Saw Star Wars for the first time and decided… yes this is good.
Fell in love with sugar, then fell out of love with it. Wait, is caramel sugar?
Dodged soccer balls kicked at me by an ex Cosmos player who felt I wasn’t paying enough attention.
Cracked my head open and got stitches after undisclosed events
Had a .900 on base % in little league. Not because I could I hit, but because my strike zone was the size of a postage stamp, and because yes, we pitched and it counted.
Closed Glenn elementary school and made new friends at Carpenter
Turned my sister’s doll house into a CIA Black Site and used the kitchen appliances in new and inventive ways
Never let physical distance create distance in friendship
Rolled dice. Lots of dice. Smashed a few too.
Hand wrote a novel on loose leaf
Carried a friend to his grave before I ever even kissed a girl
Kissed a girl, and I liked it
Failed freshmen algebra with Mrs Nagle(?) who we pretty much abused for the entire year
Survived the ride to summer school.
Played hooky so I could play Ultima IV
Took the train to Philly
Did a Hans and Frans routine. In Spanish
Won Axis and Allies in 3 rounds. Also dropped a bat on an Axis and Allies board about 10 rounds into a game and took a beating. Who says nerds don’t have rage issues?
Crashed my car, had some one else crash my car. Never crashed anyone else’s car, so I guess you could say I’ve been doing that wrong
Made obnoxious announcements from the back of a 500 seat theater after a summer block buster. You have to wonder what were they actually paying us for at Movie City 5?
Got suckered punched, which led to Corrine threatening the poor kid.
Oh and I believe some of the office staff as well. And maybe the Vice Principal.
Fell in love, even though it meant breaking some ‘rules’, then tried to fall out of love, failed and then married her.
Invented Tunnel Bowling our first night at college, which we all thought was cool until someone pointed out there were parties on College Ave. That marked the end of the short existence of this sport.
Threw up at least 3 times without losing pace
Had Bus Spins
Drank and sang and drank and dodged shrapnel and drank at the Hockey House in any of its several iterations
Realized she was in to me after it was too late. Several times.
Went to Lollapalooza, twice I think
Drove to Kutztown by way of Pittsburgh. Go ahead and take out a map and get a chuckle. Unless you’re Marcus
Convinced someone that they were done fighting by holding them to the ground with two fingers in the base of their throat
Got a dog. Watched him bark endlessly at the sky and wondered what he knew that I didn’t
Got my black belt which was an amazing experience… Except for the ants. I could have done without the ants.
Gave a girl a black eye (at said black belt test)
Broke my pinky toe, broke someone else’s nose (he kinda ran into my foot)
Helped administer what became a legendary belt test involving rickety bleachers, pitcher’s mounds and lots of dirt. Oh, and Fabreze
Graduated from Rutgers with a BA in English, went to work in IT, because English stores weren’t doing so good at the time.
Got a job, a real one, then got fired and found another job. Also a real one. I think.
Hired people. Fired people. Sometimes the right ones and sometimes the wrong ones
Sat at the ‘colored table’ for lunch with a great crew at Anthem, no Alta, no AH&L, no Great West.. Ahhhh you know who you all are.
Bought a Tivo, stopped watching commercials
Watched terrorists attack our country
Watched her walk down the aisle towards me and fell in love all over again
Bought houses, gutted houses, rebuilt houses, sold houses. Always with lots of help
Went to work in NY city
Watched my babies be born
Yelled things at my kids that made me realize that I am my parents
Walked into a pediatric cancer ward to see a friends child and realized how blessed I am
Found a grey… And another… And another
Watched my daughters play, fight, eat, sleep in absolute wonder
Lost weight, gained weight, lifted weights
Traveled here and there but not quite everywhere
Published a book, this time not on loose leaf. Shameless self promotion coming in 3…2..1 Contact
Looked forward to the next 40!