32 Random things about me… (edited and appended)

 Original post on Friday, March 6, 2009

1. I played the saxophone in high school, I call it played very loosely cuz I barely ever practiced and skipped almost every private lesson I had with Mr “E” for that I must apologize to him. Ronald Evenstad was one of those teachers/people that affected you for life more than his subject matter. One of those people I will always be thankful for.
2. My first motor vehicle was a 1972 yellow and black International Scout II that I rebuilt when I was 15. I really loved that truck…
3. In college I started playing guitar and bass guitar… I was self taught and those who have heard me play will attest that yep I was definitely self taught (hahahahaha).
4. I still have my first bass guitar and don’t know if I would ever be able to part with it. It is nothing special (Peavey Foundation) even though it is a basic four string I would rather play it than a 5 string…
5. I went to three colleges and have had like 7 different majors. I eventually graduated with a bachelors in social science and a masters in education.
6. My wife (Courtney) is my best friend!! Some may call me very lucky to have her others may say she was unlucky to have me…
7. My oldest daughter Savannah surprises me all the time… she has a real solid head on her shoulders and constantly makes these quality decisions that blow me away. I’m quite proud of her.
8. Over the summer she was averaging over 35,000 text messages a month… not sure whether to be proud or ashamed on that one. Kind leaning toward proud, I’m a dad always looking for the best…
9. Our house has 6 toilets, that’s a lot of scrubbing and toilet paper.
10. Some may say I have an issue with electronic gadgets and computers… I’m continually looking for something new to do. Courtney thinks I may be a little obsessive with them. She is probably right.
11. I used to love to read and would finish a book in a day, hmm yeah that habit has gone by the wayside… I don’t know if I have actually finished a book in a long time, I start them but rarely finish, although I have moved away from fiction to non fiction…
12. My feet have grown 2 sizes since high school (11 to 13).
13. I would rather watch a action or comedy movie than a scary movie. Don’t like them at all, or should I say I can’t handle the suspense.
14. In college I had some punk tendencies and really enjoyed them…
15. I used to have cats when I was growing up and oddly enough I am now allergic to them, dogs are so way much better than cats. Cats are lazy arrogant animals that waste space.
16. We currently have three dogs, two geckos, and a turtle. We have had numerous other pets as well including hermit crabs that were more reproductive than our rabbits, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, etc
17. Courtney and I traded in a Mercedes 300 for a Chevy Venture… a mini van! What were we thinking!
18. I like using “…” in online posts. Looking up I think I counted 7 already that’s almost 50% of each random thought has one in them so far…
19. I hate math but loved geometry, it seems to make so much sense, I guess I just think spatially.
20. I didn’t know I was color blind until I was 15, it was in freshman health and Mrs. Kurth said does everyone see the number six in the diagram and I was like ‘what six?” guess that means I’m colorblind.
21. I still play with legos. They rock!! I use the excuse i’m playing with my son but truth be told i would probably do it with out him.
22. I love traveling, I have been able to go to China, Thailand, India, Japan, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and others, I have not been to Norway (the motherland) but plan on going there and also Israel soon. Off to Hawaii next week.
23. I have never liked coffee… taste like dirt water…
24. Once in Thailand I was on this floating market. It was close to 105 degreees and this little old Thai women came up and rubbed Tiger Balm on my fore head and temples trying to get me to buy it, for those of you who don’t know what tiger balm is, it’s like icy hot on steroids, I was already sweating like a stuck pig, after that I was in excruciating pain and felt like I was literally on fire.
25. I enjoy China’s black market, I became really good at bartering and getting deals on anything. My first time buying a Rolex/Folex I paid about $15. Eventually I could get 5 for about $10. I would buy North Face jackets for $5. When going there I learned to pack minimally in a throw away duffle bag, buy my Samsonite luggage then fill them up with anything and everything before heading home.
26. All four my kids names have an “ah” on the end
27. I get bored easily…
28. My sister in law (Britt) at age fourteen asked me “What color is the color clear?” It makes me smile thinking about it still.
29. Even though I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I have never actually gone cow tipping. I truly wonder if anybody has ever actually gone cow tipping, I think it is as relevant as snipe hunting with the pillow cases and the flashlights.
30. Junco jeans, wha more do I have to say… a fad that is as gladly seen gone as parachute pants.
31. during the 80’s I was a master at doing the ankle roll on my jeans.
32. I had a mullet when I was marrried and rocked it well! I also owned numerous pairs of ZUBAS!!!

About Ben Kilen

I am a average guy father of 4. I don't claim any super powers or amazing talents. I do have a double jointed thumb and I have always hoped it would bring me wealth and fame but so far it hasn't. I am an eclectic music lover as long and by music current day main stream rap does not qualify as music. Anything that has one to two sentences hammered over and over with no melody or excessive auto tune does not qualify.

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