steves 99 things

99 things you might not know about me

58: special — March 3, 2009

58: special

i name things that are special to me.  wait, let me explain.  you’re not letting me explain.  i name things that are special to me.

and while we’re on the subject, the wreath in my livingroom at the diggs is too small.

SEE! names!

told you.

my second home is the diggs.  literally it is.  although, it’s probably become my first… it feels more like home than anywhere else i live at this point.  it’s a space that feels very much my own.  i’m looking forward to this when i get married as well.  only then it will be “our” own.  but it’ll still feel like mine.  you’ll see.

anywho, i call my house the diggs.
i call shoes kicks.
but i call my shoes chucks.  even if they’re not.
i called a friend of mine hotpants for the better part of a year.
i nicknamed my latin professor d-carp.
and i call my fiance ade.

maybe i just like nicknames…

57: anger — March 2, 2009
56: shallow —

56: shallow

i don’t care how much people say they value personality or a sense of humor over looks.  they’re lying.  if this is you, you’re a liar.  go ahead, tell me you think your partner is ugly.  okay, now tell them.  see?  you don’t believe it, if you do, you’re a jerk.

anyways, now that that’s out of the way, i may as well tell you that i probably wouldn’t be initially interested in someone unless i found them to be physically attractive.  but, just so i don’t come off as a total jerk, i have to truthfully say that if i got to know a person better, it either wouldn’t matter as much to me, or they would become more physically attractive than i initially found them to be.

55: gum — March 1, 2009

55: gum

since we’ve established that i’m a child of the nineties, it should be obvious that i remember a few gum commercials.

1) the juicy fruit commercial and theme song.  racing bikes, surfing dudes, action.  it’s juicy fruit, it gets you moving.

2) wrigley’s doublemint gum.  it’s the statement of the great mint.  and twins.

growing up, i assume most guys loved big league chew.  who wouldn’t?  it’s a pouch filled with enough gum that by the point you chew it all, you’re deaf because your jaw muscle is blocking your ear cavity.  i enjoyed gum of a similar vein: bubble tape.

my favorite gum however, was chicklets.

i’m not a typical guy.

54: friends — February 28, 2009
53: nineties — February 27, 2009

53: nineties

let’s face it, i grew up in the nineties. while i’m not proud of it, i think it’s something i’ll need to face. so i’m going to answer a ton of questions about growing up in the nineties. you’ll never ask me about it again. got it? good.

What spice girl were you when you were young?
i was never into the spice girls

Back Street Boys or NSync?
totally *nsync, yes, there should be a star there

Did you watch S Club 7?
no, we didn’t have cable, but i caught reruns when nothing else was on.

What was your favorite, Sandlot or little Rascals?
little rascals, even though i now realise that it was incredibly racist. sandlot was never really my favorite, i’m actually surprised parents let their kids watch it. it’s pretty racy.

What year were you born in?

Did you ever have light up sneakers?
i think so, if i did, they were probably some knock-off. l.a. gears were expensive.

What was your favorite thing about recess?
bullying. i didn’t realise that until i hit middle school when a kid younger than me was afraid of me because i used to bully him… maybe the reason people bully is because they don’t know they bully. oh! adrienne will like this: walk across america. i used to do as many laps as i could during recess because we had to hit 3000 miles as a school by a certain date.

What year was it when you were in 3rd grade?
uhhh.. 1996?

Cinderella or Snow White?
cinderella, the witch in snow white is creepy.

Did you wake up really early just to watch cartoons one Saturday morning?
yes! i spent the weekends with my dad, and he had cable. i was only allowed to watch two shows, but one saturday i told him that it was all the same show and that it hadn’t ended yet. i was so smart. he never called me out on it. i wonder if he remembers….

What grade were you in when you learned how to count up to 10 in Spanish?
in kindergarten we payed our first visit to the school library, where i checked out a book in spanish because i wanted to learn. when we took our classroom surveys, i told the teacher that the primary language we spoke in our house was spanish. my mom had a good laugh when she found out.

What was your favorite holiday?
christmas. i love presents.

Did you ever try to stay up on Christmas just so you could see santa?
no. i always knew he didn’t exist, although i tried one year to believe in him because everyone else was doing it.

Did you leave milk and cookies or milk and carrots?
no. ha.

What grade did you like the best?
third. i could sit in the back and read all class… no one would bother me, and i got all As, except for the B+ in class participation

Ninja Turtle or Power Rangers?
power freakin’ rangers. i wanted to be the green ranger, he was so cool. and when the white ranger came on the scene, i was so there. speaking of which, i gotta watch the power rangers movie again sometime soon, i haven’t seen it in forever…

What Power Ranger were you?
haha, i got a little eager and already answered this one.

Did you ever own a chinese jump rope?

What was your favorite thing to eat?
gushers, fruit roll ups, fruit by the foot, or keebler magic middles. my mom’s turkey sandwiches were pretty good too.

What was your favorite color?

Barney or sesame street?
i liked cookie monster. kermit was a loser. my favorite now is elmo.

Do you ever miss being a little kid?
i enjoy being taller. other than that, nothing has changed really.

Do you wish you were older?
not anymore.

Were you a girlie girl or tomboy?
i feel like this question doesn’t apply to me…

What was your first pets name?
hmm, i feel like this question is specifically designed by people trying to get into my bank account. MY first dog’s name was max.

Who was your best friend in kindergarten?
michael brown. i see his mom a lot. she works at my school.

Are you still friends with the person you were best friends with in the 3rd grade?

Where did you live when you were 9?
preston drive.

How many times have you switched schools including preschool?
i didn’t go to preschool actually… let’s see… i changed elementary schools once, then from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to college. nothing really out of the ordinary. i have moved about thirteen times in my life though.

Have you ever stayed back?
nope. i almost got pushed ahead though… at least, i think that’s how the story goes.

What grade are you in?

What was your all time favorite movie?
the matrix, i’ve seen it over 100 times

Which did you like Are You Afraid Of The Dark or AHH! Real Monsters?
neither. i’m not a typical nineties child, i think nickelodeon sucks and always has, and i can’t stand most nineties music.

Did you watch Rocko’s Modern Life?
no, but i recently saw an episode and realised why.

Who was your favorite character in Doug?
if i had to decide, quail man… but again, nickelodeon…

Did this quiz make you think about how good it was back then?
somewhat… but it’s better now. :)

52: habits — February 26, 2009

52: habits

i wrote about this earlier, but i have some new information.

there’s a habit i’ve had for as long as i can remember that i’m currently trying very hard to break. i bite the skin off of my fingers. you may be saying, “oh, i do that too!”

you don’t.

i bite the skin off of my fingers. i do it with all my fingers. until they bleed. it’s incredibly painful. most of the time, i don’t even notice when i’m bleeding anymore. i’ll taste salt and when i look down, my finger will be dripping blood. but i don’t always stop when i start bleeding, because sometimes i’m not done with that finger. there’s still something left that needs to be torn off.

i need to break this habit.

51: meat — February 25, 2009

51: meat

becoming a vegetarian was something i never thought i’d do. it always seemed stupid to give up a ton of food that i loved: sandwiches, steak, chicken nuggets, new england clam chowder, and my dad’s bar-b-q ribs. at school last year, i took a nutrition class, and while i completed it with a d-minus, i learned a lot.

… or … at least enough to realise what’s dogged or killed my family.

i have a grandmother who suffered from chronic migraines.
i have an uncle who had a triple bypass
my grandfather has diabetes
and has had a quadruple bypass
and a stroke
my other grandfather died of cancer

i know this isn’t the half of it, but it’s enough for me to step back and look at, then say, “ohhhhh, a lot of these can be prevented…”

and so last year i gave up meat.

now, i realise not all meat is bad. in fact, some meat is good for you. fish and chicken, when cooked properly, is not only delicious, it’s highly bioavailable and it provides the body with lots of nutrition. in fact, i’ll have to take a multivitamin every day for the rest of my life because vitamin B12 can’t be synthesised by the body through vegetable products.

so why give up meat entirely?

two reasons actually:

one – the decision to eat healthy is not made overnight, it requires diligence and planning. honestly, if i didn’t convert to full on vegetarianism, i would have cheated and still been eating bad meat, like the fried stuff, and the red bloody stuff. it’s my favorite. also, sandwich meat. mmmm, preservatives!

two- ethics. to put it bluntly, we don’t eat our pets. to flesh that out a bit: we don’t raise what we eat. we’re disconnected from our consumption. this is unhealthy in many ways, but i believe that a culture’s moral success can actually be measured just as well in its treatment of animals as in its treatment of people.

50: handwriting — February 24, 2009

50: handwriting

oftentimes, i won’t move up to the next level unless i’m pushed there by someone else. when i was in second grade, i was still using two lines on the writing sheet because no one had told me to move to one. i didn’t want to make my writing smaller yet, i was comfortable with writing big. it was easier. so the teacher told me i could not write on two lines anymore, i must use only one line to write my letters. so i did.

most kids learn to write in cursive starting in third grade. i wanted to learn before that, so i did. i soon grew tired of it, and when third grade came, i despised writing in cursive. people tell me that writing in cursive is faster than printing. i think they’re wrong. i’m the fastest writer i know. and if i write in cursive, you’ll have no idea what i’ve written. in fact, my signature is missing several letters because people are right, writing in cursive is much faster: i skip letters.

on most days, i like my handwriting. i prefer writing with a pen far more than writing with a pencil, although i don’t much enjoy ballpoint pens, rollerball or gel is more preferable, pilot especially. .5mm or .7mm will do, but i prefer .5mm, although when i go back to read something i’ve written in .5mm i realise that i prefer the .7mm far more in terms of legibility. the same goes for pencils. i prefer mechanical with good erasers. bic will do any day.

i’m right handed. if you look at something i’ve written, you will probably be able to tell that it’s written by a guy. i’ve got typical guy handwriting, although i’ve been told that i have somewhat comicbook-like handwriting. we’ll see if that goes anywhere someday.

49: clean —

49: clean

product. product. product.
location. location. location.

for shampoo, i use dax vegetable oil shampoo
for gel i use dax maximum hold
for wax i either use short and neat or wave and curl
for grooming cream i use aveda men pure-formance

for a washcloth i use a green dinosaur loofa i bought at the dollar store
for body wash i use old spice pure sport body wash
for deodorant i use old spice classic original formula
for cologne i use hanae mori