I've seen some people do this, and found them interesting and informative, so this should suck pretty hard.
100 Things. TAN-Man. Go ...!!
1. I’m a Negro.
2. I will never turn 30.
3. I have received private schooling from Choate Rosemary Hall, Pomfret School, and Trinity College (CT.)
4. I have received public schooling from PS. 100, CS. 152, IS. 131 and, of course, the one we have all attended PS. Life.
5. I haven’t been in contact with my mother since I was about eleven years old. I haven't seen her in a non-hostile environment since I was 5ish.
6. Each of the last four times I saw my mother, it ended in her trying to kidnap me.
7. I believe I was the first negro freshman class president at Choate Rosemary Hall, but I haven’t confirmed that notion with research.
8. I was definitely the graduation speaker for Pomfret School’s centennial year.
9. I co-hosted an underground hip hop radio show called, “Hip Hop Nation” for four years at Trinity College.
10. My father has been awarded a gold record.
11. I’ve been backstage at a concert in Madison Square Garden.
12. I was in Model UN, and represented the country Somalia.
13. If ESPN covered the spelling bee back in the day like they do now, I would have been on television.
14. I have taken dance classes, for both modern jazz and tap.
15. I’ve had a bullet miss my head by inches.
16. I’ve held a vial of crack in my hand.
17. I’ve held a gun in my hand.
18. I was suspended from Choate for beating up a faculty child (or as we called them, fac-brats).
19. I lived life as an only child until August 18th 2005. Since then I have enjoyed having a half-sister 6 years my junior.
20. I’m a big sports fan.
21. In 2003 I finished #2 overall in fantasy football on ESPN. I won a 21” Sharp Aquos LCD Flat Screen TV.
22. This year I signed with my first literary agent, one with over 35 years experience in the game.
23. My favorite/hometown teams are the Mets, the Giants, the Knicks, the Rangers, Notre Dame, and St. John’s (college basketball). Notre Dame is the only out-of-towner, I attached to them during the Lou Holtz era because I liked their style of football.
24. I’ve been to Fenway Park (thanks Mo!), Shea Stadium, and Yankee Stadium. That’s it for baseball parks.
25. I like Rob Neyer's approach. I once pitched him an idea for a baseball movie, asking if he could help, and he responded with some interest. But I dropped the ball (in all ways) and never really followed up.
26. My blood type is A-
27. I know that because I gave blood during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. I didn’t come up with the idea of giving blood on my own however.
28. I believe Friedrich Nietzsche figured life out and went crazy. I see the Will To Power everywhere.
29. I cried after reading The Brothers Karamazov for the first time. I also cried after the second time … but not as much.
30. The only pets I ever had were two guinea pigs named “Patches” and “Cuddles.” I cried a lot harder than any Dostoevsky reading when first Patches, then Cuddles died.
31. I don't cry much anymore. Now I'm all cried out over you.
32. I think I can argue for or against anything under the sun. Rape, murder, abortion, hurricanes, global warming, bring it on. *UPDATE* Except George Bush.
33. I can be longwinded, but it’s usually for the sake of meticulous existential accuracy.
34. In trying to explain my point of view one time to my friends/music partners, I maxed out the allowable text for a hotmail message. Have you ever not been allowed to type anymore in an e-mail?
35. I’m not a big grammar person.
36. I was a National Merit Scholar finalist, but I think it was the negro division. I don't feel as good if an award is eligible to only negroes, but I'll still take it.
37. If it were my choice I’d send my son or daughter to prep/boarding school.
38. I ran away from home once as a child. I went to the police station to ask for their help in relocating, and they took me back home.
39. I have been put in jail for no reason.
4o. I have received a financial settlement due to being wrongfully imprisoned.
41. I’m left-handed.
42. I’ve probably received the most compliments on my voice, then my eyes/eye-lashes.
43. I have received a YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award, I received it at the Waldorf Astoria.
44. I worked a summer job at Bear Stearns when I was 14. I worked at CitiBank when I was 15. During some time off from college I worked as an executive recruiter in financial services. Since 9/11 I have not done anything related to financial services, except maybe read a Wall Street Journal.
45. I don’t read as much as I used to, but I devoured whole libraries as a child. I’ve had to change library cards a lot because I’ve often just kept books*. *this statement is for entertainment purposes only and can not be used in a court of law*
46. Because of my hatred for aging, I am constantly trying to figure out a way to undermine our current notion of time. I think it’s anti-natural. We had to have made a mistake. It’s not a sustainable model. We need a construct for time that makes it subjective, because we all age in our own way.
47. When it’s warm, if I could wear flip-flops at all times, I’d be happy.
48. Ralph Lauren is my favorite designer.
49. I aspire to write a movie like The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
50. I’m a big fan of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. I have written a Curb spec that brings back the Crazy-Eyes-Killer character.
51. My dream is to have a #1 CD, #1 book, #1 movie (written) all in one year. And all three items stood on their own, but also tied-in synergistically with the other two projects. Like Lord of The Rings but through different mediums.
52. I can say the word “love” if I need to, but I’m fairly squeamish about using it in any serious context. This is with anyone, including family and close friends.
53. There’s nothing I’d rather do than have a passionate engaging conversation with someone about something interesting. Preferably at night, and yes, keep the drinks coming.
54. Make mine Ketel One and Cranberry.
55. I still have not “acquired the taste” of beer. And especially not the deep, rich, “good” beers. Sam Adams might as well bottle mud milkshakes as far as I’m concerned.
56. I believe "God" has been dead for a while, but faith will never die.
57. I expect anyone under 30, if asked about their religion, to say they are either jewish or “spiritual but not religious.” I haven't been wrong in a while.
58. I believe the ipod is inferior to its competition, and is primarily a triumph of marketing.
59. I started as a Psychology major, but ended up in Philosophy because I didn’t want the extra science classes.
60. I was introduced to the prep/boarding school organization when I became a member of Prep For Prep 9
61. I wore minor league and negro league fitted baseball hats religiously during my high school years.
62. I once injured my knee in a football game, and had an immobilizer placed around my leg That same night, on crutches, I played the male lead in “A Raisin In The Sun.”
63. I am inspired by Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin.
64. I like roller coasters and scary movies, but I’m not big into heights.
65. If you wanted to argue in favor of the existence of a God, I believe you start with Stevie Wonder.
66. The ibook I’m writing on now is the first computer that wasn’t a hand-me-down from my father. And I love it. I could probably make love to it if that was really necessary. I'm not squeamish about expressing my love with my ibook.
67. I’m more comfortable speaking/performing in front of strangers than friends.
68. I coordinated bringing hip hop to The Poetry Project for the first time. Though I only knew about it fairly late in the process.
69. I’ve been called smart many more times than I’ve been called stupid. But I’ve been called both plenty. I’ve been called arrogant more times than both of those combined.
70. By #70 I feel you should be full aware that I have reason to be arrogant.
71. Ultimately I can’t be arrogant because I believe strongly in the idea that “the knowing pose questions, while the unknowing answer."
72. Usually if I say something like “the knowing pose questions, while the unknowing answer" people think I’m arrogant. Or stupid.
73. It may be arrogant, but I’m very proud of the fact I have a document that contains my own personally concocted aphorisms. i.e. “the knowing pose questions, while the unknowing answer”
74. I’m allergic to a number of things. Among them walnuts, most seafood, and pollen.
75. I had an asthma inhaler (proventil) until I went to college, but I’ve only suffered one asthma attack in my life.
76. I believe Prince Paul’s “A Prince Among Thieves” is the most underrated hip hop album of all time.
77. I think I’ve settled on Nas, Jay-Z, and Eminem (in no particular order) as my favorite emcees.
78. I was once certified as a lifeguard.
79. I’m a native NYer, and aside from my schooling in Connecticut, I’ve never lived anywhere else for a significant stretch of time.
80. I don’t have a driver’s license.
81. I lived in the South Bronx when I was a child, Lower East Side Manhattan during the teen years, and East Harlem since college.
82. There was a time, when I was a child, that hip hop pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, and Doug E. Fresh were in my house frequently, and it wasn't a big deal.
83. I’ve only been using a cell phone for the past couple years now.
84. I have a lot I want to do before I think about thinking about marriage and/or children.
85. I was a counselor for the Boy Scouts one summer. During that summer the black troops were always the furthest from the camp’s activity center. There were also a couple children who ran away, and a couple others that were dismissed for being caught fellating each other. I don’t invest much in the Boy Scouts brand identity.
86. I still have and use t-shirts that I used to wear in high-school.
87. In the summer I now go to Randall’s/Ward’s Island more than Central Park.
88. My father’s former girlfriend, who was essentially my substitute “mother figure” from the ages of about 7-11, now lives less than ten blocks away from me.
89. My father’s current girlfriend and the former girlfriend share the same first name (though they spell it differently).
90. I was very good at sports video games until I stopped playing them a couple years ago.
91. I own a Total Gym 1500 (that's not me in the picture).
92. The only things I don’t feel squeamish about killing are mosquitoes.
93. Winter used to be a burden, until I got a North Face. Now even when it’s a blizzard, I still might only wear a loin cloth ... and my North Face.
94. I smoked cigarettes during college, but have since quit. I did it cold turkey.
95. Sometimes I’m a slacker.
100. I love finishing a project and moving on to something new.