Well... I'm betting some of you know some of them, but chances are none of you knew all of them until now.
(I was tagged by Jason Olson, btw.)
#1. I didn't finish High School or College. Not really a big story here. I was a bit of a screwup in High School and ended up dropping out after my 2nd or 3rd pass through the 11th grade. Certainly not stupid, just lazy and unmotivated. I putzed around in community college for a year or so and then decided I would roadie for a band that's no longer around. After doing that for a few months, I ended up joining the Navy.
I took a few college courses here and there, while in the Navy (and after), just not enough for a degree anywhere.
#2. I am a horrible diabetic. Not just horrible in the sense that it's hopelessly out of control, but horrible in the sense that I don't do anything about it. I drink too many sodas, I eat way too many sweets, I forget to take my meds all the time, etc... my blood sugars and my weight are constantly bouncing up and down. Every once in a while I get enough of a scare that I try to be good, but it never lasts more than a few months. I figure I'll be dead by 60, so I might as well enjoy myself.
#3. I sold Grades in High School. Not in the "I hacked the computer" sense, but in the "our school was dumb enough to use plain white paper printouts for report cards" sense. As luck would have it, I had the exact same model of printer. (Radio Shack DMP-120) I would create a fake report card with better grades for $5 for each grade I changed. Of course the great part was they had to keep coming back to me each grading period for a new card. I made about $500 that year. Think of it as a subscription model, kinda like the Zune Pass.
Unfortunately, I got busted because one guy couldn't keep his mouth shut (thank you Frankie Johnson, wherever you are) and had to have a nice little chat with the state police. Apparently report cards are considered controlled state documents or something like that. Who knew?
The upside to this is the school started using preprinted forms and a county stamp after this... and so began my career as a security consultant. (not really... security bores me to tears.)
#4. I was stuck in a cave once, as a kid. Scared the shit out of me. I guess I was about 11, certainly old enough to know better. We didn't have any equipment with us, other than a flashlight. The cave was about a mile from my house and we had been in there plenty of times before. We just decided to go a little farther than normal. So we got to this one tunnel and had a choice of left or right. We knew left was way too steep and right seemed ok. When it was time to come back out though, we knew there was a problem. The wall was WAY too slick with mud to climb out unassisted. I gave Roy a boost (he was smaller than me) and he scrambled up into the chute and got back up to the tunnel. Unfortunately that meant I was screwed. I sent him to go get help, or at least a rope, and he took off. By the time he returned, I had managed to scrape most of the mud and slime off the wall (with my fingers... which were now raw and bleeding) and could climb up with a little help. I've been in a few caves since, but never without another person and the right gear.
#5. I've been wrongfully accused of shoplifting more times than I can recall. I have no idea why, but I'm constantly being stopped and asked to step to the side, take off my jacket, lift my shirt, etc... I never have anything on me, and they always apologize, but it just keeps happening. Freaky.
Anyway, I guess that's my 5 things. Now I have to tag five other people:
Theo Moore, Lou Vega, Murray Gordon, Brian Lanham & Heartless Gamer