25 Random Things About Me
So, I did this list for Facebook (because my wife tagged me on it) and I figured I might as well cross-post it here. As the title suggests, it’s 25 random things about me:
1.) When I was in high school, I was a telephone salesperson for Olan Mills Photography Studios. I was terrible at it. My boss was a woman named Rae who wore Guess jeans and used to brag that they cost $50. I could never understand why someone would pay $50 for jeans.
2.) Also in high school, I played Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA. My mother still cries when she listens to a tape of me singing “The Impossible Dream.” FYI – I can’t sing.
3.) I discovered I was going bald when I watched a high, overhead shot of me walking down a hallway during dailies on the movie FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 9: JASON GOES TO HELL. I turned to my friend Noel and said “Did you know I was going bald?” and he said “didn’t you?”
4.) I met my wife, Elizabeth, on that movie. I wrote it and she was in the art department. I used to steal her parking spot. I am convinced she is still angry about this.
5.) I crack my knuckles.
6.) I have never smoked, mostly because my parents did and I hated it. When I was young, we lived in Florida and they used to smoke in the car with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner blasting. When I would try to roll the window down to get rid of the smoke, they’d tell me to roll it back up so I didn’t “let the air out.”
7.) I used to love horror movies and movies about things blowing up. Now I like romantic comedies about Americans going to beautiful foreign locales. I have become a woman.
8.) I was convinced that I would be able to raise my kids correctly, with a minimum of mistakes. I was mistaken.
9.) The most proud I ever was of my father was when he lost his managerial job and took a job as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman so he could pay the bills. The job was demeaning and he hated it but he did it because sometimes you do what you have to do. I doubt he knows that I even remember he did that.
10.) When I was a kid, my parents put my little sister in a pretty dress and told me to make sure she didn’t get it dirty, so I tied her to a tree. This solution was not looked upon favorably.
11.) I used to want to be a marine biologist and I loved Jacques Cousteau. When we lived in Florida, his ship, the Calypso, docked nearby and my parents took me there to see it. I got an autograph from a crewman. It was written in French. My father told me he was probably the guy who scrubbed the barnacles off the boat.
12.) I used to use PC’s. Now I’m a Mac guy. Don’t argue with me about it – I’m sure I’m right.
13.) My favorite authors are Stephen King and Roald Dahl. I used to wish I could be like Stephen King until I really started writing and realized he’s actually a genius, in spite of what the critics say.
14.) There were three things that didn’t interest me at all when I was a kid: football, music and designer clothes. When I got older, all three of those things started to interest me. Now, only two of them do.
15.) Here’s something I never realized about kids until I had my own – they open up a place in your heart that you never knew existed, but they also make you terribly vulnerable. It’s a fair trade-off.
16.) When I was in college, I made money by writing cover copy for novels from Bantam Books and Simon & Schuster. At an autograph signing, I finally got to meet Skipp & Spector, an author team who wrote a horror novel that I had written the sales copy for. I told them I wrote their copy. They said “Yeah. We rewrote that.”
17.) I also wrote copy for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series.
18.) Elizabeth and I have been married for thirteen years. In LA, I think that’s a record. Like everyone, we’ve gone through good patches and rough patches. I think we’re in a good patch right now. She remains cheerful in spite of the gloomy economy and general stress we all feel. That means a lot.
19.) I have three dogs, but Hank is my favorite. There, I said it.
20.) When I was writing television, I couldn’t wait to start writing novels so I could be alone for a change. Now I want to start writing television again so I can get out of the house and be around people.
21.) I’m proud of Carr D’Angelo for quitting his job as an executive and opening up his cool comic book shop. Everyone talks about doing stuff like that. He did it.
22.) A relative once told me that I got all the worst physical features in the family – short, bald, big nose. What she doesn’t know is this – my pinkie toe is magic. Ha-ha!
23.) I remember rolling down a hill when I was a kid and thinking “there will never come a time when I won’t want to do this.” What happened to that feeling?
24.) I love World of Warcraft. My main character is a level 80 Mage named Primo. I took that name from the lead character in one of my favorite movies — BIG NIGHT.
25.) I drink my coffee black, like the cowboys drink it. My friend, Todd, tells me that’s only because the cowboys didn’t have any milk or sugar with them on the prairie. Shut up, Todd.