You would think after 20,000 twitter tweets, I’ve written a book and there isn’t anything people would want to know about me. However, twitter friend, John Lauber, a Chester County, PA real estate professional, tagged me for a “meme” post back in September. If you don’t know, a meme post typically tells you a little about me, something I normally wouldn’t volunteer willingly. It also links back to the meme post written by the person who tagged me.
Without further ado, here are 6 things that I am relatively sure you won’t find in my twitter stream.
1)I met my best friend, Craig, when I was 7. There were many interesting parts to our meeting, and if you send me an IM or DM, I’ll tell you them. However, one that still makes me laugh was when I went to the street to get a ball that rolled off the stoop (porch). Bending over, I managed to put my head between a van and a tree. While it fit neatly going down for the ball, it didn’t come out so easily when I stood up. If memory serves correctly, they needed to move the van. I am pretty sure this cemented my friendship with Craig for the next 31 years.
2)I ran a one-line bulletin board system starting around 1983. It was with a Hayes 300 baud modem. Yes, 300 baud people. That’s scary slow. I believe I ran it on my Atari 800xl computer. I remember when I bought my Double-side Double Density floppy disc drive for “added storage”.
3)While I played pee-wee and high school football, I did not play in college. I received several interesting offers, and visited a few schools. However, in the end, I thought I was too small at 6′ to be center in Division 2 ball. The highlight of my football career was receiving a letter from Penn State’s football program. Though it wasn’t a scholarship, it was awesome to think I could have tried out and possibly made the team. Three of the four friends I visited schools with ended up injured and out of football before their senior year in college.I made the right choice.
4)I was painfully shy throughout most of my life. That shyness came from insecurity. It stopped me from doing a LOT of things in my HS and College years. This includes asking out a girl in HS who I would have LOVED to date. On the last day of school, I mustered the courage and I told her that I always wanted to ask her out. Her reply was simply, “I always hoped you would.” Looking back now, there was absolutely nothing that warrented that insecurity OR shyness. It was either concocted in my own head, or my giving creedence to outside forces that I should not have allowed. I have made a point of teaching my 9 yr old NOT to be like his dad, at least not in THAT respect.
5)During my freshman year of college, 3 other 18 year old friends and I managed to rent a car with a fake ID, buy $100 worth of alcohol, drive 5 hours to the Grand Canyon, have a beer fight in the hotel room, wake up in the morning, and drive 10 hours to Mexico where we went to bed in one area, and woke up in another. (HOW’S THAT FOR A RUN-ON SENTENCE!) Yes that was all in 1 weekend.
6)I cry at movies. I cry at commercials. I cry when the underdog wins. I cry when the underdog loses. I cried when I took my 9 yr old to see Space Chimps. He looked at me like I was nuts and said “You aren’t crying, are you?” I told him I had popcorn salt in my eyes. You can’t make fun of me, beacuse I’m bigger than you.
Whew, that took much longer than I expected. Lord, I hope I don’t get tagged for another meme anytime soon. Actually, I’m already tagged for another one. If you see Kelby Carr, who is TypeAMom on twitter, don’t tell her I haven’t written it yet! Maybe she’ll forget. Not likely, since we talk often on twitter. Or maybe I’ll kill two birds with one stone? What do you think? I already told her I’m a HUGE fan of the Mom’s Panel blog post she wrote!!
And now, I get to tag 5 other people (it’s supposed to be 6, but frankly, everyone I wanted to tag has recently been tagged for a meme).
The rules to play are easy …
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on the blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
I look forward to learning about y’all. Tag, you’re it!