Thursday, May 12, 2005

100 Things About Me

This could go on for years, and I don't want to clog the front page with this list so I back-dated it to my birthday in 2005. So, you wanna know 100 things about me? Here you go...

  1. I am weird, and no longer care about hiding it, because everyone has his/her own levels of weirdness.

  2. I am Catholic.

  3. I like to believe I'm devout in my Faith.

  4. My heritage goes four ways: Irish, English, Scottish and Danish. But not prune.

  5. I have green eyes.

  6. I have brown hair.

  7. My favorite movies are "Apollo 13", "Cinderella Man", "Independence Day", "She's All That", "Wedding Crashers", "The Untouchables", "The Breakfast Club"

  8. The thing I'm proudest of: I'm a good, involved, loving father.

  9. The thing I'm most ashamed of: my marriage did not work out. I tried.

  10. My favorite Celebrity (in the Celebrity Crushes category) is Hilary Swank.

  11. My 5 best friends are women. I know how to have friendships with women. As in platonic.

  12. I am physically handicapped. My legs are terrible because of neglected damage, and my right arm is a mess that doesn't straighten out. My spine is degenerated to the point where it hurts all the time. I live anyway. Just a lot more slowly.

  13. I was outside The World Trade Center South Tower when the second plane hit on September 11, 2001. I had to run away quickly. Some friends of mine died there that day.

  14. I am the Website designer/webmaster of the Nicole Miller Memorial Website. Nicole Miller died on United Flight 93 in Shanksville PA on September 11th, 2001. She is one of my life's heroes.

  15. I find intelligence the most attractive trait in a woman. That's not lipservice. It's true, and always has been.

  16. I'm friendly with every ex-girlfriend except 1. She moved far away.

  17. I drink iced tea like it's my job. At least 1 gallon per day.

  18. I love to write. I'm a frustrated journalist.

  19. I dislike hip-hop and Rap. It has nothing to do with anyone who performs it, I just don't get into the tunes.

  20. I like "American Idol" a lot.

  21. I'm a website designer.

  22. I met, and shook hands with: Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes (professional Heavyweight Boxing Champions both), Hillary Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Bruce Willis, Bill Parcells, Heidi Klum, Ronald Reagan, Rudy Giuliani, George Bush, Yogi Berra, Carmen Basilio (Middleweight Boxing World Champion), Jewel (the singer). Mostly because of job-related activities.

  23. I love steaks and chops. I also love seafood, but not sushi.

  24. I am deathly allergic to tree-nuts. Wow, that gets ugly.

  25. Also allergic to pitted fruits such as peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines.

  26. I once gave mouth-to-mouth rescuscitation. Succesfully, I might add. Choking victim.

  27. I'm a major-league computer geek. I love going to people's houses to fix their computers.

  28. I can cook. I can bake. I know how to clean well. In other words, I can take care of myself and not live like an animal.

  29. I have read the Bible, cover-to-cover, twice.

  30. I have read the complete works of Shakespeare. Once.

  31. My best friends own me. In a good way. I love waiting on, pampering them, and I adore brats and princessy behavior when it's all in fun.

  32. I like fishing. I used to play football, but now my body's busted, so that's out. I can shoot basketball left-handed, although I'm right-handed, because my stupid right arm is all messed up.

  33. I play the guitar well, and the piano "ok".

  34. I have been on television a number of times. Both accidentally and on purpose, that is. I'm not a star though. It was job-related stuff.

  35. I'm the worst UNO player on the planet.

  36. I'm the second-worst chess player.

  37. My friend Emily owns me on the online Pogo game site. For every game I win, she wins 10.

  38. I have absolutely no problem working for a woman. I've done so before, and I'd do it again.

  39. My friends range in ages from 18 to 75. Cool.

  40. I'm too tall for bathtubs. Showers rule.

  41. My favorite TV show is one that is in repeats: "Still Standing". I also like the CSI shows, The Food Network, and the Monday CBS Lineup: "Two and a Half Men", "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory."

  42. I liked the movies, "Ghost", "Titanic", "Pretty Woman" and "Walk The Line". They're right there in my DVD collection.

  43. I rarely, if ever, drink alcohol. I drink a gallon of iced tea a day, where' would I put it?

  44. I have never been guilty of driving drunk. Ever.

  45. I am, however, a very impatient driver, but not overly aggressive. My impatience is expressed vocally.

  46. I give the world's best foot massage. Their words, not mine.

  47. I love when women wear boots. Big secret, huh?

  48. I love well-cared-for women's hands. Pretty hands definitely augment a woman's beauty. Same for feet. Gotta see that pedicure with those sandals.

  49. If I had to be "categorized" by "taste", I'm a "leg man".

  50. I also have an overbite fetish. So cute.

  51. I have a Bachelor's Degree and 5 Securities Licenses.

  52. I went to school with Moses. (just wanted to see if you're still reading)

  53. I can do laundry very well (meaning I don't ruin garments) and I can iron/press even the most delicate of garments. I worked in a Tuxedo rental place when I was younger.

  54. Pet Peeve #1: The word "amazing". To me, it's as bad as people who say, "like" too much. I heard a woman describe oilcloth as "amazing". Are you kidding me?

  55. Pet Peeve #2: snobbery.

  56. Pet Peeve #3: This recent trend where people, particularly women, all talk like they're in bed. Sure, there are times when it's appropriate, sure, but not when you're giving a news interview or doing a commercial. SPEAK UP DAMMIT!

  57. I love my Ford Explorer.

  58. I have 17 nieces and nephews. I always said "20" but forgot that "3" of those "20" are my own kids.

  59. I love dogs, and like cats. I am not, however, a "dog person" or "cat person". Everything should have its limits, you know? They are not people. They are animals. I love 'em, but, the facts are the facts.

  60. I once played a football game on the field at Giants stadium. Ok, so I was 35, and it was a charity game, but it is what it is, right?

  61. I once got my nose broken by a girl. I didn't hit her back either!

  62. I once put my teeth through my lip. Right through. I fell, of course. I get those keloid scars too, lovely, huh?

  63. I've had 11 cellphones since 1993.

  64. I have a T-Mobile Sidekick III that I love.

  65. I have an iPod that I love.

  66. I watch shows like "One Tree Hill", "Gossip Girl" and "The Hills". (I have 2 daughters and 13 nieces and 5 female best friends. The odds are just there, ya know?

  67. Pet Peeve #4: Interviewers who don't shut up long enough for their guests to speak.

  68. I don't know what the opposite of "Pet Peeve" is.

  69. I know that Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana are the same girl. Sigh.

  70. My sense of humor refuses to allow me to find people like Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Larry David funny. I like Dennis Miller, George Carlin, and Dane Cook's acts. My jury is still out on Chris Rock.

  71. I don't believe in the ability to communicate with the dead - clairvoyants, mediums, whatever. I do believe there is life after death, I just think it's beyond our means to talk to them.

  72. I do, however, find ghost stories, etc. very entertaining. I loved Poltergeist, and I watch the Ghost Whisperer

  73. This entire country has its priorities completely screwed. That is just an opinion of mine.

  74. I have not walked on the Moon. I wish I could. I love astronomy.

  75. I truly do like long walks on the beach. But I prefer swimming in a pool, thanks.

  76. I like acknowledging people's birthdays. People who hate birthdays have denial issues, in my opinion.

  77. Children singing (Christmas pageants, recitals, school plays) chokes me up every single time.

  78. I have eaten lion meat, snake and alligator. There was a restaurant in NY City called "The New Deal Restaurant" and exotic game was their menu.

  79. I have been to Barbados, South America, Canada and 3 islands in the Carribbean. I have never been to Europe.

  80. If I could live in a "vacation destination", I'd choose Disney World. My favorite place on earth.

  81. I am slow to anger, but when pushed to that, I'm slower to forgive. That's bad.

  82. I make Chateaubriand, homemade tomato sauce (gravy), and I've even made a soufflé.

  83. I like escargot and clams on the half-shell, but I despise sushi. Go figure.

  84. Pet Peeve #5: Control Freaks. First sign of that, I go the other way.

  85. Pet Peeve #6: People who miscategorize opinions of others. Disagreeing with someone, not caring for their music, or their political ideology does not constitute "hating" them. I think that's a weapon that some people use to try to discredit your own beliefs; after all, hatred is intolerable, right?

  86. I like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, ELP, YES, and The Doors. I also like Britney Spears, Fergie, and The Goo Goo Dolls. I like Earth Wind and Fire, Journey and Maroon 5. I like Snow Patrol and The Fray. I like Aly & AJ. I don't like The Rolling Stones. Talk about diversity?

  87. I love pizza and vanilla ice cream.

  88. I want to see Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, The Badlands, the Black Hills. I have not yet seen the Grand Canyon.

  89. I was once auctioned off to cook a dinner for 4 (for charity). I went for a lot, too!

  90. i can sing, but I wouldn't make it through to Hollywood on American Idol.

  91. I have been bitten by dogs 5 times.

  92. I write way too much. But I love it.

  93. I love that my kids, my nieces and my nephews feel comfortable talking over their problems with me. I love that I am still able to "connect" to people younger than me. I'm a good listener who doesn't judge.

  94. As geeky as I am, I dislike talking on cellphones. I hate the phone. I love texting or emailing much better.

  95. I am afraid of heights. I fell off a scaffolding when I was in college. I respect gravity now.

  96. Pet Peeve #7: People who argue their political views with me by telling me that I need to educate myself better if I don't agree with their view. I'm a lot more educated than I need to let on. I know what due diligence is.

  97. Fair treatment should not be based on net-worth. Again, an opinion.

  98. My first instinct is to like someone.

  99. I love my sweats, jeans and t-shirts, but I like an excuse to wear a suit and tie now and then too. I think a baseball cap is a hat, and hats should be removed at dinner.

  100. I can admit when I am wrong. "I'm sorry" isn't fatal.

Well, reading 100-things list might not be fatal either, but they can be tiring. If you got through this, thanks!


  1. Happy Belated Birthday. I knew it was coming up, just wasn't sure exactly when. I hope you enjoyed it. This was a great 100 list.

    And I was really, really touched by the Nicole Miller Website. It's beautiful.

  2. Anonymous8:58 PM

    I love people who know themselves and men who can have platonic relationships.

    You are very interesting!

  3. Anonymous9:19 AM

    So, have you talked to Moses lately? hehe

    I read all 100. I like people who are honest about themselves. It isn't always easy to do.

    I have several platonic relationships with men. I like that we can 'hang' for awhile and then I can go be a woman, ya know?


  4. I can't believe you went to school with Moses! That is, like, AMAZING!!! (See- I read it all.)

    "Pet Peeve #7: People who argue their political views with me by telling me that I need to educate myself better if I don't agree with their view." Amen!

  5. I don't remember ever reading this. : / but I just did! ; )

  6. I just finished all 100. We are are alike in quite a few ways. Wow... Val =)


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