Inspired by a post over at Borderline Inappropriate, here are 50 things about me --
50. I once almost ran over Ed Asner on the Warner Brothers lot.
49. I used to part my hair in the middle, but sometime in my 20s I was talked out of it.
48. My wife and I play board games almost every night.
47. I don’t like olives.
46. I used to cry while getting my hair cut. I’m not sure when this ended, but it went on for far too long.
45. I once had a mad crush on Winona Ryder, but I never stalked her.
44. I have been to hundreds of baseball games in my life, but never caught a ball, though I was with two people who did.
43. I don’t really enjoy “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
42. My first screenplay was about vampires on a college campus. It wasn’t very good. I later reworked it into a script about werewolves on a college campus. It was only slightly better.
41. I once scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SATs, and I knew it when I did it. It's largely a wasted skill now, though.
40. I have ridden horses twice in my life. One was in Quebec, the other was in Las Vegas.
39. Cats, not dogs.
38. I never ate sushi until I moved out to Los Angeles. Now I eat it a lot.
37. Supposedly, when my brother was about 16, he made out with Mariah Carey, who lived only a few blocks away. She was a few years younger.
36. I only have one cup of coffee a day. But it’s a really huge cup.
35. My second semester of college, my GPA was 0.79. I made the dean’s list the next three semesters.
34. I have a lot of awards, but they were all for Mathletes. Again, wasted skill.
33. While working as a movie theater manager in Manhattan, I once checked Adrian Lyne’s ID. It was him.
32. Billy Crystal makes me laugh.
31. I met my wife on Valentine’s Day. I married her on Valentine’s Day one year later. I have very few anniversaries to remember.
30. I have absolutely no skill at music or art at all. And don't ask me to sing.
29. My first memory is running in the waves with my father, with my pants on. It felt like we were doing a forbidden thing.
28. My mother-in-law makes great tamales.
27. Little House On The Prairie molded my moral sensibility, for good or bad.
26. In high school, me and my friends used to go to the roller rink every Friday night. I was a geek full of yearning.
25. I believe that the movie “200 Cigarettes” is more amusing than most people give it credit for.
24. Despite not being a churchgoer, one summer I worked as a counselor at a YMCA sleepaway camp. The next summer I worked at a Jewish camp.
23. My parents had only a black-and-white TV for most of my youth.
22. When I lived in Manhattan, I shared an apartment with the guy who builds the Phillie Phanatic and other mascots. His workshop made up 90% of the apartment.
21. I have finally broken my addiction to “Desperate Housewives”.
20. In high school, me and a few friends took an embroidery class. We were the only guys in it. We played poker most of the time. I embroidered a slice of cherry pie onto a t-shirt.
19. I like playing golf, but I’m really not very good at it. Ditto pool.
18. There was one point, not too long ago, when I had read everything that Stephen King had ever written.
17. I once broke my hand punching a bully in the face. He never flinched.
16. The first two albums I ever owned were Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” and Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver”.
15. The original “House on Haunted Hill” is the only movie that gave my nightmares as a kid.
14. In Atlantic City, I once bet $100 on a hand of blackjack, and was dealt an ace and a jack.
13. I wrote a puppet show, which was performed in Manhattan.
12. Hot foods make my nose run.
11. “King of the Hill” is one of my favorite movies. No, not the cartoon.
10. In high school, I wore corduroy pants every day. I have no explanation for this. I haven’t worn corduroy pants since.
9. When I’m tired, I will occasionally cry during movies.
8. I once took a 3 1/2 day bus trip across the U.S., from Long Island to Seattle. My seatmates included at least one ex-con.
7. I don’t really like roller coasters, but a good flume is cool.
6. I know several people who have sold scripts for big bucks. Neither have writing skills I don’t possess.
5. I am not sure I’ve ever done anything that could be considered truly crazy. Though it might be time.
4. At age 14, I thought “1941” was the best movie ever. I grew out of it.
3. One of my ancestors might have invented saccharine.
2. I have had facial hair ever since I could.
1. I wish I could cook better.