Tuesday, February 23, 2016

25 random facts about me

Let's time travel back to 2005 when MySpace was king of the internet and complete this list of overly personal and completely unnecessary facts about me.

1. The only bone I have ever broken is my nose.  I smashed it to pieces in a soccer game when I was 12.  I went up for a head ball but hit the other guy in the back of the head instead, and was screaming before I hit the ground.  I had to get plastic surgery to repair the damage.

2. I didn't buy my first car until I was 22, and I still own it to this day.  Its name is Black Betty and I  plan to drive it until it falls apart.

3. I have a scar on my left forearm from a mishap in 10th grade gym class. I was checked into a bulletin board during a soccer game, and the metal edge of the board sliced open my skin.  I had to get seven stitches.  It's the only time in my life I've ever gotten stitches.

4. I once met Bill Bryson in Perth, Australia of all places.  He is one of my favorite writers of all time, and I was saddened to find out his talk at the Perth Opera Hall was sold out.  I went anyway and managed to buy a ticket off of a family whose dad couldn't attend.  Afterwards I got to shake his hand and have him sign my book.

5. I freaking love sushi and Indian food, but wonder how I would like the food if I actually went to Japan or India.

6. I speak fluent German, which shouldn't come as a surprise as I'm a German teacher, but I also speak a little Spanish.  I took four years in high school and one semester in college and try to practice it any time I'm in a Spanish-speaking country.

7. I can't grow a satisfactory beard.  It comes in too patchy.  This is one of the great tragedies of my life.

8. I don't drink coffee.  Ever.  I just never cared for the taste of it.  This is also true for every member of my immediate family.

9. I'm a closet Harry Potter nerd.  I have Stevie to blame for this who got me into the series a few years ago and now we nerd out at festivals and trivia nights together.  Gryffindor for life.

10. I describe myself as a beer enthusiast rather than a beer snob.  The difference is that I'm just as happy with a locally crafted porter or a Belgian wit as I am with a Miller Lite or Bud Light Lime, depending on the situation, of course.

11. I once hit a game-winning homerun in a Little League game when I was 12.  It was easily the highlight of my career in baseball, and I still have the game ball to this day.

12. Whenever I go out to a bar or brewery, I try to grab a coaster and have anyone at the table with me sign it.  I've been doing this since I was 17 and have a giant bag full of such coasters that eventually I plan to display should I ever have my own man cave.

13. I also have sizable beer glass and beer bottle cap collections.  I plan to make a German flag on the wall out of bottle caps.  My man cave is going to be awesome.

14. One of the great pleasures I find in life is to sit in my car and catch the opening chords of George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer" on the radio, then crank it as high as my eardrums will tolerate while driving with the windows down.

15. I know every word to "Ice Ice Baby."  It's my go-to song at karaoke.

16. I used to be really into theater, performing in community theater productions like "Grease," "Death of a Salesman," "Showboat," and "Biloxi Blues," to name a few.  This is how Stevie and I met, during a production of "All in the Timing."

17. I have a tattoo of a blue feather on my right arm.  The blue feather is the symbol of the camp where I used to work, and was awarded to one camper per village at the end of each session at the Blue Feather Ceremony.

18. I've been to 43 states so far.  Stevie has been to thirty-something.  Once we hit 49, we are going to book a trip to Hawaii to celebrate hitting 50.

19. Soda is a major vice of mine.  I would drink Mountain Dew all day every day if I didn't know any better.

20. The only Star Wars movie I've ever seen is Episode IV, which I saw in the theater when George Lucas monkeyed with the original and re-released it in 1997.  In an effort to be more culturally literate, I've borrowed the entire set from a friend and plan to work my way through it in the coming weeks.

21. I never learned how to type properly.  When I type, I just kind of stab at the keys with my two middle fingers as quickly as possible until words appear.

22. I wear my watch on my right wrist, despite being right-handed.

23. I keep my iPad, laptop, Twitter, Facebook, etc. all set to German.  This makes it super annoying for anyone who tries to borrow one of my devices or needs to help me with something.

24. I was named Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.  So were you, incidentally.

25. I was raised in the Quaker faith.  This would explain my leaning towards simplicity in living and the comfort I feel being in my own head for long periods of time.


  1. Scott,
    I'm with you with 5., 6. (well, for the German part, at least), 7., 10. and 23 (except I set everything to English, of course).
    Now, number 12 means we have to meet and have a beer. Boston 2017? Or if you don't run it I need to plan to swing by Philly during our 2017 Boston Family vacation.

    1. Henrik, as of right now I'm definitely running Boston 2017. See you there!

  2. Hmmm. Often a broken nose is just broken cartilage, so maybe you have zero broken bones...


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