1. I spent a semester in Moscow... during High School

Sophomore year, 1995 'Spring' Semester, which is kind of a joke because I was sent there in February. Scariest thing I had ever done up until that point. I'm totally glad I did it. The thing I learned more than anything else, is that teenagers are teenagers no matter which side of the Iron Curtain you were born in.


2. I used to sing with Ingrid Michaelson

I went to high school with her, same year and there were only about 160 people in our class, so everybody knew everybody. We did two productions together both Junior & Senior year. The former was Bye Bye Birdie and the latter was a Broadway review with numbers from Guys & Dolls, Chicago, Chorus Line, Hair, South Pacific, West Side Story, Damn Yankees and I know I'm forgetting something else. She's super cool and down to earth and I had a huge crush on her back in the day still kind do, actually

There were two other semi famous singers in that group, Rebekka Johnson (singer, songwriter, sketch comedian & actress) & Ryan Berkowitz (singer, songwriter, actress & former Miss Staten Island). We were also regularly recruited by the school's Coordinator of Student Activities to perform at school functions. We were the first ones ever to sing the newly written Alma Mater for the high school at a live function. That was pretty fun.


3. I've never played Halo

That's Ludicrous you say? What kind of person calls himself a gamer who's never played Halo even once? (See Fact #4 for the answer) Keep your pants on, I just bought an xbone and will be hitting up the MCC as soon as I finish AC IV.


4. I'm a recovering addict

For many years I was addicted to crack. More specifically a very potent form by the street name EverCrack, known to the general population as Verant's Sony Online Entertainment's: EverQuest. I'm only half kidding. It became a problem for me. First, I stopped going to hang out in real world social situations because I would rather be on a raid. Then I wouldn't sleep because the raids ran later and later. Next I almost lost my job because I was consistently late to work because of the aforementioned lack of sleep, and when I was there, I was barely functional. I couldn't set limits for myself & adhere to them, so I had to quit.


5. I play Co-ed Adult Dodgeball

I loved it in elementary school and when I heard there was a league, I jumped at the chance. It's extremely competitive and I love every second of it. How competitive could it be? My first season playing, one of my teammates got two teeth knocked out... I get bruises all the time from playing, but I won't stop. Since I started playing 4 years ago, I've dropped 50lbs and I've made friends for life with my teammates all but one who were complete strangers before I started playing.

Burnie said once on the Podcast that he wanted to have an intervention for @Caleb because of his Ultimate Frisbee injuries. I'm 35, and there's at least 56 in my league, all 21 and over, who play hard every week and also come out with injuries from time to time. It's totally worth it if you enjoy it. Would Burnie have said that if it were a different activity where Caleb got injured, like rock climbing or scuba diving? Probably not, IMO, because those are traditionally considered "adult" activities as opposed to frisbee or dodgeball. Guess what Mr. Burns, until not too long ago, video games weren't for adults either, and you should know that better than anyone! Don't be so quick to judge.


6. I HATE Apple

That is not an exaggeration. On an enterprise level, Apple products are the bane of my existence as part of IT. They are great for personal use, but they don't play nice across the board with professional grade AVIT systems and networks. They try to re-invent the wheel with every product line and they make standardization fucking impossible.

On a personal level, I don't like that you are locked into their software/hardware combos. If you don't mind that, great, but what I'm sick and tired of is hearing Apple users complain about the Apple products and what they don't do and then when I tell them that an alternative device/os doesn't have those issues, they gasp and tell me that I'd have to pry their "precious" apple product from their cold dead fingers. You people are brainwashed... Apple isn't a technology company anymore, its a giant marketing company for shiny objects and micro-transactions and also for suing the crap out of other companies for stealing ideas that they themselves stole first.

**I reached the character cap for this Journal entry, so #7 will be in a reply below**