You know, I've been blogging for five years now and I've never done an exhaustive fact sheet about myself. Sure, I've thrown out random facts about myself here and there over the years. I'm sure if one were so inclined, one could read through my entire blogging history and piece together my life story. That's a lot of reading. I know of one person who's actually done that. While I appreciate that kind of reader loyalty, it sure seems a lot to ask of someone. So, I'm once again stealing an idea from another blog. This is the second time I've taken something from Amy at Ha Ha. Wait. What? I should probably just put a permanent thank you note at the bottom of my page. Anyway, I don't find myself to be all that interesting, so some of these facts about me may be a little on the dull side. Some may border on pathetic. But it is what it is. And it means you don't have to read through over a thousand previous posts.
1. My birthday is March 6, 1980 (in case you were wondering when to send the cards, the gifts, the etc.)
2. I am single (that's right, ladies).
3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Frosted Flakes hold a very special place in my heart.
4. So does Back to the Future.
5. I love to write.
6. I love photography.
7. When I'm alone in my car, I sing to the tops of my lungs and probably look pretty foolish to other drivers. I don't care.
8. I'm convinced that I absolutely cannot dance.
9. People think I watch too much TV because of my uncanny ability to quote random movie lines at the drop of a hat. They might be right, but I think I just have one of those memories.
10. I'm originally from Roanoke, Virginia.
11. I currently live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
12. I work as a bank teller.
13. I hate my job.
14. I also deliver pizza part-time.
15. I believe it's a little sad that I need two jobs to make ends meet when I'm a single man with no one to take care of but himself.
16. I have two bachelor's degrees from Bluefield College. Neither of them is in banking.
17. When the weather gets cold and everyone around me starts complaining, I start enjoying myself. To me, it's finally starting to feel good outside.
18. I spent two consecutive spring breaks on mission trips in Brazil during college. I'd love to go back someday.
19. I might have an unhealthy obsession with all things Superman.
20. I'm pretty sure I have a caffeine addiction.
21. But I don't like to drink coffee.
22. But I love the smell of coffee.
23. There's a part of me that still loves to play video games, I just can't seem to find the time to do it anymore.
24. I don't think I much like being a grown-up.
25. I don't like to eat vegetables. But I'm a grown-up and you can't make me!
26. I've never really kissed a girl. Unless you count Angie Shrader back in preschool. Some people would, but I don't.
27. Going back and reading #26 makes me feel kind of pathetic.
28. I've decided that I like myself better with facial hair than without.
29. I drive a '98 Ford Escort. It's green. I call her Jade. But sometimes I think it would be more fun to call the car "the Hooker." Get it? Hooker... Escort...
30. Sometimes I laugh at my own jokes because I know no one else will.
31. Really, I have a very dry sense of humor.
32. Also, I'm really sarcastic. Like, really, really sarcastic.
33. I'm a firm believer that someone should create a sarcasm font.
34. I've been told I have a nice smile. I just don't do it that often.
35. The first thing I notice in a woman is her smile. I know that's hypocritical since smiling is something I just said I don't do that often.
36. In high school I learned how to develop my own film and print my own pictures. I sometimes wish I still had access to that kind of equipment. Digital photography just doesn't feel as real to me.
37. My favorite color is blue.
38. I believe that Justin Bieber is just one more sign of the coming apocalypse.
39. I don't like chocolate. And I receive plenty of ridicule for this fact, thank you.
40. I love to sing. Sadly, the car is the only place I seem to do it these days. No one ever seems to want to go with me to sing karaoke.
41. I used to sing in a few choirs during college. I miss it.
42. If I were to fill out a survey asking about my religion, I would put down that I was a Christian. But I don't like to call myself a Christian. It's a title I can never seem to live up to.
43. More often than not, I can get a general idea of what the time is by looking at the position of the sun in the sky. If you don't believe me, ask Andy. He's witnessed it.
44. I love to read. This is a love that would have come in handy in high school and college. It didn't kick in 'til later.
45. When it snows and people panic about driving in it I get confused. Snow's no problem for me. Common sense tells us that all we have to do is take it slow and don't get overconfident.
46. I'm pretty sure common sense is something that is severely lacking in today's society.
47. I send text messages far more often than I call people.
48. But I'd give just about anything to be able to pick up the phone and talk to my Dad.
49. Despite my deep, abiding love for Back to the Future, I don't believe that time travel is possible. And if it were, I don't believe it would be possible to change history.
50. I have one sister, April. I don't talk to her as much as I should.
51. If I spend an entire day off work sitting in my apartment just watching movies, I don't consider it a wasted day.
52. I hate sleeping late on my days off. When I do, I feel like I've wasted the day.
53. I collect comic books. Lots of them.
54. I have a goal in life to read all of Stephen King's work. I'm doing this in the order in which the books were published. Thus far, I've made it through The Stand. I've got a long way to go.
55. Best Comedy on TV: Community. It used to be How I Met Your Mother. But I've come to think of Community as the superior show.
56. I've never had a broken bone before.
57. I've also never needed stitches.
58. I guess I'm not much of a risk taker.
59. I used to love going camping as a kid, but as an adult I've only been a couple times.
60. I love to go hiking. My body disagrees.
61. I once tried to help my sister move a full-size freezer out of my Dad's basement. Close to the top step, I lost my grip on the freezer and was certain it would fall and crush my sister beneath it. I've never been more afraid in my life.
62. I am terrified of clowns.
63. I road rage like it's my job.
64. My favorite restaurant is Macado's. It's local to Roanoke, but they have restaurants all over Virginia, and a couple in North Carolina. But there isn't one near me. Kinda makes me sad.
65. I spent my 27th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
66. There may be some who disagree with this, but I think the ending to Lost was brilliant.
67. I love Christmas decorations, but I really don't like being the one to decorate.
68. I've come to accept the fact that I can be kind of a jerk.
69. In college, I would spend lots of free time looking at people's away messages in Instant Messenger. Looking at people's status updates on Facebook these days just isn't the same.
70. When my hair gets long, the front goes into the Superman spit curl.
71. But eventually, my hair stops getting longer. It just gets thicker. It's obnoxious.
72. I can make some pretty good sausage balls. So many SNL-style jokes here...
73. I hate helping people move, but I do it so I'll have someone to call when I inevitably move.
74. Netflix was my idea. I just can't prove it.
75. Seriously though, that whole instant viewing thing? Best thing to happen to movies since the advent of film.
76. Someone I work with uses the word seriously way too often. It's kind of annoying. So I make a conscious effort to not say it very much. Seriously.
77. I've lived life with and without a DVR. Going from having one to not having one was a painful transition.
78. There's a part of me that really wants to get a Kindle. But there's also a part of me that would like to own a home with a library someday. I'm not sure which side will win in the end.
79. I thought the Twilight books were an okay read. But I think Bella Swan is the worst character in literary history.
80. I love snow.
81. But I can't ski.
82. I love the beach.
83. But I can't swim.
84. I am of the firm belief that if you make a late night trip to the Omelet Shoppe, Waffle House, or some other all-night establishment, and walk away without an epic story to tell, you wasted a trip.
85. I've tried learning to play the guitar, but I'm not very good at it. My fingers are kind of stubby.
86. Sometimes I look at people in relationships and think that's something I'd like to have someday. Other times I think I'm doing okay on my own.
87. I hate when people don't use a turn signal. Biggest pet peeve.
88. Of all the different types of cookies in the world, Snickerdoodles are, by far, the greatest.
89. I have some really weird, vivid dreams sometimes.
90. I should probably quit playing Facebook games.
91. I'm pretty sure I haven't been on an actual date since Bush's first 100 days in office.
92. When I was a kid, I bowled on a Saturday morning league team. I was pretty good for a 10-year-old.
93. I haven't owned a watch in many years. I pretty much just use my cell phone to tell the time. Or look for the position of the sun.
94. When people come to the drive-thru at work and don't roll their windows all the way down, I secretly hope that they don't realize it and bump their hand into the glass. Funniest thing ever.
95. I'm a child of divorce. And other than the whole cynical attitude toward the existence of true love thing, I think I turned out just fine.
96. Despite my cynicism, I would like to know what it's like to fall in love and have that love returned. I bet it's nice.
97. I love key lime pie, but I hate that it's got the reputation of only being a summer dessert. Just because it's served cold. What's that all about?
98. Laundry is my least favorite chore. If I ever get married, I hope my wife is open to a deal wherein I do the dishes and deal with any garbage issues as long as she does the clothes. I'll even throw in cooking and vacuuming to sweeten the deal.
99. I don't think I can have a real conversation without slipping in a movie line at some point.
100. Maintaining this blog is probably the only really consistent thing I've done for any significant period of time.