Friday, October 14, 2011

18 Things About Me, Autism Daddy... :-)


Anyone remember back in late 2008/ early 2009 when everyone on Facebook was writing their "25 THINGS" lists?

These were lists of 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.  You tagged a bunch of friends, they read it, and then they wrote their own.

Well anyway, I stumbled across mine today and thought y'all might be interested in reading my top 18...

Enjoy...

Here goes in no particular order...

1) I am not your typical guy. I am not handy or mechanically inclined at all & it doesn’t really bother me in the least. Also I would much rather sit & watch tv then mow the lawn & I don’t care if I have the worst lawn on the block. What kind of man am I?

2) I love listening to Howard Stern on the way to & from work and the thought of him retiring in a few years gets me depressed. However, I don’t have satellite radio. I download Howard illegally thru bittorrnet into my ipod

3) I have a mental block sometimes that prevents me from getting simple things done like paying the water bill or changing the lightbulb in the basement. That mental block will be a recurring theme here

4) Some friends & I got in trouble in the 4th grade for re-enacting the attempted assassination of President Reagan in the school yard during recess. I was the ringleader who brought in the toy machine gun.

5) I am the only person in my family that doesn’t speak Italian. Growing up my parents spoke it when they didn’t want us to know what they were saying. My sister wanted to figure it out, I didn’t care. She speaks it fluently. I took it for 3 years in HS and barely passed the Regents exam & lost it all the next day. This also has to do with the mental block referred to at #3, I just don’t have a knack for learning foreign languages.

6) My dad has Parkinson’s disease and his dad had it too. I am often fearful that it’s coming my way. It is hereditary and there’s literally nothing I can do to improve my chances.

7) I am hopelessly addicted to television & am proud to own the 1st generation TIVO. My wife bought it for me for Christmas in 1999 and we haven’t watched a live program or a commercial since.

8) I picked up running in 2002 when my Dr. told me my cholesterol was 293 and he wanted to put me on medication. Now 9 years & 14 marathons later my cholesterol is still high, but I am hooked on running. I have a lofty goal of running a marathon in every state. I have 8 states down & 42 to go!!

9) I met my future wife in sophomore year of HS. We became friends and we hung in the same circle for years, but never dated. She was too cool for me. Until one day, years later, after college, at a bar, after a lot of drinks, she asked me out. The rest was history. Love ya baby :-)

10) I missed my first ever college exam freshman year because I did shots of Yukon Jack the nite before and slept thru the class. That was the last time I ever drank Yukon Jack, but not the last time I slept thru a class :-)

11) I was in the drama club in grade school (Tin Man in Wizard of Oz & the Prince in Cinderella :-), I was in the drams club in HS (too many plays to mention here), but I chickened out on my drama audition in college... something I regret to this day.

12) When I was a teenager I could recite verbatim all the lines to The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, History of the World Part 1, The Shining, among many others. Can you tell I was a child of the 80's? The one I knew the best though was Return of the Jedi including the lines by Jabba the Hut :-)

13) I once thought about being a stand-up comic. After college I even attended a free lesson at Caroline’s Comedy Club in NYC, but I chickened out when I saw how awful & embarrassing the other beginners were. Something else I regret

14) I am very lazy and messy. I can also be quite the procrastinator. However, I do my best work at the 11th hour when my back is against the wall. I was the king of the all-nighters in college & it’s spilled over into my career. I am currently reading a book called “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder” which is making me feel better about myself.

15) In my life I have fractured my ankle, I’ve broken my thumb, I’ve had third degree burns on my hand, and I’ve had 4 stitches in my neck. Each of these incidents will be detailed further in my next list of 25. So far, however, I have never spent a nite in a hospital bed (knock on wood).


16) I graduated college in 1992 & haven’t taken a class or a course since, but every once in a while, on a Sunday nite I’ll get that familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach that I have a paper due on Monday and I haven’t started it. This gels nicely with my procrastination in # 15

17) I am not athletically inclined. So when I was a kid I didn’t want to play baseball, I wanted to be a NY Yankee announcer. I wanted to be Phil Rizzuto. Holy Cow!

18) I am completely & utterly addicted to Facebook and it may be affecting my marriage... gotta go kiss the wife... bye!


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6 comments:

  1. runner huh? :) I started as a runner and morphed into tris. my second pregnancy (Quinn PDDNOS) made me start swimming at 7 months. It was all downhill from there. Training is my sanity.

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  2. Vancouver , BC has a great marathon- swing on by...

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  3. I totally recommend the Baltimore Marathon held each November in Baltimore, MD... besides there is the aquarium for the King to check out.

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  4. I recommend Fish Oil supplements for cholesterol. Worked for me.

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  5. I love reading your posts and I don't recommend anything - you seem to have it all down...

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  6. hahaha I loved this post! What a great idea......you've inspired me for mext post! ;)

    Amanda

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