random bob stuff

100 relatively interesting facts
Eventually this list should get to 100…or it may go a few more recognizing that not everything here is all that interesting.

  • I was born in Dunkirk, NY & grew up about 12 miles away in Brocton, NY.
  • While growing up in Brocton, the world’s strongest man also lived there.
  • Brad Anderson who wrote Marmaduke was also from my hometown.
  • I once appeared in the “Dog-Gone Funny” section talking about my dog Linus.
  • Ted Pullman was the 3rd famous person from my town. I one of my college business classes, I learned that Pullman was not a nice guy.
  • I was born when my parents were married for a total of 10 months.
  • My parents aren’t that much older than me (mom is 20 years older, dad, 21).
  • I got to meet Barbara Mandrell when I was a kid.  I went on her tour bus & got her autograph & a tour of the bus.  But since this was before she was really famous, I threw her autograph away.
  • I have one sibling…a younger brother who lives in Erie, PA.
  • When I moved to Ithaca in 1994 I thought I would be here for 5 years…we were there for 18. We moved there 2 months before our eldest daughter was born, and left the month she graduated from high school.
  • I always thought I’d end up in Boston or Philadelphia.
  • I do not know any languages other than English.
  • I played trombone in high school (poorly).
  • My wife plays violin, guitar, & viola. (well)
  • I went to SUNY Oswego for my freshman year of school…I should have gone to class more & the Woodshed & Ferris Wheel less.
  • My parents still live in the same house they did when I was 4.  I’ve moved 19 times since they moved last (althought 3 of those were back to mom & dad’s.
  • My high school graduating class had 59 people.
  • I hated middle school & high school.
  • I had really bad acne in middle school & high school.
  • I loved college.
  • I was at the Roland Hooks game. And unlike most Bills fans, we didn’t leave the stadium before the end of the game.
  • My father-in-law called me Rob.
  • My wife’s first boyfriend was named Rob.
  • I got to sit in the Green Monster seats @ Fenway park the year the Red Sox won their first world series in 86 year
  • I also went to the World Series Parade…we drove 5 hours there, stood in the rain for 3 hours, watched 20 minutes of the parade & drove back 5 hours.
  • My favorite baseball player of all time is Dwight Evans.
  • My favorite basketball players were Dr. J & Bobby Jones.
  • My favorite hockey player of all time was Gilbert Perrault.
  • People used to tell me I look like Jay Leno…it is part of the reason I always have facial hair.
  • I had jaw surgery a few months before we moved to Ireland. I don’t look like Leno anymore, but I kept the beard.
  • When I was a kid people used to tell me I looked like Fred Savage from the Wonder Years.
  • I know a bunch of people who know Phil Keaggy but I’ve never met him…I’d like to.
  • Since moving to Dublin, I know a bunch of people who know, or are related to the members of U2. I haven’t met them either.
  • My daughters are 4 of the funniest people I have ever met. (Erin could go on tour)
  • I once ate more than 80 chicken wings at one sitting at the Ground Round in Tonawanda.
  • I used to weigh over 250 pounds.
  • I like watching movies…
  • I like to read too.
  • I’m glad my daughters played hockey because I hate watching soccer.
  • I am an INTJ.
  • On the Enneagram, I am a 1.
  • When we were kids, my brother & I had a dog.  I bought his half for $4.
  • My mom gave me the Heimlich maneuver once when I was choking on a Rolo.
  • I once saved my mom’s life when she got in water over her head.
  • I have also saved my youngest daughter and our associate pastor from when we were in Ithaca, James from drowning.
  • I once dove into the shallow end of a pool & hit my head on the bottom.
  • That still makes me cringe.
  • When I was in 3rd grade a lunch lady pushed me against the table & cracked my sternum.  She didn’t get in trouble.
  • I have played on 2 teams as a kid where I wore a different uniform than the rest of the team (although once there were 2 of us in the odd uniforms).
  • I am fidgety.
  • I am not good with cars or puttering around the house…I’m much more confident with gadgets & computers.
  • I really like coffee.  Sometimes if I’m watching tv or a movie & someone is drinking coffee, I’ll think, “I can’t wait until tomorrow morning when I can have some coffee.”
  • Three months after we started the Ithaca Vineyard, I had 5 inches of my colon removed.  (But you probably really don’t want to know that.)
  • I still have titanium staples in me.
  • And a plate in my head. (Thanks to the jaw surgery)
  • I had to wear braces on my legs when I was an infant to straighten them out.
  • I had tubes in my ears when I was a kid because I was about 1/2 deaf.
  • My youngest daughter had them in her ears as well. Although  in Ireland they call them grommets.
  • I have excellent hearing now…in fact I could hear the mosquito ringtone with my left ear up until a couple years ago.
  • I get irritated with people who “speak for all evangelical Christians.”
  • I hate mowing my lawn (garden) or any other form of yard work.
  • I was in my bedroom, doing my homework and listening to Foreigner’s Head Games on my 8-track player when I heard about President Reagan being shot.
  • One of the biggest regrets of my life is the tux I wore for my junior prom.  I wish I could blame it on drugs or something.
  • I think every follower of Christ should go on at least one short term missions trip in their life…it will change how you see the world (but that is definielty a “hot take” currently.)
  • Mac over PC…(not even close)
  • Picard over Kirk…(a little closer, but not much)
  • I like the DH rule.  Why would anyone want to watch pitchers bat?
  • I would like to get a lot better at photography.
  • I think it is annoying when people say, “Bob? Do you spell in backwards?” & they think it is funny.
  • I named my first kid hannaH.  And she does not spell it backwards either.
  • I saw Liz for the first time ever in a Sunday School class at the Fredonia Assembly of God.  We didn’t actually meet until several weeks later at a campus fellowship (Chi Alpha).
  • We started dating about 3 years later.  Two months before I moved 5 hours away to Albany, NY.
  • When I was in college I joined Amnesty International so I could get a free t-shirt.
  • I think about things a lot.
  • I wore braces on my teeth in my teens and in my 40s.
  • I never went out for baseball in high school because I was afraid of getting cut.  So I played tennis instead.
  • The tennis team is the only sport I have joined & then quit in the middle of.
  • Accrording to the most recent Strengthfinders assessment, my top 5 strengths are: 1) Strategic, 2) Maximizer, 3) Responsibility, 4)Learner, 5) Self-Assurance ( I have also had Futuristic, Acheiver, and Deliberative show up at various times).
  • My favorite all-time movies include: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Fight Club, the first Matrix movie, and Calvary.
  • My favorite period of music is the 90’s when Alternative and grunge was big.