girl was not only my daughter, but she went above and beyond in helping me recover. One of the fun things we did while I was laid up was that she wrote this portion of my column for me. She wrote, came up with the questions, and typed it all so that I could just sit and answer her questions:

Note: Her format was to have us both answer the same question so we could see our differences.

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If you were stuck on a deserted island and water was provided for you, what three things would you take with you? (You cannot choose family or any people.)


1. Food

2. Laptop with Internet

3. Boat


1. iPod

2. Jet Ski

3. Matches

What are your 3 favorite colors?


1. Blue

2. Green

3. Yellow


1. Red

2. Black

3. Green

Out of all the songs I (Tayler) listen to, which are your favorite two?


1. Ain’t No Rest for the wicked by Cage the Elephant

2. What I’ve Done By Linkin Park

Tayler: (Out of Dad’s songs, here are my favorite two)

1. If I Ever Leave this World Alive By Flogging Molly

2. Jolene by Dolly Parton

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would you eat?

Dad: Pizza

Tayler: Chicken

What is your favorite reality show?

Dad: MTV Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

Tayler: Jersey Shore or the Real World

If you could have any home on any television show what one would you want and why?

Dad: The Munster’s House because it would be sweet to hang out in.

Tayler: Spongebob’s House because it’s awesome.

What are three songs that you know all the lyrics to?


1. The Devil went down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band

2. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

3. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash


1. Faint By Linkin Park

2. I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan

3. All the Small Things by Blink-182

If you could go to an Amusement park with any celebrity who would it be and what amusement park would you choose?

Dad: Disney World and Martina McBride

Tayler: Disney World with Ian Somerhalder

What has been your favorite vacation you have taken in your life?

Dad: Disney World in 2008.

Tayler: When I was In 3rd Grade when we went to San Diego, CA

What is your favorite and least favorite word?

Dad: Favorite is “catawampus” and least favorite is “no.”

Tayler: Favorite is “Bonjourno” (reference to movie-”Inglorious Basterds”) and least favorite is “phlegm.”

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states what would you choose?

Dad: Colorado

Tayler: Cali Like, California

Favorite Web site?

Dad: Albertleatribune.com

Tayler: Facebook

Favorite sport?

Dad: Baseball

Tayler: Baseball

What will you be doing in 10 years?

Dad: Working in the media business or taking over “The Oprah Show.”

Tayler: Hopefully in a successful career

If you could make one cartoon character come alive which would you pick and why?

Dad: Spongebob, because it would be cool to live underwater.

Tayler: Baby Looney Toons because they’re cute.

Tayler Schmeltzer is the daughter of Tribune Publisher Scott Schmeltzer, whose column appears every Thursday.