March 1, 2006
All You Never Wanted to Know and More
Things Posts About Me
In true Where the Hell Was I? fashion, each entry is not only a ‘Thing’ — it’s also an incoherent, rambling blog post. Only the best for this blog, baby! Click ’em all!
Volume 1: The Numbers Game
#1. I currently have one pet, and it’s a pit bull named Susie.
#2. I have had two non-finned pets before Susie.
#3. I am three degrees away from Kevin Bacon. Semi-officially.
#4. In high school, I had a denim jacket with four band names airbrushed on the back.
#5. My wife and I own five computers between us.
#6. I have only needed to get six stitches in my life.
#7. I used my middle name until I was about seven years old.
#8. I have been in eight different major league baseball parks.
#9. I have had nine different positions since college.
#10. My brain wakes up at around ten each morning, regardless of when I get out of bed.
#11. I competed in a regional Spelling Bee when I was eleven years old.
#12. My wife and I have been together for twelve years.
#13. I started dating my wife on Friday the 13th.
#14. My house has fourteen steps between the first and second floors.
#15. I once had to work for fifteen hours on my birthday.
#16. I last played basketball when I was sixteen years old.
#17. When I was seventeen, I DJ’ed for the local college radio station.
#18. I will have been married for 3000 days on the eigteenth of August, 2004.
#19. I won a weekend trip for two to Washington, D.C. when I was nineteen.
#20. I had a long-distance relationship with my wife for twenty months.
#21. My first, and last, interest in politics came when I was twenty-one years old.
#22. I was kicked out of graduate school when I was twenty-two.
#23. I worked for a brain surgeon when I was twenty-three years old.
#24. The only show I’ve religiously watched in the past two years is 24.
#25. I got married when I was twenty-five years old.
#26. I dropped out of graduate school when I was twenty-six.
#27. I have roughly twenty-seven hours of Monty Python material on videotape.
#28. My first girlfriend was twenty-eight years old.
#29. I made a New Year’s Resolution to lose twenty-nine pounds.
#30. I got a surprise trip to Atlanta for my thirtieth birthday.
#31. I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge when I was thirty-one years old.
#32. I was thirty-two the first time I was laid off from a job.
#33. I am thirty-three years (and one day) old.
Chapter II: Talents, Accomplishments and Snarky Opinions
#34. I’m a pretty good juggler.
#35. I once road-tripped from Richmond, VA to Hilton Head, SC, overnight.
#36. I’ve been skydiving. Twice!
#37. I’ve been the Chief Technical Officer of a company.
#38. I am the pickiest beer snob I know.
#39. In high school, I won awards for emulating Bill Cosby.
#40. I have three jokes that I can drag out for at least an hour apiece.
#41. I’m a green belt (retired) in Tae Kwon Do.
#42. I have read — and reread — all five books in the Hitchhikers’ Guide trilogy.
#43. I once went whitewater rafting.
#44. I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.
#45. I’ve written two science fiction short stories.
#46. Wendy’s has the best French fries. Sorry, McDonald’s fans.
#47. I can work the three-star puzzles in Games magazine. Sometimes, anyway.
#48. I finished Half Life, Max Payne, and Red Faction.
#49. I’ve seen three operas performed at ‘The Met’ in New York City.
#50. I was a Features Editor for my college newspaper.
#51. I have won four fantasy sports championships.
#52. I’ve never watched the movie E.T.
#53. I learned at least one thing from every class in college.
#54. I think that what is art should be art, and what is not, should not.
#55. My high school yearbook quote was a Husker Du song lyric.
#56. I broke my nose playing softball.
#57. There exists no food that could not benefit from the addition of hot sauce.
#58. I still have my Amiga computer, but I finally gave up my Commodore 64.
#59. I can ‘go the other way’ in softball.
#60. I never lost a game of ‘Mercy’.
#61. I’m very competitive, and take challenges — especially from inanimate objects — personally.
#62. I have walked through the underground catacombs of Paris.
#63. I have angled for catfish in the Louisiana bayou.
#64. I do not have children, and cannot fathom ever, ever wanting that to change.
#65. I once peed on the exact geographical center of the state of Kentucky.
#66. I make a mean tuna casserole.
#67. The first wedding I ever attended was my own.
Book Three: Miscellaneous Crap, and Other Dubious Factoids
#68. I once had the perfect phone number.
#69. My honeymoon was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
#70. I’m a huge fan of Syracuse University sports, for no logical reason whatsoever.
#71. I am hard to impress, but easy to please.
#72. I would much rather be too cold than too hot.
#73. I read in waves, mostly science fact and science fiction.
#74. My college mascot was the ‘Praying Colonel’.
#75. I obsess over certain tasks, and sometimes make things harder than they should be.
#76. I chew my nails when I have to do something that I’d rather avoid.
#77. My nickname in high school and college was ‘Foz’.
#78. I always believed that people were essentially good. Until kindergarten, that is.
#79. I have never been to a funeral, nor seen a dead person.
#80. I have, however, seen several severed limbs and internal organs.
#81. I joined a fraternity in college.
#82. I never took any computer or typing classes in school. So, naturally, now I’m a software engineer.
#83. I’m not impressed by presentation, window dressing, or personal titles.
#84. My parents divorced when I was very young, then remarried. To each other!
#85. I’ve been placed under anesthesia exactly once. I had seven teeth removed.
#86. I was the first grandchild on my mother’s side of the family.
#87. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTP.
#88. The worst physical pain I’ve ever endured was dislocating my shoulder. Twice.
#89. My favorite meal is the Dinner of Champions.
#90. I was one of ESPN’s 3Play contest winners.
#91. I am an only child. (Explains a lot, doesn’t it?)
#92. I generally lump magic, God, and the Powerball lottery together, and eye the lump warily.
#93. I’m allergic to cats and rabbits, and probably certain other furry critters.
#94. I wear boxers, but I do have an emergency pair of briefs.
#95. I do all of my agonizing before decisions, not after.
#96. I once had strep throat and mono at the same time.
#97. My parents have had as many homes since I left for college as I’ve had.
#98. The worst movie I ever paid to see was ‘Nothing But Trouble’.
#99. I have a soft spot for cows.
#100. I have a small chunk of pencil lead embedded in my right knee.
Addendum D: And One to Grow On
#101. I have absolutely, positively zero regrets.
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