100 Things About Me.

I said back at the end of March that I’d been thinking of doing a 100 things about me list as is popular on so many other blogs and I’ve got the first 30 or so things I think should go on the list so I guess I’ll get it started. Expect this to be updated over time:

  1. Yes, “Les” is a shortened version of my first name.
  2. No, my full first name is not Lester.
  3. The quickest way to piss me off is to assume my name is Lester.
  4. For all intents and purposes “Les” is legally my first name. Even my paychecks come printed that way.
  5. I’m not really stupid nor particularly evil, but I can be a bastard at times.
  6. Especially about my first name.
  7. At times I wish I were more evil than I really am.
  8. I like to think that I’m above average in intelligence.
  9. My IQ test scored me way above average, but I don’t feel that intelligent.
  10. I consider myself your “average Joe,” only I’m named Les.
  11. In reality, I’m far from your “average Joe.”
  12. I was born without the Male Sports Gene. Don’t ask me who won the game, I won’t have a freakin’ clue nor will I care.
  13. I’m not particularly interested in cars beyond being a means of getting from point A to point B.
  14. I don’t like the taste of most beers. If I’m going to drink it’ll be hard liquor.
  15. I don’t drink much.  Two glasses of alcohol in a month is a lot for me.
  16. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ever been drunk.
  17. I’ve never knowingly done an illegal drug. I watched other people doing them and failed to see the point.
  18. Both of the above has more to do with my dislike of not being in control of my body more so than any prudish tendancies.
  19. I don’t have any piercings or tatoos.
  20. I have considered getting a tattoo or an ear pierced, but just never seem to get around to doing either one.
  21. I do like to have my wife paint my toenails a very macho metal-flake blue color.
  22. When I wear sandals with my painted toenails people get the hell out of my way in the mall. I like that.
  23. I tried painting my fingernails once over Christmas just to see what it was like.
  24. I have a much greater respect for women who paint their fingernails now.
  25. I didn’t make it an hour before I chipped one of my nails. I haven’t painted my fingernails since.
  26. I started shaving my head bald around two years ago.
  27. Not having to carry a comb with me all the time was very liberating.
  28. I now alternate between letting my hair grow out and shaving it bald again depending on how tired I am of taking care of it.
  29. I’ll never be a RogaineTM customer. If I lose all my hair it’ll be one less thing to worry about.
  30. I have dyed and tinted my hair in the past.
  31. I wasn’t always an atheist. I was a Baptist for the first part of my life.
  32. I’ve read the Bible front-to-back over four times in my life.
  33. I keep an electronic Bible on my PC for reference purposes when discussing Christianity.
  34. I’ve probably spent more time reading and studying the Bible than many Christians have.
  35. I used to be very credulous. I believed in just about everything. Big foot, UFOs, psychic powers, ghosts, pyramid power, and so on. You name it and I probably believed it.
  36. I’m definitely a skeptic now. And the answer is no; I don’t feel that the world has lost some of its mystery as a result.
  37. I’m willing to consider any possibility, but the more incredible the claim the move evidence I’ll require before I accept it as true.
  38. My atheism developed before my skepticism.
  39. I have a “racing stripe” in my thumbnail from an old injury.
  40. When my blood pressure goes up the stripe grows darker in color.
  41. I have a very small hole in my neck. I’ve had it since birth. It’s technically a birth defect. A branchial anomaly known as a fistula and is the result of faulty development of the second branchial cleft and pouch during the embryonic stage.
  42. Every now and then someone will ask me about it and will go glassy-eyed if I try to explain it any further than to say “It’s a hole in my neck. I’ve had it since birth.”
  43. The only foreign country I’ve ever been to is Canada.
  44. I was in my thirties before I ever saw an ocean with my own eyes and that was the Atlantic. I’ve never seen the Pacific Ocean other than in Movies/TV or books and magazines.
  45. This is despite having been close to the oceans in various states—sometimes as close as a few hundred feet—many times throughout my life.
  46. I have never taken a swim in any ocean despite having spent time on an ocean beachfront.
  47. I was in my thirties before I ever visited any state further west than Illinois.
  48. I’ve never been to any state North East of Pennsylvania.
  49. I’ve driven the freeways surrounding Washington D.C. on several occasions and have even flown into the city’s airport, but have never stopped to visit our nation’s capital as of yet.

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