Here’s some insight… some of this I probably shouldn’t share, but some of it may be of benefit to you. Haha, enjoy.
1. I always wanted a unicycle when I was a little kid but I couldn’t afford one. When I was in my mid-30’s I finally bought one and learned how to ride it. I realize now, it’s a LOT more fun to watch someone ride than to ride yourself. It’s work!
2. Many years ago, our family was driving from San Diego to L.A. and I had to go to the bathroom. My dad didn’t want to stop, so I peed my pants in the car. The rest of the trip we drove with my pants hanging out of the window so they would dry. Imagine driving by that car… or wearing those pants the rest of the day.
3. I didn’t learn to read until I was in 2nd grade. I saw a magician at school and wanted to learn magic. So my mom brought me to the library and I checked out every magic book I could find. That’s how I learned how to read and learned a few cool tricks.
4. I remember saving every dime, penny and quarter I could find for months when I was about 9 years old. I saved and saved and saved until I could finally order Simon Sez from the Sears Christmas Wish catalog for $14.99 plus S&H. You’ll find it listed as #7 on this page
5. I secretly wish I was alive during the Vaudeville era. I would have been a professional Vaudeville actor / performer person guy… what are they called? Vaudevillains?
7.About 10 years ago I had to help Evel Knievel zip up his leather jacket because he couldn’t do it. When I was a kid, he was a superhero to me. I had an Evel Knievel motorcycle thing that jumped all sorts of stuff in my kitchen. He was invincible in my mind. Then he needed me to zip up his leather jacket for him… Sad.
8. My mom grew up in Nazi Germany and has some horrible memories. She told me about how her best friend who lived in the apartment below them suddenly disappeared one day. I can’t imagine that at 12 years old. Her best friend gone in the middle of night. She was Jewish.
9. I’ve been fascinated with airplanes since I can remember. If I hear an airplane, I will gaze at the sky until I find it. My kids laugh at me about this. But, I love everything having to do with airplanes.
10. About 8 years ago, I finally got my private pilots certificate (it’s not a “license”). I spent so much money GETTING my license, I’ve only been able to actually use it a few times since then. But, I’m holding out hope… I LOVE flying.
11. I really want to live in one of those “fly-in” communities. All the houses are built around a runway and you have a hangar next to you garage. You can taxi from your house to the runway and go. Thankfully my wife thinks it would be cool. I already have the community picked out.
12. One night my wife and I had dinner with record rep. and “his friend” at a steakhouse in Spokane, WA. We spent the evening talking about life, politics, health care and all sorts of stuff. At the end of the dinner, I found out he was the bass player for Nickelback (Mike Kroeger, Chads older brother). I think it’s cool that I didn’t know that, because we talked about everything BUT music.
13. I married my high-school sweetheart and first love. We met when we were 15. She lived about 45 minutes from my house and I didn’t drive. We would talk on the phone for hours and I would take the city bus on the weekends to spend the day with her. We’ve been married 25 years this past June (2014).
14. When my daughter Christina was 4 years old, she snuck out of our doggie door and fell into our swimming pool. My wife found her and she was flown to Children’s hospital by helicopter. She arrived with NO vital signs. The doctors gave us “one last look”. She was in a coma for 3 days. When she came to, there was NO sign of brain damage. I consider this one of 2 miracles I’ve experienced in life.
15. When I was a teenager, I was really into Wicca and Satanism. I read the Necronomicon and Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible. I would go to the Magick Bookstore and buy candles and incense for rituals I thought were cool. I’m not in that place anymore.
16. I became a born again Christian when I was 19 at an Amway convention in Phoenix Arizona. They had an optional church service on Sunday and I went forward for the “altar call.”
17. My first car was a 1976 vomit-colored Ford Pinto (kind of like this one but mine was cooler. I put in “A” Hooker Header (it’s on the exhaust… not what you think) and a Schneider race cam and lowered it to the ground. I would race slaloms at Jack Murphy Stadium on the weekends (It’s not called Qualcomm stadium. Home of the San Diego Chargers). To make it lighter, I took out the back seats… my dad thought I was an idiot for doing this.
18. I’m probably the most broken “failure” who teaches personal development… but I’m ok with that. I know I’m no worse than you; No better than you either, so that’s cool.
19. When I was 17 years old, I called up EMI Records and told them I was a photojournalist and wanted to do a story about Queensryche. They were opening for Kiss and I wanted a photo pass. Not only did they give me the photo pass, but I got to do an interview with Chris DeGarmo their lead guitarist. They never realized I was a kid in high school.
20. After my success with #19, I tried it again with a little band called Metallica (it was 1984) and I got a photo pass to see them at San Diego State University. Armored Saint opened up for them. I thought I was pretty cool.
21. In 1996 I worked at the Republican convention in San Diego. Some guy with a Texas accent came up to me, shook my hand and said “how y’all doing?” I asked my brother who that was and he said it’s George Bush, the Governor of Texas. Hmmmm… I think I stayed in politics for a few more years.
22. I used to be a political junky and even ran for public office (I lost… barely). I was appointed to the Republican Central Committee in California and that changed my view of politics completely. Speeches about “family values” during the day and drinking and cheating on spouses at night. I saw it first hand.
23. I’m a pilot, but sometimes I have a fear of heights. I blame trauma in my life (see #14).
24. I was in the Navy for 4 years and NEVER stepped foot on a ship. Go figure.
25. When I was in my mid-30, I quit my job of 15 years as an engineer, and took a huge pay cut (about 50%) to do my dream job, radio. Today I’m living my dream. Do what you LOVE and you’ll succeed.