25 Random Things

In the last week or two, there has been a meme on Facebook that has been going around – 25 random things about you. A friend tags you in theirs, and then you are supposed to respond with 25 random things about you. It seems just like old school chain mail and spam (and someone at Time magazine thought it was worthwhile enough to write an article bashing it…I figure shes just upset she didn’t get tagged). I planned to just blow it off, and not respond.

Then I saw some of my friends write a few that I really expected them not to post. Therefore, I then also did mine, and posted it to Facebook this afternoon. I figured in the same way, it would actually make a decent blog post.

  1. I got to marry my high school sweetheart, and been together almost 10 years (wow we are old!). Married almost 3 years ago, and it was the best day of my life so far.
  2. Debs and I own a home almost a mile from where we both grew up.
  3. My dad actually knew Debs before me, he coached her sisters softball team. I knew debs mom before her, I used to work with her. We laugh at how many opportunities we had to meet years before we met
  4. Ive lived in Richmond, VA my entire life, sometimes I regret not leaving, but usually Im happier that I stuck around.
  5. While i spend my days as a Windows programmer, I never really used a PC until I graduated HS (2001).
  6. Ive been a Mac person since 1995 – you know, before it was cool. I remember quite a few people laughing at me too for using a Mac, and now they all own one!
  7. I have a bad bad bad addiction to caffeine. It doesnt mess with me unless I don’t have some. It doesn’t wake me up or keep me up, but if I dont have at least half a pot in the morning, i will have a migraine that lasts at least a day.
  8. I can honestly say that I really love my job.
  9. I find it really cool to work with the Police almost every day, and get the opportunity to work on a lot of the projects I get to work on. And its also pretty cool to tell people that I can’t fully say what im really working on!
  10. While I can easily design websites, integrate with various API’s, setup (and write) servers, and pick up new programing languages very quickly, I have no CLUE how to use Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Word. I always have to call the wife to figure out how to do calculations in excel or format something in word.
  11. I thought years of watching ‘This Old House’ and other home improvement shows would make me the next Bob Villa. Owning a home has proved me otherwise.
  12. I am a Eagle Scout, and ended up getting 2 Palms (almost 3). I really miss camping.
  13. I have no short term memory whatsoever. I have to write stupid simple notes for just about everything.
  14. I have always been a ‘morning person’. I enjoy getting up early and getting everything done before the day really gets going.
  15. I suffer from Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Through the power of friends and loved ones, Ive managed to control all of this very well, without medication. OCD is the only one that continuously bothers me daily, but doesn’t really distract from living life.
  16. I didn’t really like high school, but loved college.
  17. I was the first one in a few generations in my family to graduate from College.
  18. If it wasn’t for being a geek, I would probably try to be a mechanic or want to work as an audio engineer.
  19. I am a Freemason. I don’t go as much as I should though.
  20. I have a broken vertebrae and a metal ankle. The vertebrae hurts like hell almost all of the time, but not serious enough to risk surgery. My ankle had to rebuilt after a mishap with flipflops, snow, a christmas tree, and my little brother. Ive also managed to give myself 2nd degree burns from sunburn.
  21. I plan on eventually going back to school, to either get an MBA or Masters in Info Systems.
  22. Sometimes find it crazy that the first thing I do every morning when getting up is check my emails, tweets, and other messages before even getting out of bed.
  23. I work way to much. With so much going on and to do, I end up feeling that my downtime is wasted. But luckily, I really enjoy a lot of the extra work I do.
  24. While its still a couple of years off, and I want to get life more straight and settled before doing so, I secretly can’t wait to be a dad.
  25. I spent way to much time on this.