7 Deep, Dark Secrets About Me

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This is a bit off-topic for what is usually discussed on this blog, but apparently a few people want to know a bit more about me. Either that or it’s just that they know I’m a sucker and would keep the meme going.

A few weeks ago, Amybeth Hale – THE Research Goddess herself – tagged me in a post on her blog to share seven things about myself. Yesterday, one of my new favorite friends Shannon Paul did the same in a post on her blog. So, I guess that means I need to get cracking and share my stuff.

Without further ado, here are seven things you were dying to know about me. Yes, you may feel free to make fun of me for any of them.

1.  I look like I’m 18. No, that’s not a blessing. Whenever I meet a new client, I feel like they wonder if I’m the intern. My actual age? I turned the big 3-0 last month. Actually, I was very excited about turning 30.

2.  When I mention something about one of my daughters in a conversation, 90 percent of people say something along the lines of “wait, you have a kid?!” I reply that I have two. The next question is, “how old are you?!” (See first bullet above). My girls – Madelyn and Piper – are amazing kids and they’re beautiful. I’m not just saying that because I’m biased. See for yourself. I make pretty babies.

maddie-and-piper

3.  I auditioned for American Idol last year. It was for the season that David Cook won (this year). I did it on a whim. I would be too old to audition the next year. The audition city was close enough to drive and I had friends there I could stay with for free. My wife and oldest daughter (Piper wasn’t around yet) were in Wisconsin at her mom and dad’s house. So I threw some stuff in the car and headed to Charleston, SC. Yes, I can carry a tune – just ask Libby Krah. No, I didn’t make it to see Randy, Paula and Simon. But I had an absolute blast. If you want to know more about the crazy audition process, just ask.

4.  I tell corny jokes and one-liners within the context of conversations. They get a good laugh about 75-80 percent of the time. That’s not a bad percentage, right? The other 20-25 percent fall flat on their faces. But that doesn’t stop me from dropping another one. Hey, laughter is good for the soul, I say. Besides, if two outta three ain’t bad, then three outta four must be good.

5.  I can dance my white, little butt off, folks. You’d be surprised how much rhythm I’ve got in this body. I was even in a hip-hop dance group for a year when I was 18. No, there is no video of such performances. This was way before the days of YouTube, Facebook and other such social web things. No one was carrying Flip Minos around back then.

6.  My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption because the real hero of that movie is the single most important human emotion in my opinion – hope. That and I love when Morgan Freeman’s character tells Andy Dufresne that people maybe call him “Red” because he’s Irish.

7.  I’m a ridiculously positive person.  I’ve been told my energy is contagious. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or if it can be annoying, but consider yourself warned. I wake up on the bright side.

There you have it. I guess not all of those are deep, dark secrets. But a few of them do have some potential for embarrassment.

Now, as the “rules” state, I’m tagging seven other people to participate in the next round. You were chosen because I think you’re interesting and others would enjoy knowing more about you. There are many folks I find interesting, BUT I did have to narrow it down to seven.

Sonny Gill, Beth Harte, Scott Meis, Taylor Graves,

Lara Kretler, Mark Tosczak, Lisa Hoffmann

Here are the rules I followed, as shared by Shannon and Amybeth:

  • Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged

Again, sorry for the departure and I hope this hasn’t bored you silly. Look at it this way. When we meet in person, you’ve got some great fodder for conversation in the hopper.

*First image by Audrey Ahern. Image of the Mullen girls by Sarah Hahne.

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20 responses to “7 Deep, Dark Secrets About Me

  1. I have a feeling there’s some footage out there on the interwebs of you dancing your “white, little butt off” in the hiphop dance group. My new goal in life is to find some and share, share, share!

    Thanks for being a good sport. I had to tag someone. Besides, doesn’t sharing something of yourself put the “social” in “social media”? ;-)

  2. How dare you?! Seriously that was so long ago that even if there *was* video it would be impossible to rip and post somewhere. We’re talking big, clunky VHS camcorder days. :)

    Sharing is what puts the social in social media. I agree wholeheartedly. Otherwise, it would be pretty boring.

  3. I agree Shannon, I’m having a hard time envisioning this without some solid footage. I can only hope David was pulling skills from these guys, ha:

    http://is.gd/b2ZE

  4. Shannon: Your response reminds me of Barney Stinson (my beloved NPH) on How I Met Your Mother, looking for Robin Sparkles’ other music video. You know, “Sandcastles in The Sand,” the follow-up single to “Let’s Go To The Mall.”

    And David: I was amused. Thanks for supplying me with a smile on a rainy Pittsburgh Wednesday. Thanks for the link love, too, and yes, I will attest that you had “Apologize” stuck in my head all summer!

  5. David, this is great and I’ll definitely play along. Watch for some interesting facts on my blog soon.

    As for the hip hop dance videos of David, whether or not they exist is a moot point. Thanks to the beauty of social media, we can create a Jib Jab video using David’s head shot, which will give us all the funny dance video footage we want. ;)

  6. “I make pretty babies.”

    Oh I give more credit for that to your spouse. ;-)

  7. @scott roche – yeah. :) she actually does deserve all the credit.

    she’d kill me if I put a picture of her on here, so others don’t know that I traded up *significantly* in the marriage department. you can attest to that, though.

    i used to tell her that i traded up, but decided to stop since she may realize one day that that means *she* traded down. :)

  8. I’ve got my work cut out for me after that list of yours! I’m proud that you can dance to hip-hop and that you produce beautiful babies :)

    Hmm, now 7 things about me…

  9. Shannon!! I have got to see David dancing his white butt to some hip-hop. Either that or I want the American Idol footage!! I will help you hunt them down! :D

    And for an 18 year old you are quite successful… Kidding! Just think, when you are 65 you’ll look 48 and you’ll be able to work until you’re almost 80!

    And yes, they are beautiful babies.

    Now I guess I need to fess up on a few things…thanks buddy. ;-)

  10. Excited to have made an appearance in your post! Will get to work on my 7 things post, and by the way. GORGEOUS girls, and great pic!

    Also, while we’re working on the “white, little butt off” dance footage — maybe we could get some American Idol Try Out footage also?? :)

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  12. Oh I think your missus did pretty well too.

  13. Thanks for sharing with us David! It’s always nice to learn more about the person behind the pen (keyboard). I challenge you to karaoke and a dance-off any day! :)

    P.S. you DO make beautiful babies.

  14. Elizabeth McKinney

    David,

    Such a good list. When I got tagged, it was only 6, but then it was truly embarassing things about yourself that you had to divulge. You’ve done quite a good job at not divulging anything embarassing!

    BTW, always been of the firm belief that dancing is much more fun if you don’t give two **** about who’s watching you. It’s all about attitude.

    Ditto on Jen’s comment about your babes; they’re beautiful little girls.

  15. ironically, shawshank is my fave too, just a powerful movie..

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  18. 1) Yes it is a blessing, mark my words.
    2) As lovely as their names — really, nice job Mrs. Traded Down But Might As Well Keep Him.
    3) A fabulous testament to following your passion — hope it inspires many to do so — Idol or otherwise.
    4) And for those who laugh at ALL of your one-liners, a special place in your heart (or in Vaudeville hell?)
    5) That was only 11 years ago – I bet one of the other dancers have the video — it actually may already BE on YouTube — remember that fraternity of a capella singers that just signed a record/tour deal decades later? You guys could be next… (you’re lucky that you can dance; most in your typecast can’t and don’t know it!)
    6) Two great reasons that it’s atop your list.
    7) I’ve been told that and it always works out for the best. Shine on, baby!

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  20. David,

    On #1-Don’t rush to get older. There is no hurry or need. I too had the same issue 10 years ago when I was 30. Heck, I still do as I don’t look my age!

    I remember when I was 29 or 30 and owned my own business at the time. I walked in to meet my client and he asked with a stern voice, “Where’s your boss?” Then I replied with a big smile, “I am the boss. Paul Roberts, glad to meet you sir.” I remember I walked out with a signed contract too ;-)

    So, there is no need to hurry up and get older. You can make a great impression at any age.

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