50 FACTS ABOUT ME

Inspired by @lexie_elyse
  1. 1.
    When my mother was pregnant with me her due date was April 1st. I was born on April 7th.
    So I guess being a week late was my first April Fool's Day joke.
  2. 2.
    If I had been born with female genitalia my first name would have been April.
    My parents didn't find out the sex beforehand. Not sure how common that practice was in the early 1980s.
  3. 3.
    I was the first born.
    My mother and father were each the first born children in their families as well.
  4. 4.
    As a kid my favorite color was Green.
    Specifically Forest Green. I had a wool sweater that was this color and was a favorite piece of clothing. In high school I had a beloved corduroy shirt the same color.
  5. 5.
    I also coincidentally lived on a Forest Road for much of my early life, and it was an upbringing that was pretty terrible in spots.
  6. 6.
    I had a menagerie of pet animals growing up including a pony, a pair of goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and few hermit crabs.
    🐢🐱🐷🐰🐴🐐
  7. 7.
    I was huge San Francisco 49ers fan growing up and Joe Montana was my sports idol.
    Of course I grew up in Dallas Cowboys territory and always rooted for them as well, but didn't fully convert to a Cowboys fan until their multiple Super Bowl run in the 90s.
  8. 8.
    When I was 8 years old I was involved in an accident where I fell from a minivan while it was moving and ran over. My right femur was fractured, right ankle broken, and I had a concussion.
    I was in traction for three weeks followed by months in a series of casts.
  9. 9.
    The orthopedic surgeon who operated on me in the ER after my accident was also a former surgeon for the San Francisco 49ers and was one of the doctors to operate and treat Joe Montana during his 1986 back surgery.
  10. 10.
    At age 9 I appeared in my first play at my local community theatre - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".
    I was hooked for life from that very first show.
  11. 11.
    At age 10, I was recommended for my elementary school's "Gifted & Talented" program. They had three assignments you had to compete and submit in order to be admitted. One was a writing prompt about a story involving a living T-Rex running wild in modern day NYC.
    I never even did the other assignments because I kept writing & re-writing my story based on the prompt. That actually explains a lot about me.
  12. 12.
    I wanted to be a lawyer because of "LA Law" and "A Few Good Men" and John Grisham novels and movies.
    Then I realized I just wanted to play a lawyer on TV or in the movies and that being an actor was a much better fit for me.
  13. 13.
    I started playing tennis at age 7.
    Never received any formal training or coaching until I joined my middle school tennis team. I was pretty serious with it in high school and received some interest from colleges about scholarships. I quit playing after the first term of my Senior year of high school and pursued other interests. But I continue to play for fun and exercise to this day.
  14. 14.
    My father and brother both have the same middle name - Lee. And my mother's middle name is Leigh.
    I was given no middle name on purpose. I often tell people that my parents were too poor to afford a middle name for me which is why they gave me two first names hyphenated together πŸ™ƒ
  15. 15.
    I am lactose intolerant.
    I was not diagnosed until I was 8 years old. So it was quite the relief to understand why I had been so frequently sick up to that point.
  16. 16.
    About the time I was 13 or 14, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome after Chron's was ruled out.
    So even with a dairy free diet I still remain often sick with stomach related issues.
  17. 17.
    One of my biggest pet peeves is when people leave a click pen clicked out all willy nilly while not even using it.
  18. 18.
    I pee sitting down sometimes.
    Especially if I am not in a hurry.
  19. 19.
    I used to be a member of a Paranormal Investigation team.
    A good friend who was the team's leader encouraged me to join specifically because I am a skeptic of most reported paranormal phenomena.
  20. 20.
    Growing up I would "direct" my brother, friends, and cousins in very loosely adapted play versions of episodes of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone that would be preformed for amused and/or annoyed folks at family get togethers or parties.
  21. 21.
    I saw a movie once at the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood.
    The Fifth Element in July 1997.
  22. 22.
    When it comes to touch or feel, I am obsessed balance and symmetry.
    My shoes have to feel the same on both feet or I re-tie them. If I scratch one ear, then I have to scratch the other even if it doesn't itch. Things of that nature. Borderline OCD about it.
  23. 23.
    Speaking of borderline OCD. I also can not stand to have a TV (or other similar device) volume level on an odd number that isn't a multiple of five.
    I have a lot of numbers and counting ticks. I imagine that is one reason why I'm so drawn to lists.
  24. 24.
    I prefer pie over cake.
  25. 25.
    I prefer savory to sweet.
    Or rather a combination of each.
  26. 26.
    My favorite cookie is Oatmeal Raisin.
    Some people judge me harshly for this but they are wrong.
  27. 27.
    When I still drank alcohol I was a bourbon drinker and Maker's Mark was my go-to.
    Brand loyalty started with my Kentucky grandmother and passed down to me.
  28. 28.
    I have been to every major kind of professional sporting event (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Golf, NASCAR) except football, which is my favorite sport.
    I have been to countless Pop Warner, High School, and College Football games. Attending an NFL game has eluded me.
  29. 29.
    For my tenth birthday I asked to be taken to a salon in the mall so I could get my haircut like Jason Priestley (this was during peak 90210).
    My mom had been a hairstylist years before and always cut my hair at home.
  30. 30.
    I was thrown surprise birthday parties for my 18th & 30th birthdays and they were both underwhelming to say the least.
    I've never been big on celebrating my birthday in general but a party organized without my input is very off the mark.
  31. 31.
    My favorite songs to sing at karaoke are Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer".
  32. 32.
    My ex-wife is the only person I've ever been in love with.
    When I met her I knew for sure that I had never loved anyone else before and suddenly felt free to no longer exaggerate or romanticize my past relationships to make myself seem more normal.
  33. 33.
    I spent one semester in a Naval ROTC program during my freshman year of High School.
    Realized quickly that it wasn't for me and that I wanted be able to grow my hair long again and have theatre and tennis be my main extracurriculars.
  34. 34.
    My first AOL screen name was Mavrk16.
    It was combination of the Maverick call sign from "Top Gun" and Joe Montana's jersey number. I was thirteen, gimme a break.
  35. 35.
    My mom embarrassed me in front of Quentin Tarantino when I was 15.
    Richard Linklater was also there and he shot me an empathetic look of support.
  36. 36.
    I experienced my first Election Night (in 2000) from a newsroom, as I was working for a local newspaper as a contributing writer at the time.
    It was a very interesting experience. I was making calls to local elections officials and confirming results. Of course we were also monitoring the Presidential race which ended up being very memorable.
  37. 37.
    I experienced the the terrorist attacks of September 11th from a much larger and busier newsroom.
    I was freelancing as a Sports reporter covering local high school sports for the Austin American-Statesman and had a meeting with my editor that morning. It was surreal and chaotic.
  38. 38.
    I gave the eulogy at my brother's funeral.
  39. 39.
    My mom, dad, and myself sang several songs together at my cousin's funeral.
    A few gospel numbers and a version of "Landslide".
  40. 40.
    I did some DJ-ing in high school and was always complemented particularly for my ability to build in a series of wind down tracks to ease the party to its end.
    Bully Joel's "The Longest Time" has a lullaby quality to it. Used that one often.
  41. 41.
    Both my first and second vehicles went kaput from blown engines.
    A 1988 Plymouth Sundance and a 1986 Ford Taurus.
  42. 42.
    I illegally played a slot machine at the Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas when I was 14.
    Didn't win anything.
  43. 43.
    I illegally played a slot machine at Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas when I was 14.
    I won $25 and spent it all in the gift shop there at the same casino, including a giant glass mug in the shape of skull.
  44. 44.
    I got my first speeding ticket less than a month after receiving my driver's license.
    I have only received one speeding ticket in the last 7 years.
  45. 45.
    I voted for Ralph Nader during the 2000 Presidential election.
    My first time voting.
  46. 46.
    Barack Obama's wins in the 2008 & 2012 US Presidential elections are the only times a candidate I have voted for has won a major office.
    Always voted in Texas so lots of losing Democratic Gubernatorial and Senate candidates unfortunately.
  47. 47.
    I didn't have a midnight kiss with someone I was dating until I was 31.
  48. 48.
    I saw New Kids on the Block in concert in 1991.
    My mom, who saw anyone and everyone in 1970s Rock world, maintains it was the loudest concert she ever attended as she chaperoned me, my cousin and a neighbor girl.
  49. 49.
    I had a perfect free throw shooting percentage in 7th grade basketball.
    32/32. Our team record was below .500 and I didn't score much otherwise but I was a danger if you fouled me.
  50. 50.
    My junior year of high school I had a Varsity singles record of 26-14.
    Made it to a pair of Final rounds but didn't win a tournament. Still my best year in competitive tennis.