Mastered forklift driving in a cold storage
Graduated Cum Laude with a self-funded education
Learned Ancient Greek
Co-starred in a play performed at the
Learned to drink beer (in
Woke up several mornings without my pants, and no recollection of how they came off
Woke up in an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in
Slept on the streets of
Kissed a Greek/Argentine girl
Woke up with a Greek/German girl in my bed one morning, discovered we were both clothed and I was still a virgin.
Stood on the shore of the edge of infinity with my friends at 3am in
Watched two of my spiritual mentors and pastors get ousted from their congregations
In my application process to go into the ministry, was told by the church that I had too much debt and to come back when I had less
Decided not to become an ordained minister until God says otherwise
Helped found an independent film company called Dead Gentlemen Productions (DG)
Directed and produced a feature digital movie
Helped create one of DG’s most memorable characters, Silent Jim
Filmed a demon resurrection ritual being performed on an actual alter
Kissed my best friend between takes of said ritual
Produced and managed Dead Gentlemen’s biggest film yet, “The Gamers: Dorkness Rising”
Was appointed Manager of Dead Gentlemen Productions
Operated Dead Gentlemen Productions’ online commerce
Initiated, negotiated and closed a distribution deal with the largest gaming publisher in the nation.
Made friends with the largest names in the hobby game industry
Played D&D regularly with the designers and writers of D&D
Married my best friend
Learned the marine industry from scratch
Became a professional in the fiberglass industry with no formal training
Managed a facility and employees
Promoted, moved to
Graduated with the championship award from my sales training class
Bought my dream car
Contracted salmonella. Twice.
So far, can’t name one enemy.
Lived on friends’ couches for about 6 months
Was propositioned by 7 hookers in one night
Negotiated and facilitated a role playing game based on DG’s first films, Demon Hunters
Met and hung out with Ken Foree, star of the original Dawn of the Dead Had lunch with Kate Blanchett and her family
Had lunch with Kate Blanchett and her family
Can call several designers and writers for Dungeons and Dragons (past, present or otherwise) close personal friends.------------
Well, now I'm starting to feel like I'm boasting. I can say though that after all this time and all that has happened:
- My wife is still my bestest friend
- My friends are my family
- My family are my best friends (that's literal by the way)
- My grandfather is still my hero
- My regrets don't matter
- Next to my wife, my sister, my mother and my grandmother are the most amazing and strongest women in my life
- God still believes in me
- I love my job
- I'm ready for what's next and I'm planning for it
So in order to dispel all that, I'm going to print here for all the world to see what I haven't told many people. Of course my thought is that by recognizing it, then it won't actually happen because I'm consciously and reasonably presenting to everyone who would read this and hold it accountable.
For more than half my life, I've held some kind of belief that my life will end in some kind of explosion/combustion/ball of fire, before I'm 40 years old. This belief started when I had three separate and different dreams where I died in some kind of explosion, and I remember those dreams to this day, and I remember feeling the explosion.
There, I've said it, I've PRINTED it, and I can't take it back. So here's to outliving my life insurance policy, and to seeing just exactly how long I can stretch both sides of my family's longevity. Unfortunately, my teeth regardless do not hold the same life expectancy. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Yes, that's a pun.
F this S in the A. I'm going to bed. Godspeed, and don't get run over.