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Now that we’ve solved that problem, the Really Big Survey…

By Brian | February 10, 2008 | Share on Facebook

Well now, how can I resist playing with my new toy? Here ya go, folks, 148 random facts about me that you didn’t know and never really cared to ask…

  1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink? No. Quite frankly, the occasion to do so has never come up.
  2. Swam with wild dolphins? No, but I had the chance to on my honeymoon in Hawaii. The line was really long, it was really expensive, and it didn’t seem like that much fun to do, other than being able to say later “I did that.”
  3. Climbed a mountain? Well, that would depend on whether you mean climbed on a mountain, or whether you mean climbed an entire mountain (yes; no). Also, it would depend on how big a hill defines a mountain. But, guessing at the spirit of the question here, I’m going to go with no.
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive? No. Man, I’m doing well so far, huh?
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid? No again. Harumph.
  6. Held a tarantula? No. Shut up. Go away.
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone? OK, now we’re getting somewhere. I’m going with Maybe. There was a bath. I honestly don’t remember if there were candles. But, I’ve probably already shared too much…
  8. Said “I love you” and meant it? Hell, yeah. Every day. OK, now I’m on a roll…
  9. Hugged a tree? What? I’m going back to no, but this time I think that’s the right answer (YMMV)
  10. Bungee jumped? No. And no plans to, either. If I’m ever given government clearance and someone wants my secrets, this would be a good place to start…
  11. Visited Paris? Yes. During a layover in Charles DeGaulle airport. Here’s the summary of my visit: One train ride from the airport to the Eiffel Tower. About a dozen photographs of the tower and the Seine. One baguette (for my wife). One train ride to some random Paris suburb (got on the wrong train and either no one spoke English or no one cared to). One train ride from the suburb to the airport (a lone angel in a sea of unhelpfulness). One mad dash to the airport gate. Takeoff. Needless to say, I plan to one day go back & take things a little slower…
  12. Watched a lightning storm at sea? Yes. But from a non-scary distance.
  13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise? Yes. Once or twice in high school and fairly frequently in college.
  14. Seen the Northern Lights? No. I’ve never been that far north. One day, perhaps…
  15. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa? No. I stood in front of the LTOP and took that picture, but people were not allowed in. Ilya informs me, though, that the rules changed in 2003. I may one day go back, but not just for the LTOP’s stairs. Sorry…
  16. Grown and eaten your own vegetables? I think that was an elementary school project at one point, so I’m going with yes.
  17. Touched an iceberg? No.
  18. Slept under the stars? Yes.
  19. Changed a baby’s diaper? Hah! Many, many times.
  20. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon? No. I think I’d enjoy it, though, if the balloon basket was big enough to get rid of that “just about to fall” feeling.
  21. Watched a meteor shower? No.
  22. Gotten drunk on champagne? Drunk? Probably not. How’s tipsy?
  23. Given more than you can afford to charity? Well, no, by definition. But I think it’s fair to say that we’ve given more than our share.
  24. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope? Yes. Very beautiful. I tend to walk away feeling sorry that I don’t know more about what I’m looking at. Such a geek…
  25. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment? Hmmm….undefined term here. I’ve had giggling fits, but not typically at “bad” moments, let alone the “worst possible moment.”
  26. Had a food fight? Yes. Nothing too crazy, though…
  27. Bet on a winning horse? Yes. Senior week at Penn, just before graduation. We spent a day at a track. I lost around $20, then bet the longshot on the last race and won back my $20. Sadly, though, I bet him to Show.
  28. Asked out a stranger? No.
  29. Had a snowball fight? Sure…
  30. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can? Yes. Both in the good way and the bad way, unfortunately…
  31. Held a lamb? Held? No. Touched/petted? Sure. Have kids, will visit petting zoos…
  32. Seen a total eclipse? Not a total eclipse, no. Partial ones, though.
  33. Ridden a roller coaster? Yes, although I’m not a big fan of the larger ones. Particularly if they turn me upside down. I’ve learned over the years that my head doesn’t appreciate being below my feet.
  34. Hit a home run? Yes, although we’re talking the wimpier forms of base-related games here (kickball, softball, etc.). I only hit a baseball over a fence once, and it was just my buddy and I messing around on a baseball diamond. He grooved one and I hit it over the left-field fence. Gotta say, it felt good, though…
  35. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking? Yes. This is made easier by the fact that if I’m dancing, it’s most likely like a fool. So eventually, you give up caring who’s looking and there you are…
  36. Adopted an accent for an entire day? I guess a New York accent doesn’t count, huh? No.
  37. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment? Well, sure. It’s not a constant feeling, but it comes and goes. And that’s probably how it should be. If I felt happy all the time, there wouldn’t be much incentive to improve anything, now would there?
  38. Had two hard drives for your computer?The one I’m using right now has two. Yes.
  39. Visited all 50 states? No, although I do keep track. As of today, I’ve been to 27. My wife has been to 25. My older son has been to 14, and my younger son has been to 10.
  40. Taken care of someone who was drunk? Yes. Not that often, but more often than I prefer to think about.
  41. Had amazing friends? Always. Of course, if I didn’t think they were amazing, they wouldn’t still be my friends, now would they?
  42. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country? Yes. A couple of times. Amazingly, though, it has led to exactly zero interesting stories. See the “dance like a fool” question above…
  43. Watched wild whales? No.
  44. Stolen a sign? Yes. The Class of ’23 Ice Rink sign from Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even hoisted it out my dorm room window to bring it my buddy Paul’s house. He’s moved a hundred times since, but I think he still has the sign.
  45. Backpacked in Europe? No. My wife did that. I figured Europe has been there for hundreds of years; it would still be there when I could afford a suitcase and a hotel room.
  46. Taken a road-trip? Heh…dozens of ‘em
  47. Gone rock climbing? Well, I’ve climbed over rocks (like in Central Park), but never up a steep wall, which I’m guessing is what this means…
  48. Midnight walk on the beach? Yes.
  49. Gone sky diving? Oh God, no. If bungee jumping doesn’t get me to turn state’s evidence, try this.
  50. Visited Ireland? No.
  51. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love? With the same girl, you mean? No, can’t say I have.
  52. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them? Yes. Just the other day, in fact. There’s a deli on the East Side of New York that is so crowded that they make you share tables with strangers.
  53. Visited Japan? No.
  54. Milked a cow? No, but my kids have. Field trips are, in some ways, more advanced than they were when I was a kid.
  55. Alphabetized your CDs? Yes. That is, before I ripped them all to MP3′s and put them in a box in my basement.
  56. Pretended to be a superhero? When I was a kid I had a towel that I declared my Superman cape, so yes. I distinctly remember wondering why the “cape” was getting shorter, and having my mother explain to me that I was growing.
  57. Sung karaoke? Once. In South Korea. And the TV was showing softcore porn behind the lyrics. Interesting times…
  58. Lounged around in bed all day? Yes. Sometimes due to sickness, sometimes due to being in high school and it being Sunday.
  59. Played touch football? Sure.
  60. Gone scuba diving? No.
  61. Kissed in the rain? I guess so. Never really thought about it.
  62. Played in the mud? Yes.
  63. Played in the rain? Well how do you think it became mud?
  64. Gone to a drive-in theater? Yes. In my parent’s car (no, my parents weren’t with me) with the automatic lights & hi-beams. No sooner had I parked then the hi-beams went on automatically. The entire lot was honking at me before I figured out how to shut the damn things off.
  65. Visited the Great Wall of China? No. One day, though…
  66. Started a business? No.
  67. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken? But of course
  68. Toured ancient sites? Yes. Mexico, Israel, and Italy just to name a few off the top of my head.
  69. Taken a martial arts class? Yes. I was a Tae Kwon Do blackbelt (1st degree) when I was 13. If I tried any of it now, I’d be in traction.
  70. Played D & D for more than 6 hours straight? Wow…we played a lot of DVD in the late ’70s. I don’t know if we ever topped six hours straight, but I’m guessing the answer is yes.
  71. Gotten married? Yes (see in love without heartbreak above).
  72. Been in a movie? No.
  73. Crashed a party? Yes. College. Almost impossible to avoid, really…
  74. Gotten divorced? No.
  75. Gone without food for 5 days? No.
  76. Made cookies from scratch? With help, yes. By myself, they wouldn’t survive. Trust me. I’ve burned microwave popcorn (and by burned, I mean caused to catch on fire – not just turning some of the kernels black. That’s for ameuters…)
  77. Won first prize in a costume contest? No.
  78. Ridden a gondola in Venice? Yes. Very expensive and not at all romantic. Two reasons: 1) there are dozens of other gondolas all around you, and 2) our gondolier’s daughter was sitting on the edge of the boat yapping in Italian into her cellphone the entire time.
  79. Gotten a tattoo? No.
  80. Rafted the Snake River? Don’t even know where the Snake River is.
  81. Been on television news programs as an “expert”? No, but my wife has. They wanted her opinion of John Glenn going back into space (she’s a geriatric nurse practitioner, so she can talk your ear off about the elderly, but we both had to laugh when she went on camera and pretended to know anything about how they held up in outer space).
  82. Got flowers for no reason? Got as in received? No. Got as in bought for someone else? Yes.
  83. Performed on stage? Many, many times.
  84. Been to Las Vegas? Yes.
  85. Recorded music? Many, many times (see performed on stage above).
  86. Eaten shark? No. Not intentionally, anyway…
  87. Kissed on the first date? Yes.
  88. Gone to Thailand? No.
  89. Bought a house? Yes. Once.
  90. Been in a combat zone? No.
  91. Buried one/both of your parents? No. I think if I tried, they’d get really angry with me (too macabre?)
  92. Been on a cruise ship? Three times. Going back for #4 in a couple of months.
  93. Spoken more than one language fluently?No. Unless you include computer programming languages. SUCH a geek.
  94. Performed in Rocky Horror? No.
  95. Raised children? Still in progress…(see “Changed diapers” above)
  96. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour? No. I prefer that he/she/they come to me. That’s why they call it a tour, after all…
  97. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country? Bicycle? No. Tours? Yes.
  98. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over?Not unless you count graduating from college…
  99. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge?No. Driven over it, though…
  100. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking? Yes.
  101. Had plastic surgery? No. Closest thing was PRK (laser eye surgery). I try to stay away from surgeons if at all possible…
  102. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived? No.
  103. Wrote articles for a large publication? No. Once again, that’s my wife’s department.
  104. Lost over 100 pounds? No. My record is 40 and, sadly, it’s getting time to break it these days…
  105. Held someone while they were having a flashback? No.
  106. Piloted an airplane? No.
  107. Touched a stingray? Yes, but in an aquarium fish tank. Booring…
  108. Broken someone’s heart? Man, I hope not…
  109. Helped an animal give birth? No, assuming we’re not counting humans as animals here, right?
  110. Won money on a TV game show? No.
  111. Broken a bone? Yes (toe).
  112. Gone on an African photo safari? No, unless you count the simulated Disney ones (real animals, simulated Africa)
  113. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears? No.
  114. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol? Does skeet shooting on a cruise ship count?
  115. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild? No.
  116. Ridden a horse? Yes. Dude ranches and such…
  117. Had major surgery? Appendicitis. Is that major enough?
  118. Had a snake as a pet? No.
  119. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon? No.
  120. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours? Hmmm…I may have come close, but I’m going to go with no here…
  121. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states? No.
  122. Visited all seven continents? No.
  123. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than two days? No.
  124. Eaten kangaroo meat? No.
  125. Eaten sushi? Yes. All the time. It’s good, and I’m frankly not sure what some people’s hang up is. The fish you do eat was raw at one point too, ya know…
  126. Had your picture in the newspaper? Yes. Random & sundry events through high school and college…
  127. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about? I’d like to think so…
  128. Gone back to school? What, like after a weekend? Nah…just kidding. No.
  129. Parasailed? No.
  130. Touched a cockroach? Yes, but never on purpose.
  131. Eaten fried green tomatoes? No. I’ll pass…
  132. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey? Yes, one of them, and in eighth grade. I honestly don’t remember which, though, so I guess it’s time for a re-read…
  133. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read? No. “Important author” typically means “boring author” to me…
  134. Killed and prepared an animal for eating? No.
  135. Skipped all your school reunions? I missed one high school one, but there have only been two. I’ve been to each & every college one.
  136. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language? Yes.
  137. Been elected to public office? No.
  138. Written your own computer language? No, but I’ve done some creative things with the ones others have written…
  139. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream? Once in a while, yeah…
  140. Had to put someone you love into hospice care? No. An occasional nursing home, but never hospice. Keeping my fingers crossed…
  141. Built your own PC from parts? No.
  142. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you? No.
  143. Had a booth at a street fair? No.
  144. Dyed your hair? No.
  145. Been a DJ? No.
  146. Shaved your head? No.
  147. Caused a car accident? Technically, yes. Nothing too serious, though – a couple of fender benders.
  148. Saved someone’s life? Again, that’s my wife’s department.

Well, damn – that took a very long time. I hope at least one person reads to the end…

Topics: Random Acts of Blogging | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Now that we’ve solved that problem, the Really Big Survey…”

  1. jason says at February 10th, 2008 at 2:31 am :
    I read to the end. After all the trouble you went to with the post-break thing, I figured I owed you. :)

    FYI, the Snake River is in Idaho. I understand it’s got some bitchin’ white water, for those who are into that sort of thing. Oh, it’s also the river at the bottom of the Snake River Canyon that Evel Knievel once tried to jump over…

  2. Brian says at February 10th, 2008 at 1:38 pm :
    Thanks, Jason. I appreciate the effort. ;-)

    If I’m ever in Idaho, I’ll keep the Snake River in mind. Of course, that’s not entirely likely anytime soon.

    I wonder if the white water rafters have to steer around spare motorcycle parts…

  3. Ilya says at February 22nd, 2008 at 6:00 am :
    As a true geek, your next step is to count how many No’s and Yes’s you supplied, and trend-chart your life according to that…

    I honestly thought about doing that myself :)

  4. FamilyGreenberg.Com - Meme if I must… says at November 23rd, 2008 at 11:33 am :
    [...] I filled out the first “all about me” meme, so I might as well do this one too (I’m all about the completeness thing, ya know…) [...]


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