Sweet Sixteen

A Random Chick tagged me.
She is a new friend in the blogosphere so I will be accommodating. I can’t run her off quite yet.
She asked for six random, unimportant, silly, quirky things about me, but I don't follow instructions well (Hello, I am a descendant of cavemen) and I like to overcompensate (Hello, I like to wear dresses for Halloween). Anyway, I proudly present 16 items about this dumb, white guy.

  1. I am deaf in one ear. Born that way.
  2. I love animals, and I have had a significant basset hound in my life since my teenage years. The animal that I find the most fascinating is the shark.
  3. I think the key to life is low expectations. For example, if you think you are going to die in your sleep and you wake up the next morning perfectly fine you are going to be pretty happy.
  4. I am quietly approaching blog post #500 and my blog was actually featured on NPR some time ago.
  5. I hitchhiked to Canada. I went to school at the University of Idaho in Moscow so it not as dramatic as it sounds.
  6. I spent six days in jail. Just some dumb drunk college prank that got a little out of hand.
  7. I spent the first 22 years of my living on a military base. My dad was in the Air Force and I was in the Navy.
  8. I have seen a lot of naked men. I spent 8 years living with large groups of men – the Navy and a fraternity.
  9. I have been married to Mrs. Shife for 3 ½ years and we have been together for almost 11 years.
  10. I try to watch “The Big Lebowski” on my birthday every year. My favorite movie is "Casablanca."
  11. My all-time favorite word is crestfallen. Unsavory is a close second.
  12. Unbeknownst to him, we videotaped a guy in college inserting inanimate objects into his anus. Most notable was a basketball trophy. Please don’t ask you really do not want to know.
  13. The hardest habit I broke was chewing tobacco. It took me 10 years, and I have been off the stuff for over 5 years.
  14. My ringtone is “The Final Countdown” by Europe.
  15. If I am feeling a little mischievous I like to tell strangers that I meet that I used to be a foot model.
  16. I love North Carolina basketball. I don’t have a real good reason but my Dad grew up in Illinois and loves all of the Chicago teams. Well when the Bulls drafted a certain guard from North Carolina named Jordan it was love at first sight when I saw that Carolina blue. I have several things I want to do before I die but the top thing on my list right now is to go to Chapel Hill, NC and watch a Tar Heel basketball game live.


  1. I appreciate you not tagging any of us to do this one. I'm afraid MySpace already worked me over on it.

  2. holy shit 16 items, you're a better man than i am, gunga din.

    you're bang with #3, they say the number 1 reason for unhappiness in the west is unreasonable expectations. apologies to mr dickens.

  3. My reactions:

    1. Interesting.
    2. Me, too. I'm a certified Vet Tech, though I haven't worked with animals in ten years. (Dang I'm getting old!)
    3. Here, here.
    4. DUDE! That's awesome! I'm jealous.
    5. Way cool.
    6. Even cooler.
    7. Hmmm.
    8. Ever see that episode of Mr. Show where the dude starts screaming at his son, "No son of mine is gonna be NOT gay! You better get gay or I'll make you gay!"
    9. Congratulations.
    10. Dude.
    11. Weird. I don't have a favorite word.
    12. Where does this video currently reside? Also, you guys might be a little gay for watching (and filming).
    13. Our tax guy's cologne smells like chew.
    14. My ringtone is stupid.
    15. At 16, I told a Denny's patron, "No, I'm not sick; I'm about to undergo a sex change operation and they put me on these hormones...."
    16. Basketball, Schmasketball.

  4. That was interesting, get to know Mr. S at little better.

    Maybe you should have stayed in Canada.

  5. My favorite animal is the shark. But they have terrified me from going into the ocean--hey I think I'm going to continue this meme and start it off with that!!

  6. hmmm... nice but i think you are short 85 for the knudesens list, shame you were on a roll! hahahhaaa, hope yer weekend was wicked and water free of undesirables...

  7. Anonymous3/04/2008

    OMG! You are truly awesome for adding more random, unimportant, silly, quirky things to my meme...I would like to give your well-crafted "sweet sixteen" list a proper response so here goes:

    1. Wow, do you feel that has hand-capped you in anyway or has your other ear developed super-human hearing capabilities to compensate?

    2. I love animals too! Is the significant basset hound you are referring to the one on your BlogCatalog photo? If so, he's/she's a cutie pie! What's his/her name? Shark's are pretty fascinating. I have a dare-devil fantasy to sometime go into one of the cages and be submerged into Great White Shark infested waters...will I actually do it? Not sure yet.

    3. I respectfully disagree with you about the low expectations however…I do get very disappointed sometimes when my expectations are too high. But if you don’t have high expectations, how do you “reach for the stars?” My Mom would always encourage me to strive for the highest standards…maybe that’s why I am now in lots of therapy. ;-)

    4. WOW! 500 posts! That’s amazing. And very awesomely cool that you were featured on NPR…you’re now officially one of my blog heroes!

    5. After I saw the movie “The Hitcher,” I could never hitchhike anywhere…you’re brave. You’re also brave for going to college at the University of Idaho in Moscow ;-)

    6. Hey, it happens to the best of us.

    7. No wonder why you are so culturally edu-macated! LOL! ;-)

    8. Do you ever find yourself singing “In the Navy” by the Village People? LOL!

    9. Awwww! I’ve been married to Mr. Random Chick for 9 years…and we’ve known each other for 12 years! Wow, that even surprises me! ;-)

    10. OMG!!! I LOVE “The Big Lebowski!!!” It’s one of my top, all-time favorites…to see more…go to my MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/boop1220. If you are on MySpace, add me as your friend!!!

    11. Oooo, those are good words! My favorite word is moxie. My second favorite is dexterity.

    12. Okay, that’s TMI!

    13. Dude, how did you do that? My hardest habit to break is eating too much chocolate…and I haven’t even tried to break that one!

    14. That’s a ring tone my husband would have…that one or anything by Rush. My ring tone is “Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani.

    15. What do you feet look like? Are they gross? If I’m feeling mischievous, I tell strangers that I hate them.

    16. UGGGHHH! You are my husband are two peas in a pod…we’re coming up on March Madness here and I’m dreading it!!!

  8. I was on TV once, but it was walking out of court, so I shouldn't be too proud of it. They used my name too.
    I once hitch hiked a lift from a steam Traction-engine. Google it if you don't know what that is, I would've been quicker walking but I couldn't turn the ride down. The day turned stranger, for my next lift was from a perv who asked me to jerk him off....

  9. i liked you better when you got thrown in jail and chewed tobacco.

    just kidding.

  10. That NC blue is quite a nice shade of blue. I can see why you got hypnotized by it.

    Never would have taken you as a Casablanca fan. Great movie! I got to see it on the big screen when a local theatre was showing old movies one summer.

  11. My goal in life is to be somehow mentioned on NPR.

    YOU ROCK!!!

    -- P

  12. Ok, #12?? What the fuck?!?!?!

  13. Anonymous3/04/2008

    awesome - glad to know ya even a lil bit more

    well its 1230 am, i worked waaay too many hours today, was tired, but now not so much, think ill go write a post

  14. LOL.. this was awesome.

    You say not to ask about stuff I really don't want to know about, but I DO want to know about the guy you videotaped sticking things in his anus. That's a story begging to be told!

  15. Anonymous3/05/2008

    Congrats on quiting the chewing tobacco!! Are you going to put the video tape of the guy inserting objects on youtube?

  16. Some day I'd love to sit down and have a beer or ten with you. I think we would have some interesting conversations.

  17. hell ya, you should have stayed in canada!
    this list is particularily interesting to me, as your fake baby's momma, these will be your virtual, bastard baby's bedtime stories.

    you are so much more awesome because of your ringtone, btw.

  18. Man have I missed you and your crazy as shit blog! It is good to be back!

  19. I'm really curious about what sort of objects were inserted...hehehe! You're funny as hell!


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