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25 Random Facts About YOU!

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by MariaMartini, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. MariaMartini

    MariaMartini Active Member

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    Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a response with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 5 people to be tagged.

    Feel free to participate even if you have not been tagged!

    1. I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life.
    2. I didn't eat a hamburger until I was 13.
    3. I am scared of stepping on a dead body in the lake.
    4. I am scared of broken glass. I clean it up if I have to, but then I feel like I have shards all over me.
    5. I really like ketchup, and I like it room temperature.
    6. I am going to become a Tulsa Master Recycler.
    7. At least once a day I go to Facebook, MySpace, PerezHilton, & Signs101. Usually multiple times.
    8. I strongly dislike Perez Hilton as a person, but I can't stop reading his blog!
    9. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. http://www.4woman.gov/faq/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.cfm#e
    10. I talk to my maternal grandma on the phone everyday. Usually multiple times.
    11. I stay up until 12 almost every night.
    12. I became vegetarian for 3 months in high school because bone-in chicken resembled the animal too much.
    13. I stopped being a vegetarian because I missed chicken strips.
    14. I feel like the daycare teachers will judge my parenting based on what I pack Ethan for lunch. Among other things...
    15. I really REALLY want to ride in a hot air balloon.
    16. My epidural didn't work. I felt EVERYTHING.
    17. I recycle. It is very important to me. Will you start recycling too, please?
    18. Even though I had a wonderful childhood, I think I might have repressed childhood memories.
    19. I really REALLY like the Ninja Turtles. Michelangelo is my favorite!
    20. I told my kindergarten boyfriend that I was The Little Mermaid in disguise.
    21. I used to be really scared of The Boogie Man. I thought I could kill him by feeding him a pickle that had a grenade inside of it.
    22. I want an Ikea store in Oklahoma REALLY bad!
    23. I miss camp. I regret not applying for full time staff during college.
    24. I want another baby, but I really don't know if I could do it all over again.
    25. I have an 8 year old sister who lives in Utah. I miss her!

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  2. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    1. I am the youngest of 7 kids, all born in PA
    2. I have 99 first cousins
    3. I can't hit a ball with a bat
    4. I have three kids, all born in PA
    5. My favorite color is pink
    6. I was raised Catholic
    7. I am now a Presbyterian
    8. I am double-jointed
    9. I had to start wearing a bra when I was 7 years old
    10. I am a pretty good cook (nothing fancy tho)
    11. I love cemeteries
    12. I am a Civil War buff
    13. I am also into genealogy
    14. I hate tomatoes
    15. I have several food allergies
    16 I will be going to England this April
    17. I have very small feet
    18. I am afraid of small spaces
    19. I always sleep on the side of the bed, not in the middle and go to bed real early
    20. I love to read sappy romance novels
    21. I like chocolate but not cheap chocolate
    22. I am a morning person and get a headache if I don't drink coffee
    23. I am a know-it-all even when I don't know anything
    24. I go to dlisted every day, and Signs 101, L'Ville, and UKSignboards
    25. I have to watch a sad movie in order to cry

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  3. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    1. I like to throw darts... steel tip.
    2. I can bend the middle finger on my left hand all the way back to touch my arm.
    3. I used to play the clarinet in band.
    4. I can play the piano some too and have one at home.
    5. My only living grandmother has always been my hero. Always.
    6. I can process a deer pretty quickly if it's skinned and gutted.
    7. Hate having to help skin and gut.
    8. I don't miss the snow except on Christmas Day.
    9. Learned to drive in my dad's cutlass on a banked race track. No wonder I drive fast...
    10. My laugh is loud and usually very real. I like to laugh
    11. Jeff and I rode a greyhound bus over 28 hours from Michigan to Colorado once.
    12. I can't bake anything that turns out except knock-you-nakeds.
    13. My mom and I use to take oil painting classes together.
    14. For about 2 years (well before digital) I was an MLS photographer.
    15. Originally registered as a Republican when I was 18.
    16. I got married at 15.
    17. Years ago Jeff and I were thrown out of a biker bar on the strip in Denver, CO for our language.
    18. We were immediately stopped on the way home by Denver's finest for drunk walking... seriously.
    19. I knew in 4th grade that I would be involved in some kind of advertising. I was fascinated when i read something about it in a social studies book.
    20. I always wanted a tattoo but first husband said he'd divorce me if i got one. So after I left him that's one of the first things I did.
    21. I text way too much after I swore I never would.
    22. Could outshoot first husband at the range, but he did better when we went hunting. Can't outshoot Jeff anywhere.
    23. I taught Sunday School for years and Jr. Church after that.
    24. When i was little my whole family called a door a "thing" to tease me because I hurt myself on it once and couldn't remember what it was called.
    25. I sing very loudly in the car while on the 40 minute ride too and from work.

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  4. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    This is a great thread

    1. I am an only child but was not spoiled
    2. I hate sports (esp. football)
    3. I am a better-than-average golfer
    4. I have been to 4 of the 7 continents
    5. I have 50+ tattoos (all B&W) except wedding anniversary which is red because it was a "red letter day" and the wife "adds color to my life"
    6. I have an unexplainable attraction towards Chinese and Indian culture
    7. I grew up in a butcher shop and became proficient in the handling of cutlery
    8. I am fascinated with mortuary science but hate morticians and everything about the funeral industry
    9. I have self-diagnosed proctalgia fugax
    10. My nickname as a child was "Spider"
    11. I can gut a deer with my teeth but will not change a diaper
    12. I count stairs as I descend but not going up
    13. I catch myself keeping an acoustic beat with my teeth and blinking
    14. I am obsessed with trimming my cuticles with an Exacto blade or pocket knife
    15. I like to keep my computer meticulous but could care less if the bed is made
    16. If it weren't for signs I'd be a chef
    17. My favorite part of a chicken is the piece of cartilage on the breast bone
    18. I wear a size 12 shoe :loveya:
    19. I have a four octave singing range
    20. I play bass and guitar
    21. I respect Bob from Earth's intelligence and would like to meet him
    22. I love rainy miserable days but not two in a row
    23. I can remember liking girls when I was 6 years old
    24. I've watched Goodfellas more than 30 times
    25. I love my Mom
    26. I wear a different cologne every day
    27. There are many things I can not reveal about myself
     
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  5. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    1. I’m claustrophobic
    2. I never want to be burned alive, consumed by a carnivore, or have a colostomy.
    3. I had a colostomy for 6 weeks.
    4. I like to win. People who say winning isn't everything never won anything.
    5. 1 won the American Polocrosse Association national championships two times.
    6. I like team penning.
    7. I like Omaha hi/lo.
    8. I want to develop a lifestyle that doesn’t require my presence.
    9. I’m fascinated with the philosophy of science.
    10. My wife and I celebrate our 40th anniversary this year.
    11. I used to race AA fuel back when the cars had motors in front.
    12. I’ve always wanted a Corvette but the circumstances have never been right.
    13. I despise liver and Brussels sprouts, singly or en masse.
    14. I don’t like crowds.
    15. I can’t dance. I make Elaine Bennis look like Michael Flatley.
    16. I would give anything to be musical but I’m not. Like Navin Johnson, I can’t tap my foot to music.
    17. I like short rack nine ball.
    18. I don’t want to do anything I have to suit up for.
    19. I like to read Wilbur Smith pot boilers.
    20. I like a good cigar.
    21. I hate a bad cigar.
    22. I think Texas Hold’em is a game for idiots.
    23. I want to make a movie featuring nothing but my favorite lines from other movies.
    24. Anything that swims does not belong on a pizza.
    25. I live to watch Burn Notice.

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  6. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    1. I'm a terrible cook. Like really bad.
    2. When I was little, my parents didn't give me an allowance, instead I would have to work at the shop for a 1$/hour, which I would spend every cent on Legos
    3. I'm 1/2 German, 1/4 Puerto Rican 1/4 European Mutt.
    4. I have two nephews, both are learning to speak English and Polish.
    5. I play Bass Guitar and Piano, I used to be in a band in High school, college and a few years after.
    6. I joined chorus in high school to meet girls, (that's like a 1to8 ratio:thumb:) I was actually pretty good, I won 12 gold metals at state.
    7. I was on the football team so the guys wouldn't make fun of me for being in chorus :ROFLMAO: That and I had been playing since 4th grade. We were undefeated freshman year through sophomore year, and corn belt conference champions junior and senior year.
    8. I have made up my mind that letterheads and walldogs are the best people on the face of the planet.
    9. My favorite beer is Killian's Irish Red
    10. I've never been to the Ocean, I've only seen it once from a plane.
    11. I'm red/green colorblind.
    12. My dream car is a 69 Corvette
    13. When I move out of my apartment, the first thing I'm going to do is adopt a dog.
    14. Every year I spend late July thru October building a huge Haunted House with my brother and friends at the 4H park then we tear it down and start over next year.
    15. One day I would like to write a book.
    16. I have a thing for women of Asian decent. I can't help it.
    17. If I could move anywhere in the US I would move to Colorado, The only reason I haven't, is because I like being close to family.
    18. I can't stand negative People.
    19. I love action flicks.
    20. My favorite TV shows right now are "the Office", "Heroes" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
    21. My dream job would involve me traveling the world ridding every great roller coaster ride there is.
    22. I don't like most country music. Most, not all.
    23. I never make my bed, except when I change the sheets.
    24. I desperately want a Wacom.
    25. I've never broken a bone. Thank you milk!

    Neato,
    FisherDesigns,
    Old Paint,
    Fred,
    weaselboogie
    Tag you're it!
     
  7. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    Forgot my tags......

    Techman especially......
    SignBoy
    DRP
    Air Art Girl
    Zmatt
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  8. MariaMartini

    MariaMartini Active Member

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    I've never broken a bone either, but I hardly drink milk.

    I guess my fat protects me :p
     
  9. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    No broken bones or stitches.
    Never been sick...knock wood.

    Very interesting stuff everyone!!!!!
     
  10. THATgirl

    THATgirl Very Active Member

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    I was born in a small town in Minnesota and am almost 100% Norwegian

    My kids are my absolute pride and joy. I love them the mostest. :O)

    I am severely claustrophobic

    I am afraid of heights (big hindrance when painting signs years ago, and now get others to install for me)

    I am still friends with all of my ex's, (one husband, 4 long time bfs) who call, email and text regularly

    I love to garden (even in the winter) which explains why I don't much care for snow

    I cannot swim (but sitting by the ocean with my toes in the sand is my favorite spot in the world)

    I love to dance, doesn't matter if it's on the beach, in the rain or at home

    All my best long time friends are men (my two best female friends died of alcoholism)

    I have never been a drinker (one glass of champagne or one white russian is all I like)

    I love astronomy (too bad my telescope broke) dammit

    I cannot stand to be bossed (which explains the divorce)

    Very shy at first around people I don't know

    Brutally honest is my middle name. Don't much care for phony people

    TV spaces me out. I 'watch' it, but 'see' what I am thinking instead. Most of the time this is sign designs being tossed around in my head at night. My son gets a kick out of this as he can change the channel and knows I won't notice.

    I am very spiritual (not so much religious) but I believe in God, and really get a charge out of hikes, mountains, thunder, lightening, rainbows (no, I am straight) the badlands, ocean waves, and storms (well you get my drift)

    Recycling and 'saving the earth' are important to me

    (this will surprise bob and shovel, I have a high IQ)

    I carry on conversations with my dog all the time. He understands. My daughter has also acquired this little habit

    My aim is excellent in shooting and darts

    I have always thought about my designs a day or two before actually painting the sign or getting online and laying out the sign. (this explains what I am doing while 'watching' tv.)
    Some call this procrastination. I don't. Some of the best ideas pop into your head in the middle of the night

    Myspace, facebook, IM, these have all helped me keep track of my kids and allowed me to be friends with their friends, and know what is going on in their lives.

    I do get bored easily. Age, numbers etc. don't mean much to me. I am not into money, (I forget to send invoices or keep track of my bank accounts way too often) but have been fortunate all these years to have raised my kids well, to have a home to call ours, take plenty of vacations, and get a kick out of life!


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    Fred (which I see has already been done)
    Darlak (xo)
    stevo
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  11. Air Art Girl

    Air Art Girl Very Active Member

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    1. I'm the youngest of 3
    2. Grew up in Portland, Oregon
    3. was a 3 time district champion in gymnastics
    4. Have had 7 knee surgerys including a total new knee because of the gymnastics
    5. Love animals have 2 cats and 2 dogs
    6. hate liver
    7. Favorite beer is Heinekin
    8. Make killer teriyaki wings (ask S'Rex)
    9. Have 2 sons - 23, on his own and 14, high schooler. I am extremely proud of both of them, they are great kids.
    10. My first car was a 69 Chevelle with cragers
    11. My favorite cars I have owned were my 2 different 1976 280Z's and my Silverado LT
    12. I like Rock & Roll and alternative music
    13. Used to own a gym and competed as a body builder
    14. Hold a license as a massage practitioner (20yrs) and nail tech (12)
    15. Love, love, love baseball especially when my son is playing
    16. I make the bed and do the dishes but have dust and some clutter around
    17. I've been in almost every state in the lower 48, 3 Canadian Provinces, Hawaii, Mexico and Germany.
    18. I drove a school bus for several years when my oldest was young. Love kids
    19. Hate phone solicitors but like to be charitable especially to local kids organizations
    20. Hate my cell phone (electronic leash) and rarely answer it
    21. Hate gardening but like it when my yard looks nice so I do it.
    22. Love being artistic as long as I can remember
    23. I enjoy the art work of local artist Paul Sloan and have many of his limited edition lithos
    24. I lost my Dad this year....wish we could have been closer in his final years but have lots of good times to remember.
    25. I try to buy a $1 lottery ticket each week. My friend won 18 Million on a $1 ticket so I know it does happen


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  12. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    01. I'm the youngest of 3
    02. Grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts
    03. I have always talked back to people since I was born . . . It's got my *** kicked several times !
    04. I have never broken a bone, but have had several surgeries
    05. I have always wanted to be a better musician than I am right now
    06. I hate liver, protein powders and sushi
    07. My drink of choice is Mac & 7, but I rarely drink at all
    08. Favorite foods: Pizza, Crab, Lobster, Steak and Bacon wrapped anything
    09. I have no kids, but I share AAG's kids with her
    10. My favorite car I owned as a youth was my 1964 Pontiac Star Cheif
    11. My favorite bands: YES, Styx, Foriegner, Queen, Kansas, Led Zep, Van Halen and the list goes on and on and on and on . . . . .
    12. I have been in a threesome with 2 hots babes
    13. The sign business is the first business I have owned legally with a business license . . . But have owned others.
    14. I hate fishing and hunting . . . I hate killing animals !
    15. I love to watch TV and movies and know lots of useless trivia
    16. I have craploads of stereo equipment, but none is hooked up
    17. I have lived in the 4 corners of the US
    18. I hate driving at night and am quite night blind since having laser eye surgery
    19. I hate following a clock or a schedule, but still do on occasion
    20. I always have my cell phone on my hip and don't no where I'd be without it
    21. I got an "A" in every art class I ever took, but D's and F's in all my other classes
    22. I can't stand the smell of a stinky teenager
    23. I am a widower after losing my wife of 12 years to a heart attack in 2002
    24. I enjoy listening to unknown bands on various websites and getting to here non main stream music
    25. I am very thankful to have found SIGNS101 . . . ! ! !


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  13. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    1 - I'm the youngest of 3 boys
    2 - Born and raised in the same town
    3 - Hate lightning
    4 - Don't like snakes
    5 - Worked in restaurants (mostly the back of the house) for 18 or so years
    6 - Broke my wrist in 6th grade
    7 - Broke my Jaw playing softball
    8 - Ice Skating is as easy as walking for me
    7 - I use to run track
    8 - I have cleared 6' 1" in high jump
    9 - I was able to long jump over 19'
    10 - I have pole vaulted a few times
    11 - I throw sidearm
    12 - Not a huge fan of Chocolate
    13 - Like Star Fruit
    14 - Eat like a champ and don't gain weight
    15 - Helped teach art in High School
    16 - Surprised to see Bob likes "Burn Notice"
    17 - Before I got sucked into my business I would run around 8 miles a day 3 - 4 days a week
    18 - I like Pork Roll even though it's bad for you
    19 - Animals like me
    20 - I love being outdoors
    21 - Right handed
    22 - I skateboard and snowboard goofy footed (lefty)
    23 - I could shave twice a day
    24 - Almost always wear a hat, have since I was a kid
    25 - Don't like to fly, but I will if I have to

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  14. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    1. I was born an "old soul", the eldest of three.
    2. I Love and Live for my wife and children.
    3. I love hunting and fishing ....and do consume what I harvest.
    4. I can cleanly gut a deer in under a minute.
    5. My favorite foods are the ones prepared by my wife or my mother.
    6. I can't dance, sing or play any instruments.
    7. I love a good cigar and hate a bad one.
    8. I hate crowds.
    9. I drink good whiskey, good wine, good brandy and cheap beer but not cocktails.
    10. I play pool (preferably 9 ball) and throw darts on a regular basis.
    11. I'm a "jack of all trades" and master of none.
    12. I like to cook but don't as often as I'd like.
    13. I have watched "Goodfellas" at least fifty times...writing and producing "Goodfellas II" is on my bucket list.
    14. I don't own a suit but do own a tux.
    15. I'd like to take a year just traveling around the country sampling the best eateries.
    16. I (as of yet) have no desire to go to any other continent.
    17. I've never been jailed in the U.S. but spent a few hours in a Mexican jail.
    18. I like all kinds of music except Rap and Hip hop.
    19. My dream car is a '67 Shelby GT500..."Elenor" (Gone in 60 seconds).
    20. I'm afraid of and allergic to stupid people.
    21. I like to drive at night for hours on end with the stereo cranked.
    22. I'm generally a very good friend or real bad enemy.
    23. I almost always bump into someone I know or once knew when I take a trip or go someplace regardless of how far away.
    24. I value honesty, loyalty, dedication, family, and friends most of all.
    25. When I die, I want it with my boots on, swift and painless, my carcass cremated and my ashes scattered in the wind from the top of Conical Peak in the Crazy Mountains of Montana.
     
  15. Norm Abram

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    1 . I like boats, but no the ocean.
    2. I'm a sucker for French Poetry and rhinestones.
    3. I'm kind to strangers and children.
    4 . The only other carpenter that I admire is when I'm watching myself on tv.
    5. Like the american indian and the buffalo, I use EVERY part of the tree.
    6. The lenses of my safety glasses are ½" thick, but have given me the ability to see wood on a molecular level.
    7. I cry one tear everytime I see an IKEA
    8. I can lick my eyeball with my tongue.
    9. I made my first website out of mahagony.
    10. Once I built a 1 story ranch home using only plastic kids tools.
    11. I use Just for Men on my beard
    12. Once on a dare, I ate 5 buckets of sawdust and shat a dinette set.
    13. I built my first victorian Toy Box Armoire at 1 month old.
    14. I removed the mole from Bob Vila's forehead with a set of RoboGrip pliers
    15. At the end of the day, I soak my fingers in a bowl of Palmolive dishwashing liquid
    16. I have 37 different flannel shirts
    17. I once willed a bookcase hutch into existence.
    18. My right pinky is a phillips bit
    19. I've leared that in a pinch, a stale tortilla can be used in lieu of a biscuit joiner
    20. Over the years, because of shop accidents, Ive had to slowly rebuild Bob Villa from mahagony
    21. I drink 1 qt of linseed oil per day and sweat it out both hands for easy varnishing applications.
    22. I rebuilt New Orleans by myself last weekend.
    23. On Que, I can produce toothpicks from the corners of my eyes.
    24. I once killed a man just to watch him die.
    25. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these — safety glasses
     
  16. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    :ROFLMAO: Norm, You freakin rule!
     
  17. TheSnowman

    TheSnowman Major Contributor

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    1. My wife and I just had our first baby 5 weeks ago.
    2. My life now is totally nothing but that baby, and I wouldn't change a thing.
    3. I like to go ATV riding whenever I get the chance.
    4. I have a Yamaha Banshee four wheeler.
    5. I have gone to Silver Lake Sand dunes every year (at least once) since the year I was born.
    6. I have gone to Disney World every ear (at least once) every year since my Freshman year in High School.
    7. I married my high school sweetheart, and we don't even remember meeting. We grew up in the same church since we were in diapers.
    8. Me and my entire family lived within one square mile of each other until I was in High School. That's extended family too.
    9. I LOVE all the Ocean's, and National Treasure movies.
    10. I have a sister that just moved to Walla Walla, WA, and is the first person in my family to even leave the state I think.
    11. I started a video production company right out of high school, and it's still running strong today.
    12. I am obsessed w/ Ford Trucks.
    13. I am really good at Guitar Hero (I think)
    14. I play drums just about every day.
    15. I have the entire TWO SEASONS of "Joey" on DVD.
    16. I have a cat named Paulie that has allergies, and just licks himself about 18 hrs a day.
    17. My wife's grandparents lived on the other coast their whole lives, and moved to the house RIGHT NEXT DOOR two years ago.
    18. My ENTIRE family (Grandparents, their kids, their kids, and all their kids) went on that Silver Lake Sand Dunes vacation for 20 years straight, and no one ever missed one.
    19. I know nothing about HDTV, but every single person I know seems to think I'm a genius on it. My TV is 20 yrs. old.
    20. I have Nextel for a cell phone provider, and am absolutely obsessed w/ the walkie talkie.
    21. My wife and I became Disney Vacation Club members when we were 22.
    22. I think that a kid that farts is the funniest thing ever.
    23. I've never smoked, or drank anything in my life. (Other than lots of Mtn. Dew)
    24. Logan's & Texas Roadhouse are my favorite restaurants.
    25. Every Monday me and all my friends get together just to hang out and be "guys". That normally consists of lots of chicken wings, and a Dr. Mario tournament. I know, exciting huh!
     
  18. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    1. born a middle child, on groundhog's day
    2. moved at 3 mos. old, to the home I lived in 17 yrs. and still visit my mom at
    3. earliest memories include the pride I felt in spotting the missed belt loop as mom dressed older brother for first day of kindergarten
    4. my kindergarten teacher told my folks I was "mature" which made them laugh
    5. I started (and never stopped) getting praise and recognition for my artistic creations in kindergarten
    6. my friends dad owned the bowling alley, and I was included on his team, for the handicap points my lack of skill would bring... and we won a bigass trophy
    7. my dad never played ballgames with my brother and I, but taught us camping and boating skills instead, which have served my well
    8. I always outswam my brother, and have swam to neighboring islands, or crossed mountain lakes without supervision (not smart)
    9. in 6th grade I decided Jimi, Janis, and Jim Morrison were cool, though dead, and my hippie daze began
    10. in 7th grade I had longass hair & sewed an eagle patch I made onto my jean jacket, surrounded by dozens of patches I bought in the head shops in Wisconsin dells on vacation
    11. in 8th grade I quit the school band drum lessons I had taken for 3 years, and began playing my first drum set with 2 guitar players I knew
    12. Our band Sarnath opened for a much older rock band at the high school, before we finished 8th grade, which made us feel famous
    13. I maintained a high B average in H.S. with the respect of my teachers, while also maintaining a popularity among fans of our band & racking up 10 arrests for weed before adulthood
    14. I've never been arrested as an adult, although I tried really really hard for many many years
    15. I carved Led Zeppelin into Chicago's 13th precinct bench during the detour I took over there before seeing the band perform at the Chicago stadium in '76
    16. I met my first wife at a Grateful Dead concert, followed by our move to the west coast & 5 years of counter culture veggie growing, cabin dwelling, craft swapping, baby raising nirvana
    17. I eventually learned to not consider my divorce a failure & focus on the positives
    18. I moved to hawaii in 1984 & studied architecture, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for 2 years while assisting as student tutor
    19. I grew some meanass kolas in that same time period.
    20. I had joint custody of my daughter with year on, year off cycles, for 10 years.
    21. I hitch-hiked into NYC with $100 and the address of one aquaintence. I stayed a year, made $30k (in 80's dollars) and began my sign career.
    22. After working as a corporate sign yuppie in Manhattan for a year, I quit, moved my luggage to my parents house, and went back to spend the last of my savings partying around Tompkins Square with the homeless and the squatters. When I ran out of money, I took over a city owned abandoned building in alphabet city (crack-town) with fellow squatters, and proceeded to improve our free lodging accommodations through midnight scavenges of Manhattan dumpsters for building materials which resulted in replacing concrete sealed entryways with steel framed locking doorways, and hotwired splicing of our buildings electricity into the city power system from down in the manhole on our street
    23. After learning to snowboard in NY, I relocated to New Mexico to continue my co-parenting, get hired to continue learning the sign trade, and further my hobby of snowboarding
    24. In 1994, I decided to file 12 years of un-filed tax returns, move to Maui, and start to grow up. Over the next 5 years, I built up a sign business, repaid all my debts, and built up flawless credit
    25. 10 years ago, I decided to take a year off of my 20 year long daily habit of consuming extremely excessive amounts pot and beer. I became a workaholic instead, got married again, bought 2 houses, & established my sign business & my current lifestyle as the favorite thing I've ever done in this entire list!

    Tag:
    Gary Boros
    Dan Striker (sp)
    Pat .... (um... with the twins)
    Colin (for the other 24 things :peace!:)
    GAC05
     
  19. MariaMartini

    MariaMartini Active Member

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    How do you hitch-kike from Hawaii?

    No seriously, I really enjoyed reading your 25 facts!
     
  20. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    I was on my "year off' of parenting, and had quit my architectural drafting job in Hawaii, to spend the first half of the summer with my then 9 yr old daughter. After flying her to her mom's, I joined my mom and dad for their summer vacation on a small island in a small lake in northern Ontario. I talked my dad into re-routing his return to Chicago through Buffalo NY, instead of Detroit MI, because it offered a closer place for me to jump out & start my adventure.

    GREAT THREAD by the way!!
    I've enjoyed reading everyone's 25 things!
     
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