Thursday, November 6, 2008

i've been tagged and stuffed

I'm a little remiss in my blogging duties. On October 20th I was tagged by the incomparable AngieSS over at

Just like when I was a kid and hid under the bed till I pissed my pants but I still ended up being it. This time it took me a couple of weeks to get out from under the bed since I had to wait for my pants to dry.

Ok, so here goes. I have to tell you seven things about myself that you don't already know and avoid federal prosecution in the process... and then I get to find seven others hiding behind trees and doors to tag their ass.

1. I was in Life magazine on my hands and knees in the mud and it wasn't in a bar with a stripper named Jasmine. Don't believe me? If you happen to have a September 1985 edition laying around... (don't we all?) check out page 25.

2. I'm a hypocrite when it comes to formal education and I pray my kids never find out. I sucked in school, I never took anything more than the fundamentals of math and almost didn't graduate high school. I never attended college other than a couple of years of night school art/design classes. My english teacher would have a stroke to learn I'm doing this blog, I have no memory whatsoever of doing homework and I've never seen the SAT. However, it's not something that has kept me down, I work in a profession filled with MBA's and I hate the question "What school did you go to?". Saying that most of what I've learned has come from the History Channel/Discovery/National Geographic/Science Channel isn't a joke.

3. I may have some degree of OCD. I eat sandwiches into perfect little squares and then fold them in half and repeat. I lock the doors of my house at least 3 times every night and then get out of bed to check them again. I won't eat food off anyone's plate for any reason. I eat the broken chips first and then each chip in sequence from smallest to largest or by color. I subconsciously sort things by size/color/shape.

4. I'm terrified of heights. Actually saying that isn't enough, I become incapacitated at any height over 10 feet or even the thought of it. I recently went out on the 7th floor balcony where I work and become so incapacitated I thought of calling someone inside the building to come get me back to the door.

5. I grew up with Owen and Luke Wilson. Back then they were just the kids a few doors down, little did I know... Hey Owen, give me a call bro (ha).

6. I sweat when I have to spend over $100 for any reason. I'm not a penny-pincher by any means, I just can't get spend that much without my heart rate increasing even if I have the money.

7. In the 5th grade I thought I was an eagle. I used to turn my head from side-to-side in quick bird-like fashion, stare for bit and then turn quickly to the other side. I thought it impressed my teachers but it may have been the subject of parent/teacher conferences without my knowledge.

Ok, so now the fun part. I get to pick some people who will be bitching my name in a few days.

I would really like to know 7 things from.....

  1. Planckspost
  2. DebbieDoesDrivel
  3. ReformingGeek
  4. DeadRooster
  5. Road Atlas Shrugged
  6. The Humor Smith Chronicle
  7. PlainOleMike


ettarose said...

Dude, That is an awesome list. I loved it. You are unususal to say the least. Come see me at

DeadRooster said...

Even though I have sworn off meme-tags a long time ago, I am still extremely honored to be tagged by you. Thanks, my friend! I appreciate the thought!

I was also tagged by Angie in the same one you were! In fact, I was once tagged by ettarose who commented above...

See where this is going?

Deb said...

Wow - Thanks Dude - I am honored!

OK - we got the politeness out of the way (see? I was not raised by wolves like some people think). However, I was very recently tagged by KIRsten of the Soccer Mom Files and I am not revealing six MORE things about me because then I'LL have to post about the top five things I will burn in Hell for and that ain't happening. You can read my six earth-shattering facts on my blog, about the third post down right after the peeing baby.

Regarding your post, WHY do people ask what school you go to? That ticks me off to no end. My skin head neighbor somehow managed to get in the first conversation we ever had that her husband went to Harvard. Her husband is 85-years-old. WTF?

Colleen said...

I hear you on the college/degree thing... I'm surrounded by MBA's, PhD's - real life rocket scientists. One thing I've learned is that a degree does not give you common sense and in some cases can make you extremely socially retarded.

As for the rest of your list, thanks for making my fear of Jell-O not seem so odd anymore. :)

Bella Casa said...

lol, my dh is the same way with the locks, drives me batty ;)

I read about your gout, too, hope it is getting better...they used to call that the rich man's disease because only rick people could afford to eat the things that cause every American eats like that daily, must be lots of gout going on these days.


ReformingGeek said...

Dude, that was great! Thanks for the tag. Yeah. I'll be cursing you in a few days ;-)

As for #4, you went outside on the 7th floor? I don't think I can do that without deep yoga breathing (and with one hand on the door back inside). I don't know how I'm ever going to visit the Empire State Building or jump out of an airplane (NOT!)

Kelly said...

Dude, the eagle thing made me laugh out loud. That is just too funny!

Heinous said...

Great list. My wife makes fun of me for eating in a circle.

AngieSS said...

That list is phenomenal. I loved it! I'm so glad I tagged you. :P

hahaha Um, yah -- I think you are right about the OCD. Though I think saying "some degree" may be a wee bit of an understatement.

Awww, an eagle in the 5th grade. Wow, dude, is there no end to your coolness. hehehe

Thanks for playin' Sweetie and not kickin' my arse for taggin' you. :)

PlancksPost said...

Oh man, now I'm pissing my pants underneath the bed...
but opened Pandora's Box, Sunday you'll begin to get a quick look at why I am me.

Kirsten said...

Regarding number 7-Did you get a lot of chicks in school??

dadthedude said...

@ ettarose - thanks for stopping in! Hell I could do a list of 20 and really do myself in.

@ deadrooster - hey,just followin' the rules. Rules don't say it has to be someone who doesn't already have the t-shirt. Besides, your flowbee haircut needs rest to grow back out.

@ deb - I read your list before I did mine, how do think I got all those ideas?

@ colleen - your scared of jello? You may be more of a freak than me :)

@ bella - thank you, the gout is under control at the moment. Rich mans disease.. ha! Now that's funny!

@ reforming geek - I better see the good stuff on your list. No editing.

@ kelly - thanks. I recall thinking that it had to be impressive. None of the other kids were eagles...

@ heinous - circles.. dude, thats advanced freakness.

@ angiess - yup. I'm the coolest of all the freaks. Thanks!

@ planckpost - cant wait!

@ kirsten - hmmm... tough question. Lets say I liked them but they never knew.

Traci Skene said...

Damn you for picking me! Okay, I'll get started but I don't think I can top the Owen and Luke Wilson factoid.

Colleen said...

Your food should not jiggle if you flick it (don't ask my why I feel it necessary to flick my food)!!! Why does this not freak anyone else out?

And don't even get me started on pudding, sour cream, guacamole and Cream of Wheat...

dadthedude said...

@ traci - I knew you would love it and I can't wait to see what tidbits come from your head.

@ colleen - there are only like 2 things that should jiggle if you flick it.... and neither of them are food.... well....

Dad to Two said...

Hey Dad the Dude! I just wanted to pass on an award to you since I really enjoy your blog. I thought maybe it would get a few of the people who read my blog to come over and take a look and see why I enjoy reading your blog so much.
As much fun as skiing behind my pick-up!

dadthedude said...

@ dad to two - thanks dude, I appreciate that! You ski behind a pickup?

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Dude, that is so friggin hilarious. I am SO going to google Life Magazine Sep 85. And, the eagle thing? Priceless!!!

dadthedude said...

@ texasmama - good luck on the google. I've tried that before and it didnt show the whole magazine. By the way I double checked and I'm on page 18 - the Marine down in the mud.

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