Some people say I don’t talk about myself enough. I know, really? Me? Shy away from talking about myself? Strange, right? So I thought, for all those people, I would write this post for my Birthday, cause Birthdays are supposed to be all about you, right?
These are the 10 things you may or may not know about me.
1: My Favorites:
Gem: Ruby (which is also my birthstone)
Drink (Non-Alcoholic): Sprite
Drink (Alcoholic) “Illusion Water” (Vodka, Malibu, Sprite & Pineapple Juice.
Song: Walking on Sunshine/Katrina and the Waves
Flavors: Mint & Lemon
2: Non Favorites
Vegetable: Brussel Sprouts
Food: Seafood (If it comes from the sea, it don’t go in me)
5: I came out of the closet when I was 15. My School was the First in Portland Public Schools to have a GSA-type club. It was really nothing more than a place where we kids could congregate and be accepted.My School also had “Cross Dress Day” as one of our “Spirit Days”. See:
6: There is two teachers that really had a super substantial impact on my life, growing up. I think teachers like these are never appreciated enough. One is the reason I love to learn, the other cared enough about me to get me through my High School years. Frank Graham was my science teacher in Middle School. He was everything you would expect in a nutty science teacher. Sadly he was killed in a car accident in 2001. Lorena Dupree was a teacher I had in High School for many Food/Cooking classes. When I ran away from home at 16, she’s the one who tracked me down (though my friends) and convinced me that I should go back home and get down to brass tacks. I do not know where she is now.
(The above photo courtesy of Matt Picio, Used under Creative Commons License)
7: In 2002-2003 I ran for and won the title of Mr. Gay Oregon. A fund-raising title that requires travel and leadership in the state. During my year, my Miss and I raised over 15k for various charities. Here’s a picture of me then:
I was also the cover of the “Community News”, A newspaper in Salem, Oregon for their “Pride” issue.
8: I used to perform in the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the Clinton Street Cabaret. It is the longest continuously-running live/shadow performance cast of the movie in the United States.
9: I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life, I can’t imagine not living here. It’s beautiful. I love the rain, I’m not a fan of the heat or the sun. (Weird since i’m a Leo and was born in the summer, right?) I’ve only travelled to a handful of the United States (WA, OR, CA, UT, NV, ID, MN, WC) and only been out of the country to Canada. Though, I absolutely love Canada, the people there are so wonderful and friendly. I would miss the PacNW too much to leave.
10: I have some of the best friends in the world. Ones that fill me up when I’m running on empty, ones that make me smile when I’m brewing storm clouds. They’re all very special to me. But I have one friend, who has known me the longest, who knows me probably better than myself. I end this with an interesting story: In 6th grade, my friend Gina (Who was just barely my friend at the time, were walking home and we came to the place where we traditionally parted ways since she had to walk a little farther to get home. She had this “White Out” pen that she had been threatening me with, so I stole it from her and wrote “Hi Gina” on a stop sign pole. She didn’t want her name on the pole, so she made it into “Hi Al” (Quite a talent). Now tonight, on my way home, I ended up driving by my old house and came across that stop sign so I had to stop. It’s been 18 years since that day and I had to check, I was extremely curious… To my surprise, it was still there:
It seems, Friendship, much like white out, is forever. It may fade but it never goes away.
Thanks for reading this far. I know it was a pretty wordy post and I hope you enjoyed learning just a little more about me. Here’s another picture, just for your endurance.